Community Group Questions 03.13.22
Sermon // “Faith that Changes Culture” Daniel 3:19-4:3
- Daniel 3:19 says Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury and the expression of his face changed towards Daniel’s 3 friends. Have you found yourself engaged in uncivil discourse in today’s cancel culture where this happens?
- What does Galatians 5:15 warn us about? Read Galatians 5:19-21. The following are words Paul uses to describe the culture of biting words. Read their definitions and discuss how much you think they are present in today’s cancel culture.
a. Enmity – expressions of hatred and disdain
b. Strife – self-centered bickering that erupts between rival factions and goes no where
c. Jealousy – greedy desire for the power or possessions someone else has
d. Fits of Anger – disproportionate or inappropriate eruptions of rage, a temper tantrum
e. Rivalry – selfish ambition that causes division
f. Dissensions/Divisions – interpersonal division, breaking up into factions to advance a goal
- Now Read Galatians 5:22-23 and explain how these words Paul uses guide us for discourse in cancel culture.
a. Love – self-sacrificial regard for your neighbor and your enemy
b. Joy – a deep awareness of God’s goodness that continues with you even when things are difficult
c. Peace – not just the absence of conflict, but seeking harmony that stems from the peace you have with God
d. Patience – slow to anger, not blasting someone when they don’t meet your standards or disagree with you
e. Kindness – not only do you not blast them, but you extend them grace and good things
f. Goodness – a gracious disposition that looks for the best, willing to be generous in your opinions and words, time, possessions
g. Faithfulness – loyalty, not changing the rules when it suits you
h. Self-control – not thrown around by emotions which stops other fruits
- Daniel’s three friends would not compromise and ended up thrown into the fiery furnace. Have you ever had to hold a line and not compromise and faced consequences for it? Nebuchadnezzar had to witness God’s men not compromise and go through the fire to begin to believe. How does this encourage you?