Sunday Review: December 4, 2016

Sunday Review: December 4, 2016

Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.

Matthew welcomed everyone with announcements and a Call to Worship from Isaiah 9:1-7.

We sang Come Thou Fount, O Great God, and Great Are You Lord.

Matthew read 1 Chronicles 29:11-17 and we worshiped God through our offerings.

Stephen Deloglos read Daniel 7 and Matthew preached the next message in our current series, Dominion: The Book of DanielThe message was titled "Jesus Wins: Part 1" and can be heard again on our Audio Resources page.

After the message we sang Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) and shared Communion, led by Chris.

Chris closed our time with a benediction.

Projection from the message:

“The intention of apocalyptic is not to chart out God’s plan for the future so future generations may draw up calendars but to assure the present generation that – perhaps contrary to appearance – God is still on the throne and that the future is firmly in his hands.” - Daniel Block

“We instinctively know that a sentence that begins ‘The stars will fall from heaven, the sun will cease its shining and the moon will drip blood’ will not end ‘and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with scattered showers.’ The reason is that we immediately perceive a mismatch between the genres of the two phrases: the one is apocalyptic, while the other is a more conventional weather forecast.” - Ian Duguid

Structure of the Book of Daniel:

DANIEL 1 – Daniel Exiled
     DANIEL 2 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Vision (Statue representing four kingdoms)
          DANIEL 3 – Deliverance from the fiery furnace
               DANIEL 4 – Nebuchadnezzar humbled (Seven years of insanity)
               DANIEL 5 – Belshazzar humbled (Weighed and found wanting)
          DANIEL 6 – Deliverance from the lion’s den
     DANIEL 7-9 – Daniel’s visions (Four kingdoms represented in various ways)
DANIEL 10-12 – Daniel’s vision of the end of the exile

Discussion Questions:

1. What do you hold on to when you are broken and things don't seem how they should be? What does this chapter out of Daniel inspire us to do?

2. Matthew taught that we should read Daniel 7, as well as all apocalyptic literature from scripture, with confidence, in context, and on their own termsWhat does this look like? 

3. All of the kings and kingdoms represented in Daniel's vision are subject to a greater authority. How do we see this in the way that the vision plays out? Who is ordains and controls the greatest empires that the world has ever known? How does God's sovereignty encourage your own faith?