Adult & Teen Discussion Guide
1. Primary Statement
Through the Holy Spirit, God wants to use believers to get engaged in serving and make up the body of Christ – the Church. Often times, though, we feel like our lack of skills, qualifications or training leaves us without anything to offer. The truth is, God is looking for people just like you to accomplish His will on the earth.
2. Bible Verse
1 Corinthians 1:26-27 [ESV] “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”
Q. Think of someone in today’s world who has done, or is doing, big things for God. How qualified do they seem to you? How skilled? Does that intimidate you or encourage you?
Q. Now, imagine that same person when the Lord first called them to serve. How qualified or prepared do you think they felt at the time? Does that change how you feel about your own readiness to serve God?
Judges 6:12-16 [NLT] “Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!…Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!’ ‘But Lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!’ The Lord said to him, ‘I will be with you.’”
Q. What is your family history and background? Believers or unbelievers? Casual Christians or ardent God-followers? Have you served God since childhood, or did you come to accept Him as an adult?
Q. How might God be able to use your past to equip you for His service?
4. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for calling you to be part of the body of Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you engage in the Church to accomplish His will.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
1. Power Verse
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.”
“Gotta Stay Humble, Got To Pray, & God Will Heal Our Land Today!”
In our series, “Soul Food”, we continue to find out the key ingredients for a healthy Christian life. This week, we learn that humility is one of those ingredients. Humility is essential for serving God and giving Him all the glory each day. We learn from the example of King Nebuchadnezzar what can happen if we are prideful.
2. Bible Reading
Read: Daniel 4:24-37
24 “Your Majesty, here is what your dream means. The Most High God has given an order against you. 25 You will be driven away from people. You will live with the wild animals. You will eat grass just as an ox does. You will become wet with the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass by for you. Then you will recognize that the Most High God rules over all kingdoms on earth. He gives them to anyone he wants. 26 But he gave a command to leave the stump of the tree along with its roots. That means your kingdom will be given back to you. It will happen when you recognize that the God of heaven rules. 27 So, Your Majesty, I hope you will accept my advice. Stop being sinful. Do what is right. Give up your evil practices. Show kindness to those who are being treated badly. Then perhaps things will continue to go well with you.”
Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Comes True
28 All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 It took place twelve months later. He was walking on the roof of his palace in Babylon. 30 He said, “Isn’t this the great Babylon I have built as a place for my royal palace? I used my mighty power to build it. It shows how glorious my majesty is.”
31 He was still speaking when he heard a voice from heaven. It said, “King Nebuchadnezzar, here is what has been ordered concerning you. Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people. You will live with the wild animals. You will eat grass just as an ox does. Seven periods of time will pass by for you. Then you will recognize that the Most High God rules over all kingdoms on earth. He gives them to anyone he wants.”
33 What had been said about King Nebuchadnezzar came true at once. He was driven away from people. He ate grass just as an ox does. His body became wet with the dew of heaven. He stayed that way until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle. His nails became like the claws of a bird.
34 At the end of that time I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up toward heaven. My mind became clear again. Then I praised the Most High God. I gave honor and glory to the God who lives forever.
His rule will last forever.
His kingdom will never end.
35 He considers all the nations on earth
to be nothing.
He does as he pleases
with the powers of heaven.
He does what he wants
with the nations of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand.
No one can say to him,
“What have you done?”
36 My honor and glory were returned to me when my mind became clear again. The glory of my kingdom was given back to me. My advisers and nobles came to me. And I was put back on my throne. I became even greater than I had been before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, give praise and honor and glory to the King of heaven. Everything he does is right. All his ways are fair. He is able to bring down those who live proudly.
Q. Whom did King Nebuchadnezzar think was the reason for all of his success?
Q. What did Daniel say would happen to King Nebuchadnezzar if he continued to have pride? How did he respond?
Q. What did God do to King Nebuchadnezzar as punishment for his pride? Then what happened when the time passed?
King Nebuchadnezzar was very prideful and took all of the credit and glory for himself, instead of giving God glory. When God saw this, God removed King Nebuchadnezzar from his position as king of Babylon until he was humbled and began to give God all of the glory. We learn from our Power Verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14, that God says we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our sin. If we do those things, He says He will hear us, forgive us, and heal our land.
Q. What are some ways you can become too prideful in your own life?
Q. What can you do to make sure you never allow pride to keep you from giving God all of the glory?
4. Prayer Focus
Pray that your children would humble themselves before God, pray, seek Him whenever they face life’s many difficult situations, and always run from sin.
Daniel in the Lions’ Den
What kind of character did Daniel have that made Darius want to trust him over the whole kingdom?
Darius fell into the flattery of the administrators & satraps. What does the Bible say about the words of the wicked?
What was Daniel’s response upon learning about the decree?
What should we do if faced with a hard decision as Daniel was?
How did Darius feel about Daniel being thrown into the lion’s den, even though Daniel had disobeyed the decree?
Daniel 6:14, 16, & 18
What two reasons does the Bible give as to why God saved Daniel from the lions?
This was great for Daniel but remember it is unwise to draw conclusions from consequences. Hebrews 11, the hall of faith chapter, names great men & women of faith. Verses 1-35 describe the people of faith & their achievements & blessings. Verses 36-40 describe others of great faith & yet they were persecuted & martyred.
What happened to those who lied & plotted against Daniel?
How did Darius, considered the god of the land, glorify the one true living God?
“True Bible faith is confident obedience to God’s Word in spite of circumstances & consequences. It is our total response to what God has revealed in His Word.”