Standing Out in the City

Being in the city comes with unique opportunities and challenges. Jesus called His followers to be salt and light. How are believers called to influence the city by standing out in it? Join us for part six of For the City where we will explore a famous Bible story about three young men made the risky decision to stand up against the culture of their city. 

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.

Daniel 3:1-30

Principles (KNOW THEM):

  1. Resist the pressures of Pluralism
  2. Adopt a confession of Faith
  3. Cling to the Promises of God in our suffering
  • Suffering is inevitable
  • Obey & Trust God for Himself and not material gain
  • Grow through our suffering

Practices (DO THEM):

  • Ask: Have I bowed down to cultural norms and values?
    • Am I privatizing my faith?
    • What is my confession of faith?
  • Pray for strength and courage this week to trust God when suffering comes
  • Tell a neighbor or someone in your community about “The 4th” person!

Daily Readings:

Sunday: Daniel 1
Monday: Daniel 2-3
Tuesday: Daniel 4-5
Wednesday: Daniel 6
Thursday: Daniel 7-8
Friday: Daniel 9-10
Saturday: Daniel 11-12

Suggested Resources:

The King and the Furnace, podcast by Tim Keller