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Sunday Messages: Topical

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Remembering to Give Thanks

November 21, 2021 • Pastor Peter Kim

The Doctrine of God's Unstoppable Affection in Our Adoption

November 7, 2021 • Pastor James Lee

Meaning of Communion

October 3, 2021 • Pastor Peter Kim

You are what you know

August 22, 2021 • Pastor Peter Chung

God of Truth

August 8, 2021 • Pastor Mark Lim

From the Greatest to the Worst

May 30, 2021 • Mark Lim

Matthew 23 : 1-12 1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. 4 “They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. 5 “But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 “They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 “But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. Purpose for this Sermon A : To Warn. Beware of the yeast of the pharisees. 1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 Peter 2:1–3 1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Purpose for this Sermon B: Watch your own life closely. [ Point 1 ] They carried the authority of God’s word with no integrity. [[v. 1-3 ]] 1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. They carried a great responsibility of carrying the law of God. But there’s no integrity. Self-Appointed Hebrews 5:1–4 (NASB95) 1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; 3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. 4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was. Jeremiah 14:14–15 14 Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. 15 “Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them—yet they keep saying, ‘There will be no sword or famine in this land’—by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end! “for they say things and do not do them.” A critical error, when you say but you yourself are not. [ Point 2 ] They were to shepherd the flock but instead they selfishly exploited the people. 4 “They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. They regularly & extensively burdened others. Why do they do that? Ezekiel 34:1–6 (NASB95) 1 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? 3 “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock. 4 “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. 5 “They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered. 6 “My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.” 1 Peter 5:1–3 (NASB95) 1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. Will not lift a finger to carry the burden [ Point 3 ] They used their God given trumpets to please men and rather than God. [V5-7] 5 “But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 “They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. “They do all their deeds to be noticed by men” Because they loved it. Cross References : 1 Timothy 6:3-5 “If someone spreads false teachings and does not agree with sound words (that is, those of our Lord Jesus Christ) and with the teaching that accords with godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest in controversies and verbal disputes. This gives rise to envy, dissension, slanders, evil suspicions, and constant bickering by people corrupted in their minds and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a way of making a profit.”” Jeremiah 23:29–32 29 “Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock? 30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the Lord, “who steal My words from each other. 31 “Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the Lord, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ 32 “Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,” declares the Lord, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the Lord. [ Point 4] But you, BE THE GREATEST!!! BUT YOU - 8 “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 “But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. The 1st Principle of Greatness: One is your teacher, father, and leader. The 2nd Principle of Greatness: But the greatest among you shall be your servant and whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. 1 Peter 5:4–10 (NASB95) 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

Everything We Need for Everything We Ought to Be

April 11, 2021 • Pastor Peter Chung

I. Who We Are II. What We Have Been Given III. What We Ought to Be 2 Peter 1:1a [NASB95] 1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, (doulos) 2 Peter 1:1a [NASB95] 1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, (doulos) - Inalienably possessed by Jesus Christ. - Unqualifiedly at the disposal of Jesus Christ. - Owing an unquestioning obedience to Jesus Christ. - Constantly in the service of Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:1b [NASB95] 1… To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:  2 Corinthians 5:21 [NASB95] 21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Luke 6:46 [NASB95] 46“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 2 Peter 1:2-4 [NASB95] 2Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  3seeing that His divine power **has granted to us** everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  4For by these **He has granted to** us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9a) I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1) 2 Peter 2:1-2 [NASB95] 1But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; Romans 8:31-32 [NASB95] 31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 2 Peter 1:2-4 [NASB95] 2Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  3seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  4For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 2 Peter 3:13 [NASB95] 13But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Knowledge of God - Grace and peace… in the knowledge of God (1:2) - Through the true knowledge of Him… (1:3) - and in your moral excellence, knowledge … and in your knowledge (1:5-6) - …nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord (1:8) - We made known to you… (1:16) - But know this first of all… (1:20) - …escaped… by the knowledge of the Lord (2:20) - Know this first of all… (3:3) - …knowing this beforehand, be on your guard (3:17) 2 Peter 3:18 [NASB95] 18but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. John 17:3 [NASB95] 3“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 2 Peter 3:13 [NASB95] 13But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:7,10 [NASB95] 7But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:11,14-15a [NASB95] 11Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 14Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,  15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; 2 Peter 1:5-7 [NASB95] 5Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,  6and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,  7and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. Be it in a quiet pasture or by a gentle sream The shepherd of my soul is by my side Should I face a mighty mountain or a valley dark and deep The shepherd of my soul will be my guide

