SERIES: Distance Learning: Choose to Flourish in Exile
SERMON: But If Not | Daniel 3:1-30
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 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. You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it?
2. Share with your group your thoughts about this statement that Pastor Ryan made: “Faith is a posture of surrender, not a position of control.”
3. Pastor Ryan brought to light three things that the lives of “Shadmego” call us to. What are they, and how is each particularly relevant for you right now?
4. What is one way a “But if not” life looks like for you this week?
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, meditate on 1 Peter 1:6-9.
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.
James 1:2-3 (ESV): “2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
Lord, thank you that our comfort in trial is great in Jesus. Nothing in the world can bring us the comfort and peace that you alone can offer. Thank you that you understand our trials, and you care. Through our own struggles and challenges, help us to be your vessels to offer comfort and strength to others, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Is anyone in your circle or community struggling? What could you do this week to come alongside them and encourage them in the Lord? Think about ways you might encourage others and help them in their journey with Jesus.
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