Sermon Bible Study Guides

in James

James 4:13–5:6 - 14th May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 4:13–5:6
  2. Who does James address?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  4. What commands are given to each?
  5. What reasons are given?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about God?
  2. Why is it boastful to make definite claims about the future?
  3. What does v. 17 mean?
  4. What have the rich been doing?
  5. What is going to happen to them?
  6. What aspects (God, Man, Christ, Response) of the gospel are touched on in this passage?
  7. How does the gospel re-orient us to resist boastful planning, selfish-indulgence and defrauding others?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How should we plan and talk about the future?
    1. How are you tempted to be arrogant and boastful about your future?
    2. How does this view of God correct that? 
  2. Are you tempted to lay up treasures for yourself? How might this passage help you fight that? How do these truths warn you?
  3. Have you been defrauded? How do the truths of this passage comfort you?
in Daniel

Daniel 5 – 6th March, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read: Daniel 5:1–31
  2. What happened? Who is mentioned? How are the events described?
  3. What do we learn about King Belshazzar?
  4. Who speaks throughout this passage and what do they say?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How does this story connect, compare or contrast with chapter 4?
  2. What themes or ideas are repeated here from the first 4 chapters?
    1. What is new?
  3. Why was Belshazzar so fearful?
  4. What does Belshazzar offer Daniel and why does he refuse?
  5. Why does Daniel recount the story of Nebuchadnezzar (v.18–21)?
  6. What's Daniel's point in his address to Belshazzar (v.22–23)?
    1. What did Belshazzar know?
    2. How should Belshazzar have responded to what he knew about God? What kept him from doing so?
  7. How does Daniel interpret the writing (v.24–28)?
  8. Try to summarize the whole chapter in a sentence or two.
  9. In what ways might this passage connect to the gospel?
    • How is Daniel's message similar to the gospel?
    • How is it different?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What do we learn about God and how should that change us?
    1. What's the danger of knowing about God but not responding humbly to God?
    2. How can we avoid this? 
  2. What do we learn about man and sin?
    1. What different sins is Belshazzar guilty of?
    2. How might we be tempted to that kind of sin?

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