Announcements (30 Aug 15)

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Aug 302015
 

Blessed Teachers’ Day to all our dedicated teaches and helpers! The Lord bless your labour of love.

Sunday School Teachers’ Lunch TODAY 12.45 pm @Fellowship Hall: All teachers and helpers (including all in the Junior Worship Ministry) from all three congregations are welcome to the appreciation lunch.

Missions Sunday TODAY! May the Lord bless the mission efforts of our church. May He give to each New Lifer that missionary vision that will prosper the Church.

Missions Focus at 11.30am, Chapel Come and watch a video called: “So Many Miracles: A Play about George Mueller”. All are welcome!

Church Family Day (Sat 5/9) @ S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa: If you are registered, please come this Saturday to church at 8.00am. The bus will leave here at 8.30am.

30 Aug 15 – Scriptures and Remedies for the evil of the world

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Aug 302015
 

Scriptures and Remedies for the evil of the world

By Eld. Yap Chee Kian

2 Tim 3:15 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”.

[Adapted from a sermon by Charles H. Spurgeon in 1885 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington]

Paul gave his warning concerning his own times which is quite as necessary for this present age. Evil men and seducers wax worse and worse and very many have turned away their ears from the Truth of God to listen to fables. As Sunday school teachers, we have to teach our children the Word of the Lord! Bring them out and hold them up and turn their little eyes to the divinely ordained remedy [Psalm 8:2, Matt 11:25]. No hope remains for the dark world but in that Light of God which lightens every man.

1. The work of God’s grace commenced with early instructions

Notice that this work commenced with early instruction – “From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures” and it was quickened and made effectual by saving faith – which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”. We cannot begin too early to imbue the minds of our children with Scriptural knowledge. We are to teach them the meaning of obedience and the necessity of yielding to a higher will. This may be the keynote of their whole future of life.

One of the first objectives of the Sunday school is to teach the children great reverence for the Holy Scriptures. Timothy was taught not only to reverence the Scripture, but especially to know the Scriptures. Dear teachers, let our teachings be more and more Scriptural. Our classes may forget what we say, but pray them to remember that the Lord says. May Divine truths about sin, righteousness and judgment be written on their hearts. May they not forget the Truths of God concerning the love of God, the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. May they know the virtue and necessity of the atoning blood of our Lord, the power of His Resurrection and the Glory of His Second Coming. May the doctrines of Grace be engraved on their minds and written on their hearts.

2. This work was quickened by saving faith

Scripture is able to make us wise unto salvation. Children may know the Scriptures and yet not be children of God. Faith in Jesus Christ is that Grace which brings immediate salvation. We have the opportunity to teach our children so that by faith in Him, they may receive power to become sons of God. Faith in the Lord Jesus, as He is set forth in Scripture, will surely save. “If you believe with all your heart, you may”, said Philip to the eunuch [Acts 8:37] and we say the same to every child.

Let this faith continue to grow in grace and knowledge [2 Peter 3:18].

Faith finds her wisdom in the use of knowledge conferred by the Scriptures. From childhood you have known the Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith. This wisdom is not found on the thoughts of men. It is found in the inspired writings. You can give your children knowledge without their having faith, but they must have faith given them of the Holy Spirit before that knowledge can become wisdom. Scriptural knowledge is wisdom when it influences the heart, when it rules the mind, when it affects daily life, when it sanctifies the spirit, when it renews the will. Teachers, pray for our dear children that God would give them faith in Christ Jesus so that the knowledge which we have given them may turn to wisdom!

3. Sound instruction in Holy Scripture creates a SOUND character

In these days, we are surrounded by unsettled minds, “ever learning, but never coming to a knowledge of the truth of God.” The man that has been taught the Scripture from his youth is anchored by the Divine influences of the Scripture. He knows for himself its divine power as he is spiritually discerned [1 Cor 2:14]. He has been taught, steeped and saturated in Scripture and is conscious of its permeating influence and it gives him permanence of conviction. Bible truths influence his thoughts, words and deeds.

