Bible Study, Spiritual Formation

Daniel 7–Small Group Questions

In Daniel 7 we return to a prophetic section.

This chapter is parallel to chapter 2—both focus on a panorama of prophecy which concludes with the Kingdom of God, the Most High in total control.

Small Group Questions

Engage—connect with each other

1. What excites you about the future?

What worries you about the future?

2. How often do you think about the coming the end of time?

What do you anticipate most about the coming of Christ?

Examine and Explore—what the passage says before you decide what it means, then begin to discuss the implications of this passage

3. In the first half of the chapter, Daniel records his dream then seeks an interpretation.

What does he seem to focus on?

4. What elements of the dream worry Daniel? Why?

Encounter—read God’s Word to get to know Him

5. Notice the descriptions of God and His throne, Daniel 7:9-10. What is emphasized?

6. Notice the descriptions of Christ, Daniel 7:13-14. What is emphasized?

Embrace—What is the one thing you need to know or do?  What is your next step in response to this passage?

7. How does knowing that God will accomplish His plan in the end, encourage you?

8. What should our current attitude be and what should our current motivation and actions be, if we are on the winning side?


Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

One Commnet on “Daniel 7–Small Group Questions

  1. In Daniel 2,7-8. the “little horn” symbolizes Julius Caesar, who transformed the Roman Republic into a monarchic Empire, in the 1st century BC, who was known as a master of politics (even in his demise, cp. Discovery Channel Who Killed Julius Caesar ?):

    Gold = Babylon

    Silver = Medes & Persians

    Bronze = Greece (Alexander the Great –> 4 successor kingdoms)

    Iron = Roman Republic (“different from all the others”, i.e. Republic vs. kingdom)

    Iron + Clay = Roman Empire (Senate Optimates party [Iron] vs. Imperial Populares party [commoner clay])
    little horn which “grew up” to “look larger than the others” = Julius Caesar, the “master of intrigue”, who was strong “not by his own power” i.e. by the Devil (Rev 12), and whose successor Caesars would “wage war against the Saints”, until Constantine

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