Category: Sermon Notes

OUTSIDERS | Daniel 6

Many of us have heard the story of Daniel and the lions den since our early days in Sunday School.  It is a wonderful story of God, who is good to keep His promises, delivering those who trust in Him.  However, I would like us to perhaps see this story in a different light this week.  I want us to look for similarities between Daniel and Jesus.

1.  The conspirators could find no fault in Daniel (vs. 4).  …

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 5

It is important to remember that Daniel is not writing a complete history.  Daniel has chosen to skip ahead and detail the fall of Babylon immediately after the royal decree of Nebuchadnezzar in chapter 4.  He does this intentionally.  Daniel wants his readers to understand that it is indeed the Most High God who is over the kingdoms of men.  Even great nations like Babylon will eventually fall at God’s righteous time.

Chapter 5 opens about 25 years after the death of Nebuchadnezzar.  …

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 4

This chapter is a royal document and decree from King Nebuchadnezzar to his entire Kingdom.  While some of the language is familiar to us from chapter 3, this document was actually written and published 20 to 30 years later.  King Nebuchadnezzar has had a very successful life.  He had conquered many nations and expanded his rule throughout the Middle East.  He also built the hanging gardens of Babylon, which became one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.  Like many others, his success went straight to his head.  …

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 3

POWER AND EMPTINESS

From the beginning of time, Satan has been trying to tell a counterfeit gospel.  What God says is good… Satan says is false (Gen. 2:1-5).  This culminated in God’s wrath when mankind tried to build a tower to themselves, rather than God (Gen. 11:1-9).  The site of Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol is the exact site of the Tower of Babel.  Once again, Satan influences man to think they are just as great as God.  However, God has strategically placed 3 Hebrew men to stand for Him amidst a pagan religion.  …

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 2:1-49

CLASH OF TWO KINGDOMS

Our narrative begins with a pagan king being troubled by a dream.  He calls for all his “experts” who were trained to handle the problems of signs and omens.  To be sure of their counsel, the king demands that they tell him his dream first, and then they are to interpret it.  Evidently the king had ruled long enough to see the inconsistency of his counselors.  They exclaimed, “There is not a man on earth who could do such a thing”…

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OUTSIDERS | Daniel 1-21

Daniel 1:1-21

The Bible is clear that sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).  However, God does not want us to be separate from Him. That’s why He continued to speak to His people over the course of time, telling them what to do and what not to do (Leviticus 26).  Just like in the garden with Adam and Eve, God wants a relationship.  He wants to share Himself and His love with us.  He also wants to enjoy us, the pinnacle of His creation.  …

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JESUS IS | The Best Way Forward

John 14:1-14

Jesus told Philip, “believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves” (vs. 11).  What works was Jesus speaking of?  It was the works that He had been doing since the disciples had begun following Him.  He walked on water, fed the multitudes, and even raised the dead.  His disciples had seen all these miracles.  So what was Jesus telling them when He said they would do “greater works than these”…

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JESUS IS | Our Rescue

What did Jesus accomplish?

Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to come to earth and die in the brutal fashion that He did?  We can all sympathize with Jesus when we see re-enactments of the cross, in the movies, or passion plays.  The question though is why would God do this to Himself?  What was gained from the torturous death of Christ?

Leviticus 16 holds some answers.  It describes the sacrifices that were made on “yom kippur,”…

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JESUS IS | Prophet, Priest, & King

Jesus is Prophet

Acts 3:18-26 declares that Jesus is the prophet that Moses spoke of that would come after him.  The Old Testament prophet was the man who boldly declared “thus says the Lord.”  They spoke not in their own authority, but in the authority that God had given them.  Jesus our prophet is even more superior than the Old Testament prophets (Hebrews 1).  He didn’t say, “thus says the Lord,” but instead said, “I say to you”…

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JESUS IS | Who He Says He Is

Main Text:  Matthew 16:13-18

PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS TALKING

People are always talking about Jesus.  For two thousand years they have never stopped.  It is extraordinary that people today, some 2000 years removed from the days when Jesus actually lived, are still talking about the penniless preacher from Nazareth.  It seems that everyone has an opinion about Jesus.  The religions and cults of the world all speak of Him. Musicians as diverse as Pink Floyd, Kanye West, and Carrie Underwood sing songs about Him.  …

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