03.12.17 Small Group Discussion

Thriving in Babylon - Who You Are and Where You're From

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
  • Describe yourself. Who are you?
  • Where are you from? What do you know of your heritage?
  •  Have you ever allowed yourself (hobbies, attitudes, clothes, etc.) to be defined by someone or something else?

Read: Daniel 1.

  • What allowed Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah to remain true to their identity?
  • How did God respond to their faith?
  • All the other Israelites that were taken to Babylon are nameless in this book. Why?
  • All the others chose to sacrifice their identity in order to belong in their new circumstances.  What have you changed about yourself, or given up, in order to belong?
  • Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah are given new names. If you have changed your name, whether a last name due to marriage, choosing a nickname, or some other circumstance, what was that like to have a different name? Did it change who you are?
  • What circumstances have changed in your life that have made you re-evaluate your identity?
  • When or how have you found peace in your identity?
  • What is the perceived identity of the Church and of Christians?
  • How can we show the world our true identity?
  • What would change if Christians lived as Christians first, before any other identifier?

Prayer: Pray for courage to hold to our identity as Christian before anything else.

Posted on March 13, 2017 .