SERIES: Distance Learning: Choose to Flourish in Exile
SERMON: Stuck in a Moment | Daniel 7:1-27
TEACHER: Ryan Paulson, Lead Pastor
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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. See the On-Campus 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.
After the message, we will be celebrating communion together. If you’re attending on-campus, the communion elements will be provided. If you’re joining us online, please have your items ready for the Lord’s Supper.
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. What topic could you give a 20 minute presentation on without any preparation?
2. Read through the following portions of the passage together as a group, pausing at the end of each to discuss the questions presented:
a. Read Daniel 7:1-10. What stands out? What was Ryan’s main point concerning these verses? Given what is going on in your life right now, how does that truth bring comfort and hope? Does it challenge you in any ways? How?
b. Read Daniel 7:11-12. What was Ryan’s main point concerning these verses? In what ways is this true of you right now? If it isn’t true of you right now, in what ways would you like it to be?
c. Read Daniel 7:13-14. What was Ryan’s main point concerning these verses? How are you letting this happen in your life right now? Is it making the difference you would like it to? Why?
d. Read Daniel 7:15-25. What was Ryan’s main point concerning these verses? How does knowing this help you? How does one prepare for this?
3. Read Daniel 7:26-27. What was Ryan’s main point concerning these verses? This week, what does it look like for you to become more of this kind of a person? What’s one area of your life on which you can focus your attention? What’s one thing you can do to grow?
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, meditate on Philippians 3:17-21.
Enjoy this Spotify playlist, specifically designed for our Daniel series, DISTANCE LEARNING: Choose to Flourish in Exile. We trust it will provide encouragement and enhance your worship times.
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:24-25
As I have position in the world,
keep me from making the world my position;
May I never seek in the creature
what can be found only in the Creator;
Let not faith cease from seeking thee until it vanishes into sight.
Ride forth in me, thou King of kings and Lord of lords,
that I may live victoriously, and in victory attain my end.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
– Excerpt from “The Valley of Vision” (Puritan Prayer Collection)
Who can you encourage this week in trusting the Lord despite whatever circumstances they might be facing? Reach out to someone this week and remind them that the Sovereign Lord is in control and cares for them!
This week, study the phrase “Son of Man” as it is used in the New Testament (Click here), and/or access our daily devotional guide, The Daily Fill.
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