Scripture Verses

Daniel 5, Hebrews 10:26-31, Matthew 12:31-32

Worship Playlist

Worship Playlist

Raise a Hallelujah
by Jake Stevens, Jonathan Helser, Melissa Helser, and Molly Skaggs
as recorded by Bethel

Another in the Fire
by Chris Davenport and Joel Houston
as recorded by Hillsong

Be Still
by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan
as recorded by Hillsong

How Great Is Our God
by Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, and Chris Tomlin
as recorded by Chris Tomlin

Study Questions

Week 6 ∷ Brave… When the Sacred is Profaned

Read Daniel 5

1. Like the Babylonian culture, our culture loves to celebrate without restraint. Virtually nothing is off limits. What are the dangers of partying hard?

2. Consider Daniel 5:1-4. A new king has risen to power by the name of Belshazzar. How did his behavior and indifference to spiritual matters escalate?

3. Consider Daniel 5:5-9. How does God get the undivided attention of the partying king? When was a time in your life when God got your total attention? How and what did God "write on your wall?"

4. Read Romans 1:18-31. What do these verses teach us about being accountable before God?

5. Read Daniel 5:10-16. What was Daniel's reputation to the Queen and throughout the kingdom?

6. Consider Daniel's response in Daniel 5:17-23. Why did God seem to be less gracious with Belshazzar than Nebuchadnezzar (see Psalm 78:1-4 and Romans 15:4)? Why was this king without excuse?

7. Carefully read Romans 5:1-11. We often "justify" our sinful attitudes with excuses. Why can we never justify ourselves? What does it mean to give up our self-justifications and let Christ be our justification before God?

8. In Luke 15:11-32, the Prodigal Son leaves his Father to party hard and loses everything. But unlike King Belshazzar, he comes to his senses, returns home, and the Father throws him a party! How is this a picture of God's grace? Which party are you part of?


1. What did the king want to use for cups at his party? Read Daniel 5:2. What do you think these were used for in the temple? (Worshipping God?)

2. What happened once they had the cups at the party? Read Daniel 5:5

3. How did the queen describe Daniel? Read Daniel 5:11

4. If one of your friends has a problem, would they think of you to tell them what God wants them to know?

CHALLENGE: The church is where we worship God. What is something you could do to respect our church building and make it more holy? (Is there an area you could clean?) Is there a way you can honor this place of worship? (Taking care of the areas.)


Lakeside Bookshelf

Below are some books to complement our Be Brave sermon series through the book of Daniel. Stop by the bookshelf in the lobby to browse or purchase. 

  • The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm & Love Well in a Culture of Compromise by Chris Hodges 
  • The Daniel Prayer: Prayer That Moves Heaven and Changes Nations by Anne Graham Lotz 
  • A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World by John Stonestreet & Brett Kunkle
Downloads & Resources

Be Brave: When God Is Profaned

Dr. Jon Morrissette - 10/13/2019