Monday, October 16, 2017

Job, the man whose integrity God tested

Theme: Integrity under fire

  • Job 1:13-22
  • Job 2:1-10
  • Job 27:1-6
  • Job 31:5-8
  • Job 38:1-7
  • Job 42:1-6

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: Job maintained his integrity while going through great pain and adversity.
Think: Condition my thinking to respond to every difficulty with faith and integrity.
Do: Strengthen my walk with Christ daily so my relationship with Him will grow during times of testing.

Notes and questions:
B1 Job’s character
C1 Blameless
C2 Upright
C3 Fears God
C4 Avoids evil
C5 Blessed with wife, daughters, sons, and riches.
B2 Job 1
C1 Job 1:6-7, MEV Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Adversary also came among them. 7 And the Lord said to the Adversary, “From where have you come?” Then the Adversary answered the Lord, saying, “From roaming on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
D1 Sons of God are angels. The Adversary (satan) was also there. This is the satan who was the guardian angel before he sinned.
D2 Was God ignorant of where satan has been, and what he was doing?
D3 What is the adversary doing while he is roaming the earth? 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
C2 Job 1:8-11, Why did satan accuse Job of being protected? Why was he accusing God of protecting Job? Did satan really think that Job would sin without this protection?
C3 Job 1:12, Does satan need permission to harass us, tempt us, prosecute us?
C4 Job 1:13-19, What did Job lose? Could any of us live through such a thing?
C5 Stress may cause:
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Boredom
  • Guilt
C6 Which may lead to:
  • Angry outbursts
  • Constant worrying
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Carelessness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty getting along with others
  • Lack of energy
  • An inclination toward mistakes
  • Withdrawal from others
  • Thoughts about death and suicide
  • Hiding from responsibilities
C7 Job 1:20-22, What was Job’s response?
B3 Job 2:1-10,
C1 Again the satan comes, and God asks him, “What have been doing?” Sassily, he answers God. Are there people who spoke to Jesus like that? Are there people with that attitude today? Where do they get that attitude?
C2  God then gives permission for further testing--this time against Job’s body.
C3 What does the devil hope to get from all this sorrow? What is God teaching us through this history of Job?
C4 Mrs. Job,  His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die.” Job 2:9, MEV. What has happened to Job’s wife?
B4 Job 27:1-6,
C1 Who does Job blame for all his problems? Who does Adam blame for his problems? Genesis 3:12 NRSV  The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate." Who gets the most blame for disasters in society and personal life today? Why do we do that?
C2 Why do Job’s friends insist that Job has sinned? Why do they insist that Job is not telling the truth?
C3 Job, under persecution, maintains his integrity. He will not lie to receive their friendship. How do the saints maintain integrity under persecution?
C4 What causes people to lose their faith today?
C5 Do you know someone who has lost their faith? How would you counsel?
D1 Perhaps there is more to god than meets the eye. I lost my love and trust in god just by looking around and seeing all the pain and suffering good people endure. The injustice, the senseless violence, the sexual slavery, the illnesses. All because god allows it. How could I EVER have faith in such an evil, heinous and despicable entity. he won't be there for you either.
D2 Accidents kill and maim people every day. I remember an instance where a beautiful little 2 year old girl fell into a sewer and drowned in excrement. It broke my heart. Multiply this by thousands and you can see we have a god that revels in the pain and suffering of all his creatures, and all the while pretends to love us.
It doesn't make sense to me. They say God has a plan for everyone, so he has planned for us to do everything. Which would mean we have no free will. Just the illusion of freewill, if everything is pre planned. Furthermore, why would God be upset with us for sinning, IF HE PLANNED IT TO HAPPEN?! The same with Judeus! HE WAS MEANT TO BETRAY JESUS! WHY WAS HE PUNISHED, FOR FOLLOWING GOD'S PLAN?
Another thing is this. How can I trust a God, if that God killed millions of people because they simply pissed him or her off? They say everything in the bible is true, so god DELIBERATELY FLOODED THE EARTH BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE ANNOYING HIM, EVEN THOUGH HE PLANNED THEM TO DO JUST THAT?! How do I know he won't kill me?
My prayers, even when I needed God most, even when I had severe anxiety attacks and had to stay at home for a month to adjust to medication, when I prayed, nothing happened. NOTHING. My prayers weren't answered. I just bought medication. That fixed the problem. Prayers have never helped me. Ever. The odd time could be when I prayed to find lost things, but even then I would have found them regardless after looking for a bit longer. If I need something done, I feel as though no amount of praying will help me. I need to solve my problems myself.
I personally feel as though God has flawed logic, and is unreliable. Who knows, maybe he'll kill me for writing this, but then again, he PLANNED me to write this. Right?
C6 Knowing what Job faced, how would you answer the above 3 people and their complaints about God?
C7 How do the following verses apply to suffering?
D1 Matthew 5:10-12 NRSV  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  (11)  "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  (12)  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
D2 1 Peter 4:12-16 NRSV  Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  (13)  But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.  (14)  If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.  (15)  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief maker.  (16)  Yet if any of you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God because you bear this name.
D3 Luke 8:11-15 NKJV  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  (12)  Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  (13)  But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.  (14)  Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.  (15)  But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
C8 Why did these continue in the faith?

