Matthew 7:24-27 (1)


Build your house on the Rock
Reading: Matthew 7:24-27
Blanks: practice, foundation

(1) Two people were starting to build their houses in a desert.

One was building his house on the rock.
Do you see these huge rocks?
He learned that these rocks could be the good foundation for his house.
So, on these rocks, he was going to build his house.
He was building his house thinking of eternity, thinking of long term.
So, it might take some time.
But he didn’t mind.
Because he wanted to build a strong house that would last forever.

There was another person who was building his house.
He was digging the sand to find out whether he also had some good foundational support there.
But there was nothing but the sand.

(2) However, he started to build his house anyway. (smile)
He thought that it would be alright.
And he just wanted to build something quick, without spending too much time.
(3) However, it wasn’t safe to build his house on sand. (smile)
But it was easy to build.
So, in few days, he finished his house, right away.

The one who builds his house on the rock put another stone at the top of other stone very carefully. (slowly)
He built it slowly, making sure that everything was in the right position.
(4) Then after few days, he also finished his house!
Then he was very satisfied.
Now he could do something else, without worrying about his house.

But then the rain came.
The rain came heavily.
Then because of the rain, small streams have formed.
In this desert, a big stream can appear and disappear during the course of a day.
So, they wondered when this rain would stop.

The one, who built his house on the rock, started to worry about the house on sand.
So, he said:
“Hey, why don’t you come in and wait until the storm pass by?”
But the other guy said that he would be alright.

(6) Then a big stream appeared and hit against the house. (surprised)
Then the house on sand was completely destroyed.

(7) Eventually, the rain stopped.
But he barely saved his life.
And his house was gone.
And he was ashamed.
Now he needed to build another house all over again.
At this time, he would build his house on the rock as well.

Jesus told this kind of story to explain something.
What is he trying to explain?

(2) Well, Jesus taught many people.
Jesus told many stories to explain how to live and how to love God and how to love people.
So many people were listening to him.

(2) Then he made up this story to say something like this:
“There will be two kinds of people.
There will be those who hear my words and practice them.
And there will be those who hear my words, and don’t practice them.

“The one who build his house on the rock are those who practice what I say.
The one who build his house on sand are those who don’t practice what I say.

(5) “We may not know who is wise until the rain comes.
But when the rain comes and the stream rises, they will know who is wise.
When the winds blow and beat against their houses, they will know.

(6) “Those who don’t practice what I say may have a house that falls with a great crash.
Then they may need to build another house all over again.

(7) “But those who listen to me and practice what I say will be safe.
Those who trust what I say will last forever.
Their house will last eternally.”

So, these houses are like symbols for our lives.
When we live making good decisions, based on what Jesus says, we will build a house on the rock.

Now what does the rock represent?
These rocks are the teachings of Jesus.

The wise people live according to the teachings of Jesus.
They plan their lives based on what Jesus says.
They live their lives practicing what Jesus says.
They live in the way that Jesus wants them to live.
Then, they can protect their life and thee life of their loved ones.
Then they don’t need to worry because they build their houses on the rocks.

That was why Jesus is giving us the best teachings that he can ever give.
Jesus was teaching us to practice, so that we could live forever.

We also want to live our lives listening to Jesus.
We also want to practice what Jesus says to us.
Jesus is encouraging us to listen, think and practice.
Then, as we practice, we really learn why he says what he says.

(1) So, here is homework.
I want you to find at least one of his teachings and practice it this week.
Practice just one of them.
For example, you can practice by being kind to those who are lonely, by becoming a friend to those who are alone, or by helping people around you.

(For only youths: For example. Let’s watch this. Some of you have seen this already, I think.) http://youtu.be/vkv3AgnzSh0

If you try to find the lonely, they are always with us, right?
Then, you will never be alone.
Helping them to be part of the group, you can also build your house on the rock.

Anyway, Jesus is teaching us to practice something.
Jesus is calling us to obey.
When we obey, we may understand the power of his words.
Then we can relax because we have our life secured in the power of the One who creates us.

Jesus created us and created this world.
And he is trying to create something more through those who obey his teachings.
Then, Jesus will protect those who learn his ways of thinking, and his teachings, by practicing what he says.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to practice what you want us to practice.
And help us to love you and love people.
Help us to be patient and kind.
Help us to follow you.
In Jesus name, we pray.