4. It produces great usefulness

Timothy became a choice companion for Paul, upon whom Paul looked with love and remembered with joy. Guided by God’s word, he was steadfast, unmovable, courageous – because as a child he had known the Scriptures. William Carey, touched by God’s word in Isaiah 54:2-3, repeatedly used these words “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God” which was his motto. He was useful to God in bringing the word of God to India. I am also reminded of Henrietta Mears, who founded the Gospel Light, a publishing company of Christian materials. Her work profoundly impacted the ministries of Bill Bright (Campus Crusade), and Jim Rayburn (Young Life) with her emphasis on Scripture and a clear Gospel message for young people.

May God help each Sunday school teacher to do his part well. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will be with our Sunday schools till He comes. Amen.

Announcements (23 Aug 15)

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Aug 232015
 

Adults SS Class at 11.30am, Chapel. All are welcome!

Sunday School Teachers’ Lunch NEXT SUNDAY 30 Aug at 12.45 pm @Fellowship Hall: All teachers and helpers (including all in the Junior Worship Ministry) from all three congregations are welcome to an appreciation lunch next Sunday.

Church Family Day (Sat 5/9) @ S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa: Registration closes TODAY. Dn. Emmanuel Gumapon is in charge of registration for the Eng.Cong. Fee Structure: Adults: S$15/ Senior Citizens (60 and above): S$10 / Children (4 to 12 years): S$10.

Pianists Needed for all Three Congregations: Musicians (Members of New Life), do prayerfully consider and come forward.

Chinese Evening Service needs help in driving. Are you available? Please see Ps Lim if you are able to help.

Philippines Annual Mission Trip (30/11- 9/12): If you are interested to join the team this year, please register with Sis. Linda Lim by 31/8.

23 Aug 15 – God’s Timing

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Aug 232015
 

By Eld. Prasad

The first thing we need to understand about God’s timing is that it is perfect, just as all of God’s ways are perfect (Psalm 18:30). God’s timing is never early, and never late. In fact, from before our birth until the moment we take our last earthly breath, our sovereign God is accomplishing His divine purposes in our lifetime. He is in complete control of everything and everyone from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2).
By understanding the sovereignty of our Creator, patience and waiting would come a little more easily. Unfortunately, however, that’s not always the case. Our human nature can make waiting for God’s perfect timing a difficult thing to do. In fact, in the hustle and bustle of our frenzied lives, we often find it difficult to wait for anything or anyone. We want what we want now. And with our modern technological advances, we are often able to get what we want now. As a result, we are not only losing our patience, but also finding it increasingly difficult to discern God’s timing.
Scripture tells us in Galatians 5:22 that patience is a spiritual fruit and scripture makes it clear in Psalm 37:7 that God is pleased with us when we display this virtue. God is good to those who wait for Him (Lamentations 3:25). And our patience often reveals the degree of trust we have in God’s timing. We must remember that God operates according to His perfect and foreordained eternal schedule, not ours. We should take great comfort in knowing that, when we wait on the LORD, we receive divine energy and strength:

Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

The psalmist reiterates in Psalm 27:14,

“Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the LORD”.

Another key to understanding God’s timing is trust. In fact, our ability to wait on the Lord is largely related to how much we trust Him. When we trust in God with all our heart, forgoing reliance on our own, often erroneous understanding of circumstances, God will indeed give us direction (Proverbs 3:5-6). God’s unfailing love surrounds us who trust Him as written in Psalm 32:10, “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about”. To fully trust God, however, we need to know God. And the best way to know God is through His Word. God’s divine energy is released in our lives through His inspired Word (1 Thessalonians 2:13). The work of God’s Word includes saving (1 Peter 1:23), teaching (2 Timothy 3:16-17), protecting (Psalm 119:11),strengthening (Psalm 119:28), guiding (Psalm 119:105), and making us wise (Psalm 119:97-100).If we study and meditate on God’s Word daily, His timing will also become clear to us.
When we question God’s timing, it is often because we are looking for guidance or deliverance from a difficult situation. We can be rest assured, however, that our heavenly Father knows exactly where we are in our lives at every moment. God either put us there or is allowing us to be there, all for His own perfect purpose. In fact, God often uses trials to strengthen our patience, allowing our Christian faith to mature and become complete (James 1:3-4). And we know that all things, including those difficult trials, work out for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28). God does indeed hear the cries of His children and will answer those cries according to His perfect will and timing. Psalm 34:19 says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” The plans God has for His children are good plans, to help us, not hurt us (Jeremiah 29:11).

