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Message Discussion Guide – 02/06/22 – The Daniel Dilemma

The Daniel Dilemma

02/06/22

Break the Ice

 If someone offered you a $50 gift card to any store or restaurant, which would you choose? Why? 

God

Key Passage: John 8:12-14 

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.’ The Pharisees challenged Him, ‘Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.’ Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.’” 

  • Who was Jesus speaking to here? 
  • At what point in Jesus’ ministry does this discussion occur? 
  • How did the Pharisees and other people respond to this conversation? 
  • How does this passage apply to our lives today? 

Group

Have 2-3 members share takeaways from their GO last week. 

  1. Jesus has both confidence and boldness in His identity, so much that He remains firm in it even when challenged. Where does His confidence come from? How can you too draw from this source of confidence? 
  2. Do you struggle identifying your purpose and identity? Why or why not? 
  3. Why can it be so difficult for us as humans to understand our purpose and identity? 
  4. The world tries to erode our God-given identities and make us conform to man-made ones. What are some strategies we can employ to stay grounded in who God, not the world, says we are? 
  5. Do you believe your purpose is to make an eternal difference? If so, what gives you that confidence? If not, what makes you doubt? 
  6. God placed you at this specific point in time for a reason. What makes this an “opportune time” for you? 
  7. Do you believe you are a minister? Why or why not? 
  8. Ephesians 2:10 says we are created in Christ to do good works which God prepared in advance for us. What do you believe your specific role in God’s plan is? 
  9. Is it possible to have social justice without spiritual justice (and vice versa)? 

Go

  • Read the 7 “I am” statements Jesus used in John (6:35; 8:12; 10:9; 10:11; 11:25-26; 14:6; 15:5). Write down what each verse says about Jesus’ identity. 
  • Ask God to help you discover the specific purpose you were created for and why God placed you in this specific time. 
  • Ask those closest to you what you mean to them and what they believe your spiritual purpose is. 

Close in Prayer