The preparation of the prophet

Daniel sermon series

Daniel 1:3-21
Two time references and three focal points tell the story of Daniel’s preparation for service. Time indicators in the text (v3 and v21) place Daniel’s term of service in Babylon between 605 BC and 539 BC. For about 70 years, the whole time Judah was in exile, the Lord had His prophet standing at the king’s right hand. The three focal points which emerge strategically in the text (v8,12,17) tell the story of Daniel’s testing and preparation. The main point of the text is that the Lord prepared Daniel for service in Babylon through trial and testing. For his faithfulness and obedience, tested and confirmed through trial, the Lord gave Daniel intellectual abilities, vocational aptitudes, and the unique spiritual gift of interpreting dreams and visions.

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Introduction to Daniel

Daniel book sermon series

Daniel 1:1-2
The clash between the two kingdoms, the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of Christ, runs through history like a red line. Turning to Daniel 1, another chapter in this conflict is encountered as we see the Davidic king dethroned, Jerusalem conquered, and the temple looted. Daniel’s telling of the story of Judah’s conquest at the hands of the Babylonians indicates that this chapter in Judah’s history is a manifestation of the clash between the seed of the woman the seed of the serpent. The consolation for God’s people’s is found in the fact that Daniel explains that the Lord was sovereign over Babylon’s conquest of Judah, giving Jehoiakim into Babylon’s hand. For the people of God, hope is found on the prophetic horizon as the purpose of the Lord in removing the throne and temple from Jerusalem in order to prepare for the coming priesthood and kingship of Christ is unveiled in Daniel’s prophecies.

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Catechism

Series: What It Means To Be Reformed Presbyterian

Genesis 18:19
The fourth component of the covenanted uniformity called for by the Solemn League and Covenant was catechism. The rationale was that catechism was the link between the pulpit and the home and is the divinely appointed means for perpetuating the faith from one generation to the next. This message explores the Biblical basis for weekly catechism in the church and regular catechism in the home.

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Regulated Worship

Series: What It Means To Be Reformed Presbyterian

Acts 2:42
From the outset of the Reformation, Calvin wrote that the first concern of the Reformed church was worship. One hundred years later, in the 1640’s, the Westminster Assembly formulated a Directory for Public Worship which affirmed the regulative principle and its application in a series of elements taken exclusively from Scripture. Presbyterian worship is worship that in principle and practice is strictly regulated by the word of God. This sermon surveys the Biblical basis for the regulative principle of worship and shows the textual basis for the various elements of Presbyterian worship.

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Presbyterian Church Government, part 3: Synods

Series: What It Means To Be Reformed Presbyterian

Acts 15:1-29
When teachers came down from Judea to Antioch and started teaching that Gentiles had to be circumcised in order to be saved, it set off a a firestorm of controversy. The presbytery of Antioch met to analyze this new teaching, but the heated debate did not lead to a resolution. In order to resolve this difficult theological problem, the presbytery appealed to synod which met in Jerusalem. Acts 15 records the important details of this synodical meeting along with its results. Presbyterians hold that the principles of synodical government are contained in this passage and that the church is bound to structure its government according to the model set forth here.

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