FAMILY MATTERS – Week 3
Life Group Questions:
- What did you learn about Daniel’s life that you had not known before? (Daniel 6:1-3)
- Share an example of how obedience to God has led to opposition from others in your life.
- Pastor Luke said, “If you are not ready to face opposition for your obedience to God, you are not ready to be used by God.” Do you believe that to be true? Are you honestly willing to endure that to obey God?
- What do you think you would have done in Daniel’s circumstance?
- Have you ever thought about the fact that Daniel (as well as others in the Bible) didn’t know how their stories were going to turn out? Daniel stayed faithful and obedient, not knowing the outcome. Read Daniel 6:10. Look at Daniel’s commitment to his God. How does his faith challenge you?
- What do you want your legacy to be?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. – Daniel 6:1-3
THREE TRUTHS TO HELP YOU LEAD WELL:
1) OBEDIENCE TO GOD MAY LEAD TO OPPOSITION FROM PEOPLE.
4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” -Daniel 6:4-5
2) KNEEL TO PRAY FOR STRENGTH TO STAND.
10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. – Daniel 6:10
3) DO WHAT’S RIGHT AND TRUST GOD WITH THE RESULTS.
22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. – Daniel 6:22-23