Announcements (16 Aug 15)

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Aug 162015
 

Catechumens’ Interview by Elders: TODAY 16/8 11.30am @ Kindergarten Office.

Adults SS Class at 11.30am, Chapel. Lesson 8: Rescue Strategies by Dr. Jim Berg. All are welcome!

Session Meeting will be held TODAY. All Session members, please attend.

SAF 6th Meeting in NLBPC’s Chapel on Sat 22/8 at 4:30-6:30pm. Speaker: Rev. Jack Sin sharing on “Biblical Perspective in Understanding and Handling Depression”. Dinner: Pot Luck @Fellowship Hall. Please invite your friends.

Church Family Day (Sat 5/9) @ S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa: Registration continues. Dn. Emmanuel Gumapon is in charge of registration for the Eng.Cong. Fee Structure: Adults: S$15/ Senior Citizens (60 and above): S$10 / Children (4 to 12 years): S$10.

Pianists Needed for all Three Congregations: Musicians (Members of New Life), do prayerfully consider and come forward.

Chinese Evening Service needs help in driving. Are you available? Please see Ps Lim if you are able to help.

Philippines Annual Mission Trip (30/11- 9/12): If you are interested to join the team this year, please register with Sis. Linda Lim by 31/8.

16 Aug 15 – The Components of Christian Leadership

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Aug 162015
 

The Components of Christian Leadership Psalm 78:70-72

By Rev. S. V. Nathan

Introduction:

The Bible is the leadership manual with many leadership models throughout the scripture. The Church is the best divinely designed institution on the earth to create, train and to develop leadership to guide His people. God has designed and commanded His church to make disciples. Thus, the main function and focus must be making disciples for future godly and committed leadership. Yet, one of the most important crises today is a lack of committed and godly leadership. My heart cries because the next generation will face a great tragedy in the scarcity of godly and faithful leadership. As John Maxwell says “Everything rises and falls on leadership” – this is very true in a church setup. If the present leadership fails to recognise or foresee the danger and next generation leaders are not divinely called and led by the Spirit of God, the future of the church will be very bleak and disastrous. Hence, we need to feel the urgency in grooming right leadership.

David was the greatest king of united Israel, and he set the standard for a godly leadership in the Old Testament. I invite your attention to Psalm 78:70-72, and let us learn how God led David as a leader for His people. Here he sets three important qualifications or components of Christian Leadership:

1. Call (vs 70): “He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:

One of the most important components in Christian Leadership is the Call to God’s service.  God chose David and appointed him as the shepherd of God’s people. This clearly shows that God calls people to the leadership service. It is not human achievement but God’s endowment and endorsementHe chose him that he might set him over his people as their king. The idea is that David was selected when he had no natural qualifications to the office, as he did not come from a royal family, and could have no claim to such a distinction. He was taken from the humble occupation of a young country shepherd boy to lead his people. (1Sa 16:11-13; 2Sa 7:8)

According to Paul, a call from God into the ministry is a high and heavenly calling (Phil. 3:14) which, unfortunately, is taken lightly by some ministers today. Paul never lost sight of his calling. He was actively engaged in his ministry until the day his head was taken. For many believers one of the most difficult and elusive things they ever encounter is determining the will of God for their life.  Others seem to know the path God would have them travel, but hesitate to follow it. The Lord still calls men to the vocations such as pastoring, evangelism, and teaching. He calls and provides these men to the Church for the “perfecting of the saints” (Eph. 4:11-12).

2. Character (vs 72a): “So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart;”

The second important component in Christian Leadership is Character. In verse 72a David led his people with integrity of heart”, That is, he was upright and pure in the administration of his government. In the process of selection of a leader to deliver Israelites from slavery, God was looking for “strength of character and compassion”. David was a man of higher character in comparison to his predecessor Saul.  David was very godly thus he was called a man after “God’s own heart” (1Sam 13:14): he was gracious (2 Sam 9:7-8), grateful (2 Sam 6:21-22) and generous (2 Sam 24:18).  It is very difficult to find a man or woman of character, for only Jesus can transform the heart. He has the power to re-make us into people who are filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The church because of Jesus, develop leaders whose character has been transformed over the years. Therefore, we need to pray for the leaders to model Christ in their personal life and set an example to all.

