Sermon Passage: Romans 8:1-4 Sermon Title: Work of the Holy Spirit Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: In the previous chapter, we saw that Paul’s dilemma was caused by the relationship between law and sin. To Paul, law was made to bring him life but it was only bringing him death. and now in chapter 8, we see how Paul came do his resolution with this dilemma. The chapter starts out with an everlasting truth. “there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus” and it’s important to realize that the word “no” is an emphatic one and this is to say that once you are with Christ Jesus, you will never need to worry about condemnation. Then in verse 2, Paul points out that we don’t need to worry about condemnation because we have been set free from the law of sin and death and have been liberated into the law of the Spirit of life. And the law of sin and death is the power of sin that we experience in our daily lives. this is the power that keeps us from following the law of God perfectly. This power has corrupted us at our nature. But the law of the Spirit of life is the sanctification work of the Holy Spirit. the Holy Spirit allows us to see the truth behind the power of sin. Especially when it comes to obeying the law of God, we see through the Holy Spirit that, indeed, the law was made to bring us life. But without the Holy Spirit, we can’t help but see that the law only points out the bad in us. This is the guide that Jesus Christ promised us before he ascended into heaven. The guide who will help us until the end of days. Holy Spirit’s work is opening our eyes and allowing us to see the world around us in God’s lens. The Holy Spirit takes us from the context of sin and places us in the context of life.
Sermon Passage: Romans 7:10-12 Sermon Title: The Law of God Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: The Law of God was given to Moses at Mt.Sinai for a purpose and function. Paul in this passage is struggling with the relationship between law and sin. To Paul, it is because of the law that he has sinned. in verse 7, Paul says if the law had not said “you shall not covet” he would not have known what it is to covet. So if we did not have laws, we, indeed, would not have sin. But this is only when we do not understand the purpose and the function of the law of God. The Israelites had the similar problem. They tried and tried to follow the law thinking that obeying the law itself would lead them to life. But we find in our passage today that Paul realizes that God, knowing that we would not be able to obey his laws perfectly, did not intend for us to obey the law perfectly. But God, in his all-knowing power, gave the law so that through our struggle of trying to obey the law perfectly, we would realize our sinfulness and in response to our sinfulness, turn to God for help. We must realize that in our sin, we cannot even follow simple rules set forth by God. So the purpose of the law, indeed, is to give life. Because the function of the law is to point us back to God who is the giver of life and the law. Later in the chapter, in verse 24-25, Paul comes to a realization of the truth that is so important to the Christian life. “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” And through this we know, that the law that Israelites could not obey perfectly, the law which we are not obeying perfectly, Jesus has obeyed perfectly and through his perfect obedience, we are saved from our sin.
Sermon Passage: Romans 6:1-4 Sermon Title: Our New Life Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: Through our faith in Christ, we believe that we have been saved through faith and because we have been saved, our sins are no longer counted against us. We have been justified and have been declared righteous. Jesus died on the cross for our sins once and for all. This means that no matter how much we sin, how horrible our sin is… Jesus has over come. Once we have been justified, there is nothing that would take the Love of God away from us. But does this mean that we could/should live our lives anyway we should? Does our justification give us the key to live our lives anyway we want to knowing that there is forgiveness? Do we sin more so that we could experience grace more? No way! To be justified is not a legal term. Justification is the beginning of our relationship with Christ. We now live in love with Jesus. The purpose of the Grace of God is not that we would live in sin guilt-free but rather that we would “walk in the newness of life”. The purpose of Jesus’ sacrifice is that we would no longer be slaves to sin but a child of God. So, being justified, our life should reflect who we truly are. Are you a child of God and is your life reflecting your identity? or are you still living as a slave to sin? As we strive to be more like Jesus, our actions and our thoughts should reflect the love and grace that he has shown to us. God did not sacrifice his Son so that we may live more in sin. God sacrificed his Son so that we would live as a child of God. Our identity in Christ must identify us as a child of God.