George Wagner, of Emmerich, was apprehended at Munich, in Bavaria, on account of four articles of the faith. First, That the priest cannot forgive sins. Secondly, That he does not believe that a man can bring down God from heaven. Thirdly, That he does not believe that God or Christ is bodily in the bread which the priest has upon the altar; but that it is the bread of the Lord. Fourthly, That he did not hold to the belief that water baptism possessed any saving power. As he would not renounce these articles, he was most severely tormented, so that the prince felt great compassion for him, and personally came to him in the prison, and earnestly admonished him thereto, promising that he would call him his friend all his life time. Thus also the tutor of the prince, earnestly admonished him to recant, and likewise made him many promises. Ultimately his wife and child were brought before him in prison in order, on this wise to move him to recant. But neither was he to be moved in this way; for he said that though his wife and child were so dear to him that the prince could not buy them with all his dominion, yet he would not forsake his God and Lord on their account. Many priests and others also came to him, to persuade him; but he was steadfast and immovable in that which God had given him to know. Hence he was finally sentenced to the fire and death.
Having been delivered into the hands of the executioner, and led into the middle of the city, he said: "Today I will confess my God before all the world." He had such joy in Christ Jesus, that his face did not pale, nor his eyes show fear; but he went smilingly to the fire, where the executioner bound him on the ladder, and tied a little bag of powder to his neck, at which he said: "Be it done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;" and having smilingly bid farewell to a Christian, who was there, he was thrust into the fire by the executioner, and happily offered up his spirit, on the eighth day of February, A. D. 1527. The sheriff, however, surnamed Eisenreich von Landsberg, while returning home from the place!!of execution, traveling on horseback; purposing to apprehend others of the brethren, died suddenly in the night, and was found dead in his bed in the morning, having thus been removed through the wrath of God.

On the 15th of November, 1527, Weynken, daughter of Claes, was brought prisoner from the castle of Woerden to the Hague, whither on the 17th day of the same month, came also the count of Hooghstraten, Governor in Holland. On the 18th, the aforesaid Weynken was arraigned before the governor and the full council of Holland. There a woman asked her
"Have you well considered the things which my lords proposed to you?"
Am. "I abide by what I have said."
Ques. "If you do not speak differently, and turn from your error, you will be subjected to an intolerable death." '
Am. "If power is given you from above I am ready to suffer." John 19:11.
Ques. "Do you then, not fear death, which you have never tasted?"
Am. "This is true; but I shall never taste death, for Christ says: `If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.' (John 8:51) The rich man tasted death, and shall taste it forever." (Luke 16:23)
Ques. "What do you hold concerning the sacrament?"
Am. "I hold your sacrament to be bread and flour, and if you hold it as God, I say that it is your devil."
Ques. "What do you hold concerning the saints?"
Am. "I know no other Mediator than Christ." (I John 2:19)
Ques. "You must die, if you abide by this."
Am. "I am already dead." (Gal. 2:19)
Ques. "If you are dead, how can you speak?"
Ans. "The spirit lives in me; the Lord is in me, and I am in Him." (John 14:20)
Ques. "Will you have 'a confessor, or not?"
Am. "I have Christ, to Him I confess; nevertheless, if I have offended any, I would willingly ask them to forgive me."
Ques. "Who has taught you this opinion, and how did you come to it?"
Am. "The Lord, who calls all men to Him; I am also one of His sheep; therefore I hear His voice." (John 10:27)
Ques. "Are you alone called?"
Am. "No; for the Lord calls to Him all that are heavy laden." (Matt. 28:11)
After many like words Weynken was led back to prison. During the two following days she was entreated and tempted by various persons, namely by monks, priests, women, and her nearest friends.

