SERIES: Distance Learning: Choose to Flourish in Exile
SERMON: Resistance | Daniel 1:1-21
TEACHER: Ryan Paulson, Lead Pastor
Our new fall series, DISTANCE LEARNING: Choose to Flourish in Exile, will be a 12-week journey through the book of Daniel. You’ve probably heard the term “distance learning” recently, often in reference to kids learning online instead of in-person. But it’s a way of learning and growing that God has used to shape his people for generations. In fact, God has taught his people some of their deepest and most profound lessons of faith when they were far from home. The name for this season throughout Israel’s history is exile. Exile is a time when things seem out of joint, disoriented, and frustrating. Sound familiar?
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 service, consider these questions:
Reflect: Take a moment to think about 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. Share about a time when you refused to allow your circumstances to determine your faithfulness.
2. The text presented us with three things we can do as we find ourselves living in two worlds. What are they? Talk a little about how each helps you fight the cultural rip current that threatens to pull you away from faithfulness to God.
3. This week, how will you make a stand for private devotion? What are some small, subtle, private acts of resistance you can practice which will help affirm your true identity as a Christ follower?
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, meditate on Psalm 119:9-16.
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.
Lord, You are always faithful. We confess while You are faithful, we are prone to wander. Forgive us, Lord. Teach us what it means to be faithful to You, Your Word, and Your church. Give us steadiness as we follow after You and teach us to be faithful in the small and simple acts of faith.
This week be an encouragement to someone in their walk with the Lord and remember to consider how you might spur on others towards love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Read and study Psalm 119:9-16, or access our daily devotional guide, The Daily Fill.
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