SERIES: Distance Learning: Choose to Flourish in Exile
SERMON: Release the Beast | Daniel 8:1-27
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’s the strangest place someone recognized you?
2. Early in the message Ryan made a statement describing the greatest danger we face in the Christian life. What was that statement? In what ways is this an encouragement and a warning for you?
3. Ryan then gave us four ways from Daniel 8 which help us stay true to Christ even as we are constantly being drawn to the beasts of this world. As a group, name those four roadmaps to faithfulness, if you will, and discuss these two things: (1) How each is encouraging or challenging for you at this moment in your life, and (2) What is one thing you could do this week as a way of responding to and applying each of them?
4. Choose one of the four things you thought of as possible applications and let your group know what it is so that they can pray for you this week and ask you next week how things went.
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, meditate on Philippians 2:12-18.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. (Philippians 2:14-15)
Loving God, please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart. My soul is like a turbulent sea. I can’t seem to find my balance so I stumble and worry constantly. Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you’ve laid out for me. I trust your Love God, and know that you will heal this stress. Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night. Please bring me clarity with the light of God.
– A Prayer for Rest (Author Unknown)
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 Philippians 2:12-18 (click here), and/or access our daily devotional guide, The Daily Fill.
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