We are the Body of Christ #BeBold

Sermon: PastorBryon September 9, 2018


Introduction

When we think about being a bold church or a bold Christian we often think about those churches in countries that persecute people for taking a stand as a Christian. Often we don’t see the United States as ‘that place’ because of the liberties we enjoy. However, at times in our country when our liberties as Christians was being challenged and tested not many Christians took a bold stand; maybe because we were unclear of the line between right and wrong. For instance, the word tolerance has become our enemies weapon to throw us off, to confuse us and to set us back and make us double guess what’s right and what’s wrong.

Here in the United States we live in a free country and we believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for every person. Unfortunately more and more people are coming to the conclusion that we should submit to the will of the many over the will of the few; or, maybe just the will of the loudest. When prayer in school was challenged most sat the fight out. Certainly as Americans we shouldn’t subject our beliefs on others, right?

Should we be imposing our beliefs and ideas on others? ABSOLUTELY! Why? Because people are dying and going to hell. It’s absolutely critical that we use every means and take every opportunity to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you saw a person drowning in the river wouldn’t you do everything you could to help save their life?  It’s as if we have forgotten the urgency and serious nature of our calling.

Today we the church, continue to regress and take a back seat to the advances of our enemy. If I can’t preach whenever I want, If I can’t talk about Jesus whenever or wherever I want and if I can’t pray whenever or however I want then I’m giving up too much for my freedoms and faith. We have allowed ourselves to submit on the grounds of TOLERANCE and it needs to end.

Boldness doesn’t mean you’re rude, obnoxious, loud, or disrespectful. Being bold is standing firm on what you believe and not being easily moved.

All throughout the book of Daniel we see Daniel and his friends taking a bold stand for God and their faith, completely unwilling to waiver. Let’s examine Daniel chapter 6 and see how once again Daniel provides an example for being a bold church

 

Scripture: Daniel 6:10-22

 

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

11 Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12 And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king’s decree: “Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?”

The king answered and said, “The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.”

13 So they answered and said before the king, “That Daniel, who is one of the captives from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”

 

14 And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 15 Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” 17 Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.

 

18 Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

 

This event takes place in Babylon after the Babylonian empire has fallen to the Persians. Daniel has been in captivity for many years but he has risen in status and power because of his unwavering faith and character. King Darius is the ruler who has come to trust and count on Daniel as a leader of leaders in his kingdom. Daniel is nearing the end of his life and at the time of this event was in his early 80’s.

3 things we can learn from Daniel about being a bold church

  1. Bold churches don’t compromise their standards (V.10)

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

Daniel wasn’t being defiant by going home and praying three times on the day the king made a decree. This was Daniel’s custom to pray three times and he would do so openly.

  1. Bold churches become known for their character (V. 16 & V.4)

16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”

The king didn’t have to question Daniel because Daniel was predictable. Furthermore when we look at verse 4 we see that those who plotted against Daniel couldn’t find any fault in him. That’s why they had to devise a plan to make what Daniel was doing everyday a crime.

  1. Bold churches influence and impact the world around them. (V.14 & V. 25-27)

14 And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 

 Daniel was a slave yet his life had impacted the kings life such that when the King realized it was Daniel who broke the law he was upset with himself for putting Daniel in such a situation.

 His influence for the Kingdom of heaven is further illustrated in verses 25-27

Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:

Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end.

He delivers and rescues, And He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the [h]power of the lions.

 Conclusion

We don’t become a bold church by lashing out at people and pointing out sins, we don’t become a bold church by being rude, haughty or self righteous, we become a bold church by following Christ’s examples, by becoming known as a loving church, by caring for those in need and by standing firm on the teachings of Jesus.

~AMEN

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