Leading "Thriving in Babylon" Bible Study featuring Larry Osborne

Thriving in Babylon featuring Larry Osborne

You can find the Thriving in Babylon Bible study series on RightNow Media, here.

In this 5-session series, Larry Osborne introduces us to a man forced to live in a fast changing and godless society. This man faced fears about the future, concern for his safety, and the discouragement of a world that seemed to be falling apart at warp speed. That man was Daniel, and with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, he not only survived, but thrived.  

Larry Osborne is Senior Pastor of North Coast Church and author of numerous books including Accidental Pharisees and Thriving in Babylon. Take a look at this overview of the Thriving Babylon video Bible Study. 

These are confusing times for many Christians. Traditional biblical values are not only rejected, it seems as if they're attacked on every front. It's all happened at warp speed, leaving many of us spiritually and culturally disoriented or even fearful, frustrated, and angry—wondering how can we spiritually survive in an increasingly spiritually hostile environment and if there's hope for the next generation. 

Take to heart the encouragement Larry Osborne offers here.

Larry acknowledged that many of our people are frustrated, fearful, and angry with what's going on in our culture. Think about the individuals in your group. How have you seen them express these feelings? What hope do you have for them as you go through this series together?
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Larry said, "You hold the key, in many ways, to how the people in your group are going to respond to the downward cycle of our culture." Is this an intimidating thought to you? Why or why not? How can you, even now, let the hope you have in a God who is in control shape your outlook on what's going on in the world?
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In addition to powerful biblical teaching from Larry, you'll hear real-life stories from individuals who have learned to thrive in their circumstances because of the hope and power of the gospel. Listen to Ezra's story, who founded an organization that fostered open dialogue about God, His Word, and the gospel in bars. 

What's encouraging about Ezra's story is the power of the gospel on display—even in a place you wouldn't normally expect. After going through this series with your group, where in your community would you like to see your group boldly take the hope of the gospel?
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Without a doubt, our cultural climate is moving further and further away from a nominal or cultural Christianity. But the story of Daniel reminds us that we are not without hope. In fact, we can thrive in a society that is opposed to our God and the message of His gospel. As you prepare to lead your group through Thriving in Babylon, pray that you would be rooted in the hope of a God who's in control and that your group would be encouraged and equipped to be a thriving gospel beacon in your city.  

You can find the Thriving in Babylon Bible study series on RightNow Media, here.