Among others, a woman came to her, prompted by sincerity, who commiserated her after this manner
"Dear mother, can you not think what you please, and keep it to yourself? then you will not die."
Weynken replied: "Dear sister; I am commanded to speak, and am.constrained to do so; hence I cannot remain silent about it."
Wom. "Then, ' I am afraid, they, will put you to death."
Ans. "Though they burn me tomorrow, or put me into a bag, I care not; as the Lord has ordained it, so, it must be, and not otherwise; I will adhere to the Lord."
Wom. "If you have done nothing else, I hope you will not die."
Ans. "As for me; it matters not; but when I come down from the hall, I cry bitterly; and it grieves me to see that these good men are all so blinded. I will pray the Lord for them."
Two Dominican friars also came to her, the one as a confessor, and the other as an instructor. The latter showed her the crucifix, saying, "See, here is your Lord and your God."
She answered, "This is not my God; the cross by which I have been redeemed, is adifierent one. This is a wooden god; throw him into the fire, and warm yourselves with him."
The other asked her in the morning of the day when she was to die, whether she would not receive the sacrament, adding that he would willingly administer it to her. She said: "What God would you give me? one that is perishable, and is sold for a farthing?"
And to the priest or monk, who rejoiced that he had read mass that day, she said that he had crucified God anew. He said, "It appears to me that you have fallen unto error."
Weynken replied: "I cannot help it, my Lord and my God, to whom be eternal honor, praise, and thanksgiving (Rev. 4:11), has thus given it unto me."
Ques. " What do you hold concerning the holy oil?"
Ans. "Oil is good for salad, or to oil your shoes with." I Tim. 4:4.
In the middle of the week she was brought before the Court, and when she came into the hall, the monk went up to her, and held the crucifix before her face, saying, "Do recant before sentence is passed." But Weynken turned from the crucifix, saying, "I adhere to my Lord and God; neither death nor life shall separate me from Him." (Rom. 8:39.)
As she stood before the judge, the monk whispered into her ear, "Fall down upon monk knees, and ask the Lord for pardon." She replied, "Be still. Did I not tell you, that you should not draw me from my Lord."
The Dean of Naeldwijck, subcommissary and inquisitor, read the sentence in Latin, from a document, and repeating it in Dutch, said briefly, that she was found to be in error with regard to the sacrament, and that she immovably adhered to it. Hence, he decided that she was a heretic, and delivered Weynken to the secular arm, with the protest that he did not consent to her death. He then retired from the council, together with his two associate ecclesiastics.
The chancellor immediately read, that she, as reported, had been found obstinate, which could not be passed by without punishment, and that she should be burnt to ashes; and all her property be confiscated. '
Then Weynken said,  "Has all been done now? I beg you all, that if I have harmed or offended any, you will forgive me."
The monk then said to her, "Now for once kiss your Lord and God."
She answered, "This is not my Lord."
As they were leaving the council chamber, the monk said to her that she should call upon our Lady to intercede for her.
She replied, "Our Lady, is well content in God."
Monk: "Call upon her."
Weynken: "We have Christ, who sitteth on the right hand of His Father. He prays for us," (Romans 8:34).'
On her way from the hall to the scaffold or place of execution, the monk said, "Behold for once your Lord, who died for you."
Weynken: "This is not my Lord and my God; my Lord God is in me, and I in Him."
Monk: "Consider! will you condemn all these lambs, and are they all condemned?"
Weynken: "Not all; judgment belongs unto God." (Heb. 10:30).
Monk: "Do you not fear the severe judgment of God?"
Weynken: "God comes not to condemn sinners, but to give them peace." (Luke 9:56.)
Monk: "Do you not, fear the sentence which you must suffer in the fire?"
Weynken: "No, for I know how I stand with my Lord."

On the scaffold there stood one who said to Weynken, `Mother, turn to the people, and ask them to forgive you, if you have offended any." This she did. Then she assisted the executioners to put the powder into her bosom. Here the monk again tempted her with the cross; but she pushed it away with her hand, turned around, and said, "How you tempt me? My Lord and my God is above." She then went gladly, as though she were going to a marriage; and her face did not once betoken fear of the fire.
The monk said, "Will you not always and firmly adhere to God?"
Weynken said, "Yes, indeed."
Monk: "Now you will have to go into the fire; do recant."
Weynken: "I am well content; the Lord's will must be done."

Monk: "This is not the will of the Lord; the will of God is your sanctification."
The executioner said, "Mother, cleave to God and do not suffer yourself to be drawn away from Him."
In the meantime this pious heroine went alone undauntedly to the bench, and stationed herself at the stake at which she was to be burned, saying,
"Is the bench firm; will I not fall?"
The executioner then made ready the ropes with which he was to strangle her. The woman took off her neckerchief or veil, and put the strap around her neck.
Then the monk exclaimed: "Mother Weynken, will you gladly die as a Christian?"
Ans. "Yes, I will."
Ques. "Do you renounce all heresy?"
Ans. "I do."