3. Competence (vs 72b):  “and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands”.

          The third important component of Christian Leadership is Competence. David guided them by the skilfulness of his hands”.  Competence includes a willingness and ability to accept responsibility as well as having knowledge of one’s limitations. The world tends to worship competence rather than character. “Competence can take you far, but it won’t take you where God has planned for you to go”   Natural talents and gifts are good but should operate in submission to God’s will in fulfilling the Kingdom Agenda of the Lord Jesus Christ. God is seeking ordinary people to CARRY out an extraordinary task (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). Thus, we should not value competence more than character; rather both must go hand in hand.  Competence cannot simply be neglected when we consider Christian leadership. It can be developed over time with keen interest and practice.  Thus we all can be used by God if we commit to His call

Conclusion:

Serving God and His people is an honour and privilege for us. All Christians, whether full time ministers or lay ministers, are called to build the Kingdom of God.  The roles are different but the work is the same. Let us encourage and appreciate one another to enhance our potential to transform the world through the glorious gospel. Let us value everyone’s effort in the building of God’s kingdom. Finally, I encourage you to heed God’s calling in our life like King David, who became a champion of Character and competently served God and skillfully led His people. On the other hand, don’t run like Jonah, for God will find the hard way to bring you to fulfill His will in your life. Are you called to serve? Then trust and obey today. Is there any one ready to take up this challenge?  Leadership means taking responsibility of leading in the areas where God has placed them. Let us commit to His will and try to do something in our life time for the furtherance of Kingdom of God. May God bless you all abundantly.

Announcement (09 Aug 15)

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Aug 092015
 

Blessed National Day: May we pray for our nation to turn to the Lord in these last days.

Adults SS Class at 11.30am, Chapel. Lesson 7: Preventive Strategies.  All are welcome!

In-Conversation Sat 15/8 (4-6pm) @Fellowship Hall: Please make time to attend this meeting to follow-up on the last In-Conversation.

Catechism ClassClosing date: TODAY. The class will begin on 23/8. Please register if you are ready – forms are available in the office. Catechumens’ Interview by Elders: NEXT Sunday 16/8 11.30am @ Kindergarten Office

Session Meeting will be held on Sun 16/8. All Session members, please attend.

Church Family Day (Sat 5/9) @ S.E.A. Aquarium; SENTOSA: Registration starts TODAY. Fee Structure: Adults: S$15/ Senior Citizens (60 and above): S$10 / Children (4 to 12 years): S$10. There is a request that a sum of $5500/= be raised to support this event.

Pianists Needed for all Three Congregations: Musicians (Members of New Life), do prayerfully consider and come forward.

Chinese Evening Service needs help in driving. Are you available? Please see Ps Lim if you are able to help. (Note: for insurance purposes, the driver must be a member.)

Philippines Annual Mission Trip (30/11- 9/12): If you are interested to join the team this year, please register with Sis. Linda Lim by 31/8.

09 Aug 15 – The Danger of Misplaced Belief

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Aug 092015
 

THE DANGER OF MISPLACED BELIEF (1 SAMUEL 4:1-10)

By Rev. Lim Chee Boon

The text has a clear division – Defeat of Israel (verses 1-10), Death of Eli, Hophni, Phinehas and Mrs Phinehas and Departure of God’s glory.  The first verse of chapter 4 says. “Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle and pitched beside Ebenezer.” The Philistines were known as the “Sea People.”  They were originally from the island of Crete.  Later they came and settled in the south western part of Palestine.  Israel was defeated twice and the first was mentioned in verse 2.  The Israel lost about 4000 soldiers.

After the first defeat, the elders of Israel decided to take the Ark of God to their encampment.  So the Ark was moved from Shiloh to Ebenezer.  It was decided also that Hophni and Phinehas, who were the sons of Eli, would accompany the Ark. However, they were wicked priests and, the Bible called them “the sons of Belial (2:12),” meaning they were worthless men and scoundrels.  They served in the House of God but knew Him not.  Their evil deeds caused the people to abhor offering to God (2:17).

