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From the Sermon: Daniel 9
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Daniel 9
MAIN POINTS: 1) Daniel’s Prayer 2) Gabriel’s Answer
In Daniel 9, we get to witness Daniel’s prayer for himself and his people. Daniel’s example of confession should cause us all to be on our knees. He was specific and bold in confessing the sins of God’s people, followed by an acknowledgment and trust in God’s forgiveness and mercy. Daniel was then visited by Gabriel who explained to him what was to come - judgment and deliverance.
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
2. In what ways does God judge people today?
3. How does God’s judgment encourage you? Challenge you?
4. What should confession look like in your prayer life? What shouldn’t it look like?
5. How was Gabriel’s prophesy an encouragement to Daniel? How is God’s promise of final judgment an encouragement to you?
· Read the sermon summary together as a family. Build this into your regular routine, perhaps reading together around the table during a meal.
· There are five questions, each with a different theme. You can choose one night a week to go over all five, do a couple of questions a few times a week, or discuss one question per day.
· Each question is meant to be a conversation starter—model for your children how to answer these questions by sharing your own personal insights.
· Even if your conversations don’t go as planned, don’t be discouraged. ALL time spent talking about and reading God’s word is valuable!
· The more consistent you are in having these discussions, the more fruitful they will be. As this becomes part of your weekly rhythm, your kids will anticipate the questions and listen more attentively at church.
- Jeremiah 25:12
- Matthew 18:21-22
- Isaiah 44:28
- Ezra 1:2
Use these additional scriptures as daily reading. This is also a great way to help your children learn to locate passages in the Bible.
Attribute of God:
OMNIPOTENT: God is all-powerful. Unlike people, God’s power is never abusive or selfish. His power is perfect and good all the time.
We focus on a new attribute of God each week to discuss as a family. Use this time to discuss who God is, answer questions the kids
might have, and talk about what that week’s attribute means to each person in your family.
FAMILY: Spend some time this week praying for your parents.
Each week of the month has its own prayer theme: Church, Family, Community, and Repentance. Use these themes to show your children how to pray. It can be helpful to add this to an already existing routine, like at bedtime or when you’re in the car together.
**For further study on the book of Daniel, you can purchase a helpful book in the foyer by Jon Nielson, Daniel: Faith Enduring through Adversity.
Bound for Glory
This world is not my home
I’m here but for a moment
It’s all I’ve ever known
But this world is not my home
The fight is not my own
These burdens aren’t my future
The empty tomb has shown
I am bound for glory
I am free because I’m bound
I am bound for heavens gate
Where my feet will stand on holy ground
I am bound for glory
The saving work is done
Death is not my ending
My God has overcome
I am bound for glory
All my pain, hurt and shame
Gone when Jesus calls my name
Endless joy endless praise
All when Jesus calls my name
Each month we highlight a different song for you to sing together. Singing is an integral part of worship! Singing as a family helps teach the kids how to worship at church, and as they learn more songs, they will be able to participate more on Sunday mornings. You can practice your songs in the car, at the dinner table, when you wake up, or at bedtime! You can also check out our playlist on Spotify and sing along with your favorite worship songs.
Romans 8:31 “What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
This is the same memory verse that the whole church is learning and it rotates monthly. Practice reciting it as a family each day at least once. Dinner time is a great opportunity to practice together.
New City Catechism:
Questions 24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?
Answer: Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.