SERIES: Distance Learning: Choose to Flourish in Exile
SERMON: Praying With Fire | Daniel 9:1-27
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. 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. What current fact about your life would most impress your five year old self?
2. Read Daniel 9:1-15 together and discuss your reactions to it.
a. How do you feel about the fact that Daniel confessed sins he did not commit on behalf of those who did?
b. How do you feel about his use of the pronoun “we” and the fact that he lumps himself in with people with whom he has nothing in common and who have done things he has not?
c. What other things do you observe from this prayer?
d. What do you sense God is saying to you through these verses of Scripture?
3. In the message, Ryan talks about three things that happen as a result of Daniel’s prayer. What are they, and which one is most meaningful for where you are in your life right now? Why?
4. In Daniel 9:16-19 he prays God’s promises back to Him. Do you have any promises you regularly pray back to God? If so, what are they? If not, maybe this week would be a good time to identify one or two and begin to practice this rich example of Daniel’s. (Here is a link to a list of 50 Promises.)
5. Summarize for your group one thing you sense God wants you to focus on from the message and one thing you will do this week as a response to His speaking to you.
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, pick three of your favorite promises from Scripture and meditate on them.
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19, NIV)
“Great is Your faithfulness, oh God. You wrestle with the sinner’s heart. You lead us by still waters and to mercy, and nothing can keep us apart. So remember Your people, remember Your children, remember Your promise, oh God.” – Matt Maher (“Your Grace is Enough”)
Who is one person you can share with concerning how God spoke to you through this message and what you are planning to do in response?
This week, pick one of your favorite promises from the Bible and study it more deeply, and/or access our daily devotional guide, The Daily Fill.
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