SERIES: Distance Learning: Choose to Flourish in Exile
SERMON: Firm Ground in a Falling World | Daniel 2:1-49
TEACHER: Ryan Paulson, Lead Pastor
Our new fall series, DISTANCE LEARNING: Choose to Flourish in Exile, is 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. If you were a superhero, what would your weakness be?
2. Review your outline. The text gives us four things to focus on when a crisis hits. Discuss: (a) What are some of your thoughts and responses to each? (b) Why is it important for you to keep each in mind when a crisis hits?
3. How can you practice the “three affirmations” as you live your life in God’s presence this week?
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, meditate on Daniel 2:20-23.
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.
Philippians 1:9-10: “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”
God our Father, You have a plan for each one of us, You hold out to us a future full of hope.
Give us the wisdom of your Spirit so that we can see the shape of your plan in the gifts you have given us, and in the circumstances of our daily lives.
Give us the freedom of your Spirit, to seek you with all our hearts, and to choose your will above all else. In Jesus Name, Amen.
What is it you sense God is trying to do through you in your community? Pray for wisdom and boldness to act accordingly with God’s will in your neighborhood, life groups, and those you have influence with.
Read and study Proverbs 3, or access our daily devotional guide, The Daily Fill.
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