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Sermon Passage: Romans 5:1-5 Sermon Title: Hope of Glory Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: When you are in a rough patch in your life, don’t be quick to be discouraged. There is Hope in suffering. Not a hope for a better tomorrow. not even a hope for happiness. But in Suffering there is Hope of the Glory of God. Let your suffering remind you that we are living in an imperfect world as imperfect beings. Paul explains that right now we are already standing in grace. In verse 2, Paul uses a present tense to say that we are now standing in grace. And in this grace, we have the Hope of the glory of God. but not only this but even in our suffering because suffering produces endurance and endurance character and character hope. so keep your head up high. There is coming a time when we will be made perfect again. there will come a time when there will be no more suffering but only joy and delight in the presence of God. But in the meantime, when you do suffer and get discouraged and frustrated, be reminded that our frustration is the mark of a believer. We believe that a better day is coming. When the Jesus will usher in the New Heaven and Earth. Until this day, we keep our faith as our strength and we endure our suffering for the glory of God. knowing that this endurance will produce a tested character and through this tested character we keep ourselves grounded in the hope of the glory of God.
Sermon Passage: Matthew 7:13-14 Sermon Title: The Choice is yours Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: In the last few paragraphs of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is concluding his sermon with a call for us to decide between two gates. One is a wide gate which leads down an easy road but ultimately destruction. Another is a narrow gate which leads down a hard and difficult road but it leads to life. The choice is obvious but why is it so hard for us to enter by this narrow gate and walk on the hard road? The reason is our sinful desire and need for instant gratification. Jesus says the wide gate is appealing because it is easy and wide. And in our sinful selfishness, we are often tempted to go down this easy road because we want the temporary pleasures of this world more than the eternal life in heaven. There was study done by a group of people who would go to poor families and offer them two choices: a bag of rice which would last two weeks or a plot of land and the materials to farm this land and the ownership of this land for years to come. This study found that most poor families chose the bag of rice over the long term solution in the plot of land. In their desperation, they chose the temporary but instant solution. In this study, we see an example of how blind we could be in light of the long term solution that requires patience and obedience. It is obvious which gate is the better choice for us all. But the question is a personal one. Which gate will you choose? which gate have you been choosing in your life? Have you entered by the narrow gate? Jesus, in the conclusion of his sermon, asks us to decide. death and destruction? or life and salvation? The choice is ours. I hope and pray we choose and enter by the narrow gate.
Sermon Passage: Romans 4:20-21 Sermon Title : Promise of God, Faith of Abraham Sermon by : Pastor Davy Ahn (Youth) Sermon Summary: Abraham believed in God and his faith was counted to him as righteousness. Abraham put his faith in the promise of God that we find in Genesis 15. In Gen 15, we see that God himself comes down to Abraham and promises that he will make his offsprings as many as the stars in the sky. And through the covenant making ritual we see that God guarantees the fulfillment of his promise. But knowing the limitations of age, Abraham, who is 100 years old, has doubts about God’s promises. And we see that his doubt actually, rather than hindering his growth as a man of God, only helps his faith grow. When Abraham was faced with the doubts of old age and the limitation of the flesh, he put his faith in God’s power rather than his own. He realized and acknowledged that God is almighty and put his faith in the all-powerful God. Abraham is a good example for us to follow. When we face doubts in our lives, we must overcome them through faith. Let us break out of the tradition of running away from doubt at all cost. Doubt can help our faith grow if we face doubt through the Word of God. As Abraham trusted in the promise of God, let us also live our lives knowing that the promise of God, which is salvation, has been guaranteed to all who believe.
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Sermon Passage: Romans 3:21-26 Sermon Title: We are declared righteous by faith alone. Sermon By: Davy Ahn (Youth Pastor) Sermon Summary:
Faith is all that is required from us for the salvation that is given to us freely. Faith is the only response that leads us to salvation. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God, as our judge, has declared us righteous and not guilty of any of our sins. When a boy gets in a fight with his younger brother, the consequence of his wrongdoing is relative. Therefore, if the boy does wrong to his parent, his consequence is that much more severe. We see clearly that the punishment to our wrongdoing is relative to the victim of our wrongdoing rather than the wrongdoing itself. When we sin against man, we are penalized according to human laws. But when we sin against God, we are penalized by the divine law which clearly says that any sin, any kind of sin committed against God, brings about the punishment of death and eternity in Hell. But our God, having infinite love and grace for his creation, gave his Son freely to us that his death would pay the price for our sins. God has not charged us any kind of payment or penalty for this salvation. The passage says this justification is given as a gift. Free of charge. But we must remember that this gift was not free. Salvation had a steep price but God, in his love, allows us to enjoy salvation through only faith. The price that God paid for us is the death of his own son, Jesus Christ. The above points us to the fact that God is righteous. As God is gracious and loving, God is righteous. To say “God is gracious”, we know that God has shown grace to us through history. Also, to say “God is loving”, we know that God has shown love through history. So now, as Paul says “God is righteous”, we know that God must have shown righteousness. And this righteousness of God is the justifying act of God that we see in the redemptive story of the Bible. God has made us righteous through his righteousness. And to be declared righteous, God is only requiring faith. And through faith, we are not only treated as righteous but we are declared righteous. this is now our reality.
