Orchard Community Church
The True Kingdom and the True King
This world is full of leaders and nations, but as people of faith, counter to our culture, we know that we are subjects of the true king and citizen of the true kingdom that will one day be fully established above all others.
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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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♪ Singing Praises To The King
We have come into this place,
To feel Your presence, seek Your face,
Our praise is all we have to bring,
Let this be our offering

Hallelujah, hallelujah,
We lift our hands and sing,
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Singing praises to our King

No more worry, no more fear,
Because forever You are near,
The day will come when we shall see,
Jesus coming in victory

When the trumpet sounds in that final hour,
We shall see Him come in glory,
Then every knee shall bow,
And every tongue confess,
And we will be with Him forever!

- Jimmy Mac
♪ At Your Name
At Your name
The mountains shake and crumble
At Your name
The oceans roar and tumble
At Your name angels will bow
The earth will rejoice
Your people cry out

Lord of all the earth we shout Your name
Shout Your name
Filling up the skies with endless praise
Endless praise
Yahweh Yahweh
We love to shout Your name oh Lord

At Your name
The morning breaks in glory
At Your name
Creation sings Your story
At Your name angels will bow
The earth will rejoice
Your people cry out

There is no one like our God
We will praise You praise You
There's no one like our God
We will sing we will sing
There is no one like our God
We will praise You praise You
There's no one like our God
We will sing

CCLI Song # 5942543
♪ Death Was Arrested
Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began

Oh Your grace so free washes over me
You have made me new now life begins with You
It's Your endless love pouring down on us
You have made us new now life begins with You

Released from my chains I'm a pris'ner no more
My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend
When death was arrested and my life began

Our Savior displayed on a criminal's cross
Darkness rejoiced as though Heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That's when death was arrested and my life began

Oh we're free free forever we're free
Come join the song of all the redeemed
Yes we're free free forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began

CCLI Song # 7046448
♪ Come Thou Fount Come Thou King
Come Thou Fount of ev'ry blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount I'm fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

I was lost in utter darkness
'Til You came and rescued me
I was bound by all my sin when
Your love came and set me free
Now my soul can sing a new song
Now my heart has found a home
Now Your grace is always with me
And I'll never be alone

Come Thou Fount come Thou King
Come Thou precious Prince of Peace
Hear Your bride to You we sing
Come Thou Fount of our blessing
Come Thou Fount come Thou King
Come Thou precious Prince of Peace
Hear Your bride to You we sing
Come Thou Fount of our blessing

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
Let Thy goodness like a fetter
Bind my wand'ring heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart Lord take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

CCLI Song # 4775010
Many scholars feel chapter 7, our passage for today is the most important passage in Daniel and one of the most important prophecies in the Bible.

An important feature of our passage today is that it’s what’s known as “apocalyptic literature.”

Apocalyptic literature is foreign to us, so it can seem dark and scary, but that’s not how it should be understood. As one scholar notes, “books like Daniel and Revelation radiate with joy and optimism.” The reason is, they celebrate justice finally coming to the earth and God’s victory over his enemies.

This morning we’ll look at an apocalyptic vision and focus on the fact that although this world is full of leaders and nations, as counter-culture people of faith, we know that we’re subjects of the true king and the true kingdom!
As we enter the second half of Daniel, we’ve stepped back in time. This passage takes place before chapters 5 and 6 about the fall of Belshazzar and the rise of Darius.
The four winds denote the four directions of the earth and the havoc they create symbolizes the turmoil of human history. Then with v. 3 we’re told that four great beasts come out of the sea, out of that turmoil!
In v. 4 the first beast is a lion with eagle’s wings. Lions are fierce which fits Babylon and its great king Nebuchadnezzar.
With v. 5 a second beast that looks like a bear appears. Bears are ferocious which fits the Medio-Persian empire that followed Babylon.
A third beast arises in v. 6. It looks like a leopard but has four wings. This matches Greece and the rise of Alexander the Great.
The fourth beast, in v. 7, isn’t likened to an animal, this is Rome. The ten horns represent kingdoms that will come from Rome.

