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Daniel 4 - Nebuchadnezzar's testimony - J Coleman

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This message about Nebuchadnezzar examines the fall of mankind when we try to become more god like and instead we wind up becoming more base in our conduct and living. God humbled the greatest king the world had known. Dan 4:30, “is this not the great Babylon which I have built by my mighty power..”

Nebuchadnezzar was humbled and brought back to his senses after 7 years of living like an animal, after which he gave glory to God and praised His name. This was Nebuchadnezzar’s testimony that he shared with his kingdom and subjects.

Jeff proposes a challenge to all of us to take time write down the circumstances of our conversion and receiving new life after being dead in our trespasses and sins as a testimony that can be shared with colleagues and family.

Esther 4-7: How do we respond to God's sovereignty? - Andrew S

This message is second in a series of 3 on the book of Esther, given in 2014. Here Andrew takes us through chapters 4 to 7 and asks the question of How do we respond to God's sovereignty? The same question applies to 2019. Message 1 is not available due to recording quality.

These chapters give us the account of Mordecai and his response to the decree by Haman to kill and annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children in one day, Esther 3:13, and how he appealed to Esther for her intervention before King Ahasuerus.

We notice 4 things:

1. Mordecai and Esther fasted for 3 days. Fasting is an act of doing without to engage with God. It is setting aside something in exchange for focusing and listening to God's direction. It is not an attempt to be more pious as if the more sacrificial you can be the more God will notice through your will power. It can equally be a fasting from listening to music or social media or TV or other pleasure that takes your focus off listening for God's leading. It is a replacement with something spiritual, focusing your heart on seeking the Lord.

2. As God is sovereign He is in complete control of all circumstances. When we have to act in faith regarding events that seem threatening or risk to our comfort levels there is no neutral ground. We either grow in faith by trusting the promises and nature of God or we retreat and shrivel up like seeds on hard ground. It is a question of belief. Do we believe in the power of God who is calling you. Eph 2:10 tells us that we are created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Divine happenings require faith and courage.

3. We need spiritual discernment for the works that God has prepared for us, and discernment only comes by spending time in prayer and in God's word letting the Lord speak to you, Psalm 119:18. Exercising your faith grows your faith.

4. We must leave the consequences of responding in faith to God.

Andrew closes this message with an excerpt from Martin Luther King's sermon entitled "But if" (12 minute mark)

 
 

Overview of Daniel - Ross P

Prophecy brings numerous responses from ridicule, fear, indifference, scoffing, or excitement. Why study prophecy?
1. It promotes the scriptures. 30% of scripture is prohetic.
2. Prevents ignorance, 1 Thess. 4
3. Proclaims Christ. All scriptures point to Christ. Not about us, its about Jesus.
4. Promises personal benefit, Rev 1
5. Promotes holy living. Prophesy gives you perspective on the times to come and changes our conduct with this knowledge.
6. Persuades action now. Romans tells us our salvation is nearer now that when we first believed. We need to study prophecy to motivate us into repentance and action.

Look at the book of Daniel and how it fits into the scheme of prophesy.
Three prophecies:
1. Overview of the gentile domination of Jerusalem. Ch2
2. Seventy Sevens prophecy. Ch. 9
3. Nature of the final ruler, or Antichrist.

Principles of interpretation:
A When the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense.
B Perspective. Sometimes prophets did not see the difference between the near and far. Foreshortening.
C Prototypes. Partial fulfilment of something early that is completely fulfilled later.
D A text, apart from a context, is a pretext. Need to be careful with taking verses out of context and drawing incorrect conclusions.

 

Life of David - How mighty might you be? : Roger L

Roger takes us to 2 Samuel 23 and considers how the example of David's mighty men, risking their lives to fulfil their master's wish for water, is reflected in the NT and in our service to the Lord now.
Roger suggests that disputes over water with the sophisticated Philistines of old can be seen in Church life today with wells of spiritual water being filled with rocks and earth as people deny doctrines of creation, virgin birth and resurrection.
What is the Holy Spirit softly whispering today, asking us to go and fetch water from within the enemy's camp, needing courage and standing firm when others retreat?

Life of David - Davidic Covenant : John W

John summarises the Life in David series as seen through the Psalms.

Forgiveness; promises of God, a relationship with God to model; goodness and forgives of God as David experienced; conditional and unconditional promises; descendants of David on the Throne, Ps 89, Is 7:13,
We are grafted into the blessings of Israel, fully benefiting from the covenant with David, now and forever more.

What is our response to God's promises, 2 Cor 1:20?

Life of David - Family Troubles Pt 2 : Ross P

Ross continues in a wonderful exposition of a picture of God's justice and mercy illuminated by David's failure to judge Amnon rightly after the rape of Tamar.

Life of David - Mephibosheth : Simon S

A wonderful picture of God's grace to while we were crippled by sin, unable to approach the King except through our relationship with the Lord Jesus, we are adopted as sons and daughters.

Isaiah Introduction - Why Prophecy? : Ross P

Ross introduces the teaching series and book of Isaiah and asks why should we study prophecy since it is often associated with controversy and unpopular judgement. Prophecy constitutes at least 25% of the bible so to not study prophecy is to overlook a large portion of God's word.
6 Reasons to study prophecy:

  1. It Promotes scripture. All scripture is profitable.
  2. It Prevents ignorance. It informs us of God's plan and confirms already fulfilled promises
  3. It Proclaims Christ. Rev 19:10 'the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy' All prophecy points to Christ
  4. It Promises personal benefit. Rev 1:3
  5. It Promotes holy living. 2 Pet 3:10
  6. It Persuades people into sharing the good news knowing that God's judgement is assured in the future as it was demonstrated in the past. 2 Cor 5:10 'we will all give account to God'

The message concludes with a call to repentance.