Daniel: Resolve in the Middle of Adversity


Sermon Summary


February 16, 2020

Shawn Stinson





Primary: Daniel: 2


  • Chaldeans (wise men) are unable to reveal or interpret King Nebuchadnezzar's dream, saying only the gods can do such a thing. In the King's rage, he ordered all wise men of Bablyon to be killed.
  • Daniel and his friends are a few of those ordered to be killed, when the King's men come to seize them, Daniel replies with prudence and discretion that he can interpret the dream to the King.
  • Daniel has these 5 responses to adversity:
  1. Daniel has patient wisdom (vs. 15-16)
  2. Daniel goes to spiritual friendships (v. 17)
  3. Daniel practices God-centered prayer (v. 18)
  4. Daniel rests and receives from God (v. 19)
  5. Daniel worships and affirms the character of God (vs. 20-23)
  • With God, Daniel is able to interpret the King's dream. The King remarking, "Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a reveler of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery." (v. 47)


"What gets our attention is what we worship."

"If you are following God, you have a purpose in His kingdom."

"The church is not a trophy to protect, but a tool to use in battle."

"As our faith is exercised in the world, God gets glory."

"If you're going to face adversity and be confident in what God has called you to do, you must have people with you."

"Do you know the difference between God-centred prayer and man-centered prayer? A man-centered prayer can be answered without God's help."

“Almost everyone believes prayer is important. But there is a difference between believing
prayer is important and believing it is essential. Essential means there are things that will not
happen without prayer.” -Newell

Sending Questions

  1. Think of a time you faced a seemingly impossible situation. How might God have used that to reveal his greatness?
  2. Of the 5 faithful responses to adversity we see in Daniel, which one is the greatest struggle for you?
  3. Where is God asking you to build into spiritual friendships? What would that require of you to go to a deeper level with people in your spiritual community?
  4. How does the eternal kingdom of God shape the way we view the present kingdoms of the world?
  5. How does this Scripture point us to Jesus?


Goodness of God

It Is So

O Come To The Alter

Grace to Grace

Rackless Love/Even If