Sermon Bible Study Guides

Psalm 40 - 28th May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 40
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. Who is mentioned in the psalm?
  4. How are they described?
    1. Their situations
    2. Their character
    3. Their responses

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about God?
  2. What do we learn about David/mankind? (Consider the various characters/groups identified in the Psalm)
  3. Why do you think David says God has not delighted in offerings and not required them (v.6)? Aren't they part of the Mosaic Law? What does he mean? 
  4. Why does David commit to speaking about God's deliverance (v.? Why is this necessary?
  5. What does David need deliverance from?
  6. How does this Psalm relate to the gospel of Jesus Christ?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How might this Psalm comfort you in whatever you face today? 
  2. How does God's help and deliverance in the past affect your view of the future? How does that impact how live now?
  3. How does this psalm apply individually? How does it apply to us as a church?
in Daniel

Daniel 3 - 20th, February 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 3
  2. Who are the characters? What places are mentioned?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  4. What does the king make in v. 1?
  5. What does the king command in vv. 2–7?
  6. What do the Chaldeans accuse the Jews of?
  7. How does the king respond in vv. 13–15?
  8. How do Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respond to the king's command in vv. 16–18?
    1. What happens to the three Jews?
    2. How does the king respond?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What connections are there with chapter 1 and 2?
  2. How is King Nebuchadnezzar contrasted with God?
  3. Why is it significant that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego don't bow down and worship the golden image?
  4. Contrast King Nebuchadnezzar's decree in vv. 5–6 and in v. 29.
    1. Why the change?
  5. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  6. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. In v. 7 "all the peoples" bowed down and worshiped. How are you tempted to follow the crowd when it could be sin?
  2. While most of us aren't tempted to bow down to physical idols, how are we tempted to worship other 'gods'?
    1. How can we resolve, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to worship God alone?
  3. In trials and persecution, how do help others trust God?

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