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Sermon Notes – Daniel 1

Sermon Notes – Daniel 1

Daniel 1

Resolved: Honor the Lord and Love the Nations

Pastor Edgar Aponte

The Lord is calling us to trust Him and to make Him known in our city and society.

 

  1. Trust the Sovereign Lord, remember He is not surprised by what is happening in the world.
    1. Battle of Carchemish (605 BC)
    2. Deuteronomy 28:15, 64
    3. Daniel 1:2
    4. Chicken Little

 

  1. Babylon wants to disciple you and reprogram you. Resolve to be shaped by the Word of God!
    1. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
    2. Extravagant Feast
    3. “Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” Andrew Fletcher
    4. Babylonian Strategy
      1. Isolation
      2. Indoctrination
  • Identity
  1. “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.” Adolf Hitler
  • Daniel — My Judge is God
  • Hananiah — Yahweh has shown grace
  • Mishael — Who is like God?
  • Azariah — Yahweh helps
    • Belteshazzar — Bel protects his life
    • Shadrach — the command of Aku
    • Meshach — who is like Aku?
    • Abednego — servant of Nebo
  1. Resolve that the world will not win your mind and affections, so you can be a blessing to the world.
    1. Daniel 1:9-12
    2. Illustration: Trapeze Artist (Circus)
    3. “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” William Carey
    4. Daniel 1:17
  2. Think like a missionary by using your vocation to be a witness and a blessing to the city.
    1. Jeremiah 29:7
    2. Daniel 1:19-21
    3. Church in Ras Al-Khaimah

SERMON-BASED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 

Scripture: Daniel 1

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: October 1. 2023

 

LEADER’S NOTES:

  • The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  • There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  • Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style.

 

GENERAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  2. What parts are the most challenging and why?
  3. What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

READ DANIEL 1

 

  1. How do Daniel and his friends illustrate what it looks like to not be conformed to their culture, but to be transformed by trust in God (see Romans 12:2)?
  • What might a similar resolve look like for us today?
  • How might we learn from Daniel’s resolve AND respectful approach to honoring God in the midst of a pagan culture?

 

  1. In what ways do we see God’s supernatural provision for Daniel and his three friends in this passage?
  • How does this outcome for Daniel and his friends encourage you to trust God even when it might seem risky?
  • How might the emphasis on the wisdom and understanding (that God gave them) be relevant in how we stand firm in our convictions today?

 

  1. Share a time in your life when you have had to choose between obeying God or conforming to external pressures? What did you learn from this experience?