We all have had times of disruption …

We are going through a time of disruption right now. No matter your feeling about Covid-19 this has undoubtedly brought about disorder, confusion, disorganization and for some, turmoil, that are altering our culture, our region, our lives and our world ... and it’s not over yet.
 

Join us in this 5 week study of Daniel. When we look at Daniel we’ll quickly see that disruptions are not chance. The divine is behind every disruption.

• Read Jeremiah 25:1-14 – Dive deep into the discussion about God’s Sovereignty (rule or control). Who and what was He in control of in this passage. What did He do with Judah, Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon in this passage. What does that teach us about God’s Control?

 

• Of the three areas Judah struggled (Materialism, Idolatry and Pride), which one(s) do you feel impact you most? What Scripture passages would you use to help each other focus on gaining freedom from those things?

• Worry is a primary response to Disruption. Why? What can we do to battle worry? What Scripture can we use to help us deal with our worry?

 

• What one personal lesson would you take away from today’s discussion? Can you share a specific growth goal to aim for? Pray for each other to become more like Christ through our disruptions.

Questions For Discussion

Week 1: Behind the Disruption

DISRUPTED: What To Do When Everything Changes

 

Disruptions are not chance. The divine is behind every disruption.

Daniel 1:2 “And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his (Nebuchadnezzar) hand…”

 

God Brings Disruption on Judah.

Jeremiah 25:1-7 The repeated phrase of this text is … “you did not listen.” V. 3, 4, 7, 8

 

What had the people of Judah been warned about?

 

1. Materialism – Living for More. Sometimes the best way to get ahead is to slow down, prioritize and rest!

We stand to lose it all if we don’t listen to God’s commands.

 

2. Idolatry – Living for other gods. Jer. 7:17-19; 32:26-35

For God to be God to us, there is to be no other before Him.

 

3. Pride – Taking credit for God’s Goodness. 2 Kings 20:12-19 – Hezekiah took credit for God’s Goodness.

 

What to Do in Disruption:

Don’t Worry - God is in control

Don’t wander - God Keeps His word

Don’t Wait - God has provided a way out of judgement

Week 1 Sermon Notes

 Read 2 Kings 20:18 & Daniel 1:1-7 and detail the disruptions of the lives of these teen boys that lasted the rest of their days. Discuss some other biblical characters who also went through major disruptions? What was their response to their disruption?

 

Discuss Daniel’s “resolve” in his heart to not defile himself with the king’s food. What does heart devotion look like? How does one get it? Can you think of any Scripture that talks about this?

 

Have you gone through or are going through some life disruptions – a death, divorce, job challenge, physical issue, abuse, pandemic, etc. and thought or are thinking “why even bother?” Would you share any of that with the group?

Questions For Discussion

Week 1: Behind the Disruption

DISRUPTED: What To Do When Everything Changes

1. Devotion starts in your heart.

V. 8 Daniel knew that God brought Judah to captivity because of their failure to obey His laws, so he started at the beginning by keeping God’s law and not giving any credence by resisting food offered to another god. Resolve in your heart.

V. 8 “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself in this way.”

 

“Resolved” = “Purposed in his heart”

 

This wasn’t lip service or going through the motions because others would be looking. Daniel had an authentic resolve and loyalty on the inside toward God. He made a decision in his heart to love God and be loyal to His Word. Groups help. In his early years, God gave Daniel a group of 3 other teens that were going the same direction.

 

2 Timothy 2:22 “Although Daniel was captured by the enemy, his heart would never be.”

 

2. Devotion experiences God’s working. V. 9, 17, 20

 

Application:

- Give your heart and life to God.

- Follow with others.

- Experience God making things happen.

Week 2 Sermon Notes

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