Manahawkin United Methodist Church
Author: Pastor Choi

Sermon: Personality of Holy Spirit

Today Pastor Choi talks about personality of the Spirit of God. Holy Spirit is not a thing but a divine being with intellect, emotion, and will. He is not our servant but we are His.

Sermon: Shalom in the Family

Today Pastor Choi talks about Shalom in the family. He explains how Shalom in the first family (Adam and Eve’s) was destroyed and urges the congregation to beware of the devil’s scheme. He ends the sermon with three action points:

Sermon: On Behalf of Our Children

Today Pastor Choi exhorts the parents and grandparents to keep their children in their daily prayers for their salvation in Christ. Pointing out that the eternal inheritance is reserved for those who are worthy to receive it through their faith

Sermon: the Easter Message of the Risen Christ

Today, based on John 20:1-23, Pastor Choi conveys the Easter message of the Risen Christ. They are: 1. Stop crying, for I am with you. 2. Peace be unto you. 3. Receive the Holy Spirit.

Sermon: The Triumphal Entry

Two thousand years ago, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey’s back. It was a fulfillment of prophecy on how the Messiah would come to His people by prophet Zachariah about 520 B.C. The same Christ still comes, as a

Sermon: Watch and Pray

Text: Matthew 26:36-41 Today Pastor Choi talks about three lessons from Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane: 1. In the throes of stress, pray more and ask for prayer support. 2. Pray for an hour because God knows you

Sermon: Enter with Thanksgiving

Today Pastor Choi talks about the importance of thanksgiving in worship: both in Heaven and on earth. He explains what’s going on in heavenly worship and ends his sermon with the importance of thanksgiving in the believer’s life, worship, and

Sermon: The Daily Manna

Today Pastor Choi talks about Manna the heavenly food from God for God’s people. The sermon explains the origin of manna, how it was provided, and the ultimate goal God had in mind for His people: to understand that they

Sermon: The Problem of the Unforgiving Servant

Today Pastor Choi talks about the importance of forgiving each other even up to 490 times! The sermon points out the problem of the unforgiving servant: Ungrateful, unmerciful, and unwise. The pastor exhorts the congregation to forgive by being grateful,

Sermon: Who Do You Say That I Am?

Today Pastor Choi talks about the foundation of Christian faith and practice: Jesus the Messiah and the Son of the Living God. He explains A-B-C-D’s in faith in Christ: Acknowledge-Believe-Confess-Do.

Sermon: When Things Don’t Make Sense

Today Pastor Choi talks about things that strike us on a societal level and make us shocked and puzzled. Expounding on Jesus’ call to repent in Luke 13:1-5, he shares three lessons for us to remember: 1. Suffering is no

Sermon: Concerning Joy

In his sermon today (read by Sarah Choi), Pastor Choi talks about joy, particularly true joy that lasts eternally. There’s only One who can give us true joy–the LORD God. Pastor Choi also talks about two kinds of joy: worldly

Sermon: Joy in God’s Heart

Today Pastor Choi talks about joy in God’s heart in Heaven. When one lost soul comes back home, God is delighted. His joy over one repentant soul is greater than that over 99 righteous people who don’t need to repent.

Sermon: Shalom with God

Today Pastor Choi talks about Shalom (Peace) with God through Christ. Christ and Christ alone brings us back to God through His redemption of our sins. When we obtain Peace with God through Jesus, we can also obtain Shalom in

Sermon: The Temptation of Jesus

Text: Luke 4:1-13 Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. He points out that we too experience temptations in our lives such as bread alone, worship other gods, and pride. Pastor Choi also presents three ways to

Sermon – Shalom: An Illustration

Today, Sarah Choi, guest speaker expands on the topic of Shalom – peace with God and peace in every part of our lives. She uses the text of Jeremiah 17:5-8 as an illustration of Shalom.

Sermon: What We Are Created for

Today Pastor Choi talks about three reasons why God created His children. For worship, for love, and for good works. When God’s people do all three, they will find fulfillment and satisfaction in their lives while they glorify the Lord.

Sermon: 2019 – the Year of Shalom

Today Pastor Choi designates 2019 to be the year of Shalom. In his message, he explains the meaning of Shalom in the Bible, Shalom in all respects in spirit, soul, and body (in that order), and exhorts the congregation to

Sermon: A Christmas Reflection 2018

Tonight Pastor Choi shares one of his deepest concerns for the families in America: the lack of forgiveness. He then explains the root cause of unforgiving spirit and how to forgive one another in the name of Jesus.

Sermon: On the Trinity

Text: John 1:1-2, 14, 10:22-39 Today Pastor Choi delivers a sermon on the Trinity. After telling the congregation why he chose this sermon topic during the Advent season, he explains the doctrine on the Trinity. He points out that the

Sermon: Jesus the Son of God

Text: Hebrews 2:18, 4:14-16 Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus’ birth known to us as incarnation (literal meaning, into flesh).  Jesus was incarnated God.  He was the God-man.  He was equal to God yet He came in human form to

Sermon: Two Lessons from Mary

Text: Luke 1:46-56 Today Pastor Choi talks about two lessons from Mary the mother of Jesus: humility and blessedness.  True humility before God means courage to embrace God’s will and plan for the believers.  As far as blessings go, we

Sermon: God’s Time Our Time

Text: Luke 1:5-25 Today Pastor Choi talks about God’s time vs. Our time.  He points out three lessons from the story of Zacharias and Elizabeth–the parents of John the Baptist.  First, the delayed answers to our prayers may have nothing

Sermon: On Loneliness

Text: Genesis 2:18 Today Pastor Choi talks about loneliness: definition, reality, root cause, and ways to overcome it.  He invites the congregation to stay connected with family and friends, anchor themselves in God in prayer and God’s Word, and do

Thanksgiving Eve Message: Doing of Thanking for 20 Things

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Pastor Choi talks about the importance of being thankful to God in all circumstances, both good and bad.  Listing the benefits of spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical areas, he exhorts God’s people to practice “D.O.T.

