SERIES: Distance Learning: Choose to Flourish in Exile
SERMON: Strength for TODAY when there isn’t bright hope for tomorrow
PASSAGE: Daniel 10
TEACHER: Scott Smith, Pastor of Discipleship Ministries
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Our current fall series, DISTANCE LEARNING: Choose to Flourish in Exile, is a 12-week journey through the book of Daniel. Daniel is a book about bold faith, relentless worship and prophetic visions. It’s a book about how to follow God through difficult times. It’s a book about something that happened, but it’s a book that, in many ways, diagnoses what’s happening in our day and time.
In a profound way, Daniel creates a path forward for us in our current cultural moment. We trust that you will be inspired by Daniel’s faithfulness.
Let’s start by worshiping the Lord together. If you are joining us on-campus, see the lyrics tab below, or CLICK HERE for a printable file (PDF) of the worship lyrics. Or follow along on-screen with us if you’re worshiping with us online.
As we conclude our time of worship, consider these questions:
Reflect: Take a moment to think about this — what from the passage and message impacted you most?
Share: What verses or points made an impact on you today and why?
Pray: Have one person pray a blessing over the group.
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Keep Growing …
In light of this weekend’s sermon, following are some ways that we can continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus both personally and in connection with others. (To join or lead a Life Group, or to access leader’s notes, visit here: Life Groups Online.)
Discuss: Life Group Questions
1. Is the idea of praying persistently and patiently a challenging one for you? Why? If you are able to remain faithful when answers don’t immediately come, what helps you do that? What is one area where you would like to be more patient in prayer?
2. What did you learn from Gabriel’s and Daniel’s conversation about why Gabriel was delayed? Do your prayers often make mention of the unseen spiritual world? Why? What would it mean for you to pray perceptively over the next week?
3. Would you rather give or receive encouragement? Why? Do you find it easy to receive encouragement? Why? Can you think of a recent time when God encouraged you through another believer? What did that look like? Would you pray and ask God to make you sensitive to those (Christians or otherwise) in your life who could use some encouragement this week, and then commit to encouraging them in some way?
4. “You are loved, and you are safe.” How does that land on you given the week you’d had, and given the week you think you might have?
5. What is one thing you will do to respond to this week’s message?
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, immerse yourself in Isaiah 43:1-7.
“24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Through every heartache and conflict, Lord, continue to broadcast the truth of Your word into our hearts. Encourage us, Father, always. Help us to navigate the tricky waters of relationships on this earth and hurdle the stumbling blocks the enemy lines our daily paths with.
We know in this world we will have trouble, but we do not want to let it steal our joy! For You have overcome this world! Though it can be hard and discouraging, let us take heart in Your truth. Squash every distorted thought and lie with the encouraging words of Christ. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest!” (Matthew 11:28)
Who is someone who has encouraged you in the past? Reflect this week and share with that person who encouraged you to thank them for their support. As you have been encouraged by others, go and do likewise!
This week study Luke 18:1-8 more deeply, thinking about how it impacts the rest of the points in the message, or access access our daily devotional guide, The Daily Fill.
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