Monk: "This is well. Are you also sorry that you have erred?"

Ans. "I formerly did err indeed, and for that I am sorry; this however is no error, but the true way, and I adhere to God."

When she had said this, the executioner began to strangle her, which when she felt it, she cast down her eyes and closed them, as though she had fallen into a sleep, and gave up the ghost, on the twentieth day of November, A. D. 1527.
B5 Job 38:1-7,
C1 Job 38:1-7 NKJV  Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:  (2)  "Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge?  (3)  Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.  (4)  "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.  (5)  Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?  (6)  To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,  (7)  When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
C2 What did Job have to learn?
B6 Job 42:1-6,
C1 Job 42:1-6 NKJV  Then Job answered the LORD and said:  (2)  "I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.  (3)  You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.  (4)  Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, 'I will question you, and you shall answer Me.'  (5)  "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.  (6)  Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes."
C2 Did Job learn what God wanted him to?
C3 Why did Job keep the faith when many do not?
C4 Will we keep the faith?
C5 Let’s always pray and encourage each other.
B7 Next week:
C1 Joseph, the faithful man who saw tomorrow
C2 Theme: Integrity in temptation
C3 Scriptures:
Genesis 39:1-23
Genesis 45:1-28
Genesis 50:22-26

Friday, October 13, 2017

Daniel, the faithful servant whom God greatly loved

Theme: Integrity Under Pressure

  • Daniel 1:1-21
  • Daniel 6:1-27
  • Daniel 9:1-23

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: Daniel lived with consistent integrity before God and the leaders of an idolatrous nation.
Think: Have the mindset that doing what is right is more important than my comfort or pleasure.
Do: Do what is right, even if it may cost me.

Notes and questions:
B1 Introductory Questions:
C1 What is Christian culture?
D1 "What is Christian culture? It is essentially the Mass. That is not my or anyone’s opinion or theory or wish but the central fact of 2,000 years of history. Christendom, what secularists call Western Civilization, is the Mass and the paraphernalia which protect and facilitate it. All architecture, art, political and social forms, economics, the way people live and feel and think, music, literature ― all these things when they are right are ways of fostering and protecting the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. To enact a sacrifice, there must be an altar, an altar has to have a roof over it in case it rains; to reserve the Blessed Sacrament, we build a little House of Gold and over it a Tower of Ivory with a bell and a garden round it with the roses and lilies of purity, emblems of the Virgin Mary ― Rosa Mystica, Turris Davidica, Turris Eburnea, Domus Aurea, who carried His Body and His Blood in her womb, Body of her body, Blood of her blood. And around the church and garden, where we bury the faithful dead, the caretakers live, the priests and religious whose work is prayer, who keep the Mystery of Faith in its tabernacle of music and words in the Office of the Church; and around them, the faithful who gather to worship and divide the other work that must be done in order to make the perpetuation of the Sacrifice possible – to raise the food and make the clothes and build and keep the peace so that generations to come may live for Him, so that the Sacrifice goes on even until the consummation of the world." - John Senior, from "The Restoration of Christian Culture"  Source
D2 German post-Christian culture:
E1 Because of the church’s past influence, Sunday is a special day in German culture, but it’s no longer because people gather for worship. It’s now merely the day to spend time with family and friends and to rest from a week’s hard work.
E2 In Germany, the body is primarily viewed as part of the animal kingdom (think naturalistic evolution). Apart from the Christian understanding that humans are made in the image of God, the body is no longer revered. The resulting prolific obscenities in advertisements, red-light-infested city districts, legalization of assisted suicide, abortion practices, and fewer couples getting married and having children, all testify to the reality that humanity has lost its grandeur as the pinnacle of God’s good creation. People have forgotten their purpose to bring God glory.
E3 I once had some friends over for a party here in Germany. As I relayed a story of my own, one of them replied, “Wait…you don’t actually believe Jesus is God, do you? The Trinity?” Then he laughed like he was watching a funny cartoon. He thought my story was ridiculous. I wasn’t offended—he’d actually never met anyone that believes what the Bible teaches. But his response was indicative of something larger in the culture here. Source
D3 One of the causes of the decline in cultural Christianity in America is the hypocrisy of Christians who talk the talk, but do not walk the walk. The shameful gap between the "orthodoxy" (sound doctrine) and "orthopraxy" (sound practice) of too many Christians has been, and is, a disgrace to the Gospel. Far too many professing Christians claim Jesus as Lord, but in reality live as if He were merely their relationship advisor, financial consultant, or lucky charm. The often staggering hypocrisy of too much of the American church often suffocates the witness and stifles evangelism and discipleship. Source
C2 Is there a difference between what the New Testament teaches for Christians and Christian culture?
C3 Does Christian culture change with time or location?
C4 Is it required for us to live a Christian culture?
C5 Are we to accept the culture of the area, state, or country?
B2 How are we to live a Christian life of integrity in our culture?
B3 Testing:
C1 Will our integrity be tested?
C2 Does God test our integrity?
C3 Do nonbelievers test our integrity?
B4 Daniel 1:1-21
C1 Outline
D1 Introduction and setting: Daniel 1:1-2
D2 The King’s decree: Daniel 1:3-7
D3 The conflict: Daniel 1:8-21

