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** Very Important : Please click on the link below for the week # 4 Leader video :
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Main Text: Daniel 4:1-3, 19-37
Sermon Title: Messy, Part 4: Love Scandalously
Sermon Topic: (Not to be read or e-mailed to your group … this is for the leader’s review and recollection)
- King Nebuchadnezzar has another dream. And once again, Daniel is the only one who can interpret it. This time the dream is about the king himself. God is going to humble him. Daniel has to deliver the bad news. But what is so interesting about this passage, is watching Daniel’s demeanor throughout this story.
- Daniel had every right to have lost all respect for Nebuchadnezzar. You could even imagine the king being the object of hate by many of the Jews. The king had conquered Jerusalem, taken them from their homes, and even destroyed the temple. He went so far as to take the holy vessels and furniture out of God’s house and put them in the temples of his idols! If that wasn’t bad enough Daniel had already almost been torn limb from limb by Nebuchadnezzar’s impulsivity. And in the previous chapter he had thrown Daniel’s three friends into the furnace in an unsuccessful attempt to execute them for not bowing to a statue of himself! Nebuchadnezzar is the enemy. You can imagine, that when God has a message of judgment coming to Nebuchadnezzar, that would be news to their ears.
- But that is not Daniel’s heart. He shows love. He shows respect. When you read this story, we get the idea that Daniel is actually for Nebuchadnezzar. He delivers the news truthfully, but gently and graciously. Daniel shows love to him.
- Many of us are in messy situations. As scripture says, we are in exile. We live in a context that is not built with our holiness in mind. But one of the things that we are supposed to do is to handle the lost among us with love.
- But many times, Christians operate not with grace but with self-righteousness.
- This goes against what we believe theologically. God doesn’t require people to clean up their lives and then come to Him. He accepts them how they are first. And then transforms them. Do we expect “sinners” to act like those who are saved?
- This also goes against the model of Christ. He constantly showed love to those who were far from God. He ate with tax collectors. He protected the woman caught in adultery. We should demonstrate the same love.
- We are not called to save people from their sin, but to point to the One who does!
SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...
(Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)
HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
Please read: Daniel 4:1-3, 19-37
- What were some of the ways that Daniel showed respect for the King?
- From what we have learned about Nebuchadnezzar through this Daniel study, why do you think it may have been difficult for Daniel to show him that love?
- What are some stories of Jesus showing love to some of the most lost people in their culture?
- What are some ways that God been patient with you?
- READ: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
- Of that list, which do you think Christians tend to struggle with the most, to show toward the lost?
- Which one do you struggle the most to show?
- Who is someone in your life right now that is lost but needs your love?
- What can you do this week to show them God’s love?