Sermon: Thanksgiving Is a Choice

Text: Colossians 2:6-7, 3:15-16 Today Pastor Choi talks about thankfulness, that is, overflowing with gratitude, as a distinctive mark of a believer in Christ.  Taking the example of Jesus our Lord and Savior, he exhorts his congregation to make thanksgiving

Sermon: On Giving to the Lord

Today Pastor Choi talks about offering to the Lord, its history and attributes: it is to the Lord, the Lord remembers our giving to Him and rewards us with heavenly treasures.   He also urges the believers to take up the

Sermon: Persecuted Christians

Text: Hebrews 13:3 Today Pastor Choi talks about persecutions against Christians: examples, cause, nature, and proper attitudes toward persecution.

Sermon: The Word of God-the Sword of the Spirit

Text: Ephesians 6:10-18 Today Pastor Choi talks about how to be victorious in our spiritual battle against the spiritual forces of wickedness.  He exhorts God’s people to get into the Word of God daily, to receive “Rema” the spoken word

Sermon: Concerning the Heart

Texts: Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 4:23 Today Pastor Choi talks about the heart: three kinds of heart, what’s happening in the heart, and how to take good care of the heart.  

Sermon: Ding Dong, Your Church Is Calling

Today is Laity Sunday.  Our guest speaker, Pauline McShea (lay leader), invites everyone to be involved in ministry.

Sermon: On Communion

Text: Luke 22:14-23 Today is World Communion Sunday.  Pastor Choi explains the meaning of Communion (that is, why we do it, and what’s happening in each Communion).  He also explains the proper ways to partake in the Lord’s Supper (that

Sermon: On Contentment

Text: 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Today Pastor Choi talks about contentment: its definition, benefits, the choices we make, and the consequences we live with afterwards.  He exhorts people of God to choose Christ over the love of money.

Sermon: Be Rich toward God

Text: Luke 12:13-21 Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus’ warning against greed.  He also draws a distinction between two Greek words both of which are translated into the same English word “life.”   The first Greek word is ‘ζωη’ (zoe) (e.g. English

Sermon: On Worship

Text: Exodus 20:1-5a Today Pastor Choi explains what is worship all about.  It is ‘to fall prostrate’ or ‘to bow down’ before God.  We are created to worship (Ephesians 2:10) and are to choose the Only True God to worship,

Sermon: Jesus’ Second Coming (Parousia)

Text: 2 Peter 3:1-15 Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus’ Second Coming (Parousia).  He encourages the congregation to carefully examine Peter’s explanation of the delay of Parousia threefold: The Lord is faithful to keep His promise.  The Lord is patient

Sermon: Word Power

Text: Psalm 19:14 Today Pastor Choi talks about the power of our spoken words.  First, the words we speak have power to make things happen.  Next, there are consequences.  Finally, for each word we speak, there’s accountability.  For action points,

Sermon: What Soil Are You? (Be the Good Soil)

Text: Mark 4:1-9, 13-20. Today Pastor Choi talks about four types of soil where the seed is sown.  Soil represents human heart and the seed represents God’s Word, both proclaimed and read.  He explains the following four types of heart

Sermon: Success and Failure

Texts: Matthew 6:29, Genesis 39:2 Today Pastor Choi talks about true success in the eyes of God that has nothing to do with money or power.  True success points to God for glory and honor.  It also brings us closer to

Sermon: Be Imitators of God

Texts: Ephesians 5:1, Matthew 5:48 Today Pastor Choi talks about God’s universal plan for God’s children: to make us ‘perfect.’  To achieve His goal, as long as we let Him do His job, He will not rest until He exhausts

Sermon: God’s Word Heals

Texts: 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Kings 5:1-14 Summary: Today Pastor Choi talks about the importance of faith for divine healing.  That faith comes from hearing of God’s Word.  God’s Word heals.  He also reminds the congregation of the proper attitudes in

Sermon: Heaven

Text: Revelation 21:1-4 Today Pastor Choi explains what is Heaven, who is going to be there and who’s not, what is going to be there and what’s not, what we are going to do in Heaven, and so forth.  Jesus

Sermon: God’s Word Is Pure

Texts: Psalm 12:6, 18:30 Today Pastor Choi expounds on the meaning of “the Word of God is tried/tested” in two ways: 1. It has been tested by God’s people for 3,500 years and proved strong, true, dependable, and relevant.  2.

Sermon: Be Christ’s Disciple

Text: Luke 9:23-27 Today Pastor Choi talks about the meaning of discipleship in three ways: reality check, the nature of discipleship, and the marks of Christ’s disciple.  He concludes his message with Christ’s own reminder: Not everyone who says to Me,

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 causes the whole creation to groan and suffer.  The creation waits eagerly for the children of God who would

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