This is the first message on this summer 2016 series on Daniel called "Counter Culture". We're exploring how to live for God in an increasingly godless cultures. Check out the outline and video below that give an introduction to the book of Daniel and explores what culture will do to you if you let it.
Counter Culture—Slip Sliding Away
Daniel 1:1-6“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakimking of Judah, Nebuchadnezzarking of Babyloncame to Jerusalem and besieged it.2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into
his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he
carriedoff to the temple of his god in Babyloniaand put in the treasure house of
his god. 3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz,
chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the
Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome,showing aptitude for every kind
of learning,well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to
serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the languageand literature of the
Babylonians.5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and winefrom the king’s table.They were to be trained for three
years,and after that they were to enter the king’s service. 6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah:
Daniel,Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.”
cultures changes, will we change with it?How will we live when culture changes?
When culture changes, God doesn’t.
3 Things Culture Will Do To You If You Let It.
1.The first goal of culture is to try to rename
Daniel 1:7“The chief
official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to
Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.”
Daniel—“God is my judge”
Belteshazzar—“Lady, protect the king”
Focus from God to man
Hananiah—“God has been gracious”
Shadrach—“I am fearful of God”
Focus from grace to fear
Mishael—“Who is what God is?”
Meshach—“I am despised, contemptable and humiliated”
Focus from confidence to cowardice
Azariah—“God has helped me”
Abednego—“Servant of Nebo”
From son to slave
When culture shifts, you better knowwhoyouare.
Daniel 1:8 (highlight the word “resolved”)But Daniel resolved not to
defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief
official for permission not to defile himself this way.
2.Culture will try to tame you.
Daniel 1:9-10“Now God
had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, ‘I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned
yourfood and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than
the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.’”
then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel,
Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 ‘Please test your servants for ten days:
Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who
eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.’ 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.”
3.Culture will try to claim you.
When culture shifts, never giveintothepressure.
the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of
the young men who ate the royal food.16 So the guard took away their
choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.17 To these four young men God gave knowledge
and understandingof all kinds of literature and learning.And Daniel could understand
visions and dreams of all kinds.18 At the end of the timeset by the king to bring them
into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar.19 The king talked with them, and he
found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the
Daniel 1:20“In every
matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he
found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his
BOTTOM LINE:Will I
change the world, or will the world change me?