So here is the bible study I mentioned in my post Confidence for those of you who were unable to open the file I uploaded. The title says it all, and this image was just perfect. This study doesn’t just explain that as Christians we should take a stand, it also explores why and how. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: This works well for personal study time, but may be more profitable in a group setting. I highly encourage doing this brief study with a friend for the maximum benefit. Maybe meet over coffee??
Taking a Stand: Why and How?
Daniel chapter 1; 2:1-23 & 28-30; 3:10-30. Hebrews 12:1-2; Isaiah 61:10; 1 Peter 1:3-7; and Jude 24-25.
Daniel 1: 1-5
- What do you think King Nebuchadnezzar’s plan was in verses 3-5?
- Why do you think he chose to shape and mold the “good-looking” youths of Israel?
- How is this similar to how the secular world in our time functions today? (think Media, music, school…)
- What was Daniel determined not to do, and how do you think it relates to the King’s plan?
- Daniel remained firm in his convictions, as did his friends, what was their reward? (15-17)
- In light of the gifts God had given the four young men, and of the decision the king had made, how do you think God planned to overrule the king’s agenda?
- What’s one reason why, according to the preceding passages, we should remain firm in our faith?
- What was King Nebuchadnezzar’s problem, and how did the wisemen answer him?
- What is the conviction of the king in verse 9, and why do you think its important?
- How did the king respond to the wisemen and enchanters’ reply in verse 10? In what ways is this the perfect set-up for God to reveal himself?
- How did God answer Daniel’s prayers?
- Do you think God intentionally planned to reveal himself to the king of Babylon this way?
- What does Daniel say about God in verses 20-23, and why does he praise Him?
*As you read on through the rest of the chapter, Daniel approaches the king and tells him both the dream and its meaning. *
- In verses 28-30, what does Daniel reveal to the king about God?
- Why did God allow the king to have the dream, and have Daniel interpret it?
- According to all we’ve read so far, why do you think its important for us to stand in our faith in Christ, even in a polytheistic, atheistic, and anti-theistic culture?
**Application question: Daniel was determined to remain firm in God, and setup boundaries in his life that kept him from losing his grip on God. How can we learn from Daniel’s example and begin to see the seriousness of the state of the world? What boundaries do we need to setup in our lives as American citizens today? What boundaries do you need to setup to remain firm in your faith in Jesus considering the temptations and pressures you face daily? **
Daniel 3: 10-18
- What were the circumstances Daniel’s friends were faced with, and how did they respond?
- How were the three men rewarded for their faith?
- How did their firm conviction affect the king, and the kingdom, of Babylon?
- Why is it important to remain in Christ when faced with opposition and persecution?
**Application Question: Mishael, Azariah, and Hananiah were all very close friends and encouraged each other to continue on in their faith in God, even though they were a minority. What friendships do you have that help you stand firm in your faith? What friendships do you have that distract you from your faith? How can you be a friend who encourages others in their faith? **
- According to these verses, what is the race and what trips us up as we run?
- Where should our focus be on this endurance race?
Isaiah 61:10; 1 Peter 1:3-7; Jude 24-25
- According to these passages, why should we keep our focus on Jesus and not be held down by sin?
**Application Question: How can you remain firm in the Gospel, and accurately represent Christ, when faced with the reality of your own personal sin-nature, and what step do you need to take today to make that happen? **