Face the Fire
Idolatry, Compromise, Persecution - Facing the Fire
When believers are called on to stand publicly for their faith, they must refuse to compromise.
Verses and Outline
Threatening Demand (Dan. 3:1-2, 4-6)
Confident Defense (Dan. 3:16-18)
Amazing Deliverance (Dan. 3:24-26, 28)
Dan. 3:1-2, 4-6
Dan. 3:8, 12-14
Some of the Chaldeans reminded the King what he had said and then started attacking Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They accused them of 3 things:
Disregarding or ignoring the King
Not serving the King’s gods.
Not bowing down – worshipping the idol
This made the King furious and had them brought to him so he could ask if it was true.
Why do you think some of the Chaldeans out to get the Hebrew men? What would they gain from the death of the three men?
Why are a Christian work ethic and a Christian lifestyle a threat to many people?
Does living out our faith automatically lead to social problems? Why or why not?
What do unbelievers gain when a believer suffers for taking a stand?
Sometimes trials give us a larger platform to share our faith.
Do you think the king was giving them a second chance to obey him?
Some say yes, others say no, not really…he was going to follow through with his plans anyway. He was too angry to reason with.
Why did they choose to declare their convictions rather than let the music play again (Dan. 3:16-18)?
The three Hebrew men showed their confidence in God by being obedient. Their confidence was not that He would spare their lives. Their confidence was that He would accept their obedience.
Think about the various types of relationships that mean a great deal to you and the people in those relationships.
What risks would you be willing to take for some of those people?
Think about how much your relationship with God means to you. What risks would you be willing to take for the Lord?
What sacrifices would you be willing to make for God? The quality and depth of one's relationship with God will influence just how bold he is willing to be when his allegiance to God is at stake.
How insulated are we in our culture from the serious tests of faith experienced in other parts of the world?
Does knowing that Christians in many places all over the world are persecuted everyday increase our own willingness to stand for Christ?
How did the miraculous deliverance of the three Hebrew young men affect the king? What impact did it have on the kingdom?
How did God use the faithfulness of the three young men as a "platform" for a miracle?
When were the men victorious?
Was the men's deliverance for their safety or for God's glory?
Ungodly demands may be placed on believers that threaten their very lives.
Determine now to reject all forms of idolatry.
People of true faith refuse to compromise in the face of grave danger.
Think about situations you may face this week that may cause you to compromise your faith.
Things on TV, radio, or in Movies
A supervisor may ask you to do something unethical.
A friend wants to share gossip.
You may feel the need to lie to cover up an embarrassing situation.
- Look at Daniel 3:16-18 and 1 Peter 3:15-16 to help prepare for unexpected attacks.
Remember this verse when you are faced with the fire: Read Isaiah 43:2
God is with us in our times of fire just like He was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.