The Gospel According to Daniel: A Christ-Centered Approach

The Gospel According to Daniel: A Christ-Centered Approach [PDF / EPUB] The Gospel According to Daniel: A Christ–Centered Approach Often we read the book of Daniel in one of two ways either as a book about a heroic man whose righteousness should inspire us to keep the faith no matter what our circumstances, or as a roadmap to the Often we read the According to PDF/EPUB ¿ book of Daniel in one of two ways either as a book about a heroic man whose righteousness should inspire us to keep the faith no matter what our circumstances, or as a roadmap to the end times that can, through careful study, perhaps tell us The Gospel ePUB Ñ the day and hour or nearly so of Christ s return Both, says Bryan Chapell, are sadly missing the bigger picture, that God is the hero of this story and he is in the midst of his unrelenting plan to rescue his people from their sin and its consequences We mustn Gospel According to Epub Ü t simply make the man Daniel the object of our worship nor the subject of our debates We may differ about prophetic details, Chapell says, but we should never miss the point that the book of Daniel is, like all of Old Testament Scripture, pointing us toward the grace of God, ultimately revealed in ChristPastors, teachers, and individual Christians studying the book of Daniel will find this volume a welcome addition to their library.


10 thoughts on “The Gospel According to Daniel: A Christ-Centered Approach

  1. says:

    The Gospel According to Daniel by Bryan ChapellPublisher Baker BooksBryan Chapell has attempted to answer the unasked question, of How does Jesus appear in the Old Testament, specifally the Book of Daniel.My theological training modeled a method of escapology that examined Scripture in how it was read and applied to the cultural group of today how it applies to the New Testament Church and how it applies to me personally Chapell takes the approach of applying it to Jesus only, thus through t The Gospel According to Daniel by Bryan ChapellPublisher Baker BooksBryan Chapell has attempted to answer the unasked question, of How does Jesus appear in the Old Testament, specifally the Book of Daniel.My theological training modeled a method of escapology that examined Scripture in how it was read and applied to the cultural group of today how it applies to the New Testament Church and how it applies to me personally Chapell takes the approach of applying it to Jesus only, thus through the eyes of the New Testament The book is not an easy read, even for a theological title Parts are long, and difficult to get through While some parts are long in the arguement, they are not convincing or supportive of his viewpoint.The book does bring out the salvation message in the Book of Daniel, and clearly has some good points relating to Jesus.Ultimately, the book appears unclear of its purpose or audience Is it a commentary or a guidebook to Jesus is it a salvation message off a theological text While itf falls short of each of these, it is something that could have been fixed with a vision of the books purpose, intended audience and a good edit


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    This is basically a book of sermons on Daniel that Chapell preached while I was a seminary student I hate reading sermons So it s an immense credit to Chapell s communication skills that I enjoyed reading this book so much It reads like 12 extended devotionals I wish all devotional material was this meaty The second half of Daniel is, of course, highly controversial in its interpretation However, Chapell does a marvelous job of keeping the main thing the main thing He will offer his int This is basically a book of sermons on Daniel that Chapell preached while I was a seminary student I hate reading sermons So it s an immense credit to Chapell s communication skills that I enjoyed reading this book so much It reads like 12 extended devotionals I wish all devotional material was this meaty The second half of Daniel is, of course, highly controversial in its interpretation However, Chapell does a marvelous job of keeping the main thing the main thing He will offer his interpretation of figures, events, and visions, but not at the expense of preaching the gospel Same with the first half of the book, actually He is not afraid to present Daniel as an exemplar of faith which he is, although it can be horribly moralized by many teachers and Sunday School curriculum writers while still keeping the spotlight on the God who led Daniel and his friends through all of those harrowing events.I highly recommend this book and hope Bryan writes one like it I found it superior to PR s The Gospel According toseries, of which I ve read twoJosephEcclesiastes


