It’s only a matter of time (Daniel 7)

It’s Only a Matter of Time

Daniel 7 (Reading v1-18)

1. Another troubling vision… (v1-18)

  • four beastlykingdoms (v2-8)
  • One sovereign judge (v9-12)
  • And his ‘human‘ ruler (v13-14)

2. … and another interpretation (v15-28)

  • the short explanation – God is in control, there’s light at the end of the tunnel (v17-18)
  • the longer explanation – God is in control, there’s light at the end of a very dark tunnel (v23-27)

3. It’s only a matter of time…

  • Jesus is the ‘one like a son of man’ (v13-14, 18, 27 compared with the gospels e.g. Mark 14:62)(
  • Christians will reign with Jesus (v18, 27 compared with Psalm 8, Hebrews 2:5-10)
  • in the meantime….

Preacher: Steve Blencowe

Trusting God in a Hostile World (Daniel 6)

Trusting God in a Hostile World

Daniel 6

(reading 6:1-18)

1. Daniel counted the cost of living for God in a hostile world, just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (in ch 3). And their trust was rewarded.

2. Daniel chapter 6 tells a story of…

… competition, conspiracy, a command (vv1-9)

… the cost of uncompromising trust in God (vv10-18

… complete vindication (vv19-28)

3. Trust in God will be rewarded because God will always be vindicated and victorious

Preacher: Steve Blencowe

Don’t Learn the Hard Way (Daniel 4-5)

Don’t Learn the hard way

Daniel 4-5(reading 4:1-18)

1. Confessions of a ‘self-made-man’ (Daniel 4)

(key verses 4:29-32 and 34-35)

2. And the fall of his fool-hardy son (Daniel 5)

(key verses 5:20-23 especially v22)

3. Should Belshazzar have been given a second chance?

(Jeremiah 25:12-14, 27:1-7)

4. What should we learn from all this?

Preacher: Steve Blencowe

O King Live Forever!? (Daniel 2)

O King, live forever!?

Daniel chapter 2

(Bible Reading – Daniel 2:1-23)

1. The great king has a recurring & disturbing dream (v1­-13)

2. A dream which God mercifully reveals to Daniel (v14­-23)

3. A dream that puts all rulers in their place (v24­-45)

4. Nebuchadnezzar is relieved, but did he really understand the dream? (v46­49)

Preacher: Steve Blencowe

God Hasn’t Finished Yet (Daniel 1)

God Hasn’t Finished Yet
Daniel 1

1. It’s easy to give in when you’re a long way from home?

Deuteronomy 28:45-57 (cf 2 Kings & Lamentations)

2. But God has the whole world inhishands

– Daniel 1:1-2, 9, 17, 21

– Daniel 9:1-3 (compare Deuteronomy 30:1-3)

– Romans 9:1-9 & 11:1ff

3. So keep trusting – even when you feel far from home!

– 1 Peter 1:1, 13-17