Acts 2:1-7 (1)


Filled Up!
Acts 2:1-7
Props: A pitcher of water, glass and basket
Words: Pentecost - the Fiftieth day; bewilderment - the condition of being confused; universal – worldwide
Blanks: Pentecost, together, Holy Spirit, sound, language

(1) Did you know that the Church has a birthday?

Do you know that today is the birthday of the Church?
I am not talking about our local church.
I am talking about the universal church.

Then, how old the Church is?
Our local church is about 40 years old.
But the history of the entire church, the universal church is much older.
The church is almost 2000 years old.

Then why do we say that today is the birthday of the Church?
(2) You know about two thousand years ago, when Jesus was going back to his Father in heaven, Jesus said he would send the Holy Spirit to the people.
Then today, he kept his promise.

(3) Then about this time, the Holy Spirit came to start the church.
The Holy Spirit came to people like you and me.
The Holy Spirit came and filled them with a sense of joy and belonging to God that they had never known before.

So, why do we say that today is the birthday of the Church?
Because the Holy Spirit came today.

(3) Now do you know that you can be filled with the Holy Spirit?
Before we talking about that, let’s talk a little bit about being filled with something.

Have you ever been filled with something?
If you drink a lot of water, you are filled with water, right?
If you eat a lot of good food, you are filled with good food, right?
Have you ever been filled with good food?

If you drink a lot of air, you are filled with air.

So, for example, I brought these: (a glass and a pitcher of water)
Now this cup is about to be filled with water.
Anybody want to fill this cup with water?
Fill the glass with water, please.
Fill it up.
Thank you.

Now this cup is filled with water. (Lift the cup)

Now do you know that we can be also filled with the Holy Spirit like this?
We can be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Now what would happen if we are filled with the Holy Spirit?
What do you think you will feel when you are filled with the Holy Spirit?

You will feel like being filled with joy and love and other good feelings.
You may burst with joy.
You may become the joyous persons.

(3) On Pentecost the students of Jesus were filled with joy and began to praise God in loud voices.
They also felt this joy and peace together.

Then do you know what happen that day?
Thousands of people became believers of Jesus.
They also felt this peace and joy together.

Let me show you something.
(Pour more water on the cup)
What is happening here? (You are spilling)
The cup is overflowing with water.

Do you know that we can be overflowing with the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit can fill us to overflowing.
Then what happens?
Then people around us will experience this peace, joy and the presence of God.
Then if they open their heart for God to come in, they will be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Then they would also become the joyous people who believe in God and are filled with the Holy Spirit.

So, sometimes the best thing that you can do for others is to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Then because you have this peace and joy, people around you will be saved.
They will also sense your peace and joy.
Then if they open their heart to God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, they will also experience this joy and peace within.

So, pray that the Holy Spirit will come to us and that the Holy Spirit may fill us up so that we may overflow with the Holy Spirit.

Let’s pray:
Welcome Holy Spirit.
Jesus, thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit.
May you fill us up with the Holy Spirit.
May we live with the joy that the Holy Spirit brings.
Because we pray in your name. Amen.


Luke 17: 20-37 (1)


May your kingdom come
Reading: Luke 17: 20-37
K-hymn: 182

Jesus talked a lot about the kingdom of God.
People wanted to know when this kingdom of God would come.
Even one Pharisee asked Jesus about this.

Then Jesus gave two answers: one to the Pharisee and another to his students.
Jesus was answering the same question differently, based on who was listening to him.

To the Pharisee, Jesus said something like this:
“If you try to observe, you may not see the kingdom of God.
It is not something that you can see.
It is not something you can say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’
This kingdom of God may be beyond your concept of location.
This kingdom of God can be beyond your concept of time and space.
But this Kingdom is next to you, even though you may not see it.
The kingdom of God is in your midst.
So, you need to find the kingdom that is already working in your heart and in your own midst first.”

Jesus understood that the Kingdom of God can be spiritually known.
Jesus told many stories to help people understand.
Jesus wants to help people to imagine.

It is like this.
If God’s kingdom has walls, their names may be kindness, patience, gentleness, love and mercy.
You cannot see those.
But you know those.
You know those who have these inner qualities.
Through them, people will experience the kingdom of God.
When these inner qualities are within us, we know that the kingdom of God is within us.

Jesus was saying that his kingdom was not something to see because Jesus is God and God is spirit.
God is interested in having the spiritual kingdom that will influence all the physical worlds.
So, Jesus was trying to help this Pharisee to enter into the realm of God with these words.