The arrival of the Ark of God did not change the outcome of the battle.  Israel was defeated the second time. This time the loss was significant: 30,000 foot soldiers and 2 priests.  Israel did not have an inferior army.  In ancient times, an army of more than 30,000 soldiers was considered a powerful army.  What are the reasons for their defeat?

A. Israel was defeated because they did not seek God’s Will.

In the first defeat, it was not mentioned that Israel sought the help of God in fighting the Philistines.  They again did not ask for His will in the second battle.  They presumptuously brought the Ark of God to the battle ground.  It was a man-organized warfare.  God was not the Commander of the army.  He was not acknowledged as the Lord of Hosts.  The people of God had failed to ask for guidance in such an important matter.  In Joshua 9 the Israelites were deceived by the Gibeonites because they did not seek God. Instead, they believed the Gibeonites on account of what they saw – mouldy bread, torn clothing, worn out shoes and broken water bottles. They had not realised that the Gibeonites were all out to dupe them for their own security’s sake.

Christians, do we seek to know His will in every matter, both small and big.  Proverbs says we are to acknowledge God in all our ways and He would direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Our great God will always lead us in the path of righteousness for His sake (Psalm23:3).

B. Israel was defeated because they trusted in the Ark and not in God.

The elders asked the Ark be brought into the battle field that “it may save us out of the hand of our enemies (v. 3b).”  The leaders of Israel had a misplaced faith.  Instead of trusting God, they trusted in the Ark.  Today there are people who believe in the crucifix, a picture of Jesus and saints for protection.  All this is superstition.  The Psalmist says, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:  but we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (20:7).

C. Israel was defeated because they did not have God’s presence

When the Ark arrived in the camp of Israel, the Philistines panic.  They knew the story of the ten plagues in Egypt (v. 8).  Now they assumed God’s presence had come to be with the Israelites.  The Ark is a representation of God’s presence.  It is therefore possible to have the Ark and not the presence of God.  God was not present with the people because:

  1. There was sin in the camp of Israel. Hophni and Phinehas brought sin into the camp of Israel.  Remember in Joshua 7 Israel was defeated in Ai because of the sin of Achan.  Now there was sin in Ebenezer.  Sin was not dealt with and God could not allow sin to persist in the land of Israel.
  1. The people were trusting in an idol rather than God.  They had made the Ark a form of idolatry.  Brethren, we could commit sacrilegious sin by making something holy to become an idol.

Conclusion:

Brethren, it is our duty to know the will of God – “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).  We should let no one lead us out of His will.  Leaders should always point members to Jesus.  The object of our faith is Christ – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).  Any substitute for Jesus would render the object an idol.

Announcements (02 Aug 15)

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Aug 022015
 

Deepest Condolence to the family of the late eldest brother of Ps Gan – he went home to the Lord last week. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Neoh Kuan Soon on the birth of their grandson. May the Lord enable Kheng Tian & Junalin to bring up the child in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

J.O.Y. Sunday: All youths Sec 1 upwards, welcome to this youth programme @ the Chapel 11.30am.

Adults SS Class at Fellowship Hall, 11.30am @Fellowship Hall. Lesson #6: The Anatomy of Lust (Part 2) by Dr. Jim Berg. All are Welcome!

Catechism Class will begin on 23/8. Please register if you are ready – forms are available in the office. Closing date: NEXT SUN 9/8.

Pianists Needed for all Three Congregations: Musicians (Members of New Life), do prayerfully consider and come forward.

Philippines Annual Mission Trip (30/11- 9/12): If you are interested to join the team this year, please register with Sis. Linda Lim by 31/8.

Church Family Day (Sat 5/9) @ S.E.A. Aquarium; SENTOSA: Registration starts NEXT SUNDAY 9/8. Fee Structure: Adults: S$15/ Senior Citizens (60 and above): S$10 / Children (4 to 12 years): S$10. There is a request that a sum of $5500/= be raised to support this event.

02 Aug 15 – Introduction to Daniel

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Aug 022015
 

Introduction to Daniel

By Rev. Gabriel Gan

A. Authorship

The author of the book is Daniel, a young man taken captive by the Babylonians (1: 6). Evidence for Daniel’s authorship comes from the author’s knowledge of details, and from his use of the first-person pronoun in the narrative (e.g., 7:28; 8:1–7, 15, 27; 9:2; 10:2, 7; 12:5).

