Sermon: Bartimaeus

In the story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, Pastor Choi points out three lessons for God’s people: first, know what to say in prayer. Have mercy on me, Lord. Next, learn how to say a prayer: Do it persistently until you get Jesus’ attention. Thirdly, follow Jesus. After receiving a miracle from God, follow Jesus faithfully for the rest of your life.

Mark 10:46-52

Sermon: The Leper

Today Pastor Choi invites the congregation to go on a road trip with Jesus. Following Him along the road, they encounter a certain man with leprosy who asks Jesus for healing which is granted on the spot. Three lessons: the power of prayer, the power of touch, and the power of spoken words.

Mark 1:40-45

Sermon: We Have Found the Messiah!

From today’s text, John 1:35-42, Pastor Choi presents three lessons from Andrew one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. First, Andrew led his brother Peter to Jesus the Messiah right after he himself found Him. Next, Andrew found the true identity of Jesus right away by paying attention to John the Baptist his teacher. Finally, Pastor Choi shows who in the Bible joins Andrew calling Jesus the Son of God or the Messiah (or who rejects Jesus as the Messiah).

John 1:41

Carols and Stories

Today Dan Webster presents various Christmas carols and stories behind them. He explains to the congregation some historical backgrounds of carols and biblical prophecies on Jesus the Messiah.

Stained Glass in Manahawkin United Methodist Church

Sermon: A Christmas Reflection 2019

At Christmas eve service, Pastor Choi shares his life as a believer in Christ. He testifies that Christ has set him free from guilt and shame; from condemnation; from worries; and from anger and bitterness. He invites all to have Christ in their lives who will also set them free from the bondage of sin and death.

Sermon: The Magi

Today Pastor Choi talks about the magi who paid a visit to baby Jesus: who they were, how many wise men visited, their names, and so forth. At the end of the sermon, Pastor Choi draws two lessons: Worship Jesus the King, and God draws all nations and races to Christ.

Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon: The Shepherds

Today Pastor Choi talks about three lessons from the story of shepherds. First, they had a check-it-out attitude on the word of God spoken to them. Next, they found the baby Jesus after a careful search of Jesus. Finally, they spread the good news of Christ’s birth after they personally witnessed Jesus. Know (personally experience) Christ and make Him known–the key of evangelism.

Luke 2:8-20

Sermon: the Angels

Today Pastor Choi talks about who and what angels are. They are heavenly spiritual beings created by God for the following purposes: 1. Messengers of God. 2. Worship/Praise God. 3. Minister to heirs of salvation. He also warns the believers not to worship or pray to angels. Worship God only.

Christ Is the Great Joy for All the People (Luke 2:10)

Sermon: Mary and Joseph

Today, as part 1 of 4 series on people around baby Jesus, Pastor Choi talks about Mary and Joseph. He focuses on two outstanding characteristics of Mary and Joseph: willingness and humility. He exhorts God’s children to say “So be it” to God’s call for His Kingdom.

Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon: In Everything Give Thanks

Today Pastor Choi exhorts God’s people to be thankful (more than grateful) to the Lord in all circumstances, both good and bad. He encourages them to do three things: first, understand the true reason behind God’s command to be thankful. Next, desire to be thankful for the sake of obedience to God and His will. Finally, train yourself in thanksgiving beginning with small things.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Sermon: Suffering Christians

Today Pastor Choi exhorts the Church the body of Christ to show their solidarity and care for the believers who are being persecuted for the faith in Jesus Christ. Sharing the story of two Indonesian believers, he urges the congregation to pray for the persecuted believers, to write them encouraging notes and cards, and support organizations such as the Voice of the Martyrs that work for the persecuted Christians all around the world.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Sermon: Concerning Silence

Today Pastor Choi explains what God’s Word says about silence: human silence and divine silence. After sharing the seven findings on the subject, he explains more on the Lord’s silence. The LORD doesn’t tarry. He will break His silence in the appointed time (kairos) and make all things right and beautiful according to His will.

Sermon: On the Lord’s Supper

Today Pastor Choi reminds of God’s people why and what we do in each Communion: take, eat, and drink in remembrance of Christ’s death for the forgiveness of our sins.  He explains the biblical origin of the Lord’s Supper and ends his message with a reminder that we are a covenant people whom God has called to be faithful to His heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 11:24

Sermon: God So Loves You

Today, Pastor Choi invites the people to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Entering into the hearts of those who accept Him, Jesus will turn their lives upside down for eternal good. He shares the testimony of Nicky Cruz from the book “The Cross and the Switchblade” written by David Wilkerson.

