Manahawkin United Methodist Church
Author: Pastor Choi

Sermon: On Fathers

Text: Ephesians 6:4 Today Pastor Choi talks about God’s command for fathers: do not provoke your children to anger (Ephesians 6:4).  Pointing out the reality in America, he exhorts both children and fathers to reconcile with each other not by

Sermon: Advice for Young Believers

Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Summary: Pastor Choi gives three pieces of advice to young believers (confirmands) in Christ.  If they practice his advice, they will lay out the foundation of their faith in Christ and harvest and enjoy the fruit

Sermon: Prophets–God’s Messengers

Text: Jeremiah 1:4-10 Today, Pastor Choi talks about the nature of prophecy in the following ways: who is a prophet, what is their role, do we still have prophets in the 21st century, can anyone be a prophet of God,

Sermon: The Spirit-Filled Life

Text: Ephesians 5:15-21 Today, Pastor Choi talks about the meaning of being filled with the Holy Spirit.  He explains what it means to be filled with the Spirit, how we can be filled with the Spirit, the signs of the

Sermon: Torah-God’s Law

Text: Exodus 20:1-17 Today Pastor Choi talks about Torah-God’s Law.  He states that the spirit of Torah is the 10 Commandments.  The spirit of the 10 Commandments is the love of God and the love of neighbors.  He exhorts the

Sermon: Thank You, Mothers!

Text: Genesis 3:20, Matthew 15:21-28 Today Pastor Choi talks about three things we all owe to our mothers: life, nurturing, and prayers.  He exhorts the mothers to pray fervently on behalf of their children for their salvation, protection, and deliverance.

Sermon: Be Blessed

Text: Matthew 5:1-12 Pastor Choi defines the biblical understanding of blessings: Blessing is anything, any event, or any person that brings us closer to God and vice versa.  He exhorts God’s people to see blessings as God does in an

Sermon: Creation Care

Texts: Genesis 1:28, Romans 8:19-22 Pastor Choi talks about Creation care.  He points out that sin of the inhabitants of land cause the whole creation to groan and suffer.  The creation waits eagerly for the children of God who would

Sermon: Anger Is a Choice

Text: Romans 12:14-21, Ephesians 4:26-27 Today Pastor Choi explains that we have three choices to direct our anger: onto others, onto self, and onto God.  He also points out the divine way of controlling our anger: S.L.O.W.  1. Slow to

Sermon: History of the Bible

Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Today’s sermon provides a brief overview of Bible’s history both on the Old and the New Testament (covenant).  Pastor Choi exhorts God’s people to get into God’s Word by pointing out that the God of Bible

Sermon: He Is Risen!

Text: Luke 24:1-12 Today, talking about Christ’s physical resurrection, Pastor Choi points out that God provides no other means but His angels and human witnesses for us to proclaim and believe in it.  We believe in His resurrection because of

Sermon: Christ the Servant King

Text: Mark 11:1-11 Today Pastor Choi talks about the meaning of Palm Sunday: two thousand years ago another prophecy on Messiah was fulfilled in Jesus as He entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey.  He showed the true quality of Messiah—humility. 

Sermon: Prayer Is a Reclaim

Text: Ephesians 6:10-18 Today Pastor Choi concludes his sermon series on prayer: Prayer is a reclaim on our hearts, on our victory posts, and on our loved ones.  He calls the saints to devote themselves to prayer.

Sermon: Prayer Is a Rest

Text: Matthew 11:28-30 Today, pastor Choi talks about prayer as a rest in God.  He points out that both God and Jesus needed rest.  How much more do we need rest?  We can find rest in Jesus by two ways:

Sermon: Prayer Is a Request

Today’s text: Philippians 4:6-7 Today Pastor Choi continues his sermon series on prayer: Prayer Is a Request (an act of asking). First of all, asking for God’s favor is a command, not a suggestion: Ask, and it will be given

Sermon: Prayer Is a Rescue

Text: Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus Walks on the Water) Today Pastor Choi talks about another nature of prayer: it is God’s response to our heart-cry for help in times of need.  Most of the time, we pray in silence or in

Sermon: Prayer Is a Relationship

Text: Matthew 26:36-42 Today Pastor Choi talks about the basic nature of prayer: it is not a requirement as some of us believe.  Rather, it is a privilege and constant communion with God in every moment.  It is a relationship

Sermon: Love Investment

Today Pastor Choi talks about love as an investment: giving self on behalf of others.  He points out two roadblocks to a successful marriage: unrealistic expectations and negligence on each other.  He exhorts the audience to take initiative in investing

Sermon: Why We Can Trust the Bible

Today, Pastor Choi explains three reasons why we can trust the Bible as truth: 1. It stands stronger than ever after three millennia of fires and persecutions.  Only truth can last forever.  2. We can trust the Bible because of

Sermon: Do Justice

In today’s sermon, Pastor Choi points out four things that pervert justice: they are partiality, bribes, corrupt witnesses, and the desire to please the crowd than the Lord.  At the end of his message, he exhorts the people of God

Sermon: 2018-The Year of the Bible

Today Pastor Choi designates 2018 to be the Year of the Bible encouraging all the members of congregation to get into God’s Word for the following three reasons:  1. God’s Word is indispensable for salvation.  2.  It is indispensable for

Sermon: A Christmas Reflection

At Christmas Eve service, after sharing his own story of celebrating Christmas, Pastor Choi invites the congregation to accept Christ.  

Sermon: Love in the Lord

Today Pastor Choi points out in his sermon the connection between Christmas and love.  Christmas is about God’s love that sent God’s own Son to the cross to save humanity from their sins.  Pastor Choi also connects the Christmas spirit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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