Further proof of his authorship comes from the Lord’s comments in the NT referring to “Daniel the prophet” (Matt. 24:15; Mark 13:14). Hebrews 11:33 does not mention Daniel by name but clearly alludes to his escape from being eaten by the lions.

The book of Daniel covers the seventy-year captivity of the Jews in Babylon. The Jews placed the book in the Writings, the third section of the Hebrew Bible. This was because of Daniel’s office as a statesman rather than serving as a priest or acting as a prophet to the nation. Nonetheless, despite its position in the OT, the NT makes it clear that Daniel was a prophet (Matt. 24:15).

B. Date

Explicit statements in Daniel reveal his contemporaneity with the Jewish king Jehoiakim, the Babylonian kings Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, and the Persian king Cyrus. On the basis of this sequential evidence, Daniel’s life spanned the closing years of the 7th century well into the 6th century B.C. We don’t know Daniel’s exact age when he went to Babylon, but we know that he was taken captive in 605 B.C., not long after Nebuchadnezzar’s famous victory at the battle of Carchemish. If he was a teenager when exiled, his birth would have been during the administration of Josiah, about the time Jeremiah started his ministry. We don’t know exactly how long he lived, but we know that he was still alive when Cyrus defeated the Babylonians in 538 B.C. and that he continued to work for some time during the Persian administration under Darius the Mede. So most of Daniel’s life and ministry took place in the 6th century B.C., and he most likely wrote the book toward the end of his career—let’s say about 530 B.C.

C. Background

We know little of Daniel’s personal background, other than that he was descended from one of the kings of Judah and thus was a descendant of David. According to 1:3, Daniel and the other captives in training had a princely heritage. The prophet Isaiah had before predicted that the king’s sons would be taken captive (2 Kings 20:18; Isa. 39:7). While we do not know that Daniel was in the direct kingly line, he was of “the king’s seed, and of the princes,” 1:3.

The name Daniel means “God is my judge.” This name likely reflects a godly heritage for the man. Because Daniel was a young man in chapter one, the godly qualities displayed throughout the book must have begun early in his life. This is a clear indication of early training in godliness by his parents.

D. Character

As an individual, Daniel’s character shows his dedication to God. He is one of only a few people in the Bible about whom there is no moral weakness or inconsistency recorded. From his initial decision not to “defile himself” with the king’s rations (1:8) to his willingness to rebuke the king (5:27) and his continuing in prayer to God against the king’s command, which results in his being thrown among hungry lions (6:16), Daniel shows himself faithful to God. Daniel 10:11 refers to him as “a man greatly beloved” by God.

E. Outline

The outline of the book generally follows the chapter divisions.

  1. Personal History 1:1–6:28
  2. Prophetic Ministry 7:1–12:13

While the first six chapters are generally historical, they also include some significant prophecy. The last six chapters deal with the four revelations received by Daniel and introduced in 7:1; 8:1–2; 9:20–21; and 10:1. These chapters are primarily prophetic, although they include historical matter as well.

F. Purpose

This book proves that “there is a God in heaven” (2:28) and that “the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men” (4:25). Daniel makes it clear that God Almighty is sovereign in the affairs of this world; “history is His story.” God can take rulers off their thrones; God can defeat the strongest nations and turn them over to their enemies.

G. The Value of Daniel

Daniel’s interpretations of the visions given in the book sketch for us the outline of world history—the kingdoms of Syria (including Babylon), Media and Persia, Greece, and Rome. These four kingdoms span the interval from Daniel’s own time to the second coming of the Lord.

John R. Walvoord describes the book as “the most comprehensive revelation of the Old Testament, giving the only total view of world history from Babylon to the second advent of Christ.… Daniel provides the key to the overall interpretation of prophecy, is a major element in premillennialism, and is essential to the interpretation of the book of Revelation.”

The emphasis of Daniel on eschatology gives the book a practical nature for believers today. 1 John 3:3 states that the Christian who looks for the appearing of Jesus Christ “purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”