Pastor Choi presents his sermon series “The Gospel We Believe” (part 1 of 3) today. His message focuses on three main entities in the Gospel: God, sinners, and Christ. God demonstrates His eternal love toward us while we were sinners through Christ who died for us (Romans 5:8).
Like so many of the people God uses to complete his perfect plan, Jacob is far from perfect. Esau, Isaac’s first born, “despised” his birthright and Jacob trades a bowl of soup for Esau’s birthright. Later, Rebekah covers Jacob’s arms and the back of his neck with sheepskin to deceive Jacob’s father, Isaac, into believing that Jacob is actually his brother Esau and Isaac pronounces the Abrahamic blessing over Jacob. But, because Jacob is steadfast in his faith in God and God’s promises, Jacob is blessed by God with the same blessing that was said over Jacob’s grandfather, Abraham. But, the blessing does not come right away. In today’s passage, Jacob is in the wilderness and has a dream in which God pronounces the Abrahamic blessing over Jacob and assures Jacob that wherever he goes, God will be there with him. God says that he will be with him and will not leave him throughout all of Jacob’s wanderings, even until Jacob returns to his homeland. Jacob maintains his faith for over 14 years as he labors for Laban to earn the right to marry first Leah and then Rachael before returning to Canaan.
The message for us is timeless giving us courage and perseverance to follow God’s will no matter what we face:
Whatever you have done, wherever you have been, there is nothing too big that God will not forgive you. Consequently, there is nothing too big such that God cannot use you. God has a plan for your life. Whatever you have done and wherever you have been, God has a fantastic plan for your life.
When you are given a birthright or blessing you can take it to the bank. This promise will not expire, it will not bounce. But you can give it away. Do not … Do not be like Esau and sell your birthright for a bowl of soup. Hold onto to your blessing. Pursue your blessing. Forget about the short term temptation to go get a BigMac … it’s not worth it. Don’t trade your permanent birthright for a temporary comfort like a bowl of soup.
God will always be there for you. When God gives you a call, He doesn’t just send you on your way. But also, the blessing does not come the very next day. God has ordered your steps and He will be with you every step of the way … From Canaan, out to the wilderness to Laban, work for all those years, then back out to the wilderness returning to Canaan. God is there with you, will always be there for you, and will never leave you nor forsake you. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, never stop, never give up, God is there with you. God’s blessing comes in God’s time and the blessing is much bigger and much better than you could have imagined.
Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on the words of the risen Christ: Go to all the nations. Christ’s command is still relevant today for us to go into the world, to make disciples baptizing and teaching what Christ has commanded us to keep.
Jesus commanded His disciples to receive the Holy Spirit (John 20:22). Following His command, countless believers received the Holy Spirit in the next two thousand years. Their ways of experiencing the Holy Spirit can be boiled down to two ways: Outpouring of the Holy Spirit [a.k.a. baptism] and Indwelling of the Holy Spirit [a.k.a. filled with]. Pastor Choi explains strengths and weaknesses of both approaches and exhorts the believers to be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Today’s sermon is the continuation of the last Sunday’s story where Jesus had breakfast with His seven disciples. After the breakfast, the risen Christ asked Peter three times: Do you love Me? (John 21:15, 16, 17). Today, the same Christ asks the same question for all of His followers: Do you truly love Me? What is your answer?
Using John 21:1-14, Pastor Choi focuses on the character of the risen Christ and His interactions with the seven disciples. He points out that Jesus was considerate and humble to serve them and that He is generous to do far more abundantly beyond our imaginations.
Today Pastor Choi expounds on the words of Jesus to Thomas: Stop unbelieving. Three lessons: 1. God is omnipresent and hears every word we speak. 2. True conversion True to Jesus. 3. Blessed are those who believe without seeing.
In today’s sermon, using Power Point Slides, Pastor Choi introduces “5 markers of vitality” that the United Methodist Church uses to measure the congregation’s health: disciples in worship, new disciples, disciples in small groups, disciples in hands-on-mission, and mission giving. He exhorts the congregants to work together to achieve the 2017 goals in each category.
Pastor Choi draws three lessons from today’s text, Luke 24:13-31: 1. Everything about Christ was ordained by God. 2. Take Communion seriously. 3. Don’t be a fool when it comes down to the mystery of faith.
