Manahawkin United Methodist Church

Service: Quiet Christmas 2017

Manahawkin UMC offered a Quiet Christmas service for those who needed quiet peace of God during this Christmas season.  Following is the recording of the service.  May God touch your heart with Christ’s peace and grace.

 

Sermon: Faith in the Lord

Today Pastor Choi talks about faith in Jesus Christ.  Expounding Hebrews 11:6, he points out the importance of believing that God is and that God rewards those who seek Him.

 

 

Sermon: Hope in the Lord

Pastor Choi talks about Christ the hope of the world in the following ways: 1. Christ is the hope of the world.  There’s no other.  2. The same Christ is also the hope in our daily struggles.  3. The hope we need is found in God’s Word.

Sermon: Forgiveness in Jesus

Christmas is fast approaching.  Christmas is all about Christ’s birth.  Behind the birth story, we see the love of God who sent His Son Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.  Pastor Choi explains three aspects of forgiveness: 1. Forgiveness is reciprocal.  2. Forgiveness is divine.  3. Forgiveness is about initiative.

 

Sermon: Be Content

Pastor Choi talks about contentment and shares its secret: 1. Make Christ as your ultimate goal, not contentment itself.  2. The secret does lie in God, not in yourself.  3. Trust in God’s good will in all circumstances.

Sermon: The Widow’s Gift

Based on the story of Luke 21:1-4, Pastor Choi talks about aspects of giving: Giving is to the Lord, Giving is a matter of priority and heart, Give cheerfully and sacrificially.  At the end of the sermon, he presents a divine challenge to all believers in Christ: Tithing (Malachi 3:10).

 

 

Sermon: On the Lord’s Supper

Today Pastor Choi walks the congregation through Paul’s letter to the Corinthian believers regarding the practice of the Lord’s Supper.  He reminds of the congregation to examine themselves against the Word of God before they partake in the Communion.  Well taken with clear conscience, the Communion can bring strength, health, and life to the partakers.

 

Sermon: Suffering Christians

Pastor Choi shares three important lessons from Paul’s second letter to Timothy in preparation of persecutions: 1. No Christian can suffer for the gospel without the power of God. 2. No Christian can suffer for the gospel without a heavenly calling. 3. No Christian can suffer for the gospel without trust in the Lord and His good will.

Sermon: Seven Things the LORD hates

Today Pastor Choi expounds on Proverbs 6:16-19: seven things which the LORD hates.  Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.

 

Sermon: Marks of a Vital Congregation—Evangelizing Church—part 4 of 4

Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on “marks of a vital congregation.”  He points out that ‘to evangelize’ means to share the greatest news of all with others that Christ died for all sinners and invites them to believe in Him and live for Him to receive eternal life.  He also reminds the congregation that when a sinner repents there’s a great joy in Heaven (Luke 15:7).  He finally points out the heart of evangelism: Christ’s compassion.  He exhorts the congregation to share Christ with others in Christ’s compassion.

Sermon: Marks of a Vital Congregation—Worshiping Church—part 3 of 4

Pastor Choi continues his sermon series on “marks of a vital congregation”—worshiping church.  Worship is an appointment with God.  In worship, we encounter the living God.  In worship, two things happen: first, we praise and adore the Heavenly Father along with all creatures in heaven and earth.  Next, God realigns our priorities.  He renews our hearts and minds and sends us back into the world as Christ’s representatives.

 

Sermon: Marks of a Vital Congregation—Caring Church—part 2 of 4

Today Pastor Choi focuses on the second mark of a living congregation: caring church.   He walks the congregation through the history of sharing in Christian Church from Jesus’ teaching to the Early Church.  He also points out the core of charity: love, God’s love, and God Himself.  He exhorts the people of God to care daily through sharing and collects God’s rich rewards!

 

Sermon: Marks of a Vital Congregation—Learning Church—Part 1 of 4

Pastor Choi starts a new sermon series today: four marks of a vital congregation.  Today, in part 1, he points out that a vital congregation is a learning church; it takes God’s Word very seriously, eager to learn of God through preaching and teaching.

 

Sermon: What We Are Committed to—Repentance and Renewal—Part 3 of 3

Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series today expounding the Jeremiah 7:1-7.  He points out that God holds accountable the believers in Christ for the destiny of our nation, that our reformed ways of life determines the future of our nation, and that God’s promise of peace and security depends on our obedience to His commands.

