Daniel in A New Land: Message Outline for Daniel Ch. 1

Introduction

  • Good morning / Dream / BYOB
  • Kickoff Daniel <book series>
  • When life is out of control, God is in control.
  • Daniel 1:1-2 <background / Use map>
    • Jehoiakim (2 Kings)
      • Review Kings (Saul, David, Solomon, Israel /Judah)
      • 2 Kings
        • Josiah (31 yrs, last good king)
          • Pharaoh Necho defeats Josiah @ end of reign
        • Jehoahaz (3 months / paid levies to Egypt)
      • Babylon comes in from the east (Nebby) defeats Egypt in the battle of Carcemish.
      • Nebby becomes King when Dad died.
        • Jehoiachin (3 months)
          • The exile- The rich (Daniel is taken)
          • 2 Kings 24:12-14
        • Zedekiah (puppet King)
      • Easy to believe God not n control anymore (Marduk)
      • Daniel 1:2, LORD not Yahweh but Adonai = ruler, in control

Bible

  • Daniel 1:6-7, Daniel trained for 3 yrs. / 14 yrs old
    • Daniel’s world radically changed! (900 miles from home, <>)
    • Some of you have stuff in common w/ Daniel
    • The food regimen @ school
      • Offensive / Consecrated, blood in the meat
    • Daniel 1:8
      • The first 12 yrs. Of his life his culture did not honor God at all.
      • He grew up in a war torn and strife ridden country
      • He also grew up privileged.
      • And yet he chose to follow God by saying no.
  • Essential Christian Skill: Saying “no”
    • Christian: You have to learn to say “no”
    • ILL: Toddlers
      • I did not like my child saying “no” to me.
      • But I like them saying “no” to unwise and stupid choices.
    • APP: Your heavenly Father is the same.
    • An essential of a strong Christian is the ability to say no. <sexual immorality, fear, falsehood, allowing my past to control me, bitterness, rage, greed, steal, cheating, worry>
    • “No” interrupts, changes, starts revolutions
      • ILL: Rosa Parks, Peter proclaiming Gospel,
      • No sets you apart, Fruit of the Spirit (self-discipline)
    • You say no because you know God in control.
  • The official protests / Test for 10 days / Success
  • Then God blessed Daniel
    • Was this the blessing Daniel wanted?
    • Don’t miss God’s blessing by looking for your own.
  • Daniel didn’t say no because of some future blessing (God never promised him that)
    • Daniel said no because because he got it that sin kills, rips apart, oppresses, and captivates.
    • When you sin God doesn’t back at you because sin already has enough of you.
  • Daniel 1:20 <Magicians>
  • Daniel 1:21, King Cyrus of Persia / 70 yrs later

Action

  • You say “No” to sin because you are saying “yes” to God.
    • Your no’s are guided by what God wants you to do.
  • What is your sin? What do you need to be saying no too?
    • <pack up and move out, call home, Dad, Mom, wife, husband, job>
    • So no to sin because sin oppresses, kills, and complicates life
  • What do you need to say “Yes” to God about?
    • What command of Jesus? Follow me, fear not, dount not, etc)
    • Where are riding the fence? Satisfied? Vulnerable?
  • Review / Learn to say “no” to sin and yes to God because God is in control.
  • PRAYER / TIME OF COMMITMENT:

5 “No’s” Every Christian Needs to Say

One of the most important skills a Christian needs to possess is the ability to say no.  Here are five commands from Jesus where every Christian needs to to say, “No!”

  1. Say No to Fear. One of Jesus’ most common commands.  He said simply in Matthew 10:31, “Do not be afraid.”  How can we not be afraid?  Because if God will take care of the sparrow and flower will he not take care of you?
  2. Say No to Sin. What is sin?  Sin is disobeying God’s commands.  Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.”  What sin do you need to say, “No, I will not do that anymore.”
  3. Say No to Worry. Jesus vary plainly says in Matthew 6:25 & 33, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  But seek first his Kingdom and righteousness, and all these will be given to you as well.”
  4. Say No to Judging Others. Jesus said in Luke 6:37, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  Too often we are quick to judge others and slow to judge ourselves.
  5. Say No to Doubt. Jesus said, ““I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.”  Matthew 14:31

Myth Conception- Sex Will Solve (Sunday’s Message Outline)

