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Key Thought:

No matter what others say, be faithful to God because He’s faithful to you.


Key Quote

“The fruit of the spirit isn’t ‘other-control’ or ‘situation-control’ it’s self-control.” – Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • Tell the group about one good thing that’s happened to you this year.
  • How has your day to day life changed as a result of the pandemic?
  • What’s your favorite home cooked meal?
  • Name a positive societal change that’s happened as a result of the pandemic.



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why is cancel culture so harmful to society?
  • How can thanking God for a hardship change your attitude towards the situation?
  • Why can it be difficult to speak up about our beliefs?
  • What does the world need to see about the love of Jesus Christ?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Do you feel closer to God in good times or bad? Give an example.
  • What is something you’re having to go to God in prayer about?
  • When was a time you felt stuck in life? Do you feel stuck right now?
  • When was a time you were pressured to deny your devotion to God for the sake of popular opinion? When was a time you held firm to God when you were pressured to turn your back on Him?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, we ask that you bring unity to our lives right now; to our relationships, our families, our city, and our nation. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Daniel set an example of how to thank and worship God even in the midst of hardship. Write down something or someone you’ve been angry towards. Thank God for that situation and ask Him to change your attitude towards it.
  • Sometimes it can be scary to speak up about our faith, because we fear what people may think. Every day this week, ask God for the opportunity to share your faith with someone and the courage to actually do it when the moment arrives.
  • In what ways can you specifically thank God for your struggles today? Make a list, then thank God for them during your prayer time for the next week. Tell the group how it’s worked out when you meet again.
  • Make a list of people who you think would be the least receptive if you invited them to church, then invite them all.


Scriptures

Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a high officer to rule over each province. The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests. Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. Daniel 6: 1-3 NLT

Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.” So the administrators and high officers went to the king and said, “Long live King Darius! We are all in agreement—we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors—that the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions. And now, Your Majesty, issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed, an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.” So King Darius signed the law. Daniel 6:4-9 NLT

But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Then the officials went together to Daniel’s house and found him praying and asking for God’s help. Daniel 6:10-11 NLT

Then they told the king, “That man Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is ignoring you and your law. He still prays to his God three times a day.” Hearing this, the king was deeply troubled, and he tried to think of a way to save Daniel. He spent the rest of the day looking for a way to get Daniel out of this predicament. Daniel 6:13-14 NLT

So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.” Daniel 6:16 NLT

A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel. Daniel 6:17 NLT

Very early the next morning, the king got up and hurried out to the lions’ den. When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “Long live the king! My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.” Daniel 6:19-22 NLT

The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God. Daniel 6:23 NLT

Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: “Peace and prosperity to you! “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. Daniel 6:25-26 NLT

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. Colossians 2:13 NLT


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