Orchard Community Church
Facing Life’s Lions
As people of faith, there will always be pressure to compromise and trials to face, but we’re called to be counterculture by standing firm in faith and facing trials with trust in God.
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  • Orchard Community Church
    8180 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93004, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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    Sunday 10:00 AM
Counterculture (Part 2)
The Book of Daniel

We live in a culture that is often foreign and hostile to our faith. The book of Daniel is a collection of stories and prophecies written about Jewish believers living in the hostile foreign land of Babylon during the Exile. Therefore, the book of Daniel can teach us a lot about standing firm and living faithfully counter to the culture in which we find ourselves.

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♪ Indescribable
From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation's revealing Your majesty
From the colors of Fall to the fragrance of Spring
Ev'ry creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming
Indescribable uncontainable
You placed the stars in the sky
And You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful untamable
Awestruck we fall to our knees
As we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
Who has told ev'ry lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom

You are amazing God (2x)
CCLI Song # 4403076

♪ Love Came Down
If my heart is overwhelmed
And I cannot hear Your voice
I'll hold on to what is true though I cannot see
If the storms of life they come
And the road ahead gets steep
I will lift these hands in faith I will believe
I'll remind myself of all that You've done
And the life I have because of Your Son
Love came down and rescued me
Love came down and set me free
And I am Yours I am forever Yours
Mountain high or valley low
I sing out remind my soul
That I am Yours I am forever Yours
When my heart is filled with hope
And ev'ry promise comes my way
When I feel Your hands of grace rest upon me
Staying desp'rate for You God
Staying humbled at Your feet
I will lift these hands and praise I will believe
'Cause I am Yours and I am Yours
For all my days Jesus I am Yours
And I am Yours and I am Yours
For all my days Jesus I am Yours
CCLI Song # 5148938

♪ Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior (3x)
CCLI Song # 6428767

Today we’ll be looking at one of the most well knows stories in the Bible, Daniel in the Lion’s den!
This morning as we look at the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den we’ll focus on the fact that although we’re probably never going to face a den of real-life lions, the truth is life is full of other kinds of lions, trails, pressures, temptations. So our goal is to see what we can learn from Daniel about how to face life’s lions!
If you think that because you’re older God is done with you, if you think he doesn’t have a use for you in his kingdom, you’re mistaken.
With v. 3 it says Daniel “distinguished himself’ because of his “excellent qualities.” The Hebrew here is literally, because of his “excellent spirit.” I think that means he had a great attitude, you’ve got to love a person with a great attitude. What kind of spirit or attitude do you face life with?
V.4 - “They could find no corruption in him because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” This doesn’t mean he was sinless or perfect, no one is, but it does mean that counter to his culture he was a man of character!
Daniel was a man of conviction, he knew what he believed and he lived it no matter who was watching or what was happening. How is your conviction?
With vv. 6-7 a group of these officials go and basically manipulates the king. After offering the customary greeting, “O king Darrius, live forever!” they start by lying. They propose a decree aimed at puffing up the king’s ego.

We’ve seen pride in all the kings in the book of Daniel and here we see it in Darius too.
Again we see his conviction, we see again that Daniel’s faith wasn’t just nice words, he actually lived it. He lived his faith, and not just when it was easy, but also when it’s hard, and in that way, we also see Daniel’s courage.
As we seek to stand firm in our faith and have conviction and courage like Daniel, we also need to be careful. Careful that we are standing firm in our actual faith, in what the scripture actually teaches, and not adding to that category all of our own opinions and ideologies. There are a lot of people today warping every opinion they have up in faith with no root in scripture and that is not okay.
vv. 15-16 - The fact that the king says this seems to show that he believes Daniel’s God may be able to that. It seems to show that Daniel had spoken to him about God. You get the sense that Daniel wanted Darius to come to faith just as Nebuchadnezzar had!

It says in v. 19 that at dawn the king got up and hurried to the lion’s den. Clearly, he believed there was a chance Daniel was alive, that God had saved him.
Then with vv. 25-27 we have a letter king Darius wrote to all the nations. It’s similar to the one Nebuchadnezzar wrote to the nations in chapter 4 about how God humbled him. In it, Darius calls for everyone to fear and reverence Daniel’s God.

Darius has come to faith!
When we face life’s lions, we need to follow Daniel’s example, four things that are pretty counter to our culture:
1) Daniel had a good attitude or spirit about him.
2) Daniel had character.
3) Daniel had conviction.
4) Daniel had courage.

Daniel’s example of how to face life’s lions began way before he encountered them. From the start of this book, when we met Daniel as a young man we’ve seen him seeking to know and live for God and in doing that he was building a foundation on God, one that helped in develop a godly attitude and character, to develop conviction in what he believed and a courageous faith.
♪ Cannons
It's falling from the clouds
A strange and lovely sound
I hear it in the thunder and the rain
It's ringing in the skies
Like cannons in the night
The music of the universe plays
(We're singing) You are holy great and mighty
The moon and the stars declare who You are
I'm so unworthy but still You love me
Forever my heart will sing of how great You are
Beautiful and free
The song of galaxies
Reaching far beyond the Milky Way
Let's join in with the sound
Come on let's sing it out
As the music of the universe plays
(We're singing) You are holy great and mighty
The moon and the stars declare who You are
I'm so unworthy but still You love me
Forever my heart will sing of You
All glory honor power is Yours amen
All glory honor power is Yours amen
All glory honor power is Yours forever amen
CCLI Song # 5124055
Today's Music
Orchard's Streaming and Song Select CCLI# 160190

April Issue of the Orchard Life

Orchard Life is our monthly publication highlighting all the great things going on at Orchard. In every issue, you will find Staff and Ministry articles, announcements, and much more!

Worship Options

We are excited to be able to worship under the Tent together. If you are not wanting to be under the Tent, feel free to sit in the front row of parking spots of the Orchard Parking Lot your car and tune your radio to 100.1 FM to listen to the service.

1. Masks must be worn while on the Orchard Campus (both inside and out)
2. Please maintain the Social Distance
3. Sunday Morning Children's program. Children are always welcome in the service and we do not mind the noises that come with children. Children are a healthy sign of a healthy congregation.

Orchard Kids Sunday School (For preschool through 5th grade)
We encourage families to bring your own blanket and beach chairs and distance on the lawn as much as you like. Children will worship with their families and be dismissed following the kids’ message, escorted by our Orchard Kids’ Leaders to our beautiful outdoor classroom space in the children’s play yard. We will have our Bible story, activities, crafts, and games in a specially designed format following current health and safety guidelines. Parents, please come to the children’s area immediately following the worship service and find all of your children in one place. Each family will receive a “My Church Bag” to be brought each week with basic supplies already included plus items from home: water bottle and mask for each child and a blanket for all siblings. Our team is so excited to see your family! See you Sunday!

Nursery care for children birth to 3 years old is available by RSVP only to Melinda Hoyt at melinda@orchardventura.org.

Interested in being a Volunteer? Middle school through adult, please contact Melinda Hoyt at melinda@orchardventura.org.

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