“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.
Pastor Choi talks about three approaches people take in terms of salvation and eternal life: human goodness, the Law, and Christ. He explains how the first two approaches fail to bring us into God’s eternal presence. He reiterates what God’s Word says about salvation: Christ is the way, the life, and the truth. No one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).
Today Pastor Choi expounds Jesus’ command on discerning the present time (Kairos). Kairos is God’s appointed time that demands God’s people to live a holy and godly life, spotless and blameless, for the day of Christ (2 Peter 3:11, 14).
Pastor Choi today talks about the cure for anxiety. First, he points out four characteristics of worries: useless, evil, stressful, and contagious. Next, he identifies four ways to handle life’s worries: keep a heavenly perspective, have faith in God, stop worrying, and seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness.
Today Pastor Choi expounds the Scriptures on divine anger. In the Old Testament, God’s anger was ignited when people of God followed other gods, grumbled against God, and afflicted orphans, widows, and foreigners. In the New Testament, Jesus also got angry at hypocrisy, commercialism in God’s house, belittling of children, stubborn heart and unbelief. May God help us never provoke Him to anger.
Pastor Choi talks about anger at God. Taking the example of Jonah, he explains how to handle our anger with God: Avoid bad theology. Be humble before God in anger. Choose to trust in God not own feelings.
Substituting for Pastor Choi, John Parker delivers a sermon on Pentecost when everyone asked “What does this mean?”
Pentecost is considered to be the day that the church was born. Ten days before, the apostles were with Jesus when He told them to wait in Jerusalem until the Spirit came upon them and that they would be given power through the Spirit to be His witnesses to Judea, Samara, and all the earth. This was the last thing that Jesus said to the disciples before He ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father.
After waiting and praying for 10 days, for the first time the Holy Spirit baptized all of the believers and they were forever changed. The power of the Holy Spirit made them boldly proclaim the great works of God in every language and dialect of all of the devout Jews who had gone to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Weeks. Peter became the rock that the church would be built upon reciting passages from the prophet Joel as he gave the first sermon of the Christian church. As prophesied in Jeremiah, the Word of God and the will of God would be written on people’s hearts and “they will be My people and I will be their God.”
These 50 days were perfect fulfillments of the Jewish feasts. At Passover, the sacrifice of the sinless Jesus, God’s only Son, the perfect Lamb of God, Mashiach ben Joseph , was the final payment for all sin of all mankind. At the Feast of Firstfuits Jesus was resurrected from the dead and so became the firstfruits of the new covenant. And at Pentecost or Feast of Weeks when the wheat harvest is celebrated, over three thousand souls were saved as Peter delivered the first sermon of the Christian church reaping the first harvest of souls ripe for salvation.
120 believers had faith in Jesus’ promise that He would never leave them alone even though He had gone to be with the Father. The believers waited patiently, expectantly, and prayerfully for the Holy Spirit to come to them. And on this Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended from heaven with the sound of a mighty wind and these 120 believers turned the world upside down. We are this generation’s body of Christ and we are called to do the same. We are called to be witnesses of Jesus Christ to Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth proclaiming the great works of God in every tongue to every nation.
Today Pastor Choi talks about Mary of Bethany who poured the very expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet. Three lessons to learn from Mary: a. Give all you have to Jesus. b. Jesus remembers your love and acts of service and reward you accordingly. c. Don’t wait until tomorrow to serve the Lord.
Today Pastor Choi concludes his series on the heart: we are to love the LORD God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our might. May God approve us like He did King David whose heart was wholly devoted to the LORD.
Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on the prayers that Lord Jesus has actually said. He focuses on the last word of the last sayings of Jesus: Father, into Your hands, I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46).
Pastor Choi talks about Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane the night before crucifixion. He prayed on His knees, for God’s will to be done not His, and commanded His disciples to keep watch so as not to fall into temptation.
Today Pastor Choi talks about three characteristics of Jesus’ prayer: intentional, habitual, and alone with God. The sermon exhorts the congregation to cultivate the habit of spending time alone with God in prayer throughout the year.
Pastor Choi invites the congregation to examine the biblical accounts on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Where has the body of Jesus gone?” Two theories: one by the Christian community that He is risen indeed. The other theory by the chief priests and the elders that the disciples of Jesus stole away the body of Jesus, that’s why the tomb was empty.
Which theory do you believe? The sermon urges the congregation to make up their minds.
Pastor Choi talks about Jesus the humble king who fulfilled the prophecies on Himself by entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The servant King demonstrated that He came not to be served but to serve and give His life as ransom for many (Mark 10:45).