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Message & Sermon Notes

Standing Strong in Babylon
Daniel 3:1-30
Pastor Jason Carslon


Daniel 3:1-30

In the example of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego we’re encouraged to:

  1. Stand out in a culture of compromise (v. 1-12)

The empire of Babylon could rightly be described as a culture of compromise…

1) A king that compromised the truth (v. 1-7)

Matthew 7:24-27

2) A people that compromised their convictions (v. 7)

Romans 12:2

3) A council that compromised others for self (v. 8-12)

Matthew 22:36-40

  1. Stand up in the courts of confusion (v. 13-18)

What gave these men the courage to stand up to Nebuchadnezzar’s threats?

1) They trusted God’s sovereignty

Philippians 1:21

2) They knew God’s word

Exodus 20:2-5a

3) They were committed to their convictions

4) They recalled God’s triumphs

  1. Stand firm in the crucible of crisis (v. 19-30)

“Beloved, you must go into the furnace if you would have the nearest and dearest dealings with Christ Jesus.” – Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Hebrews 13:5
Romans 8:35, 37-39


Sermon Discussion Questions

Questions for reflection:

  1. In what ways can you relate to the test of faith experienced by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
  2. What inspiration can you take from their example?

Questions for discussion:

  1. What similarities do you see in the compromise of Babylon to our culture today?
  2. When have you experienced pressure to compromise your faith? How did you respond?
  3. Why must we be resolved in our convictions before we face the moment of testing?
  4. When God doesn’t deliver us from dangers or trials, does that mean he’s abandoned us? Why or why not?

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Coats & Winter Wear Needed for MEC Prison Ministry: We are currently collecting winter wear for inmates who are released during the winter months. Please put donations outside the Sharing Shop door in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Colossians: An Experimental Preaching Series: Mondays, 6:30pm, in the Worship Center. Come help Pastor Stephen with his doctoral work and enjoy some time in God’s Word.

Kentucky Mission Trip Opportunity: Lakes Free will be partnering with Praying Pelican Missions who are actively engaged in longterm recovery efforts after devastating tornadoes. We are excited to offer this as a joint Student Ministries/Missions sponsored trip. Contact Chuck Stomberg with any questions. Register here.

Men’s Breakfast: Sat, Feb. 11, 8:00am in Fellowship Hall. We’re hosting a follow-up breakfast with our Men’s Advance speaker, Joe Smith. This will be an encouraging time together as we discuss holiness and living a pure lifestyle. All men (HS age+) are invited, even if you’re not currently struggling with purity. Joe Smith is the President of Broken Strength Men’s Purity Ministry. Cost: $5. Register here.

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