THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: A SINCERE FAITH
Adult/Young Adult Topic: LIVING YOUR CONVICTIONS
Printed Text: DANIEL 1:8-21
Key Verses: DANIEL 1:8 (NIV)
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People often find themselves confronted by contradictory requirements from different sources of authority. How do we resolve such conflicts? Daniel’s active faith combined with tack helped him resolve his conflict and remain obedient to God in terms of dietary requirements.
In life, there sometimes seems to be two different sets of values, rules, and expectations about what it means to be right or wrong, good or bad, successful or unsuccessful. The two distinctly different contrasting perspectives are the world’s ways and God’s ways. The world’s ways often promote and glorify self. God’s ways promote the kingdom of God. How can we successfully live in the world but not be of the world? Daniel and his associates demonstrated strong confidence in God’s plan, and that confidence was rewarded with physical benefits, spiritual benefits, and career benefits.
Lord, grant us the grace to trust you and obey you even when your ways contrast with the culture. May we always believe and remember that your ways are not our ways and your thoughts are not our thoughts. Consequently, our plans will not always be your plan. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.