1 – Stand Out
Key Verse: “Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.” – Daniel 1:3-7
“Put on the full armor of God… so that you can take your stand.” – Ephesians 6:11, 13
1. Stand out because of your identity
2. Stand out based on your convictions
“But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank.” – Daniel 1:8
Your success in your spiritual life will be determined by what you decide ahead of time.
- What are some ways you’ve seen people blend in or be shaped by culture around them? Where has this affected your life?
- What impacted you most about Daniel’s faith and his ability to stand out from culture?
- It didn’t seem difficult for Daniel to stand out (but I bet it was)… why do you find it difficult to stand out for God?
- Todd said, “I’d rather be remembered for standing out than forgotten for blending in.” How does that statement hit you?
- What are some practical applications you can walk away from tonight with? How will what you learned tonight change you?