Daniel 8: A Future Prophecy that Challenges Our Faith

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Evaluation
by Frank Carmical


General Information:
I preached this sermon on Sunday morning, 10-30-11 at Lafayette Bible Chapel in Lafayette, Louisiana  USA.

Sermon Title: A Future Prophecy that Challenges Our Faith

Sermon Passage: Daniel 8

Sermon Purpose: Read every word and explain this difficult chapter well enough to give people something to come away with and remember.

Overall Evaluation:
This sermon was a big, sprawling mess from one of the most difficult chapters in Daniel and in the OT!  This sermon is a big Sunday School lesson combined with some fun, jokes, stories from history and my own life, and a little heart to heart talk between Christians at the end.  This wasn’t the best sermon in the Daniel series but my all-out effort to make this chapter relevant and interesting and helpful got commendations.  I could have done better but I could have done a lot worse too!

Strengths:
1. The powerpoint was a gift from God in this chapter to help with the bizarre visuals in the text!
2. The “Bi-Focal” and Double-Fulfillment Prophecies really helped people grasp some of this.
3. The heart to heart talk at the very end was so genuine and transparent where I dropped all pretences and just talked like an ordinary Christian disarmed some folks!
4. The sheer variety of material saved this sermon from being a fate worse than death!

Weaknesses:
1. Like every other sermon in this Daniel series, this one was too long and too “teachie”!
2. The personal story from my family’s life at the end was too much attention on me. If I had this to do again, I’d pick another story about someone else or go right to the Pep Talk at the end.
3. For those who don’t like history, all the history here must have been agony. I tried to make it interesting and entertaining, but it was still history, which I love, but some folks hate!
4. Worse than history, the Greek names and dates and facts probably lost some other folks too. There was probably a way to simplify this, but I didn’t know how. Serious students liked this, but not everyone hearing me was a serious student or even a student of Scripture. What about them?

Comments:  Once again, like other chapters in Daniel, I feel I survived Dan 8 and lived to preach another day!

The grades I give myself on this sermon:
Number grade:
[on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)]: 6.5
Letter grade:
[A (high) and F (low)]: D+

*A lesson you can learn from this sermon:
When all else fails, just be honest, open and genuine in your preaching. If you didn’t understand everything in the passage or if it was hard for you to explain, be honest about that! People will find it disarming if a preacher actually admits he doesn’t have all the answers and doesn’t know everything! Of course, try this too often, and they’ll fire you! Laughing