Finding Hope in Changing Times

Speaker: Pastor Jay Childs
Scripture: Daniel 1
Series: Daniel: Finding Hope in Our Faithful God

Sermon Notes

  1. Remember God Is Sovereign over the Nations
  2. Remember God Is Sovereign over Our Lives

Discussion Questions

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Have you ever moved from one town, state, or country to another? Share cultural differences that you have experienced and how you felt.


  1. Read Daniel chapter 1 out loud. Observations?
  2. What is the setting of Daniel’s life? (i.e. Writing from where? Writing to whom? Why?)
  3. What are the two reminders about God in the first chapter? Discuss how this gives courage and hope.
  4. Why do liberal scholars not believe that Daniel wrote in the 6th century B.C.?
  5. Discuss how God’s sovereignty is the primary lesson in Daniel’s book. How does this come out?
  6. Read Isaiah 40:18-31. Discuss how passages like this keep our view of God “Big.” What are some other passages that remind us of God’s sovereignty? His power?
  7. A secondary lesson in Daniel is the importance of obedience. Read Daniel 1:8 and 3:13-18.
  8. Read 1 John 2:3-6. What does it mean if there is not a pattern of obedience in our lifestyle?
  9. Read 2 Corinthians 13:5. What does Paul tell us to do here? Why? How do we do this?


In what situations are you tempted to forget how Big God is? What can you do about it?

Posted on January 5, 2014 and filed under Daniel.