Thursday, August 21, 2014

Explore the Bible: Live to Win in the End

How will the assurance of God’s plans outlined in Daniel enable you to live more confidently? How certain are you that you know Christ as Savior? Is your certainty reflected in your confidence in God as we move toward the end times? How does the evil of this present age affect your confidence in Christ? These are just a few of the questions posed in the teaching helps for this week's Explore the Bible: Live to Win in the End study of Daniel 7.

PAY ATTENTION TO WORLD EVENTS: As you finalize your study take note of current world and domestic events that will most likely become a part of your group's conversations during the study. From the crisis in the Middle East, increased persecution of Christians, the antisemitic attitudes in Europe, as well as recent domestic conflicts, there is a lot taking place around us that reinforces all that God was showing Daniel in chapter 7.

CAUTION: If you search the internet for information using the key words Daniel 7 or End Times you will discover a plethora of information (or misinformation), speculative videos, and sermons seeking to explain and outline specific end time events. Though we are to be alert as to how prophecy is being fulfilled today, we must be cautious in interpreting and promoting specific current events as being what Daniel foresaw centuries ago. While it might be true, we can lose focus quickly on the message for the here and now. Sadly, many get caught up in trying to figure out the future and quit living a confident, Christ-centered life in the present.
  • We are called to be salt and light to this world until He does return. 
  • We are called to live confidently and to share our faith with others, compelling them to believe in Christ.
Keep you focus on the TARGET:

Lead adults to identify how God’s ultimate victory over evil should impact the way they live.

Video to Help You With the Context of Daniel 7

Consider Using the Following Chart 
While Explaining the Four Beasts in Daniel 7. 
Download Directions: Click the above link. When the file opens, choose "Download" located in the upper right corner of the window. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to copy, paste, delete, or edit any of the content.
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