You Are Called to Courage - Our Fall Sermon Series
September 8, 2017
There are some days when we wake up and wonder if we have appeared in another world. Things seem different and it feels like it happened overnight.
How many have felt like we are on the brink of a cultural meltdown? We have nuclear threats from megalomaniacal dictators and we have a new story of terrorism seemingly every day. At a local level, things don’t seem to get any less complicated. We have our own political struggles, economic concerns and Christians wonder what happened to our once “Christian” nation?
In the eyes of the public, we have gone from “do-gooders” to “do-badders”. The church is labelled as a place of judgment, hate and bigotry.
What has happened?
This is just a glimpse of what it must have felt like to live in exile.
In Psalm 137, the Psalmist laments that he had to hang up his musical instruments because he no longer wanted to play happy music. He talks about being mocked by tormentors and a longing that he feels for bygone days. That’s what exile is like. You’re displaced. You’re not free. You’re not home.
Out of this dark time in the history of God’s people, a light emerges. The book of Daniel is the story of a group of young men who refused to despair. They held to the hope that God was in control, that he was good, and that he would always be with them.
The book of Daniel is story from the seventh century B.C. about courage - courage to face evil, live humbly, excel in exile and remain faithful to God despite every temptation to compromise.
What to Expect
Our fall sermon series will focus primarily on the first six chapters in the book of Daniel. These narratives will comfort and challenge us as we explore the foreign world of Ancient Babylon. These young men found a way to thrive in exile. This series will restore our trust that Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, will be with us no matter how dark things get or how difficult they may be.
These narratives will comfort and challenge us as we explore the foreign world of Ancient Babylon. These young men found a way to thrive in exile. This series will restore our trust that Yahweh, the God of the Israelites, will be with us no matter how dark things get or how difficult they may be.
This series is about standing strong when you want to give in. It’s about remaining true to who you are when everyone is trying to change you. It’s about following the call of God when there are thousands of other voices you could listen to.
Finally, it’s about men and women learning to adapt to a different world and living courageously in a tidal wave of cowardice. This series seeks to inspire us to live in the same courageous manner.
Please Join Us
Our services start at 10:30 on Sunday mornings. We meet at Samuel Robertson Technical School. This series will last from September to November.
You are welcome to come and visit as we work through this dynamic story.