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Sermon #5792

How to Take the Christian Message to the Masses

A Sermon on Daniel 6:1-28


Daniel 6:1-28 ESV KJV
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the …

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Sermon Description

Throughout daily living, how might a Christian best take the message of Jesus Christ to the lost? In this sermon on Daniel 6:1–28 titled “How to Take the Christian Message to the Masses,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the life and testimony of Daniel. Daniel’s God was displayed through his exemplary lifestyle and trust in the midst of difficult circumstances. Applying Daniel’s life to modern opportunities, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones questions popular notions behind personal witnessing and directs the listener to take heed to Daniel’s example. Should personal witnessing be relegated to a specific task at appointed times? Should it concern the Christian when witnessing becomes an event, yet one doesn’t witness at work? He argues that the Christian witness need not be organized, but must encompass one’s entire life. Christian witnessing must affect the way Christians work and study––they do their very best. When calamity strikes, Christians are a witness through a calm and quiet trust in God. The Christian faith must be shown to be the governing factor in their life. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones urges for the faithfulness of ordinary Christian people in the public sphere, attracting others to their life. And when others ask questions of their life and trust, Christians bear testimony to their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Daniel was a better workman, more conscientious and reliable than anyone else. This attracted attention to Daniel and his God.
  2. Daniel behaved as he did because of his belief in and faith in God. His faith was the controlling factor in his life.
  3. Daniel was certain about his faith. He knew exactly what he believed - "the law of his God".
  4. Daniel would not compromise concerning his faith. He preferred death rather than compromise.
  5. Daniel had absolute confidence in God. He continued his regular practice of praying three times a day even when he knew he would be thrown into the lion's den.
  6. Daniel gave thanks to God even in his dire circumstances. He thanked God for his unchanging and holy nature. He thanked God that he could turn to Him. He thanked God for the blessings given. He thanked God that his soul was safe no matter what happened to his physical body.
  7. Daniel opened his windows toward Jerusalem showing he expected an answer to his prayers. He had faith God could do the impossible.
  8. The king commanded all to worship Daniel's God because He is the living, unchanging, almighty God who delivers and does wonders.
  9. We must know God and have confidence in Him to influence others like Daniel did. We must be faithful, loyal, dependable and the best at whatever we do.
  10. We must be like Daniel - daring to stand out and be different in our society and time of crisis.
  11. Many will come to know the true God by seeing and knowing us.

Itinerant Preaching

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.