Because God is faithful, your faith can impact your Babylon.
Scripture: Daniel 3
- Many of us treat faith like an insurance policy we don't ever intend to use. When have you viewed faith this way? What's the danger in that?
- How are you currently struggling with conforming? How are you drawing strength from God's presence?
- King Nebuchadnezzar is a warning to us - in Daniel 3 we see Nebuchadnezzar as idolatrous, self-centered, and narcissistic. How is this a picture of our flesh in opposition to God?
- All the royal officials robotically bow down and worship like Babylon tells them to do. They 'drink the kool aid.' What 'kool aid' are you most tempted to drink?
- Real faith is countercultural - it stands out. How can this look in your setting?
- Lukewarm faith can justify anything. How are you struggling with self-justification?
- Counter-cultural faith at times draws criticism. How has faith cost you?
- Real faith is fleshed out in real community. We may lose some friends but we gain a family. How is community forged between the 3 friends?
- What does this statement mean to you: 'If you are going to be clear on what kind of kool aid you're drinking, you need others who are in your kool aid.'
- The 3 friends say, 'God can... but even if he doesn't' (Dan 3:17-18). How is this encouraging to you in your current situation?
- What is the significance of the '4th man' in the fire? What does this tell you about God? How does this point to Christ?