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.
Announcements: 11/3 - Bible Study 8PM 11/10 - Lock-In 8PM
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?