Hebrew Name
Hebrew Meaning
Babylon Name
Babylon Meaning
God is my judge
Bel’s prince (Baal)
The Lord is gracious
Illumined by the sun god
Who is as God
Who is like shach, that is, Venus
The Lord is my help
The servant of Nego

C3 Why would Nebuchadnezzar change their names?
B5 Daniel 1:3-4 NKJV  Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king's descendants and some of the nobles,  (4)  young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.
C1 What a wonderful opportunity! Here was the finest education in the world, great housing, free food, and comforts of the world. How could something like this overthrow one’s faith?
C2 It appears that Nebuchadnezzar wanted them to leave their god, their religion, their way of life for Babylon’s. Would leaving the life that Yahweh wanted have been a temptation to the Jewish youth?
B6 Daniel 1:8 NKJV  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
C1 What does the word defile refer to?
D1 It refers to clean and unclean practices and foods as described in the Law.
D2 Leviticus 20:25 NKJV  You shall therefore distinguish between clean animals and unclean, between unclean birds and clean, and you shall not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird, or by any kind of living thing that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.
D3 Ezekiel 5:11 NKJV  'Therefore, as I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; My eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity.
C2 What would cause Daniel so he would not defile himself?
D1 He knew God (he was a believer). Daniel 11:32 NKJV  Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
D2 Hebrews 12:3-4 NKJV  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.  (4)  You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
C3 Did Daniel’s decision pave the way for God’s later purposes for him in prophecy, etc.?
C4 How can we remain true in testing, trial, troubles, and persecution?
C5 We no longer live under Jewish laws (Acts 15:27-30 ). How can Christians defile themselves today?
C6 How do we Christians know what is defiling?
C7 Are we to follow an ordnung?
D1 The ordnung is the unwritten rules of plain people’s (conservative Amish, Mennonites, and others) life and living.
D2 It is learned in life by the young as they see their parents and others living it. Some compare it to how we learn the rules of grammar as we grow up.
D3 These rules vary by church group and settlement.
C8 What are Christians to follow?
B7 Daniel 1:12 NKJV  Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.
C1 How was Daniel’s attitude better than stubborn resistance?
C2 Since this was Daniel’s and his companion’s diet, does it mean we are to follow such a diet today?
B8 Daniel 1:17 NKJV  As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
C1 The King ordered education for these youths. Who also was teaching them?
C2 What can we learn from this?
C3 How can we achieve great things for God?
D1 God gifts His people with what they need for their ministry.
D2 Some have greater, some have lesser.
D3 2 Chronicles 26:5 NKJV  He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper.
D4 Philippians 2:12-13 NKJV  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;  (13)  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
D5 Romans 5:3-4 NKJV  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  (4)  and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
B9 Daniel 6--Daniel and the lion’s den
C1 Daniel 6:7-10 NKJV  All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.  (8)  Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter."  (9)  Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.  (10)  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
D1 When Daniel knew the king’s decree, he still prayed. He knew that he probably die.
D2 What can we learn from this?
D3 What if society, our government, our boss do not appreciate our Christian life and witness?
C2 Does God always deliver from persecution?
C3 Why is Daniel delivered, but most others are not?
C4 Is Daniel more spiritual than others?
C5 We should remember that the Lord Jesus died in persecution.
B10 Daniel 9--Daniel’s prayer, Gabriel, and the prophecy of the 70 weeks
C1 Why is prayer important?
C2 Why does God sometimes not give us what we pray for?
C3 Daniel 9:23 NKJV  At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision.
D1 It is written that Daniel was greatly beloved by God.
D2 Was he loved more than believers today?
D3 Name some ways that God show His love today.
B11 Name some ways we can be consistent in our Christian life?
B12 Next week:
C1 Job, the man whose integrity God tested
C2 Theme: Integrity under fire
C3 Scriptures:
  • Job 1:13-22
  • Job 2:1-10
  • Job 27:1-6
  • Job 31:5-8
  • Job 38:1-7
  • Job 42:1-6