He is Risen

April 4, 2021 • Pastor Peter Kim

**1 Cor 15:14; 17-19** 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. **Mark 16:1** When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. **(Where were the disciples and where were the crowds?)** **1. No one was expecting Jesus to be resurrected.** **Mark 8:31-32** 31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And He was **stating the matter plainly.** And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. **Mark 9:31-32** 31 For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, "The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later." 32 **But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.** **Mark 10:32-34** And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 33 saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34 "They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again." **Mark 16:10-14** 10 She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, **they refused to believe it.** 12 After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country. 13 They went away and reported it to the others, **but they did not believe them either.** 14 Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them **for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.** **Luke 24:10-11** 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. 11 But these words **appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.** **Mark 8:31-37** 31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And He was **stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.** 33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, **"Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's."** 34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he **must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.** 35 "For whoever wishes to **save his life** will lose it, but whoever **loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.** 36 "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 "For what will a man give in exchange **for his soul?** **Mark 9:31-37** 31 For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, "The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later." 32 But **they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him. 33 They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, "What were you discussing on the way?" 34 But **they kept silent**, for on the way they had **discussed with one another which of them was the greatest.** 35 Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." 36 Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37 "Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me." **Mark 10:32-45** And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 33 saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34 "They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again." 35 James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, **"Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You."** 36 And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" 37 They said to Him, "Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory." 38 But Jesus said to them, **"You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"** 39 They said to Him, **"We are able."** And Jesus said to them, **"The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.** **40 "But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."** 41 Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John. 42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 "But it is not this way among you, **but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;** 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." **Luke 22:24-34** 24 And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. 25 And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.' 26 "But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant. 27 "For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. 28 "You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; 29 and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 31 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." 33 But he said to Him, "Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!" 34 And He said, "I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me." Rom 1:18 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, **Mark 16:7** 7 "But go, **tell His disciples and Peter,** 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.'" **Rom 10:9-13** 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."

Why Did Jesus Ride the Donkey?

March 28, 2021 • Pastor Peter Kim

Luke 19:28-44; Zechariah 9:9-10 "Why Did Jesus Ride the Donkey?" 1. Jesus rode the donkey to fulfill biblical prophecy Zech. 9:9 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Gen 49:10-11 (Jacob blessing his 12 sons prophesying what is to come) 10 "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. 11 "He ties his foal to the vine, And his donkey's colt to the choice vine; He washes his garments in wine, And his robes in the blood of grapes. 2. Jesus rode the donkey to establish his kingdom Zech 9:9-10 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; And His dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth. 1 Kings 1:33-34 33 The king said to them, "Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. 34 "Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel, and blow the trumpet and say, 'Long live King Solomon!' John 18:36 36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." Col 1:13 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, Heb 4:16 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 1 Sam 8:3 7 The Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. 3. Jesus rode the donkey to bring peace Zech 9:10 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations;….. Gen 49:10 10 "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes Luke 19:41-42 41 When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, "If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. Gen 22:3 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Eph 2:17 17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; Eph 6:15 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; John 14:27 27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Humble Faith

March 21, 2021 • Pastor Mark Lim

Matthew 15:21–28 (NASB95) 21 Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” 23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” 24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once. Introduction : Faith is powerful because by faith we see spiritual realities. The greatest reality is the glory of God. By faith we see everything else in reference to Him. Great faith is seeing life as it really is. Part 1: Humble faith in the midst of desperation requests mercy. References 1. Psalm 51:1-2 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 2. Matthew 19:13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. Point 2: Humble faith in the midst of silence is patient References 1. Mark 7:24–30 (NASB95) 24 Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice. 25 But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet. 2. Psalm 27:13–14 (NASB95) 13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. Point 3: Humble faith in the midst of harsh realities is yielding 1. Isaiah 6:5 “Woe is me, for I am ruined! I mam an of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.” 2. Luke 5:8 8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 3. Luke 18:13–14 “But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ 14 “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Point 4: Humble faith is great faith in the eyes of our Lord. 1. Matthew 15:18–20 18 “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. 20 “These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” Conclusion : Micah 6:8 (NASB95) He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