SELF

  • Welcome / What’s your dream? / Daniel 5:14, “The Most High God rules over every kingdom on earth, and he sets anyone he chooses over those kingdoms.”
  • Disclaimer
  • Today’s Myth: Sex will solve it <If you ever said…>
  • Sex doesn’t solve it- it complicates it
  • Why? Sex Procreates! (Children, Joy, unity)
  • Sex also procreates problems
  • Example: King David (Background)
  • 2 Samuel 11, David and Bathsheba
  • 2 Samuel 11:2-4, “One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.”
  • Bathsheba was married to Uriah (Off to war) <so what? Who could het hurt?>
  • Bathsheba says I am pregnant (ensuing complications from the cover up)
  • APP: How many stories have you heard (or even a part of) because sex didn’t solve it, but rather complicated it?
  • Back to that night with Bathsheba
    • Sex for David was not about unconditional love- but self-expression.
    • APP: Sound familiar- listen to a lot of songs on the radio
    • APP: Sexuality in our culture is too often about self-expression- and not about unconditional love. That’s why we think sex solves problems.
  • 3 Views on Sex in America
    • Sex will satisfy my appetite.
      • Greeks and Romans- sex just eating and sleeping
      • It is a skill to be mastered (sex education)
        • As long as no one gets hurt (Come n!)
        • I have needs!
      • Sex will resolve my passion
        • Hellinistic philosophy the highest good is spiritual and physical lesser
        • So sex is dirty and only good for making children
        • ILL: Doing the Dirty Deed
        • It is allowable to build up the family name and reputation
        • This view has taken root in many churches- spiritual to refrain from sex.
        • God gave us sex for more than just having children.
      • Sex resolves my individuality.
        • We are naturally good at heart and sex is about self-expression.
        • It is a path to be yourself and express yourself.
        • Interpersonal love is what makes sex right or wrong.
        • ILL: Big Bang Theory, “Get married? You haven’t even had sex yet?”
      • The problem with these views of sexuality is they never really solve the issues they profess to resolve. Sex as an appetite reduces our soul to animals. Sex as restricting passion represses our soul.  And sex as my individuality removes unconditional love from the equation.

US

  • The Biblical View: 1 Corinthians 6:17 <Different, Positive view of being single)
    • Background to Corinth (Sex was religion)
    • Verse 16, “Two will become one flesh.” <Unity>
    • Verse 18, “Flee from sexual immorality.”
    • Verse 17, middle, “Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.”
      • Literally, “Whoever is united with the Lord is one spirit.”
      • United = Cement (You cannot separate cement after mixed)
        • A new whole
      • Your relationship with God trough Jesus is exclusive. You are his and he is yours. <10 Comm. = no other gods>
      • This exclusive relationship you have with God is be reflected in your sexual life. You are to be exclusive to someone else and by doing this you are demonstrating your relationship with God.
      • Singles- Higher plane, “It is good for them (singles) to stay unmarried, as I do.” Why?  More exclusive, not divided with a spouse and family.
    • You are united with Christ exclusively, therefore you are exclusive sexually.
    • ILL: Eggs (Scambled) <>
    • APP: God wants you to be a good egg (When examined you are good)
    • Your sexuality is exclusive because your relationship to God is exclusive.
    • Your sexuality is a witness to the nature of your relationship to God.
    • We are exclusive in our sexual ethics because we are exclusive with God
  • So what do you do with your sexuality?

NOW!

  • Determine your sexuality will reflect your covenant with God. Does your sexual behavior reflect your relationship with God? <> This is just not having sex outside of marriage.  This includes making a covenant with your eyes.  “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” Job 31:1.  That includes how you dress.  Paul tells his protégé Timothy that our dress should reflect our worship of God.  What does your sexuality say about God?  Does it express the exclusive relationship you have with him?
  • Decide to live by this covenant now, don’t wait ‘til things heat up.
    • As a <_______> you need to decide.
    • You need to sexual covenant with God as much as a spiritual one.
    • I pre-decide something about my future.
    • How many times have mistakes been made by Christians and God mocked because of our poor behavior in this area?
  • Review: The Christian view of sexuality is to demonstrate the exclusive covenant you have with God
  • “Whoever is united with the Lord is one spirit.”

PRAYER / TIME OF COMMITMENT:

Are you united with the Lord?  By faith, through baptism, for good wo

5 Dads / 5 Dares

This Sunday is Father’s Day! Hooray!  Dad’s are awesome and so important in their children’s lives.  If you are a Father I want to challenge rise up and dare to be an even better Dad..  Be the Dad God is calling you to become.  Here are five Dad’s from the Bible and five dares in being a better Dad.

  1. Abraham- Abraham is known for following God faithfully- even if it took uprooting his family and moving to a place he had never been to before. Dad’s, are you rising up to the challenge of allowing your faith to take your family to a new level?
  2. Jacob- It is through Jacob that the twelve tribes of Israel was formed.  God used him to bless the nations.  As a Dad, you can lead your family to be a blessing to others.  You can lead your family to have a greater impact in people’s lives.
  3. Jehonadab- The Bible says he commanded the respect of his children and they obeyed him.  Fathers’, are you living your life in such a way (privately and publicly) that your children will respect you for a lifetime?
  4. In the book of Job you see a Father who was involved in their lives and prayed over them spiritually.  (Job 1:4-5)  How often do you pray over and consecrate your children to God?
  5. Noah- He clung to God despite all the wickedness about him. He modeled patience and persistence to his children.  The scriptures teach that Father’s should not exasperate their children.  Father’s fall into this behavior because of a lack of forbearance and diligence.  Noah dares us to live out these values with our children.

