SERIES: Distance Learning: Choose to Flourish in Exile
SERMON: The Wannabe King | Daniel 5:1-31
TEACHER: Josh Rose, Teaching Pastor
Our new 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.
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. If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?
2. After having listened to the message, and after having read the passage together as a group, discuss some of the bigger themes you see in the text. Here are some questions that might help get the discussion going:
a. Do you see any recurring emphases?
b. How would you compare and contrast King Belshazzar and Daniel?
c. What are your thoughts on the fact that we haven’t heard from Daniel in over 40 years? What do you think Daniel’s been up to during this time?
d. What does King Beshazzar teach us about ourselves?
e. What should we be learning from Daniel’s life?
3. Of all the things your group discussed, which one or two seem to be most important for you right now? Why?
4. What is a practical thing you can do to put feet to the way the Spirit is speaking to you?
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, meditate on Psalm 90.
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.
“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!” Psalm 39:4 (ESV)
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” A prayer of Moses, the man of God, which is recorded in Psalm 90:12.
How might you continue to make the most of the relationships God has given you? Who in your sphere of influence could use prayer? Who could use a word of encouragement? Who could use a “spurring on to love and good deeds”? When was the last time you prayerfully evaluated your engagement with the unsaved God has put in your life? This week is a good time to re-evaluate that.
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