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    Title The Gospel According to DanielAuthor Bryan ChapellPublisher Baker BooksYear 2014Pages 224Bryan Chapell Gospel CoalitionDisclaimer I am required by the FCC to inform you that I received a free e copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review There you go The Gospel According to Daniel is Bryan Chapell s attempt to help us understand the Old Testament book of Daniel from a Christian point of view So we might wonder what does the book of Daniel have to say to Christians livin Title The Gospel According to DanielAuthor Bryan ChapellPublisher Baker BooksYear 2014Pages 224Bryan Chapell Gospel CoalitionDisclaimer I am required by the FCC to inform you that I received a free e copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review There you go The Gospel According to Daniel is Bryan Chapell s attempt to help us understand the Old Testament book of Daniel from a Christian point of view So we might wonder what does the book of Daniel have to say to Christians living in the 2000 s How does this book instruct us and inform us for better Christian living A better question, probably, is how is Jesus visible in the book of Daniel What types of Jesus do we see Does Jesus make any appearances in the book itself Do we see any passages that are quoted or later alluded to in the New Testament How did New Testament authors interpret the passages How did Jesus interpret Daniel Ironically, Chapell says Jesus only references Daniel once Matthew 24 15 16 and he seems to totally forget Jesus most significant allusion to Daniel in Matthew 26 64 see page 194 By the time the end of the book rolls around, and it doesn t take long for that to happen, I m just not convinced that I got enough of that It seems to me that every chapter is interpreted in light of eternal consequences, or salvation , instead of in light of, say, Jeremiah 29 Chapell does make reference to Jeremiah on a few occasions but only once to Jeremiah 29 on page 114 I think the book would have been much better if it had served to show us how the book of Daniel who as a person was clearly reading Jeremiah s prophecy 9 1 2 functioned as a commentary or as parables on Jeremiah 29 Which is not to say that Jeremiah is mere parable as opposed to real history I m not arguing that there is anything necessarily wrong with looking forward indeed, much of the latter part of Daniel s book does look forward n some way but we do not look forward or interpret Scripture at the expense of the present all Scripture, wrote Paul in 1 Corinthians 10 serves to help us live right here, right now That is, future hope might provide us with a nice escape every now and again, but we are not living in the future, we are living in the now Daniel s words were, it seems to me, written to help people live in the now, not the not yet I am certain that Daniel talks about salvation in some sense of the word, but salvation, even in the New Testament, is not merely about the future Frankly, I don t think it is fair to reduce Daniel s book to a mere How to Get Saved Tract and at times, that is exactly how The Gospel According to Daniel reads.One aspect of the book that I did happen to find especially compelling was Chapell s emphasis on grace For example The power of grace to stimulate love for God is the ultimate reasons we preach redemptive interpretations of Scripture 10 This is a fine example of the thing I like about the book and the thing I hate about the book and it is especially frustrating and many authors preachers from the so called Reformed camp write in just such a way as if the only thing the Scripture is teaching us is the black and white of something very narrowly called salvation On the other hand Chapell is at his best when he writes things like, Despair dies when we know our failures are not greater than the grace of God 10 This is brilliant precisely because it addresses right here, right now We do not despair the future when we despair instead we despair the present Knowing how God s grace affects me right here, right now, right where I am sitting or standing or weeping or contemplating suicide is what eliminates despair not the mere hope of a better life in some otherworldly dimension or time When I am suffering, frankly, I do not want to hear how God is preparing me for a greater work in the future p 19 because frankly that has no meaning since the future doesn t exist All that matters is right how so, preacher, tell me how God s grace is working for me right now For example The question we face the matter of faith we are being challenged to consider is whether the eternal rewards are real enough to weigh against earthly risk That is what the life of Daniel is really meant to confirm that God is able and willing to provide what is best for his people for eternity 23 This seems to me escapist and not quite here and now based Rather, if Daniel s background is Jeremiah, and I think it is, it seems that God is concerned about how we, his people, live against the backdrop of a pagan society and bring his Kingdom to bear on said culture and society Now on to a couple of complaints and a couple of praises about the book.First, I disliked the length of the chapters and the overall flow of the book Frankly the chapters were just too long and cumbersome I think Chapell or his editors should have insisted on breaking up some of the chapters into at least two parts Since the book did not purport to be a deeply exegetical book, it was difficult to maintain Chapell s thoughts especially as he moved into the latter half of the book Daniel 7 12 Those chapters are thick and meaty and terrifically complex Chapell s readers would have been better served if his comments and or applications had been condensed into shorter chapters thus making his ideas easier to consume and easier to commit to memory.Second, I know it s a preacher thing, but I have to say that the anecdotes in the book just bother me I never fail to be amazed at authors who have a story from their life or ministry or whatever that fits so easily with the point they are trying to make and Chapell has a boatload of them Sometimes he doesn t tell them so well As someone who works with children every day who have physical and cognitive limitations, I found his story on page 208 209 about his brother to be not a little heartless I m sure he didn t mean it to be heartless, but some editing of the story without his predictable commentary would have been helpful and made his point better.Third, there are times in the book when I think Chapell s application simply has nothing to do with the text he is exposing his readers to A perfect example of this is found in chapter 5 and Chapell s handling of the story of the writing on the wall Without spelling out my complaint, and thus spoiling the reading, suffice it to say that in my opinion this chapter really missed the mark Briefly, Mene, Tekel, Peres is not ultimately the handwriting against Belshazzar it is the handwriting of God for us 105 I do not agree with this, and I do not believe Chapell spelled out his position well enough to convince me.Now, a couple of the better points of the book.First, I appreciated that Chapell doesn t make any attempt to pin down dates and times We should not get hung up on the puzzles of timing that we miss the clear proclamation of grace in Daniel s vision 166 I think this is right Too many authors on Daniel or on any apocalyptic book get hung up on the small stuff and miss the big picture Thankfully, and to his credit, Chapell although I sensed he leans in a dispensationalist direction didn t make this the focal point of this book I appreciated that he deferred judgment in these areas and kept to the big picture even if I happen to think he misses the main objective of Daniel s book Second, for all of my complaints about certain aspects of the exegetical process application and theological overtones Reformed I did find that Chapell consistently kept our attention on God This can be our great confidence, too, when we express faith that tragedy does not mean God has vanished, danger does not indicate that he has failed, and difficulty does not imply that he is weak God is in control 56 And statements like this are scattered throughout the book and this is a good and powerful reminder that regardless of who is in charge, God s purposes and plans, for the present and future, will not ultimately fail This is a powerful sermon and one that permeated the book.Gospel is Good News The Good News is what God has done in Jesus and is doing right now, right here in this world to bring about his plans, his purposes, and his Kingdom Ultimately it is Jesus who is God s representative who will make these things happen I think Chapell was trying to get this message out in the book, but I think he fell a little short I wish he had beenexplicit on how God s Kingdom and the your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven prayer are happening and how Daniel s Gospel demonstrates this, but ultimately I was left wanting.3 5 Stars