Questions: 1. Paul says we have been declared righteous. Do you live your life as someone who has been declared righteous? How does knowing this truth help us in our daily lives? 2. God requires only one thing from us: Faith. How has having faith in the Gospel been difficult for you?
Sermon Summary: What apostle Paul means by saying, “I am not ashamed of the gospel”, is that he sees nothing in it to be shameful of. Shame, as we understand it, is a feeling of “you’re not good enough”. Shame comes to us when we don’t meet a certain expectation or shame follows the feeling of embarrassment. So for Paul to state that he is not ashamed of the gospel, we understand that he means the Gospel is good enough. And by the Gospel, we understand that Jesus, God’s one and only son, was sent to Earth so that through his life, death and resurrection, we may be restored, through salvation, by faith, to the glory of God. Jesus is the good news. Paul also states that this gospel/good news, is the power of God. Power of God for salvation. Many Jews understood the power of God in two senses: Deliverance and Judgment. But Paul demands that the power of God that we see in the Gospel is not a physical deliverance and judgment as we have seen in the Old Testament. But rather, the Gospel of Jesus is bringing to us a spiritual deliverance. From death and separation from God to a new life and reconciliation with God. And this Gospel ultimately requires from us a response of Faith. If we respond to this good news in faith and belief, we can enjoy this salvation promise and enjoy God’s glory. Paul’s statement in this verse can be reworded as the following: I have full confidence in the Gospel because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who responds in faith and believes in it. This is a clear declaration of the work of Jesus on the cross. So we ask ourselves these questions: 1) Is the Gospel good enough in our lives? 2) Do we believe in this Gospel? We pray and hope that we may live a life that speaks “I am not ashamed of the Gospel”, “I have full confidence in the Gospel”.
Last time, we were talking about specific ways to walk as children of God. The one of the ways to walk was walking in Love. But first, we established that we walk in specific ways because we need to imitate God as beloved children of God.
This does not mean that we become Lord of my life or be a king of my life.
This means that we have the heart of God. This means we see the world around us the way God sees and do things the way, which we honor God.
Not because we have to because we love God; because we are so thankful to be God’s children because God loved us first.
We became God’s children because of grace and the act of adaption while we are still belonged to the darkness.
So when we talk in love,
We forgive (like Christ died on the cross to forgive our sins)
We love and accept others (like Christ loves and accepts us as we are)
We give the first and the best (just like the woman with the jar of fragrance, which anointed the Christ before his death on the cross).
By walking in love, we may imitate God and that is how we must live this life that has been freely given to us through the death and resurrection of Christ.
This week, we will talk about the walk in the light. According to verses 7 and 8, we used to belong to the darkness and it is telling us not to be partners with things of darkness. And now, we are in the light of Christ and we must walk as children of light.
So what is the light? The light is the Gospel and the gospel is Jesus.. John chapter 1 said, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. And Jesus was with God in the beginning. All things are made through Jesus; and Jesus was the life and was the light. And John 1:5 says the light (Jesus) shines the darkness. So what do we do with this light? You can ask in a specific way. What do we do when you have Jesus in your heart? It is the fundamental question for Christians… What we tend to do is to store Jesus in a very special box in your hearts and access him whenever you want, whenever you need. Especially when you are in trouble or when you are lonely or in pain.. But that is not what it says here; what you do with the light (Jesus and the gospel), you shine darkness with it. The problem is we think we know everything; and we say everything is good and well. We tell ourselves that we are not sinful and it is okay to permit some area of darkness because we live in a sinful world. We tell ourselves that we cannot help making things better or become an imitator of God because we are born to be a sinner; which is true in a sense. But the problem is we stop there. We do not try any harder to imitate God, we just give up. Here in Ephesians 5:13 says, EXPOSE your life with the light so that it becomes visible. What is that mean? It means expose every aspect of your life with the light of Jesus Christ. It means expose every area of your life with light of gospel. Do not just say you are a sinner and there is nothing for you or God can do to get out of the sinful life. It says expose your life by the light.
