The final installment in this series on the life of Daniel describes his intention in a pagan culture to provide grace. In the message, we will discover the importance and power of common grace and how that opens the door to special grace. Common grace is universal and can be experienced by all people, both believer and non-believer. Special grace gives enough information for a lost person to decide whether or not to begin a relationship with the God of heaven.
If we are going to live as an exile but not act like an exile, then we must live with an “excellent spirit.” When Daniel’s enemies sought to undermine him politically, they first came after his public political track record but could find no basis for fault or complaint. Even they had to admit that Daniel had an excellent spirit. In a pagan culture, Daniel’s reputation stood out because he was humble, generous and had deep integrity. If we are going to have ongoing impact in a post-Christian culture, we too must have an excellent spirit.
The second message in our series is based on the story of resolve in the life of a young Daniel. He resolved that he would not violate the law of his God, regardless of the circumstance, context, or consequence. So often if we cannot guarantee the outcome of our commitments, we will not make them. Daniel lived a life of total resolve and as a result, engaged in and influenced culture for nearly 70 years.
Daniel, a young boy raised in a noble family in Jerusalem, found himself exiled from his own land and immersed in a foreign culture, serving a foreign King, and surrounded by foreign gods. Would he be lost and simply assimilate into this culture? Daniel chose the path less traveled. He resolved to honor the law of his God, he displayed an excellent spirit, and he became an agent of grace in order to transform the culture around him. Join us in this new series as we learn from the life of this remarkable man.