Manahawkin United Methodist Church
Category: Pastor’s Sermons

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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.

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 …

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Guest speaker–John Parker. Like so many of the people God uses to complete his perfect plan, Jacob is far from perfect. Esau, Isaac’s first born, “despised” his birthright and Jacob trades a bowl of soup for Esau’s birthright. Later, Rebekah …

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Pastor Choi talks about freedom in Christ today: the freedom from sin and the ways to get it.  

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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 …

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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).  

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.    

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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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 …

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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.    

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 …

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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.  …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.    

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.

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.

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 …

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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.  

Presented by Manahawkin UMC Chancel Choir and Music Director Vel Gamble with Special Instrumental Ensemble and Bells Directed by Joe DelVecchio.  

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.  

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.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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 …

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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 …

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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.

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 …

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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.  

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 …

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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 …

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