Happy Wednesday! Tonight we began with our typical chat time, followed by a few announcements.
- #YC13 – We’re 2 stinkin’ weeks away! Can you believe it? Anyway, letters will be going out to parents within the next few days with more information. Also, if you have school the day we leave (March 28th) and need a letter to get out of school early, be sure to talk to Heather.
- NEXT WEEK – Next week we’ll be tie dying T-shirts for convention. If you’d like to participate, be sure to bring a plain white T-shirt.
- STL Project: India – This year’s Speed The Light project that they’ll be taking an offering for at convention is for a Bible college in India. Be in prayer about how much God may lead you to give.
- Easter Cantata / INVITE SOMEONE! – Our choir and worship team are working hard to prepare an Easter cantata. We encourage you to grab a ticket from the church and invite someone to church that day.
At the end of the announcements, we showed the promo video for the Speed the Light project we talked about above. Here’s that.
Following the video, we moved into tonight’s time of worship. Tonight’s songs were “Your Love Never Fails” by Jesus Culture, “Mighty to Save” by Hillsong United, and “The Stand” by Kristian Stanfill. Following worship, Corey prayed and then we moved into the message.
Tonight’s message came from Heather and kind of continued what we started 2 weeks ago. The title was “Integrity Under Fire” and the scripture came from Daniel 6:6-17.
6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.
10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”
The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”
13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.”14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.
15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”
16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”
17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.
Tonight’s message talked about standing for God even when it may not be the popular or easy thing to do. We also talked about how we can prepare for situations where our faith may be tested. Heather ended the night with a challenge try to change an aspect in your life this week (that may not be the best Godly trait) and see if people notice.
QOTW: If you were arrested for being a Christian, would be there be enough evidence to convict you? (You don’t have to answer this one in the comments, but take a few moments to think about it…)