Daniel 5: Babylon’s and Belshazzar’s Last Night

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Evaluation
by Frank Carmical


General Information:
I preached this sermon on Sunday morning, 9-18-11 at Lafayette Bible Chapel in Lafayette, Louisiana  USA.

Sermon Title: Babylon’s and Belshazzar’s Last Night

Sermon Passage: Daniel 5

Sermon Purpose: Read and go over every vs of Dan 5. Focus on the built-in evangelistic aspect of the story.

Overall Evaluation:
This sermon was a turning point in the Daniel series. This was the 1st time I used a powerpoint presentation. Even though the powerpoint was almost all text-slides, it still helped people’s attention. Prior to this, I had always handed out the word-for-word manuscript of my sermon at the beginning. Therefore, most people looked down to read it during the sermon. That was another example of Death on Wheels! Frown So the powerpoint was a vast improvement, though far from perfect.

I began to have more fun with this message—the references to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the Adams Family TV show helped a lot! The “you are there” moments were fun too!

Strengths:
1. A cool idea to project a powerpoint slide up on the wall of what the handwriting on the wall might have looked like. Each person got a take home page of the same text. All that was missing was a bag of popcorn! Wink
2. I did a full Gospel presentation at the end at the application because Belshazzar’s lack of repentance on his last night alive is so powerful!
3. I focused on the Queen Mother of Babylon for a bit to give something for the girls in this mostly male, testosterone-laden book! Smile
4. The passage lends itself perfectly to the extended comments on alcohol abuse, a topic needed in our pulpits but at the right time and context!
5. A much better title for this sermon, though still not ideal.

Weaknesses:
1. This message still got a bit technical at times—Death by Aramaic! Frown        
2. Again, a long sermon! Yawn!
3. I spent perhaps a bit too long on the handwriting on the wall!

Comments:
This was one of my better sermons in the Daniel series. It had more variety and interest with the use of stories and illustrations in spite of its length and technical

The grades I give myself on this sermon:
Number grade:
[on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)]: 7.75
Letter grade:
[A (high) and F (low)]: C+

*A lesson you can learn from this sermon:
A picture is worth a thousand words.  That’s the power of Powerpoint slides as well as word pictures we paint as we speak.  Prepare to preach asking yourself: “What do people see in their minds as I explain this passage?” “You are there” descriptions can be great!


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