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THRIVING IN BABYLON – Week 1                                           

Life Group Questions:

  • What are some examples of things that went from being shamefully hidden in the past to now being celebrated publicly?
  • What tactics and strategies did the king use to strip Daniel from the things of God?
  • How do you personally make a decision to stand out for God? What does that look like in your life? Family?
  • Read Daniel 1:8- what did Daniel resolve himself to? What had he pre-decided to do or not to do?
  • What are you resolved to?
  • What predetermined decisions do I need to make to thrive in my relationship with God?
  • Read Ephesians 6:11-18. Name the pieces of armor we are to put on as believers. Spend time praying as a group as you put on your full armor.

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

KEY THOUGHT: Be remembered because you thrived for God in Babylon not because you blended in.

Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility—young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. – Daniel 1:3-5

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. – Ephesians 6:11-13

Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego. 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 this way. – Daniel 1:6-8

12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. – Daniel 1:12-15

19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. – Daniel 1:19

KEY THOUGHT: Be remembered because you thrived for God in Babylon not because you blended in.

 

 

 

 

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