Sermon: What We Are Committed to—the Great Commission—Part 2 of 3

In part 2 of 3 series, Pastor Choi points out that we the believers are committed to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).  We are to go out into the world to make all the nations disciples of Jesus Christ.  As we do, we should retain our identity of “holy” people of God not compromising our Christian values, principles, and standards.

Sermon: What We Are Committed to—Christ the Head—Part 1 of 3

Today Pastor Choi starts a three part series on commitment.  He reminds everyone that Christ is worthy of our full commitment.  He shows two characteristics of committed believers: on fire for the Lord and consistent in keeping God’s will in their lives.

Sermon: The Gospel We Believe–We Are God’s Children–Part 3 of 3

Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series today.  He explains the meaning of being God’s child, privileges and responsibilities of God’s children, and God’s discipline in their lives.

Sermon: The Gospel We Believe–Salvation by grace through faith–Part 2 of 3

Today Pastor Choi continues his sermon series “The Gospel We Believe”–part 2 of 3.  He expounds on the meaning of divine grace, what role our faith plays in salvation, and God’s sovereignty.

The Gospel We Believe–God, Sinners, and Christ–Part 1 of 3

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).

Sermon: God is There With You – July 23, 2017

Guest speaker–John Parker.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Sermon: Freedom in Christ

Pastor Choi talks about freedom in Christ today: the freedom from sin and the ways to get it.

 

Sermon: Go into the World–Eight Words of the Risen Christ (part 8 of 8)

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.

Sermon: Receive the Holy Spirit—Eight Words of the Risen Christ (part 7 of 8)

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.

 

 

 

Sermon: Do You Love Me?—Eight Words of the Risen Christ (part 6 of 8)

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?

 

Sermon: Come and Have Breakfast—Eight Words of the Risen Christ (part 5 of 8)

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.

 

Sermon: Stop Unbelieving–Eight Words of the Risen Christ (part 4 of 8)

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.

Sermon: 5 Markers of Vitality

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.

 

Sermon: Honor Your Parents

Pastor Choi expounds the Fifth Commandment of the Ten Commandments: Honor your father and your mother that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you (Exodus 20:12).

 

Sermon: Was It Not Necessary? – Eight Words of the Risen Christ (part 3 of 8)

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.

 

 

Sermon: Peace to You–Eight Words of the Risen Christ (part 2 of 8)

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?

 

 

Sermon: Fear Not! —Eight Words of the Risen Christ (part 1 of 8)

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.

Sermon: The Resurrection and Unbelief

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.

 

 

Seven Words of Christ: part 7 of 7

Pastor Choi concludes today his sermon series on “Last Seven Words of Christ.”

“Father, into Your hands, I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46).  The sermon points out that God alone is trustworthy and mighty for us to entrust our spirit for eternity.

 

Seven Words of Christ: part 6 of 7

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.

 

Seven Words of Christ: part 5 of 7

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.

 

Seven Words of Christ: part 4 of 7

“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.

 

Seven Words of Christ: part 3 of 7

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.

Seven Words of Christ: Part 2 of 7

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.

 

Sermon: Seven Words of Christ: Part 1 of 7

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.

Sermon: God’s Medicine Bottle

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.

 

 

Sermon: The Guide of Your Life

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.

 

 

Sermon: Meaning to Life

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.

Sermon: Jesus’ Ministry: Healing

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.

Sermon: Jesus’ Ministry: Teaching

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).

 

Sermon: 2017-The Year of Jubilee

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.

 

Cantata: Invitation to a Miracle

Presented by Manahawkin UMC Chancel Choir and Music Director Vel Gamble with Special Instrumental Ensemble and Bells Directed by Joe DelVecchio.

 

Sermon: Jesus the Eternal Joy

Today Pastor Choi speaks about Jesus as our eternal joy: Christ Himself is the joy we long for.  His joy is meant for us.  Christ alone, not the world, can give us the eternal joy.

 

Sermon: Jesus the God-Man

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.

Sermon: Jesus Immanuel

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.  

Sermon: Gratitude Be Attitude

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.

Sermon: Spiritual Warfare (part 4 of 4): Hold Your Ground

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.

Sermon: Spiritual Warfare (part 3 of 4): Sit, Walk, Stand

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.

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