Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that made him very afraid. It was only Daniel who could not only interpret the dream, but also be completely honest about it and not hold back when telling Nebuchadnezzar what he must do to prevent terrible things from happening to him and his kingdom. Nonetheless, Nebuchadnezzar continued to persist in his rebellion but Daniel chose to stand up for him even when he was lost. How will we stand up for those who are lost and how can we bring them to come to know God like Daniel did for Nebuchadnezzar?
English Sermon (07/26) – Stand Firm (Daniel 3:1-18)
A TESTED FAITH IS A TRUSTED FAITH. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were ordered to be cast into the fiery furnace for refusing to worship the gods of the Chaldeans and bowing down to the golden image. They firmly believed that God would deliver them out of the hand of Nebachadnezzer and if not they still would not bend their knees to worship false idols. It is not just about what we say or do on the outside – true faith starts from the inside.
English Sermon (07/19) – Stand Out (Daniel 1:1-21)
STANDING OUT for God isn’t always beautiful. It is hard and unnatural and much easier to blend in with the rest of society. Daniel and his friends made the choice to stand out for God. It wasn’t easy, but God was enough for them – more than the fine things this world could offer. What resolutions will you make to commit to God today? How will YOU stand out?
How often are our hearts moved when we look at people? Many people are suffering and need mercy yet they are overlooked. Jesus saw people as helpless and He was touched and had compassion on them. In the same way that Jesus had compassion on the blind man in the book of Mark, we are called to have compassion for others. In this way we are called to not only preach the Gospel but also to demonstrate it to those in our own communities.
The Christian life consists of 3 components: vertical (with God), horizontal (with one another) and external (to the world); however, the external component is often overlooked. Jesus did not just come to save people from their sins – He came to save people in order that they would then go on to reach others who are not yet saved. Jesus gave us the ultimate example to show us who to reach out to and how to reach them.