Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to PURPOSE IN THEIR HEART TO STICK TO GOD’S STANDARDS.
BIG IDEA: GOD CALLS US TO A LIFE WITHOUT COMPROMISE.
REFERENCES: Ecclesiastes 12:1a (Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth..)Romans 12:1 (I beseech thee therefore bretherens that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice); Ephesians 4:27b 9(Neither give place to the devil); Proverb 23:1-3 ( … when you sit at the king’s table …); Proverbs 21:1 (God turns the kings heart wherever He wishes); Proverbs 11:3a (The integrity of the upright shall guide them …); Gen. 12:1 (Abram … get thee out); Acts 7:2-4 (Abram was instructed to get thee out); Hebrews 11:1 (Now, faith is the substance of things hope …); Hebrews 11:6 (… without faith it’s impossible to please God); Romans 14:23 (Whatsoever is not faith is sin …); 2 Cor. 5:7 (We walk by faith and not by sight); Hab. 2:4 (The Just shall live by faith); Proverbs 22:6 (Train-up a child …); Joshua 24:2 (… thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, from ancient times your father lived beyond the river … namely Terah … and they served other gods); Daniel 1:8-16; James 2 (faith without works is dead); Leviticus 11-17 (Eating the dietary requirements ordained by God); Mark 10:13-16 (Jesus teaches the importance of children); I Tim 4:12-16 (Here, Pauls encourages Timothy be an example regardless of his age);
I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: DANIEL 1:8-16
II. READ THE PERICOPE: DANIEL 1:8-16
III. READ THE TEXT: DANIEL 1:8 (But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself).
IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to PURPOSE IN THEIR HEART TO
STICK TO GOD’S STANDARDS.
V. SERMONIC THEME: “Faith in a Strange Country”
INTRODUCTION: Today, is our New Multi-cultural Gospel Service … VERY … first Youth-In-Action Sunday. As you can see … on this particular day … our youth … are responsible for LEADING US in our Worship Experience.
This is important … because the Bible INFORMS US that we are to train-UP our children … THE-WAY they should go … and when they’re old … and all grown-up … they want DEPART (Proverbs 22:6).
Beginning the 2nd Sunday in October … every 2nd Sunday will be our Youth-In-Action Sunday. A monthly time that fellow believers can see … and observe the Christian Youth in Our Multicultural Community … leading our WORSHIP EXPERIENCE!
****************TAKE 5 BEATS***************
MOVE 1: AT this time, please stand and join me in rendering a round of PRAISE-GOD applause TO OUR CHILDREN … for a WORSHIP EXPERIENCE Well-Done!
a. Our youth today … are our leaders tomorrow … ON EARTH AND IN HEAVEN! The fact of the matter is AS BELIEVERS …
b. WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT OUR … BABIES, CHILDREN, YOUTH, TEENS, AND YOUNG ADULTS ARE REGULARLY TARGETED BY THE ENEMY-
c. … because he knows the IMPACT that YOUNG … FIRED-UP BELIEVERS CAN HAVE ON his WORLDLY KINGDOM.
d. FOR Don’t you remember: ADORF HITLER understood … WELL … the impact that YOUNG FOLK could have …
e. In fact, it has been said that … BEFORE HITLER GAINED CONTROL OF GERMANY, … HE BEGAN A YOUTH PROGRAM TO INDOCTRINATE THE YOUTH OF GERMANY through his “NAZI YOUTH CORPS” … which helped him in paving the way for his rise to power.