Guest speaker, Dr. Keith Shubert, concluded our study on Daniel by weaving the truth of the doctrine of the sovereignty of God through the first 6 chapters of Daniel. As he concluded with Daniel and the Lions Den, the challenge was laid before us as to how Christ followers act & react to a corrupt culture, corrupt government, & broken world.
Daniel was an ambassador for God. What happened in Daniel 5 is one of the most incredible events in the history of the world...the day Babylon fell. God again was using Daniel to speak into the life of a leader gone rogue. Today we will learn some lessons from the life of Belshazzar as well as lessons from the life of Daniel. God has given us a clear message and made us ambassadors of Christ. How do we stand as ambassadors in this culture?
Daniel 4 is the only chapter in the entire Bible dictated by a pagan king. It tells the story of how King Nebuchadnezzar, a man who thought he was like a god, was humiliated to the point of becoming an animal, so that he would realize he was just a man and that God is ultimately in charge of the Universe. In this message, we learn how we can humble ourselves before the eternal, sovereign King of Heaven, and avoid the path of Nebuchadnezzar's humiliation.
Pastor Andy continues our series, In the Lion's Den, through the first six chapters of Daniel. This series examines what the Book of Daniel has to teach us about how to maintain our Christian faith in an increasingly hostile culture. In the sermon today, we learn a few strategies for how to resist bowing down to the idols of our culture.
The providence of God even amid a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day can either be overwhelming or faith-stretching or both. The apostle Paul was sitting in the barracks (imprisoned) awaiting what would happen next. In today's text we read about a conspiracy & plan to kill Paul, but by God's providential hand using a nephew, a Tribune, a Roman Army, & a letter, Paul was going to make it to Governor Felix. Do you ever look back at your life and see where God has been working & leading you? Growing & stretching you?
"That's Not Fair." What do you do when God allows you to walk through circumstances in this life that are difficult? The apostle Paul helps us understand what it takes to go through this life with all its brokenness & still being able to trust in a sovereign God.
Sharing the gospel can seem like an overwhelming task or even a scary one. When given the opportunity, Paul simply shared his God-story to grab people's attention. The task just became simple. Paul told who he was before he met Jesus. Then he shared the part of his story where he encountered Jesus. After that, Paul shared how his life had changed because of his encounter with Jesus. That's a framework we can use. That's a framework upon which we can build.
Have you ever wondered about God's will for your life? Have you ever struggled with a big decision, waiting for some sign from God to give you direction? Or have you questioned whether God's will is really the best thing for your life? God's will is God's best, and in this message we will learn how to discover God's will for our lives.
We finish up Acts 20 with part 2 of What Is Our Idea of Church? Be sure to check out part 1 from last week, if you missed it!
We asked a question this week: What is Your Idea of Church? This is a two-part series and this week we see that a church, a body of believers need to be solid & systematic. Now, those two words usually don't make a person jump up and down with excitement, but they are the fabric of the early church. The example given to us in Acts 20 gives us structure in purpose and creativity in methodology.