Daniel and His 3 Friends (Message Outline from this July 5th’s message)

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WHY

  • Thank Paul and Adam / 4th of July
  • Going thru Daniel
  • Challenge: Step Up, Step Out, Bow up your faith
  • Pet Peeve: Weak Minister
    • Passive / ILL: Football Coach
    • Xian Athlete = Non-competitive, vanilla, Xian Woman = meek and mild / No strong Xian woman
  • Bold Xian is a bad Xian
  • Church is about huddling and cuddling and not following Jesus with all your heart, mind, and strength. We are too satisfied.
  • Jesus message is not weak or mild
    • It is breathtaking and dangerous
    • We limit faith to being safe and secure
    • We like the mountaintop but rarely take the risks to get there
  • Why “I give you rest” and not “The Kingdom of God is coming with power!”
  • Believer’s Prayer, “Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29-30 <>
  • Faith >> compelling opportunity >> lose something of value
    • Outrageous >> No one else could fill those shoes ? No regrets
    • What if you didn’t have a wanna do it or gonna do it faith but a gotta do it faith?
    • What if you looked at your problems and just said, “Screw it. I’m following Jesus.”
    • Battle between your head and your heart
  • Daniel 3, 3 men who stood up, stood out, and bowed up. 

WHAT

  • Review Daniel 1 & 2
  • Daniel 3:1
    • Why? DN 2
    • 9 stories tall / 14 miles south of the city / VIP’s!
  • Daniel 3:4-5
    • “People of every language <>
    • Furnace 1948 degrees to melt gold / milk bottle design
  • Band struck up / Thousands of VIP’s / bow down to the idol / except 3 guys
    • Imagine <>
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
    • Brought b4 the King, “Is this true?” / Jeremiah
    • 2nd chance
    • They didn’t bow, they bowed up. Stood up, stood out, and bowed up
  • Daniel 3:16-17
  • Daniel 4:18, <>
    • They had a time their life when God did not come through <>
    • I know so many people who are the opposite of this
    • Knew something about God- He doesn’t always save me ,bless me
    • Faith is bowing to God and God alone
  • Nebuchadnezzar Furious / 2nd chance gone!
    • Some reports say the flames rose 75 feet in the air
    • Clothing, v. 21
    • Killed the guards carrying them
  • When Nebuchadnezzar looked inside he saw 4 people / son of the gods / theophany
  • What an insane moment! VIP’s witnessing this too!
  • Facebook / SMH
  • Daniel 4:28b, What a great way to describe faith/ Have you ever taken on opportunity for God’s glory to shine? Tombstone?

HOW

  • Could your faith be described in such terms?
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had a compelling opportunity to display their faith and they didn’t shrink from it. They stood up, stood out, and bowed up.
  • When are your compelling opportunities this week? Stand out, stand up, and bow up?
  • ILL: Elizabeth Elliot <>
  • What story of faith are you writing? Huddling and cuddling or following with all your strength, will, and determination? Will you stand up, stand out, and bow up?
  • What if you didn’t have a wanna do it or gonna do it faith but a gotta do it faith?

PRAYER: “God beware of the pitfalls and the harm that may come our way, but I pray that you will make us speak out with great boldness.  I pray that you will stretch out your hand and perform signs and wonders through your holy servant Jesus Christ!”

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