May 2015 Building Readiness Report Card

Church Building Report Card

May 2015

Malcolm shared with us 5 criteria CFR likes to be in healthy shape before going into a fundraising campaign.  We need these statistics to be strong order to go into the campaign.  Here is where we stand as of the end of May 2015.

    • 30% of budget to be towards ministry.
      • Status: Unchanged
      • 84% of our 2015 budget goes to administrative costs (rent, insurance, land payment, salaries)
      • 16% is dedicated to ministry
      • Unless we revise the 2015 budget this number is set for the remainder of the year.
    • The long term debt ratio is at $3-5000 per attendee.
      • We averaged 1 people for the month of January.
  • If you take $2,000,000 and divide it by 110 you get $18.101 per attendee.  
    • Meeting the budget or surpassing the budget in giving.
      • Our Monthly Budget need is: 17,333.33 (208,000 divided by 12)
        • April Giving: $14696
        • May Giving: $13616
        • June Giving: 18,223
        • July Giving: $10.906
        • August Giving: 20372
        • September Giving: 18914
        • October Giving: n/a
        • November Giving: 15984
        • December: n/a
        • January 2015: 19350
        • February 2015: 15,775
        • March 2015: 20,713.82
  • April 2015: 15,092
  • May 2015:18,362
    • Trending upward in attendance.
      • Avg Attendance for May: 111 (88 in 2013)
      • Avg for June: 113 (100 in 2013)
      • Avg for July: 104 (97 in 2013)
      • Avg for August: 104 (97 in 2013)
      • Avg for September: 112 (99 in 2013)
      • Avg for October: 104 (106 in 2013)
      • Avg for November: 97 (100 in 2013)
      • Avg for December: 112 (120 in 2013)
  • Avg for JAnuary 2015: 119 .
    • Avg for February 2015: 122
    • Avg for March 2015: 124
    • Avg for April 2015: 133
    • May 2015: 110
  • Debt to Loan Ratio
    • We owe approximately $52,000 on the land and the land was independently assessed at $340,000 giving us an equity of $288,000 .  So this number is strong.
    • We can use the equity in the land as a down payment on the building.

Myth Told Tales: My Message notes from part 5 of Myth-Guided series

SELF

  • Dream / Daniel
  • Myth-Told Tales: My situation is unique <grid>
  • / Counselor / Message (How do they know?)
  • Paradoxes of this Myth:
    • Isolate yourself while starving for connection. (Push/Pull)
    • Ignore good advice while waiting on the perfect solution.
    • Push away God while he is the closest to you.
  • Truth: Possess a proper perspective

NOW

  • Miracle / Eccl / Background: Solomon
    • Don’t read until 40 yrs. Old / Whole book
    • “Under the Sun” 27 times
    • 1:9, ““What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” <>
  • Career / Work
    • “Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” 2:11 (Solomon’s career)
    • “I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.” 2:18
    • , “What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?” 2:22
  • Worry / Drama / Issues we face in life
    • “Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter. And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.” 4:1-2
    • We all want to get past the frustrations and oppression of life.
  • Fun & Recreation
    • “Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot.” 5:18
    • “So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.” 8:15
  • Your situation is not unique.
    • “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” 1:3
  • Solomon’s conclusion:
    • “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Revere God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
    • ILL: People in their 80’s: We are born, we work, we worry, we smile, and then we die.
    • APP: End of lie > The Outer fade and the inner life lingers
      • Life in the 40’s (The outer starts breaking down)
      • Revere God and keep his commandments.

US

  • Why should live out this verse? Your situation may not be unique- but you are!
  • “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  Psalm 139:1-3, 13-16
  • Your situation is not unique- but you are unique! <Review>

5 Things You Never See in a Successful Christian

  1. They never sacrifice holiness for instant gratification. Holiness is about picking up your cross and following Jesus, it’s not always about following your heart. Your heart often wants immediate resolution.  Holiness comes from following God over a lifetime, denying yourself, and walking with the Holy Spirit.
  2. They never let their fears get in the way of following Jesus commands. Following Jesus. I mean really trusting him with your life, is a scary proposition. Successful Christians face those fears and trust Jesus anyway.
  3. They never execute their faith without prayer. When you look at the life of Jesus and the early Christians you notice that they did nothing without earnest and specific prayers to a God that can give more than we can possibly imagine.
  4. They never allow their egos to control their values, actions, or goals. Instead, God’s word, his community of faith, and the Holy Spirit guide them.
  5. They never succumb to other people’s opinions or negative criticisms about them but rather concern themselves with God’s directives. While Christians need to be humble and able to receive constructive criticism, successful Christians succeed because they know the beliefs the Bible teaches and stand on them assured by their salvation in Christ Jesus. They are confident in their faith and are not tossed back and forth.  They do not lend themselves to doubts, fears, and defamation but rather choose to love their enemies and practice forgiveness in the same way Christ has forgiven them.