Epic – Part 4: Out Of The Fire

Epic – Part 4: Out Of The Fire

Out Of The Fire
Epic – Part 4
March 27-28, 2021
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

Daniel 3

I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made …But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace.” Daniel 3:15 (p.669)

  • Faith Protects Me In The Fire.

1. Worship the one true God.

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us…even if he doesn’t…we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18 (p.669)

(Jesus) “‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Matthew 4:10 (p.735)

2. Look for Jesus in the fire.

“‘Look!’ Nebuchadnezzar shouted. ‘I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!’” Daniel 3:25 (p.670)

“Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b (p.760)

3. Share your story to glorify God.

(Nebuchadnezzar)“Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.” Daniel 3:28 (p.670)

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” Ephesians 1:14 (p.895)

Series Key Verse: “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (p.926)

Next Step: _____ This week I will memorize Hebrews 11:6 and make it my daily prayer.

Discussion/Groups Guide from the Weekend TalkFrom the Weekend Talk of March 27-28, 2021
Epic – Part 4: Out Of The Fire

Lif­e Groups use these questions to go deeper into what we talked about this weekend. Dig into them so you will be ready for the discussion at your Life Group. If you are not in a Group, find out more at www.alivechurch.com/groups

You can also use this guide to discuss the Talk with your family or friends.

Conversation Starters

  • We’re going to study a supernatural event in which three guys walked out of a huge, burning furnace unscathed.
    • What is the craziest—seemingly supernatural—event—you have ever witnessed?
      (Did you see the recent video of the pickup truck in Wisconsin that skidded off the freeway overpass, fell 70 feet to the road below, and the driver only received minor injuries? That would qualify as one of these crazy events!)
  • Have you ever been penalized for doing the right thing?
    • What happened?
  • Which is more frustrating or difficult to deal with:
    • Being accused of something you didn’t do…
    • Being punished for a good thing you did do?
  • What has, so far, been the most difficult thing you’ve ever faced in your life?

Qui­­ck Review

  • Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

This weekend’s Talk reminded us that…

  • Faith Protects Me in the Fire.

The history behind the teaching is from Daniel 3 in the Old Testament (p.669-670).

As we looked at this famous historical record, we were reminded of a few opportunities we have even when faced with the fire of a trial in our lives:

  1. Worship the One True God. (Daniel 3:1-18 (p.669); Matthew 4:10 (p.735))
    • Have you ever had to stand up for your faith?
    • How did the king find out about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
      • What would your reaction be to the guys who snitched on you?
    • What answer did they give the king about their “one more chance” to bow down to his statue?
      • What answer would you give?
      • What modern-day examples can you recall of someone standing up for faith or conviction in a situation like this?
    • What did they say in verse 18 that stands out?
      • Are you prepared to trust God even if He doesn’t rescue you from the trial or difficulty?
    • Jesus alludes to Deuteronomy 6:13 (p.145) in Matthew 4:10.
      • What gets in the way of our worship of God?
      • How do you stay on track?
      • How do you get back on track if you strayed?
  2. Look for Jesus in the fire. (Daniel 3:19-25 (p.670); Matthew 28:20b (p.760).
    • What “fire” are you facing right now?
      • How do you go about looking for Jesus in the middle of it?
    • What helps you remember that Jesus is with you?
    • Does Jesus always rescue us from the fire? (See John 16:33 (p.825) and 1 Peter 2:21-24 (p.935).
  3. Share your story to glorify God. (Daniel 3:26-28 (p,670); Ephesians 1:14 (p.895); and our key verse for this series, Hebrews 11:6 (p.926))
    • What did Nebuchadnezzar do because of this incident?
      • Before this incident, did it seem like he was on any kind of pathway to coming to a place where he would praise God?
      • Do you know anyone who seems like they might be out of the reach of God?
    • How can you “please and glorify” God? (Ephesians 1:14)
      • Name one thing you could do today that would put you on
      • What is our guarantee of God’s promise?

Digging Deeper

Let’s explore the “fires” we face a little bit more.

While we can be assured that once we are with God in heaven—for eternity—we will have no more suffering, we are never promised that we will not face trials and testing until then. Take a look at the following passages and ask God to help you face your current or future trials with His care, compassion, grace, and, maybe, deliverance from your trial. He promises that He will be with us always (Matthew 28:20 (p.760). What does God’s Word say in each of these passages, about the trials we face?

  • Matthew 5:10-12 (p.736)
  • John 15:18-20 (p.824)
  • James 1:2-12 (p.930)
  • 1 Peter 4:12-14 (p.936)

My Next Step: ___ This week I will memorize Hebrews 11:6 and make it a daily prayer.

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What’s Ahead

Our new series begins this weekend: “New Identity” as we consider our new identity in Christ in the weeks before Easter.

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