God is always there working in their midst.
God may not be seen in our space and time.
But God is in our space and time all the time.
We may notice God only when God manifest in such a way that we can see.
But God is always working even though we may not notice.

Most importantly, God sent Jesus, the Son of God, to work among them so that they can notice more of God’s kingdom.
So, if the Pharisees truly understood Jesus, they might be able to see and experience the Kingdom of God.
Through Jesus the kingdom of God is freely working without compromising who God is.

Then we may say that Jesus is like 3D glass.
When we look through Jesus, we see this kingdom of God.
Or Jesus is like a microscope.
When we see through Jesus, we see the Kingdom of God.

So, Jesus was asking this Pharisee to see the working of the Kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God was working and moving with Jesus.
Then because Jesus was in their midst, the kingdom of God was in their midst.
The kingdom of God was working in their midst, if he had eyes to see it.

So, Jesus is inviting him to imagine with God.
Then this Pharisee may also see that the kingdom of God is within him.
Because when we are interested in what God is interested in, we may understand this kingdom of God.
It may mean that we may need to go beyond our nationalism and may seek God’s kingdom that is not temporary and cannot fail.
It is something truly eternal.
Jesus is trying to invite us into that imagination.

Now Jesus was answering the same question for his disciples.
He said something like this:
“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
Then I will rise from the dead and will be gone to heaven.
Then some people may still say, ‘Jesus is here!’ or ‘Jesus is there!’
Do not go running off after them.
When I am back, everyone will see clearly.
So, you don’t need to try to find me.
I will appear in your midst.
I will simply be in your midst.”

“But until the last moment, people may only care about eating, drinking, marrying, buying, selling, planting and building.
Until the last moment, they may not care to listen to my story.

“So, live your life thinking of me.
Don’t try to care about your possessions and their possessions.
Don’t try to keep your life.
If you lose it, you may really find it.

“Don’t think that staying with a holy person can save you.
Living with a holy person cannot save you.
If you are spiritual dead, you are dead.”

To his students, Jesus was talking about his second coming.
Jesus was saying:
“My second coming is not something to be observed.
But when I come, you will know, no matter where you are.
Don’t pay too much attention on what you see, what you touch, and what you have.
Pay attention to what you cannot see; what you cannot touch, and what you cannot have.
Care about mind, character and nature.
These are more important.
These can help you to be prepared for me.”

Jesus is interested in our soul.
For our souls, Jesus could abandon everything.
Jesus is asking his students and us to do the same.
Then we will be there where Jesus is.
Jesus will be there where we will be.

Jesus was also interested in love and kindness and humility.
Following Jesus means that to follow his love and kindness and humility.
If you can do that, it means that the Spirit of Jesus works within you.
Then you are inside of the Kingdom of God.
When we have those qualities, we have the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God will expand through us.

So, Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to work in our midst.
As we move with the Holy Spirit, we may move with the kingdom.
Then we may mature with the Holy Spirit.
Then more people may experience the Kingdom of God.

The Holy Spirit is working in our midst.
The Holy Spirit is not bound by space and time like us.
For many years, the Holy Spirit has been working in various places.
The Holy Spirit is working here.
At the same time, the Holy Spirit may is working somewhere else.
The Holy Spirit is bigger than our church, or our world.
But then this Holy Spirit can be always with us.
This Holy Spirit is working in our midst.
We don’t see her.
But she is in our mist.
The Holy Spirit may inspire us to do something.
The Holy Spirit may help us imagine and find answers for our questions.
Then through these, we may understand what Jesus says and can apply to our life.
In this way, we may be part of what Jesus was talking about.

Let’s pray:

Jesus, we pray for your kingdom to come.
May we recognize your kingdom working in our midst.
May we live knowing that the Kingdom of God is always in our midst.
May we expect what you will do in our midst.
May we also obey so that we may become your partner in ministry.

We want to pray also for North Korean.
May they experience this Holy Spirit working in their midst.
May they see the Kingdom of God in their midst.
May they be able to join what Jesus is doing in their midst.

In Jesus name. Amen.

Students noticed the sign and prepared.


Luke 9: 51-56; 10:25-37


Jesus the story maker
Reading: Luke 9: 51-56, Luke 10:25-37
Additional reading: Luke 6: 27-39, Matthew 5:38-48, Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 18: 23-35
Blanks: heaven, messengers, Jerusalem, Love, Love, Samaritan, reimburse, neighbor

Today, we are going to have a look at Jesus as the storyteller.
When there is an educational moment arises, Jesus likes to make a story to teach people.