The risen Christ appeared to the Ten disciples and said, “Peace to you all.” Pastor Choi raises and explains the following questions: What is peace? Why do we need it? Who can give it to us? And, how can we obtain it?
Fear not (stop fearing)!—these words are the first words the risen Christ spoke to the women at the tomb. The risen Lord would speak the same words to us who are daily bombarded with fears.
Pastor Choi presents three biblical solutions to our fears: 1. Remember Immanuel (God is with us). 2. Remember how great and awesome our God is. 3. Cast away fears by filling your heart with love, joy, peace, and with God’s Word.
Today Pastor Choi talks about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and unbelief of the disciples. He ends his sermon with a story of Jesus’ appearing in different forms, different ways, and different times to His beloved children.
By saying His last words “It is finished,” Jesus has completed the following three things at the cross: Atonement, Adoption, and Access. We are forgiven, because Christ has paid the wages of our sin. We become God’s children through adoption. We can enter into God’s holy presence because Christ has opened the access to God’s throne room through His atoning death.
From the word of Christ “I am thirsty,” Pastor Choi draws three lessons for God’s people: look at your life as God sees, take God’s Word (the Scripture) seriously, because your eternal life depends on it, and go to Christ in times of need because He understands what you go through and He is able to help you.
“My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” Jesus cried out on the cross. Pastor Choi extracts four lessons from Jesus’ words. 1. It is alright to cry out to God in your pain. 2. There are things that happen to us not as the consequences of our bad or poor judgments. 3. God is fully aware of what’s going on in our lives. 4. Do not take sin lightly.
The second criminal inadvertently summed up the core of the Gospel in his words: “we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong. Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom.” (Luke 23:41-42, New American Standard Bible).
The lesson is A.A.A.: He admitted that he was a sinner. He acknowledged that Christ was the sinless. He asked Jesus the Messiah to remember him in His kingdom. He was admitted into Paradise due to his humble confession. That’s the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Based on Jesus’ Words in John 19:23-27, Pastor Choi draws three lessons for the believers: 1. Treat women with respect as Jesus did. 2. New family relationships are born in Christ. 3. Submit yourself to God’s will in all circumstances.
One of the seven words of Jesus at the cross was: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). From that verse, Pastor Choi draws three simple lessons for Christ followers: 1) it is God’s will for us to forgive one another proactively. 2) The key to forgiveness is knowing God. 3) Compassion is the basis of forgiveness.
Today Pastor Choi introduces a book to the congregation written by Derek Prince: God’s Medicine Bottle. He points out four directions to take God’s words as medicine for physical healing: 1. Take them with undivided attention. 2. Take them with humility and teachability. 3. Take them with simplicity and sincerity. 4. Keep them in the midst of your heart.
God’s Word is the guide of your life. Pastor Choi points out that when God’s children diligently observe God’s commandments and teaching, then God will guide, watch over, and talk to them through His Word.
Pastor Choi invites God’s people to think with him about the meaning of life. He points out that it is God who gives our lives meaning and purpose: that is, to have relationship with Him and to glorify Him in our lives.
Pastor Choi talks today about Jesus’ healing ministry.Healing takes place when our faith worships, confesses, and believes.God also rewards when we persist in prayer.Pastor Choi exhorts the congregation to claim God’s healing with faith and perseverance.
Jesus’ teachings can boil down to one verse in the Bible: John 8:32 “You shall know the truth and truth shall set you free.” Pastor Choi exhorts God’s people to get into God’s Word the truth daily to live out the life of jubilee (freedom).
Pastor Choi today designates 2017 to be the Year of Jubilee for the people of Manahawkin United Methodist Congregation based on Leviticus 25:10-12. He points out three areas that God’s people need Jubilee: spiritual, physical, and financial.
Today Pastor Choi talks about incarnation: God became human. He explains three reasons behind Christ’s incarnation: to have the first-hand human experience, to undergo the same struggles and temptations, and to help us in times of need.
In the Scriptures, whenever God gave a new name to someone, He expected him to live a life worthy of the name.Christ was given two names.Jesus and Immanuel.Christ as Jesus lived a life that would save humanity from their sins once and for all.Christ as Immanuel does three things with us.1) He accompanies us throughout our Heaven-bound journey.2) He cares for us.3) He is fully committed to us.May the Christ be with us through this Christmas season and in the years to come.
