Waking up in OzTRANSCRIPT OF THIS SERMON
- Perspective (v. 1:1-2)
- People (v. 1:3-7)
- Perseverance (v. 1:8-21)
- What stuck out to you from this week’s sermon?
- What is your perspective and attitude toward what is happening in our country? What was Daniel’s perspective on what was happening to his country (1:1-2)? Daniel knew that God was in control of who was in control and this simple truth directed his life. Do you truly believe that God is in control of who is in control? (Daniel 1:1-2)
- Community isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. We live in a time of epic loneliness. We seem to love stuff and use people. Why is it impossible to truly grow in Christ while in isolation from the body of Christ? What steps can you take to create and cultivate community instead of consume community? (Daniel 1:3-7)
- When faced with the darkness in our nation, what is your go-to reaction? What was Daniel’s reaction to the culture of his time (v. 1:8)? Why do little steps of obedience matter? What little steps of faith & obedience is Jesus asking you to take today?
- When we persevere it opens up places for God to show up. Where have you given up instead of looking up and trusting God to show up and help you grow up? (Daniel 1:9;17)
1In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and he brought the vessels into the treasury of his god.
3Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his officials, to bring in some of the sons of Israel, including some of the royal family and of the nobles, 4youths in whom was no defect, who were good-looking, showing intelligence in every branch of wisdom, endowed with understanding and discerning knowledge, and who had ability for serving in the king’s court; and he ordered him to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5The king appointed for them a daily ration from the king’s choice food and from the wine which he drank, and appointed that they should be educated three years, at the end of which they were to enter the king’s personal service. 6Now among them from the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7Then the commander of the officials assigned new names to them; and to Daniel he assigned the name Belteshazzar, to Hananiah Shadrach, to Mishael Meshach and to Azariah Abed-nego.