Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Daniel

Daniel 6 – 4th June, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 6
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. Who is mentioned in the text? How are they described?
  4. What happens?
  5. What kind of texts are included in this chapter? (Narrative, Poetry, Letter)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why did the high officials want to find fault with Daniel?
  2. Why would an injunction to pray to Darius be made? (There may be multiple reasons)
    1. What might that communicate about their view of Darius?
  3. Why do you think Daniel prays the way he does? 
  4. Why does the narrator tells us about Darius's distress at the prospect of Daniel's death?
  5. How would this story inspire those in exile?
  6. How does this story point to the gospel of Jesus Christ? (There are many ways! Spend time thinking of how this story is reflected in the life of Jesus)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does Daniel's example, in the light of Christ, inspire us to live today? 
  2. How do the truths of this passage inspire us to remain faithful to God and not compromise in the face of opposition and even death?
  3. How does it apply to us as a church? How can we together remain faithful to the Lord until our final deliverance?
in Acts

Acts 18:1–23 - 16th April, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 18:1–23
  2. Where does Paul go? How long for?
  3. Who does he meet? How are they described?
  4. What does Paul do? How is it described?
  5. What is said, by whom, and how is it received?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What does it mean, "the Christ was Jesus" (v.5)?
  2. Why did God show Paul a vision?
    1. What is emphasized?
    2. What reasons does God give?
  3. How do the Jews understand Paul's ministry (v.13)?
  4. How does Gallio understand the disagreement (vv. 14–15)?
  5. What do you think it means for Paul to "strengthen all the disciples" (v.23)?
  6. How does the gospel/the Lord propel Paul to face such challenges in sharing the message the Jesus is the Christ?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Who are/could you partner with in proclaiming Jesus as the Christ to those who are God's in this city?
  2. How are you fearful of being bold in speaking about the gospel with others? What truths in this passage encourage you to "go on speaking"?
  3. How can we be involved in strengthening other disciples in our church?

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