Life of human being is like the walking in a complete dark room. If I were to walk out of this room in a complete darkness, I would bump on people in this room and thing in this room. Next thing you know, I would crush my toes and hit my knees with thing and bump my head and fall down on the floor. So what I would do is to “FEEL” my surroundings with my hands and feet. Just like we would feel our ways to get out of the room, we live life by our feelings. We live what “FEELS RIGHT” for us and we do not recognize that these feelings will make you crush your feet and falling flat on your nose.
Getting ahead by cheating feels good
Having sex before marriage feels good
To get things you want with a little innocent lies feels good.
We do not realize these things will make us crush our legs and bump our heads to cause us to fall down.
Here in Ephesians, Paul is telling us to expose your life with word of God then it will become very clear as day and you will be able to see where you are going.
So are we living in the darkness? What are you talking about, it is bright here? Well, the verse 8 says you were in darkness. Bible tells us in verse 7 that it is easy to become partners of darkness; and gives us a few examples. Ephesians 5:3~6 3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you … 4 Let there be no foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place… 6 Let no one deceives you with empty words… Those versus describe things we do and not considering as sins in this day and age:
Worldly idea of SEX is it is physical desire and it should not be viewed any differently as your physical needs, like hunger. You eat when you are hungry; you perform sexual behavior when you have sexual desire.
World tells you it is so much easier to get to know your partner once you sleep together before committing to a serious marriage relationship and wise to live together to see you are compatible with that special someone.
Bible tells us that, that is darkness.
Impurity and covetousness (idolater in verse 5)
What is coveting? Covetousness is your worldly desire. It is jealous thought. It is desire that you have for something God does not allow you to have. Whatever it is… It is state of un-satisfaction, wanting things you will not and should not have. Even if you finally get it, you will not be completely satisfied. It is opposite of “poor-in-spirit”
When you desire something, you would work for it, you would try so hard to gain whatever it is you feel that you are missing out in your life. You think about it and you plan it and you would consume your entire mind and thought, your life to get what you want.
Verse 5 says covetousness is what idolaters have in their hearts. You worship things you want to get.
Rather than receiving the satisfaction and completeness by submitting and worshiping Christ the King, you would worship the things of darkness.
Verse 11 says Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them
When you expose your life with Christ, you will become the imitator of God and you will find the complete satisfaction in Christ. The state of poor in spirit.
Matthew 5: says you will inherit kingdom of heaven if you are poor in spirit.
SO what does it mean if your life pursues things of darkness? like sexual immorality and covetousness? Then end of verse 5 says You will have no inheritance in the kingdom of God
What does that mean? It means you have no place and you cannot partake in building the kingdom of God which is very reason that God chose you and saved you from the eternal hell according to the beginning of Ephesians.
Bible is very clear on this. It completely agrees with and supports the promise you receive if you are poor in spirit.
What else is there? There are plenty more Paul talks about the darkness in our lives: Foolish talk and crude jokes:
This does not mean that you cannot have a little fun in life. I talk a lot and say things to people and I make jokes. And I find to be very fun.
After all, talking to people is one of the ways to proclaim Jesus with the words I speak. But it can damage relationships and hurt people if I am not careful.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. (James 3:3-6)
James talks about this issue with our tongues. It says our tongues are like a rudder that moves large ship or a bit which is able to control the large animals like cows or horses. Or small fire that is capable of burn down the whole forest
Your tongue can control you, makes you a saint or a respected person, at the same time, it can make you a fool or an undeserved person.
James says your tongue is controlled by Satan himself that will destroy you and people around you and destroy instantly every godly thing that you have worked for as Christians. Because of one small part of your body. Your tongues.