Sermon: We Are His Sheep

Today Pastor Choi’s sermon (read by Sarah Choi) talks about the relationship between Jesus our Good Shepherd and us His sheep. After explaining three similarities between sheep and people, Pastor Choi expounds on Psalm 23 where King David calls the LORD his shepherd.

Isaiah 53:6, Psalm 23

Sermon: Jesus Is Our Shepherd

Today Pastor Choi talks about Jesus being our Good Shepherd. He points out three qualities of Good Shepherd for God’s people: 1. On Behalf of 2. Ownership and Knowledge of the Flock 3. Protection. Indeed, Jesus is all for God’s children. He also knows everything about us. He laid down His own life to protect us from eternal punishment. We can count on Jesus our Good Shepherd.

John 10:11-18

Sermon: Concerning Pleasure

Today Pastor Choi talks about four biblical principles on pleasure for the believers to abide by (Ravi Zacharias): 1. Anything that refreshes us without diminishing or destroying our final goal in life is a legitimate pleasure. 2. Any pleasure that jeopardizes or violates the sacred right of another person is an illicit or illegitimate pleasure. 3. Any pleasure, however good it is in itself, if it’s not kept in balance, it will distort reality or destroy appetite. 4. Pleasure must be bought at the price of pain.

For When You are Older

In today’s sermon by guest speaker John Parker we look at the first 6 verses of Psalm 71. This is an anonymous Psalm that many think was composed by David in his later years. David is facing murder, revolt, and declining health. In this Psalm, David is asking for God to protect him just like God has done for all of David’s life. And God is also our source of strength and protection when we are older.

Who is my Neighbor

In today’s sermon by guest speaker John Parker, we take a close look at the story of the Good Samaritan. Some of the key questions are: Why is the attorney asking the question “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Who is a Samaritan and why is it important? Why did the priest and the Levite just walk on by? Who is my neighbor? When we answer these questions we see that we are called to love whomever God puts in our path regardless of what they think of us or how they treat us. To help us in our walk with Jesus we need to watch out for the lawyer, the priest, and the Levite in our own behavior.

Luke 10:25-37

Shalom in the Land

Today Pastor Choi talks about shalom in the land. He points out that it is the believer’s duty to pray for all people, especially for those in authority. He shares three examples in the Bible: King David, King Solomon, and the King of Nineveh.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Sermon: Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Today Pastor Choi talks about baptism of the Holy Spirit. It means that the Spirit of God descends upon the believers and use them in a mighty way. it is demonstrated in various gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. He exhorts every believer in Christ to desire it and ask God to give the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).

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: pray for salvation of the family, pray for forgiveness and repentance, and pray for peace in the house.

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 in Christ alone, Pastor Choi urges them to do everything to hand down their faith unto the next generation.

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Text: 2 Timothy 1:5

Sermon: Receive, Believe, Be Blessed

The scripture for this sermon comes from the Gospel of John, 20:19-31. In today’s sermon the disciples are hiding in a room three days after their Master was brutally beaten and killed.

Then, Jesus appears to the disciples and offers them peace and gives them a mission … to spread the Good News that He is alive. Yes Jesus died and paid the price for the sin of all mankind. But, just like He said He would, He is risen to live forever more. The disciples are to tell the whole world so that whoever hears the Good News, and believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be blessed with new life, power over sin through the Holy Spirit, life everlasting, and a love that is beyond description. Our mission is to do the same. Our mission is to proclaim the Good News so that others can receive, believe, and be blessed … all to the glory of God. Like Thomas, we are to exclaim “My Lord and My God”.

Sermon: The Triumphal Entry

Text: John 12:12-16

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 humble King and Lord, into the believer’s heart.

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 can do it. 3. Pray so that you may not enter into temptation.

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 cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

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, merciful, and act with eternal perspective in mind, because our eternal destination depends on our forgiveness of those who trespass against us.

Matthew 18:21-35

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 sure determiner of guilt. 2. Repentance is required of all without reference to accidents of life. 3. Time to repent is Now. Time is short. He exhorts God’s people to pray for our nation as Abraham did on behalf of Sodom.

Sermon: Concerning Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice (Philippians 4:4)

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 joy and godly joy. He finally talks about three ways to obtain and abide in true joy: believing in the Name of Jesus, pursuing God not joy itself, and experiencing the living God in life.