Daniel 7: God’s Preview of World History

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Evaluation
by Frank Carmical


General Information:
I preached this sermon on Sunday morning, 10-23-11 at Lafayette Bible Chapel in Lafayette, Louisiana  USA.

Sermon Title: God’s Preview of World History

Sermon Passage: Daniel 7

Sermon Purpose: Read every vs of this important chapter and help people walk away with the big picture of what’s going on in this prophecy as well as understand what the main symbols are.

Overall Evaluation:
Dan 7-12 is the Elephant’s Graveyard of Bible expositors! These chapters are not for the fainthearted or the timid!  The number one goal is just survival! I think I survived and so did the congregation.  I did read every vs and give both the big picture as well as the meaning of the symbols, from the standpoint of mainstream, evangelical, premillennial students.

Beyond that, I think people liked the pretty pictures and interesting photos! This sermon would have been much more difficult without the Powerpoint slides to accompany it and visualize these amazing images! I highly recommend using powerpoint for these kinds of difficult Biblical passages.

Strengths:
1. I tried to give this grand prophetic chapter a user friendly approach for entry-level or even non-Christian people in my audience. The illustrations and charts helped me do that.
2. I tried wherever possible to focus on the main things: Jesus, the Gospel, the big picture.

Weaknesses:
1. A lot of material for one sermon—I considered breaking it up into 2 sermons, but then I could have created other problems.
2. I may have created more questions than answers for some people.

Comments:
As I learn more about preaching, we must gear the style and approach of a sermon based on the type of literature in the Bible. Of course, I could have left out a lot of the text, just summarized it by charts and pictures—many preachers would have done that and had an easier time. I set the bar high for myself and my people by committing to read every vs and comment on them. I am convinced there are people sitting out there who have never read Dan 7 nor will they ever read it again—so at least once in their life, they saw it, heard it, and if they read with me, read it during the sermon. I think that’s a big accomplishment in itself. If the price I paid for that goal was having a souped-up Sunday School class, then so be it!

The grades I give myself on this sermon:
Number grade:
[on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)]: 6.75
Letter grade:
[A (high) and F (low)]: C-

*A lesson you can learn from this sermon:
If you can do nothing else in preaching a difficult passage like Dan 7, at least give your people something pretty and interesting to look at in the Powerpoint show.  This is not to excuse poor study or shoddy preaching, but hey, when you get to this level of difficulty in the Bible, you need all the help you can get!