Today Pastor Choi talks about his own journey in thanksgiving. First, he learned to be thankful for the blessings. Next, the Lord taught him to be thankful even in adversities. Finally, he learned about the reasons behind God’s command for us to be thankful in all circumstances.
Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on spiritual warfare. He explains the six components of the full armor of God: belt of truth, helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the Gospel of peace, shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit–the Word of God. He exhorts God’s people to hold their ground standing against the devil’s schemes until Christ comes.
Today Pastor Choi talks about two prerequisites for spiritual warfare: resting in Christ and in what He has done for us, and walking in God’s standards through the power of the indwelling Spirit of Holiness.
Pastor Choi continues his series on spiritual warfare: Expounding three verses in the New Testament (2 Corinthians 4:4, John 13:2, and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5), he points out what Satan is up to and how he harasses, oppresses, and attacks God’s children.
Today, Pastor Choi introduces a three-part (that ended up in a four part) series on spiritual warfare. In his message, he talks about two opposing kingdoms in spiritual realm: the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. He urges the people of God to wake up from their spiritual sleep and follow their leader Jesus Christ in their spiritual battles.
Today, at Manahawkin UMC, Laity Sunday was observed where everything was led by the members of the congregation. Guest speaker was Sarah Choi, also member of the church. She talked about the secret of God’s provision.
Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on the Church of God. He exhorts the congregation to focus on what God has in mind for MUMC and be faithful to His call as the Church in Philadelphia did: with a little power, keep His Word and not deny His name, hold fast Christ’s Promise on Second Coming, and listen/obey what the Holy Spirit says to the churches.
Today, World Communion Sunday, Pastor Choi explains why the Church celebrates the Lord’s Supper. He also discusses the nature of the Lord’s Supper based on Jesus’ own words. Finally, he talks about the proper attitude in receiving Communion.
Pastor Choi talks about the necessity of the Church in today’s sermon. The Church of Jesus Christ is commissioned to take the message of reconciliation in Christ to the world (Matthew 28:19-20). No other organizations in the world was chosen by God for that task. God reveals salvation the divine mystery through the Church. That’s why people need the Church.
Today Pastor Choi addresses the congregation on the question of why people need Jesus. For healing, for peace, for happiness, for teaching, and for eternal life. Yes, they are all legitimate reasons, but the true reason why every soul on earth needs Jesus is because of their broken relationship with God through sin. Everyone is a sinner and every sinner needs a Savior. That’s why we need Jesus the Savior and Lord.
Today Pastor Choi examines the question of why on evil. In the time of violence, evil, and injustice, he exhorts the congregation not to run away from God but to run towards Him in search of hope, courage, strength, and wisdom to overcome evil.
Pastor Choi talks about the importance of watch and pray in the believer’s life. Explaining the background information of the wedding in Israel at the time of Jesus, he exhorts God’s people to saturate their lives with prayer in earnest anticipation of Christ’s return.
Pastor Choi’s sermon series on Jesus’ Why questions ends today. Jesus’ question of “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” was directed not to humans but to God the Heavenly Father. He cried out to God not because His disciples betrayed and abandoned Him. Nor because of the mockery and insult from the religious leaders and bystanders. He rather did so, because the sin of entire world entered between Him and His Father and created a total separation between Christ and His loving Father in whose presence nothing unholy or impure is allowed. That separation made Christ cry out to God, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Through the story of a paralytic man who was healed by Jesus, Pastor Choi highlights the following: Be the friend to bring your loved ones to Jesus in prayer, God searches all hearts and understands every intent of our thoughts, Forgiveness trumps all other blessings, and Accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
Pastor Choi talks about breaking the commandment of God with human teachings and tradition. In today’s story, he draws three lessons: beware of human tradition that invalidates the Word of God, do not worship in vain, and watch out what truly defiles you.
Today Pastor Choi talks about putting the Lord to the test: what constitutes testing of the Lord. Not every act of asking for God’s sign is considered ‘putting the Lord to the test.’ The Scripture identifies three elements of testing the Lord: 1) Unbelief of God’s wisdom, power, good will, and His existence 2) Demand of wanton cravings 3) Rebellion against God.
Today Pastor Choi talks about the importance of obeying Jesus’ Word in the believer’s life. Those who hear and do Jesus’ commands are like a wise builder who built a house on the rock; those who call Him Lord yet don’t keep His words are like a foolish builder who built a house on the ground without any foundation.