Daniel Facing the Beasts
Faithful in Exile: “Only God Will Reign Forever”

Passage: Daniel 7:1-18 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary To live faithfully in exile, we need to be both “heavenly-minded” and earthly-rooted. In fact, it is only when we have a “heavenly imagination”—when we can see the Son of Man reigning eternally from his throne in heaven—that we can truly be of…

Daniel Facing the Beasts
Faithful in Exile: “The Lord Responds to Confession”

Passage: Daniel 9:1-23 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary To live faithfully in exile, we need to be a people who understands our own sin and confesses it before God. In Daniel 9, Daniel shows us what it looks like to boldly confess the sins of one’s people and to receive mercy…

Daniel Facing the Beasts
Faithful in Exile: “God’s Faithfulness Delivers Us”

Passage: Daniel 6:1-23 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary To live faithfully in exile, we need to be people of integrity—people who live “whole,” consistent, and integrated lives—both as individuals, and corporately. In Daniel 6, we see in Daniel a portrait of true integrity. Daniel had spent almost seventy years serving three…

Daniel Facing the Beasts
Faithful in Exile: “God Restores the Humble”

Passage: Daniel 4:28-37 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary To live faithfully in exile, we need to have the correct posture. We need to be a humble people who recognize that we live under the authority of God and in complete dependence on him. To do this, we first need to recognize…

Daniel Facing the Beasts
Faithful in Exile: “The Lord is in the Fire”

Passage: Daniel 3:13–26 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Being faithful to God in exile involves worshipping him alone amidst the competing idols and ideologies of our day. Doing so is often costly but it’s a powerful witness to our surrounding culture and it makes compelling our “subversive Savior” who himself enters…

Daniel Facing the Beasts
Faithful in Exile: “The Lord Remains King”

Passage: Daniel 2:31–45 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary When living in exile, we, like everyone else, are faced with the “mystery” of what life is all about. Though we will never find the answer to this mystery by looking inside of ourselves, we have a God who graciously provides an interpretation…

Daniel Facing the Beasts
Faithful in Exile: “The Lord is Faithful”

Passage: Daniel 1:1–21 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Most of the Bible was written by and for a people “in exile”—people living among a culture that didn’t share its basic beliefs, values, or outlook on the world—and today, as well it can feel like we’re living “in exile” as Christians. In exile,…

Hiding in Plain Sight: East of Eden

Today’s post is part of a series to help us take what we learn on Sunday into the rest of the week. These posts summarize the main points from the week’s sermon and include questions for continued reflection and prayer. The posts in this series are written by members of our church’s Adult Christian Formation…

 
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