Manahawkin United Methodist Church
Category: Pastor’s Sermons

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: 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: Celebrate the Coming King

Text: Psalm 24 Today’s sermon comes from John Parker, guest preacher. Psalm 24 is called a royal Psalm because it talks about the return of the King of Glory. It begins with the creed that God is the creator of

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: On Depression

Texts: 2 Corinthians 11:24-27, Psalm 143:7-8, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Pastor Choi points out that depression is a spiritual matter whose solution begins and ends with God.  He also presents three biblical ways to handle depression that are effective in both

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

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: Be Wise

Text: 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Today Pastor Choi talks about two types of wisdom: wisdom of the world and wisdom of God.  These two clash in our lives and vie for our attention and loyalty.  Which one would you choose?  You

Sermon: On Temptation

Using Genesis 3:1-7, Pastor Choi expounds on the nature of temptation and considers ways to ward off temptations in life.  The tempter: he is a deceiver; his motive is never for us, rather for his own gain; he is also

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: All Things Made New

Guest Preacher: John Parker For those who thirst after God, He has promised an eternity beyond belief. Creation will be made new and perfect. There will be no more pain, no more sorrow, and no more death. We will be

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.

Top