Meaning of Communion

February 7, 2021 • Pastor Peter Kim

"Meaning of Communion" **1. Four different views of the communion table.** a. Roman Catholic (Transubstantiation) b. Lutheran (Consubstantiation) c. Presbyterian (Sacramental Memorial) d. Baptist (Memorial- primary to remember) **Luke 22:15, 19-20** 15 And He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. **2. The Passover was to be practiced to remember three things.** **A. The Passover meal was a celebration of God’s deliverance of Israel.** **Exodus 13:3 --(Passover to remember God’s deliverance of Israel)** 3 Moses said to the people, "**Remember this day** in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; for by a powerful hand the Lord brought you out from this place. And nothing leavened shall be eaten. **1 Cor 11:26** 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you **proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.** **Heb 6:4-8** 4 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. 7 For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. **B. The Passover served to remind Israel of God’s care and deliverance during times of hardship.** **Deuteronomy 7:17-19 –(Remember God when you face your enemies)** 17 "If you should say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?' 18 you shall not be afraid of them; **you shall well remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt**: 19 the great trials which your eyes saw and the signs and the wonders and the mighty hand and the outstretched arm by which the Lord your God brought you out. So shall the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. **Romans 8:31-35** 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 **He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?** 33 Who will bring a charge against God's elect? **God is the one who justifies;** 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? **C. The Passover served to remind Israel of God’s provision during times of abundance.** **Deuteronomy 8:11-14, 17,18** 11 "**Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God** by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; 12 **otherwise**, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 17 "Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.' 18 "But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. **Hos 13:5-6** 5 I cared for you in the wilderness, In the land of drought. 6 As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me. **3. Different names describe different aspects of the communion table.** **a. Ordinance** **b. Sacrament-** **1 Cor 11:27-28** 27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in **an unworthy manner**, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. **c. Communion-** **1 Cor 11:29-30** 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not **judge the body rightly**. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. **Eph 4:4-6** 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. **d. Eucharist—it is Greek in origin meaning to give Thanks** **e. Lord’s Table/ Supper--- (Celebration)** **1 Cor 11:26** 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death **until He comes**.

Ungracious Representatives of a Gracious God

January 31, 2021 • Pastor Peter Chung

“Ungracious Representatives of a Gracious God” **Jonah 4:1-11 [NASB]** 1 But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD and said, “Please LORD, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. 3 “Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life.” 4 The LORD said, “Do you have good reason to be angry?” 5 Then Jonah went out from the city and sat east of it. There he made a shelter for himself and sat under it in the shade until he could see what would happen in the city. 6 So the LORD God appointed a plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was extremely happy about the plant. 7 But God appointed a worm when dawn came the next day and it attacked the plant and it withered. 8 When the sun came up God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, “Death is better to me than life.” 9 Then God said to Jonah, “Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “I have good reason to be angry, even to death.” 10 Then the LORD said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. 11 “Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?” **Sermon Outline:** **1. Who is Jonah?** **2. Why is Jonah so angry?** **3. What do we learn about mankind through Jonah’s prophecy?** **4. What do we learn about God through Jonah’s prophecy?** **2 Kings 14:25** - He restored the border of Israel from the entrance of Hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, which He spoke through His servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was of Gath-hepher. **2 Kings 14:27b** - ...but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash. **Jonah 1:1-3a** - The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. **Jonah 4:1** - But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. **Jonah 4:8b-9** - ...begged with all his soul to die, saying, “Death is better to me than life.” 9 Then God said to Jonah, “Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “I have good reason to be angry, even to death.” **Jonah 3:4** - Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk; and he cried out and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” **Jonah 3:5-8** - Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. 6 When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. 7 He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. 8 But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. **Amos 6:14** - “For behold, I am going to raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord God of hosts, “And they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath To the brook of the Arabah.” **Amos 7:10-11** - Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel; the land is unable to endure all his words. 11 “For thus Amos says, ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword and Israel will certainly go from its land into exile.’ **Matthew 12:40-41** - for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41“The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. **Jonah 4:2-3** - He prayed to the LORD and said, “Please LORD, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. 3 “Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life.” 4 The LORD said, “Do you have good reason to be angry?” **God Directs** 1:4 – The Lord hurls … great wind 1:17 – The Lord appoints … a great fish 2:3 – The Lord casts… into the deep 2:4 – The Lord … expels 2:10 – The Lord commands … vomit 3:10 – God … sees and relents 4:6 – The Lord God appoints … a plant 4:7 – The Lord God appoints … worm 4:8 – The Lord God appoints … scorching east wind **Ephesians 2:3** - Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. **Jonah 4:10-11** - Then the LORD said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. 11 “Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?” **Ephesians 2:4-9** - But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Watch and Pray

