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.
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?
Why do we worship? Genuine worship is our response to who God is. Last week we were reminded that God is Awesome. In response to that truth, we worship. We recognize our utter dependence on Him. Psalm 96 is a call to worship. We are called & created by God to worship. The Westminster Shorter Catechism: the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.