Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Study

Every new year comes new initiatives.

If you are currently searching for a study to do with your small group this year, we want to invite you to do the book of Daniel with Shift.

We’ve felt a greater conviction lately to incorporate more expository preaching (passage by passage through a book) in our diet. Expositional preaching has many benefits, but among them is that methodically going through a book brings up topics that normally wouldn’t have been studied. Instead of us setting the agenda of what to study, the Holy Spirit sets the agenda.

 

So why the book of Daniel?

The book of Daniel chronicles the life of a young adult coming of age in a hostile environment. Even when opposition faced him, he was resolute in holding onto his convictions ~ such a pertinent example for us to follow in our culture.

But besides having some great stories that we’ve all come to learn and love (Lion’s den, burning furnace, Daniel fast), the second half of the book focuses almost entirely on apocalyptic prophecy. And therein lies the message that you would only catch by studying the entire book: understanding how it all ends, helps us remain steadfast in the midst of uncertainty.

 

How does it work?

We have formulated a study plan for you and your group to follow.

We will also upload breakdowns of chapters every week, which will guide you in preparing the Bible study for your group:

Background: Download here

Daniel Ch.1: Faithfulness to God requires nonconformity to culture – Download here

Daniel Ch.2: God is above and more powerful than mankind – Download here

Daniel Ch.3: Faithfulness requires believing that God is with us when we make difficult decisions – Download here

Daniel Ch.4: God is still reaching those who don’t fully acknowledge Him – Download here

(More will be uploaded every week)

 

We’d also encourage you and your group to join Night Shift on the final Friday of every month where you will hear a sermon that continues the study of the book of Daniel.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to: kevin.kusunoki@islandecc.hk

Hope you’ll enjoy the study!

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