1. What kind of things in our culture tempt us to compromise our faith?
2. When Daniel and his three friends became prisoners of war, they were pressured to change many things as part of their training process (Daniel 1; The Story, pp. 249-250). What concessions were they willing to make and where did they draw the line and say no? Why do you think they drew the line where they did?
3. When Daniel heard of King Nebuchadnezzar’s seemingly impossible request (Daniel 2:1-18; The Story, pp. 250-252), he asked his three friends to pray and seek the face of God with him. Why is prayer the right response in this critical moment of Daniel’s story?
4. Once God answered the prayers of Daniel and his friends, Daniel offered up an amazing prayer of praise (Daniel 2:20-23; The Story, p. 252). What does this prayer teach us about God and how we might pray?
5. As Daniel explained the king’s dream and its interpretation, he was careful not to take credit but give all the glory to God (Daniel 2:27-20; The Story, pp. 252-253). How are we sometimes tempted to take the glory for ourselves and how can we do a better job of giving God the glory?
6. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood face-to-face with King Nebuchadnezzar and told him they would not bow down and commit idolatry, even if it cost them their lives. Where do we find this kind of strength and integrity?
7. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ended up in the furnace, they discovered they were not alone (Daniel 3:25; The Story, p. 256). How does God show His presence in our lives today?
8. Daniel experienced ups and downs even as he remained faithful to God. Daniel experienced challenges and victories in his Lower Story, what were some ways that God was working in the Upper Story?
9. What are some ways that we can continue to live in our culture and still not compromise our beliefs?