(1) So, here is an example.
The situation was like this.
There were two groups of people: Jewish people and Samaritan people.
They were very similar.
But then they also had differences.

Who are Samaritans?
They were like half Jewish.
(2) But they worshiped God in Mount Gerizim, while Jewish people worshipped God in Mount Jerusalem.
They insisted that they need to worship in their mountain.

So, the Jewish people didn’t like Samaritan.
The Jews were saying that the Samaritans changed the bible to make people worship in their mountain.
Samaritans were saying that Jewish people were practicing their religion in a wrong way.
Both insisted on their way.
Both didn’t like to hang out with each other.
Both avoided each other.
They feared that their children might assimilate with each other.
So, they refused to even eat with each other.

The Samaritans also knew that the Messiah was coming.
Then, the Samaritans also heard about Jesus.
But then at this time, they were reluctant to show any respect to Jesus, because Jesus was Jewish.

(1) Then one day, Jesus asked them whether he could pass through their village, because then he could go to Jerusalem faster.
But when they learned that Jesus was going to Jerusalem, they said no.
They refused to help Jesus to go to Jerusalem faster.

Jesus knew that the Samaritans might act like this.
So, Jesus was fine.

(2) But when his two Jewish students, James and John heard this, they were upset and even angry.
So, they said something like this:
“Lord Jesus, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?
We need to show them our power.
They need to know that we believe in something right and they believe in something wrong.”
(Smile) James and John thought that Samaritans were worthless.
And they wanted to destroy them.

Jesus also guessed that his students might act like this, too.
But, Jesus has been teaching them not to think like that.
Jesus taught them to turn the other cheek.
Jesus taught them to love their enemies.

They were not supposed to act out of anger.
So, Jesus rebuked them right away.
Then, Jesus simply walked away from this situation.
Then Jesus found another path to Jerusalem.

His students were watching him walking away.
Then following Jesus walking away, they learned about what was like to follow this Jesus. (몸으로 배우기)
They learned that if they wanted to follow Jesus, they needed to be gentle, and patient.
This patience and gentleness might look silly and be seen as weakness.
But this is how they could follow Jesus.

(1) After this incident, Jesus passed by these Samaritan villages, from time to time.
As he passed by their villages, Jesus prayed for them.
Jesus knew that God loves Samaritans and forgave them.
So, Jesus didn’t want to judge them or condemn them.
Jesus loves the Samaritans and wants to show somehow that God truly loves them, too.

Then thinking of these Samaritans, Jesus made up a story.
It is called the story of the Good Samaritan.
Jesus told this story to Jewish people.

(1) The story goes like this.
There were robbers who attached one Jewish man.
They beat him, took his clothes, and left him half dead.

(2) This Jewish man was in need of a help.
He was unconscious and badly hurt.

But two Jewish men were just passing him by.
They were both religious leaders at that time.
But they passed by on the other side.

(2) Then one Samaritan man came.
He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds.

(3) Then he put the man on his donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
(4) In the morning, he took out two silver coins and gave to the innkeeper, saying:
“Take good care of him.
If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.”

That was the end of the story.
Jesus knew that this story might make his students feel uncomfortable, because he was making a Samaritan a hero and because Jesus was asking his students to live like this Samaritan.

But telling this story Jesus was explaining his decision.
Jesus determined to love Samaritans.
Jesus determined to work for reconciliation and bring people into harmony.

Telling this story, Jesus was not asking his students to be doctrinally correct about the mountains in which they worship.
Jesus was asking them to show compassion and love.
Jesus was asking them to take care of each other.

Telling this story, Jesus is helping his students to imagine and think differently about each other.
They need to forgive and become good neighbors to one another.

Jesus is always living like this.
Jesus likes to help people to make friends with each other.
Jesus likes to bring reconciliation between God and people.
Jesus likes to works for reconciliation between individuals.
Jesus likes to do this, even if he had to lose his life for it.
So, we call Jesus the peacemaker.

And Jesus is encouraging us to bring people into harmony.
Jesus encourages us to bring God and people into harmony.
In order to do that, we need to be gentle, patient and humble.
Then, we can also follow this Jesus.

We can also follow this Jesus by making some simple stories like this so that we can help people to think like Jesus.

Let us pray:
Jesus, thank you for showing us how to follow you.
Thank you for showing that we don’t need to judge others.
Help us to live taking care of each other and making friends with one another.
In Jesus name, we pray.