Manahawkin United Methodist Church
Category: Pastor’s Sermons

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?

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sermon: Spiritual Warfare (part 2 of 4): Know Thy Enemy

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

Sermon: Spiritual Warfare (part 1 of 4): Two Kingdoms

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

Sermon: The Secret of God’s Provision

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.

Sermon: Why Do People Need MUMC?

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

Sermon: Concerning the Lord’s Supper

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.  

Sermon: Why Do People Need the Church?

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

Sermon: Why Do People Need Jesus?

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

Sermon: Why So Much Evil?

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

Sermon: Will He Find Us Watching?

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

Sermon: Why Have You Forsaken Me?

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

Sermon: Why Are You Thinking Evil in Your Hearts?

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,

Sermon: Why Do You Break the Commandment of God?

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

Sermon: Why Do You Test Me?

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

Sermon: Why Do You Not Do What I Say?

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

Sermon: Why Do You Call Me Good?

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

Sermon: Why Do You Not Analyze This Present Time?

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).

Sermon: Why Do You Judge Others?

Today Pastor Choi talks about the meaning of “not to judge” others.  They are stop being self-righteous, stop being judgmental, and stop condemning others like God.

Sermon: Why Do You Doubt?

Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus and Peter walking on the water.  Three lessons he points out in the story of Jesus: God’s in it, so is our faith, and fix your eyes on Jesus.

Sermon: Why Do You Worry?

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

Sermon: On Divine Anger

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

Sermon: How to Control Anger

Today Pastor Choi concludes his series on anger.  He introduces four biblical ways to control anger: S.L.O.W.—Slow to anger, Let go and let God, Overcome evil with good, and Work it out (Reconcile).  

Ghana Wells Dedicated

Manahawkin UMC helped to install a borehole well in Ghana.  The well was recently dedicated.  Praise God!

Sermon: Angry at God?

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.

Sermon: What does this mean?

Acts 2:1-13 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

Sermon: Mary of Bethany

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

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