Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, and discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Chris opened our time together with announcements and a call to worship.
Matthew introduced Ben Rodill and William Chapman who gave a local missions report on their prison ministry.
Bob Shanks read Daniel 10 – the text for Matthew’s message, “Ready for the Future” as the next in our current series Dominion: The Book of Daniel. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message we sang A Mighty Fortress is Our God and Chris closed our time together with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
“Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” – Isaiah 6:5
“Old Testament visions of God are never produced simply to impress us with special effects. They seek to communicate through the vision some aspect or aspects of God’s nature that will be important for the message that will follow.” – Ian Duguid
“[Speaking of the angels] Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” – Hebrews 1:14
“‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?’” – Revelation 6:16-17
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” – Romans 5:8
“The conflict will be such as to cause doubt as to whether God’s people can survive, and the vision is intended to give unshakable assurance that, desperate as the situation will be, God is so fully in control as to be able to disclose the sequence of events before they happen. Indeed they already inscribed in his book of truth, which, though figurative, aptly conveys God’s control and knowledge of past, present and future, for they are officially entered in his records.” – Joyce Baldwin
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? …For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, not height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:32, 38
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling…The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Psalm 46:1-3, 7
“You and I will only rest in situations over which we have no control if we are in awe of the One who controls them all for his glory and for our good.” – Paul Tripp
1. When Daniel saw the mere reflection of God, he couldn’t even remain conscious. He was undone. What does this mean and why was this how he reacted? When was the last time that you looked up from the fading pleasures of this earth and felt undone by God’s glory?
2. What should we do to grow in awe of the Lord? How does reading the word of God affect us and our understanding of God’s glory?
3. Matthew taught that the pain of our sorrows should drive us to the hope of God’s word. What does this mean? Is turning to scripture during times of hurt a natural tendency for you?
4. Matthew also taught that when we think about the future, our greatest need is not about when we will encounter a difficult future circumstance, it is about what will happen when we face God. Do you stand in confidence that you have been saved by His grace?