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The Holiness that Attracts

Daniel 1:8-21, 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, Andrew Love, May 6, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • A holy life, produced in us by the Holy Spirit to make us more like Jesus Christ
  • We see the likeness of Christ in Daniel
    • Examples
  • We see a man who had a holiness that attracted
    • Holiness can repel
    • Holiness can attract
  • Daniel made a stand about the kings delicacies and false gods
    • Daniel pleased God and His favour was upon him
    • Daniel was in the favour and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs
      • Surely because of his character
      • Are we known for what we stand for or what we are against?
      • He stood up for holiness and truth
  • Daniel is gracious in his objection
    • The chief of the eunuchs was fearful and responsible to the king
      • Daniel puts himself in his hands
      • Daniel's behaviour was exemplary
    • Quote
    • Example of the Asher's beliefs and humility
  • Overview:
    • The life of Daniel
    • The witness of Scripture
    • The Lord Jesus

The life of Daniel

A man of Holiness and conviction

  • He was not compromised - he was a man of great conviction
    • Example of UKIP party
    • Obedience to God mattered more than anything else
  • Where there other Jews that compromised?
    • Daniel would not compromise
    • He was stirred up by the Spirit of God
    • Holiness means 'set apart' or 'separated to' God
    • He had clear convictions
  • How did others react to him?
    • A despising?
    • An admiration?
  • As Daniel makes a stand in the circumstance, he makes further stands in more difficult circumstances
    • E.g. Chapter 6
    • He had such conviction and great faith
    • King Darius was attracted to this holiness and to Daniel in general
      • He saw a man who stood up for what was right
  • Holiness - obedience to God's word

A man of Grace

  • Example of Joseph
  • God gave Daniel knowledge and intellect, also the understanding of visions and dreams
    • Royalty noted he had special graces - 5:11
    • He made wise stands
  • Quote from DL Moody

The witness of Scripture

  • The call to put off
  • The call to put on
    • Examples
  • We must strike a balance between making a stand and being blown around
    • We must have both sides
    • We say no to ungodliness and yes to holiness
    • Quote from JC Ryle
  • 1 Cor 13
    • A life of love is a life of holiness (v4-7)
      • Love is patient
      • Love is kind
      • Love does not envy
      • Love does not parade itself
    • This is the life of holiness
      • No coveting
      • Love is ...
    • Jesus said people would know that believers were His disciples by the love they had
  • Daniel was a man of humility
    • 2:20-23
    • "Oh king live forever" - his first words out of the lion's den
  • Other examples of Scripture
    • John the Baptist
    • Quote from Oswald Chambers
    • 1 Peter 3:1

The Lord Jesus

  • He is the greatest example of holiness
    • Men had an imparted holiness
    • Jesus Christ had an inherent holiness
  • The beauty of His holiness
    • His immense compassion for the sick and sinners
      • Examples
  • The compelling of His holiness
    • It sometimes repelled people
    • To others it compelled them to draw near
  • The perfection of His holiness
    • Seen on the cross

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

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