So James says be careful with what you say, especially if you are teachers. That you will be judged more severely. Because what you say matter. And what you say to people either build them up, or break apart.
Foolish talks and the jokes will destroy relationships and will not bring and display glory of God, where your tongues have power to do so.
Instead, in Ephesians 5:4 says, let there be thanksgiving. Show gratitude with your words.
What is the prime example of empty words? Lies
Let me tell you a story about a lie. I said this before but it seems fitting in this case.
Did you know whole world fell and human being became sinners because of one small stinkin’ lie? Satan said “you will never die if you eat that fruit, your eyes will open, you will become wise as God, know the right and wrong. Interestingly enough those things that Satan told to Adam and Eve were not all completely lies. Let me tell you. Listen carefully. This is from Genesis chapter 3.
Adam and eve did not die:
Not right away anyway. Correct? But God said “you will surely die.” This is how Adam and Eve died
1) Physical death: they started get age
2) Spiritual death: they were cut away from God.
Their eyes did open: they realized they were naked.
Shame: They have new emotion called “shame”. Shame only comes after causing sins. Verse 12 says 12 for it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. Adam and Eve were doing something behind the back, they were sinning in secrete
Sin entered in human lives: After they have suffered the spiritual death, sin entered into their hearts. Bible describes your hearts as vessels. It contains spirit. After the spirit of God departed the human hearts, spirit of evil occupied human hearts.
Their eyes are open indeed. It opened for unholy things but closed for the heavenly (spiritual) things. This is the start of your eyes collecting information to give you doubts and worries in your minds, instead of eyes of faith for heavenly things.
Became like gods: instead of God lives in your hearts as your king, you became the king of your castle, your mind, body and soul.
Because of corruption of your mind, you have a wrong (or skewed) standard for the right and the wrong
It says in verse 6, Let no one deceive you with empty words,
Not only from Satan or other people, especially do not let yourself convince you with empty and foolish ideas
Thankfully there are benefits of walking in light:
Verse 9 said you will have the fruit of the light found in good, right, and true
Verse 10 said you will be able to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. This means you will be able to see what God wants of you in your life, because everything will become visible, everything will be clear to you.
In your small group, I would like you to talk about how you can imitate God by walking in the light.
What is light?
What do we do when you have in your heart?
What is darkness?
What is coveting? And what does that have to do with idolater?
What are the effects of empty words?
What is the result of pursuing darkness?
What are the benefits of walking in light?
Let’s close our eyes. Let us think about what it means to walk in the light. It really means to have Jesus in every aspect of your life. Let him shine the areas of darkness in your life. And ask him to be the Lord and the king of your life. Do not say you believe in Jesus and put him in a cage. And access him only whenever you need him. I am not judging you; I am speaking as one of you. We only look for Jesus, when we are in trouble or when we need him. That is not walking in light. We must illuminate entire areas of our lives with gospel so that we may not walk in the darkness. Let us have time to pray to confess our sin of not making Jesus king of our lives. And ask him to be the center of our lives.
[Scripture] Philippians 2:12-13 [Title] Work Out Your Salvation
[Sermon Summary] Purpose of Salvation When God saves people, He has a purpose. Although it is important to know how we can be saved and whether we can be saved, knowing the reason why God saves(purpose) is also important. The purpose of salvation is the same purpose of Creation. It is having a loving relationship with each of us. God created us to have a fellowship with, yet we have sinned against God and our relationship was broken. However, God saved us through Jesus Christ in order to find the lost fellowship back. The salvation was already given us by grace through faith.
Work Out Salvation However, we have to work out salvation. It does not mean that the given salvation is insufficient. The reason we have to work out is because salvation is not a moment event. (Salvation is not a wedding but a marriage) In the Bible, salvation, in the one hand, is explained by the image of court. We are justified and it is decided. On the other hand, it is also demonstrated by the picture of graft. Once a broken off branch is grafted to a new trunk, it should remain attached. In this second image, salvation is restored relationship. Work out salvation means staying in this relationship and making this relationship grow.
How to Work Out Building up relationship is very simple. Spend good quality of time together. For us to have fellowship with God, we should set up a time of prayer and of reading Bible (which is God's instagram).