Daniel 3: God Rescues Daniel’s 3 Friends from the Fiery Furnace because they Stayed Loyal to Him

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Evaluation
by Frank Carmical


General Information:
I preached this sermon on Sunday morning, 7-24-11 at Lafayette Bible Chapel in Lafayette, Louisiana  USA.

Sermon Title: God Rescues Daniel’s 3 Friends from the Fiery Furnace because they Stayed Loyal to Him

Sermon Passage: Daniel 3

Sermon Purpose:
-Read the entire chapter and comment on every vs.
-Convey the awe and wonder and the details of one of the Bible’s greatest miracles.
-Paint the picture of that epic scene with vivid words and images so the congregation feels like “You are there!”
-Make clear the faith and integrity of the 3 young men who endured this trial
-Remind the audience of martyrs in history who were not saved from the fire!

Overall Evaluation:
I accomplished most of the above purposes! PTL! This is the 1st sermon in the Daniel series that began to take off the ground and start flying. I don’t know if I soared, but we did get some altitude on this one! I think there were some inspiring moments.  Unfortunately, the audio for this message did not turn out! Cry

Strengths:
1. The final emphasis on martyrs was sobering, which is sometimes OK to end a message on a sober note.  A necessary challenge to all Christians.
2. The word pictures painting the scenes of the fiery furnace.
3. The spiritual and character aspects of the 3 young men and the king.
4. The Gospel challenge in the middle was appropriate.
5. Illustrations from current events and history helped improve this sermon.

Weaknesses:
1. Terrible title—so long it had to be put on 2 lines in the Sunday bulletin! Death on wheels!  Undecided A better title is actually in the sermon outline: “Bow or Burn!”
2. Too long again. Some folks could have slept thru the fire!
3. Again, a list of applications at the end rather than how to’s.  The martyrdom application kept this from being a total loss at the end.        

Comments:
This is one of the great stories in the Bible—true of course!  It’s also one of the greatest miracles.  I tried to feel and convey the excitement as though someone were hearing this for the 1st time, without knowing how it’s going to turn out. That was part of my thinking in preparing it.

The grades I give myself on this sermon:
Number grade:
[on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)]: 7
Letter grade:
[A (high) and F (low)]: C

*A lesson you can learn from this sermon:
Paint word pictures of the Biblical story so your audience feels like they are there watching and participating in the Bible event.  Think of all 5 senses, even taste and smell! That’s what I tried to do in this message with some success!

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