Sermon Passage: Habakkuk 3:17-19
Sermon Title: Take Joy
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
What is your first response to struggle and hardship? Is it to rejoice?
Most of us, we get stressed out, we cry, and we sulk. But Habakkuk says he will rejoice in the Lord. He says he will take joy in the God of salvation. But how? and why?
Habakkuk writes about fig trees, vines, olives and flock among others.. and these things are the livelihood of the israelites. If their fig trees and vines do not produce fruit, they would starve and would suffer great loss. For shepherd, their flock is their everything… But even at the loss of these things… the source of their worldly hope, Habakkuk says he will take joy. “take joy” he says.
To “take joy” is also to be glad, to be jubilant but also.. it is to show an attitude or action of favorable circumstance. But what word/phrase, in verse 17 describes a favorable circumstance?
What Habakkuk rejoices in is not the worldly situation and circumstance which may obviously look unfavorable at any given time, but He is pointing to the hope of Christ referred to in 1 Peter 1:3-7.
Only when we put our faith in the Eternal, Unchanging and Living Hope of Christ, do our struggles and hardship fall into perspective.
Lets become a community that, by planting our faith in the Hope of Christ, looks beyond the immediate struggle to the coming glory and the revelation of Christ.
Sermon Passage: Ephesians 2:8-10
Sermon Title: Why Am I Saved?
Sermon By: Pastor Samuel
'Are you saved?' is a question that we are often asked. And we learned that we are saved through faith by the grace of God, and therefore, our salvation is safe no matter what happened as long as we hold on to the faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
However, once we have assurance of salvation we need to move on, because God saved us for a reason. God's salvation is not freeing a butterfly from the spider web, but it is more like adopting a child from orphanage. Therefore, our salvation is not finished work but it is a starting point of our new relationship.
In this sense, verse 10 says we are saved to do good works, which results in praising God and preaching the gospel. It is important for us to ask the question whether we are saved or not. But we should not stop there. After having assurance, we should move on to next step, which is living for Christ who died for us (2 Cor. 5:15). And asking why am I saved helps us to move on.
Therefore, let's ask ourselves why we are saved so that not only we can know the purpose of our salvation but also we can live according to his plan.
1. Please pray for Pastor Davy's safe trip
2. This Friday (9/28) is a Game Night!
3. We will have Lock-in on Oct. 5-6th.
4. Praise Night is on Oct. 12th.
Sermon Passage: 1 Samuel 8:19-22
Sermon Title: Who is your King?
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
In Israel’s history, they have seen the plagues of Egypt, they have seen God provide them an escape route through the Red Sea, they have seen manna and quail fall out of the sky for food, they have seen water come out of rocks, they have seen the walls of Jericho fall, they have seen the mighty strength of Samson and many more miracles credited to their God, the Lord Yahweh. Yet, Israel demands a King.
But how about us? don’t we have kings in our lives that we are serving, mistakenly believing that they might offer more to us than God? Don’t we serve kings that promise us things that will never become a reality? Our hunger for success, friends, community, recognition, and love will never be satisfied by the things of this world.
Only in Christ can we have joy even when we don’t succeed. Only in Christ can we have a friend who has given up his life for us. Only in Christ can we build a community to share life with. Only in Christ can we recognized as a Child of God. Only in Christ can we find love.
who is your King? God is enough. serve God as your only King.