SERIES: Darkroom
MESSAGE: When Society Grows Dark
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Daniel 6

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Every culture ebbs and flows as it marches toward extinction. The great Roman Empire, the Mayan civilization, Bronze Age Greece—every complex society in history has eventually collapsed. Daniel was in the midst of the great Babylonian Empire (also extinct today). As a godly and faithful man, he experienced the darkness of an oppressive government. When the foundation of society crumbles, where do you go for solid footing and how should you respond?

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: February 6, 2022
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “When Society Grows Dark”
Text: Daniel 6

Main Point
Every culture ebbs and flows as it marches toward extinction. The great Roman Empire, the Mayan civilization, Bronze Age Greece—every complex society in history has eventually collapsed. Daniel was in the midst of the great Babylonian Empire (also extinct today). As a godly and faithful man, he experienced the darkness of an oppressive government. When the foundation of society crumbles, where do you go for solid footing and how should you respond?

“All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” —Matthew 18:15

Talk about It

  1. Discuss how Daniel, being godly, was able to soar above those in authority who threatened the godly. Share how you have engaged with people, when you’re the only one following Jesus in the room.
  2. Discuss the differences in how the world views boldness and how God calls us to boldness. The world tries to cram agendas down our throats. How should you and I be bold? What are you doing now that you must not compromise; what should you be doing that you cannot afford to neglect?
  3. Knowing that God may either deliver you here or in the presence of God, and being aware that Satan studies how we react to lingering disease, the death of a child, the loss of employment, etc., what will it take for you quit following and trusting Jesus? Is He worth suffering for?
“It doesn’t take lot of people to make a difference, it just takes the right kind.” —Pastor Skip

Make It Practical
Pray
Lord, teach us to exert a wholesome, gracious, and bold influence on those with whom we come in contact, diffusing in every look and gesture the sweet savor of Christ, and shedding in every act the genial light caught from His face. May the world around us experience the richness of Your gospel because we are living in it today.

Cross references: Psalm 11:3; Matthew 10:16-22; Mark 13:13; Acts 12:6; Romans 8:28; 13:1-5; 1 Corinthians 15:58; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; 1 John 5:19; 2 Timothy 3:12-17

OUTLINE


  1. Persecution Is Inevitable (vv. 5, 10-11)

  2. Trust Is Essential (vv. 16-18)

  3. Deliverance Is Possible (vv. 19-24)

  4. Influence Is Unmistakable (vv. 25-28)

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