I think the reason is they’re symbolic of many nations that will come directly & indirectly from Rome and represent an extended period of history where nations rise and fall, some better some worse, but all marred by sin and gripped by evil to some degree as every nation & person is.
But at some point in the future in v.8, well beyond even our day, in the midst of these ten horns, these many nations, Daniel sees another horn. This picture matches the one called the “man of lawlessness” in the New Testament aka the “antichrist.”
With v. 9 Daniel’s dream changes. There’s a new vision- it’s a courtroom. In it are many thrones, likely with judges on them, but in comes the chief justice, called the “Ancient of Days” and He takes his seat. This is the Lord.
With v. 10 there’s a river a fire, it’s God’s judgment being poured out.

V. 11 - the antichrist and his kingdom, are slain and thrown into a blazing fire.
A few weeks ago we talked about how we don’t tend to like judgment, but here we see long-awaited justice finally doled out, and we see that it’s a good thing, we see that God does win in the end!
V. 13 Daniel has a new vision. He says “there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.” It’s Jesus, who if you remember, often referred to himself as “the son of man.”
As Jesus appears we need to remember that he’s a king. In fact, scripture calls him the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

This is the true kingdom and the true king fully emerging in this world! So many people these days are investing their hearts and hopes in human leaders and earthly nations.

But one day this nation will pass away, as all nations will, and all that will remain will be the true king kingdom and the true king, that’s where our hearts and hopes belong!
Daniel says he was disturbed by what he saw and unclear of its meaning, so he asks one of those standing there to explain it, one of the angels mentioned before.

He basically says that no matter what happens with these nations one day the people of God will receive the true kingdom and the true king and will have it forever!
In v. 26-27, the angle again confirms what also Daniel saw, that God’s judgment will eventually come, that the antichrist and his kingdom will be destroyed and that God’s people will receive the true kingdom led by the true king, and it will be theirs forever!
So, why does this passage matter?

It pushed us not to be naive about the reality, strength, and durability of evil. It reminds us that God’s kingdom involves suffering at times.

This apocalyptic passage also calls us to look past the troubles of this life to the throne of God and His final victory.
Jesus is our only king, our only Lord, our only Savior and scripture calls us to seek his kingdom and its righteousness first, before everything else. And that means not just believing, but living for the true king and the true kingdom, embracing its values and standards not those of this world.
So may we live counter to our culture, not investing our hearts and hope in anything, but the true kingdom and the true King!
♪ Who You Say I Am
Who am I that the highest King
Would welcome me
I was lost but He brought me in
Oh His love for me
Oh His love for me

Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I'm a child of God
Yes I am

Free at last
He has ransomed me
His grace runs deep
While I was a slave to sin
Jesus died for me
Yes He died for me

Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I'm a child of God, Yes I am
In my Father's house
There's a place for me
I'm a child of God, Yes I am

I am chosen not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me not against me
I am who You say I am

CCLI Song # 7102401
Today's Music
Orchard's Streaming and Song Select CCLI# 160190

May 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)
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 Center 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: a water bottle, mask, and a jacket/hat for each child. Our team is so excited to see your family! See you Sunday!

If you have been at home distancing or are new to Orchard and would like to acquaint/reacquaint your child with our nursery, playground, and Orchard Kids' spaces, please contact Melinda Hoyt at melinda@orchardventura.org. for a "come and play" time.

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.

While we understand that some may not feel comfortable coming back in person or having to wear masks while on the Orchard campus, we encourage you to stay home and join us online with our Live Stream.

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Masks and social distancing are required.
If you are unable to make it in during our office hours, please send an email to info@orchardventura.org and or leave a message at (805) 647-3757.

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There are several options for all ages!
Some groups are low commitment with no homework and each meeting is a stand-alone study, so you don't have to worry if you can't make it each time. Some are more in-depth and encourage digging deeper on your own time and then coming back to discuss more!
Most are still meeting on Zoom, however, there are a few in-person options!


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