January 3, 2021 • Pastor Peter Kim

1 Peter 4:7 - The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. **1. Motivation for prayer** 1 John 2:18 - Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 2 Peter 1:3 - seeing that His divine power has granted to us **everything pertaining to life and godliness,** through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Romans 13:11-12 - Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. **2. Preparation for Prayer** Romans 12:2-3 - And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you **not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.** Ephesians 5:15-18 - Therefore **be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,** 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, **3. Power of Prayer** 1 Peter 3:7 - You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and **show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.** John 15:7 - "If you **abide** in Me, and My words **abide** in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 16:23-24 - "In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. 24 **"Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.** Ephesians 6:18-19 - With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 2 Chronicles 7:12-15 - Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 "Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.

Suddenly

December 27, 2020 • Pastor Nate Kwak

**Matthew 25:1-13** 1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. **I. The OT people were waiting for the coming King** **Is. 7:14** “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. **Is. 9:6** For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. **Mic. 5:2** “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” **Isaiah 53:2** 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. 3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. **II. We are waiting for the coming King** **Matt. 25:1-4** 1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 “Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 “For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. **Matthew 25:5-7** 5 “Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 “But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 “Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. **Matthew 25:8-13** 8 “The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 “Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 “But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. **2 Pet. 3:8-9** 8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. **2 Peter 3:10** 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. **2 Pet. 3:11-13** 11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. **Hebrew 9:27-28** 27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. **JC Ryle** “Tomorrow is the devil’s day, but today is God’s. Satan does not care how spiritual your intentions are, or how holy your resolutions, if only they are determined to be done tomorrow.” **Eccl. 9:12** 12 Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them. **2 Pet. 3:1-4** 1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. 3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” **2 Pet. 3:5-7** 5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. **Matt. 24:36** 36 “But of that day and hour **no one knows,** not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. **Matt. 24:42** 42 “Therefore be on the alert, for **you do not know** which day your Lord is coming. **Matt. 24:44** 44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour **when you do not think He will.** **Matt. 24:50** 50 the master of that slave will come on a day **when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know,**

Jesus, The Power and Wisdom of God

December 20, 2020 • Pastor Peter Kim

**"Jesus, The Power and Wisdom of God"** **1 Cor 1:22-25** - For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. **C. S. Lewis** - “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else He would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” **1. The Jews asked for signs (miracles) to prove that Jesus was the Messiah. **John 2:18** - The Jews then said to Him, **"What sign do You show** us as your authority for doing these things?" **John 6:2** - A large crowd followed Him, because they **saw the signs** which He was **performing on those who were sick.** **John 6:14** - Therefore when the **people saw the sign** which He had performed, they said, **"This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world."** **John 6:26** - Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because **you saw signs**, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. **John 6:30** - So they said to Him, **"What then do You do for a sign,** so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? **Matt 5:38-44** - "You have heard that it was said, 'AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.' 39 "But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever **slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 "If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. 41 "Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 "Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.** 43 "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' 44 "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, **John 18:36** - Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." **2. Greeks seek wisdom (loved wisdom)** **Acts 26:24** - While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, **"Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.** **3. Jesus and the gospel is stumbling block and foolishness to the world. (1 Cor. 1:23)**

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