  4. says:

    This is a hard one to review Bryan Chapell seems too often to be reading his ideas into the text, particularly in the first half of the book Its not that what he is saying is not true, but it doesn t seem to be coming from the source material Toward the end of the book, as Daniel becomesprophetic, Chapell s insights feelnatural Perhaps, as the meaning of Daniel moves toward theopaque, I am less set in my ideas andable to be lead It s not a bad book, but I would n This is a hard one to review Bryan Chapell seems too often to be reading his ideas into the text, particularly in the first half of the book Its not that what he is saying is not true, but it doesn t seem to be coming from the source material Toward the end of the book, as Daniel becomesprophetic, Chapell s insights feelnatural Perhaps, as the meaning of Daniel moves toward theopaque, I am less set in my ideas andable to be lead It s not a bad book, but I would not recommend it unless someone was really looking for some different points of view on Daniel


  5. says:

    An excellent book on Daniel from a solid Reformed perspective Chapell does not get caught up in the eschatological arguments but rather points to what the book is really all about God caring for His people even in their troubles.


  6. says:

    This was so good I loved this author s approach to studying the book of Daniel not as a mere retelling of stories of a Bible hero or an endless debate on eschatological issues, but as a reminder that God reveals Himself and His plan for our redemption throughout Scripture.


  7. says:

    A book to be read slowly as it gives so much to think about and much to pray and praise about.It doesn t set to answer all the questions of interpretation but to show what Daniel teaches about God and His grace to His people.It s book I ll be encouraging others to read.


  8. says:

    I thought it was very good and had some interesting insights I enjoyed the personal stories that illustrated the author s points.


  9. says:

    Bryan Chapell s exposition on the book of Daniel is superb He deftly interprets the text and provides lessons that we can apply to our lives.


  10. says:

    does a good job taking thru Scripture and showing Gospel kinda lags at the end, but overall good 3.5 stars


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