2.15.2014

Matthew 5:38-48 (5)

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Lose to win for God
Reading: Matthew 5:38-48 (5)
Additional reading: Ephesians 6:12, Exodus 21:22-25
K-hymn: 94, 93
Blanks: go, Give, love, pray, greet, perfect

(2) Sometimes, Jesus may ask us:
“Do you love your enemy?
Can you love you enemy?”
What would you say?

Some people may say.
“Who does that?
Love our enemy?
Hehe, we need to hate our enemy.
If they hurt our people, we hurt their people.
If they blame us, we blame them back.
If they take the life of our people, we take theirs.
We are going to fight back.”

So, Jesus has been saying something like this:
“C’mon, you guys love your enemies and pray for them.
Why?
Because God lives like that.
(3) God gives rain to you and to your enemy.
(3) God gives sunshine to your enemy and to you.
God gives God’s best to everyone.
God provides all the good things.
So, if you live like this, you are God’s children.

“So, love your enemy, say hello to them and pray for them.
Then, God will bless you.
In fact, then, God cannot help but to bless you because you are doing exactly what God will do to them.”

Now in order to understand what Jesus is saying, let’s think about this.
(2) Do you know who they are?
Right, this is David and Goliath.
They are about to fight.

(2) Now let’s say that Jesus appears here.
What would he say? (wait)
He may say:
(2) “No more of this!
I will show you a far better way to live.
David, this is Goliath.
Goliath, this is David.
Have you met each other?
I would like you guys to be a friend.
I want you to get along with each other and love each other.
Then you guys will be my disciples, because you are doing what I am and what I do.”

Then Jesus may say something like this to everyone:
(2) “Now, I give you a new rule to live by!!
That is:
Love your enemies and be good to them.
How?
If your enemy slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other also.
If they want to take what is yours, give more than what they want.
If they want you to go one mile with them, go on two miles for them.
If they want to borrow from you, give more and think about what else you can give them.
Be good to them, beyond their wild imagination.
Then God will be good to you and provides for you give more things.
Then they may sense God’s working in your life.
And they may be able to learn God’s way of living.
Then they may change and live with God.”

Jesus, as the Child of God, also lived like this.
(3) When the religious leaders took him to a court to take his ministry away, Jesus gave what they wanted, knowing he would have the victory of God.
(3) When Jesus was beaten, he took it humbly.
When they tried to crucify him, Jesus took his cross and went his way.

(3) Jesus was ready to lose because God will provide even more.
God will defend his case.
So, he prayed for them so that they may have a better life.
(3) Then he dared to live like this, knowing that he would rise back again to live a better life and enjoy God’s abundance.
Rising back again, Jesus is able to have all the things of God.
More importantly, he gained all things in God’s way.

Jesus is able to have that because he lost his life for God.
Then because of that, Jesus can now open the heaven’s gate to bless people.
(3) That is, he can now free people and forgive people so that they can become God’s friends again.
Jesus helps them to serve the living God.
Jesus gives them the abundant life so that they can become children of God!

So, when people try to take yours, give because God can provide even better things.
(3) Today, Jesus is asking us to be good to everyone, because God is good to everyone.
When we live like this, we will be called as children of God.

But we cannot live like this by our own power.
We can only live like this, when Jesus and the Holy Spirit helps us.
When we allow the Holy Spirit to work among us, we may live like this.
This is a miracle that can happen among us.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for offering your life.
May your healing power work among us so that we may live like you.
May you give us your mind and thought so that we may be able to live your life.
Thank you for your work among us.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.

2.07.2014

Prayers of the people 2

Jesus, you are gentle and humble in heart.
So, you gently and humbly call us to follow you.
Then you ask us to be part of your community.
Then you ask us to take the risk by being part of a community of faith.
Here we learn to love and learn to reconcile and learn to maintain a unity in your name.
We don’t always know what we are doing.
But you want to bless nations and the world through your churches.
We faithfully obey this calling.

In order to do that, sometimes, we need to understand you.
We need to understand your plan and move along with it.
So, come, O Jesus, and fill us with your ideas.
Give us your quiet confidence as we get to know your plan.
Then make us move along the path you show us!
Then when we know where to go, help us to respond courageously without hesitation.
Help us to leave ourselves behind and follow you.
Help us to live out your life.
Help us to love you and give our lives to you in love.
May your Spirit lead and guide us.
May your Spirit sustain us.

Now to you we entrust our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers, who pray for us, and whom we name before you now in our silence.

We also pray for those whose names are not spoken but remained in our heart.

Jesus, give them healings and peace that is beyond understanding.
Show yourself to them even now.

Jesus, we also want to become new creatures in you, so, touch and heal our minds, and fill them with your love and faith.
We pray this in your name.
Amen.

2.05.2014

Luke 17:7-10, Luke 18:9-14

Be Humble and patient
Reading: Luke 17:7-10, Luke 18:9-14
Additional readings: Proverbs 6:17, Proverbs 27:2

Today, Jesus told stories so that we may know how to be humble.
Jesus was like:
“There was a servant who worked hard.
He plowed the field and looked after the sheep.
Then there was the owner of the house.
He often worked at home.
Now let’s say that the servant came home from the field.
What would the owner say?
“Come along now and sit down to eat.”
Or, “Thank you for what you obeyed what I what I told you.”
No, the owner would say:
“Prepare my supper.
Then wait on me to finish my eating and drinking.
Then you may eat and drink.”

So, the attitude of the servant should be:
“We are unworthy servants.
We have only done our duty.
We only have done what we have been told.”
This is an attitude of humility.
We will have this attitude when we live in the faith of Jesus.
When we have done everything in the power of Jesus Christ, we would say, “Not to us, not to us, but to you Jesus, all the praise, glory and honor.
You have done it.”

Jesus told another story so that people might be humble and not too much confident of their own righteousness and look down on everyone else.
Jesus was like:
“Two men went up to the temple to pray.
One is a Pharisee and the other is a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed:
‘God, I thank you that I am not like other bad people like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance.
He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said:
‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“Now, which person is right before God?
God humble those who exalt themselves.
God exalted those who are humbled.
So, God honored the tax collector in this case.”

When we are humble, we move God’s heart.
God loves those who are humble.
God is pleased with this inner activity of our heart.
Then we can move with a pure consciousness that God gives.
God always do something for us.
God helps us to worship God.
God helps us to serve others.
Then we can love like God self-sacrificially.
Then God will be happy with our activities.

You see, God is more concerned with our heart.
Being humble is the heart issue.
Being humble and patient is the inner quality that God honors.
The world may not honor that.
But God does.

Jesus was like:
“The kingdom of God is for those who are humble.
Because they can help people to be found in God and because they can explain the heart of God.
So, we have read two stories on humility.

Jesus explained this through stories because he loved us. (love explains)
Based on these two stories, some people made prayers out of them.
They pray:

“Jesus, the Son of the living God, have mercy on us, a sinner”
“Jesus, splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.”
“Lord Jesus, have mercy on us, and fill us with Your Holy Spirit.”

They repeat this prayer so that they may be found in Jesus.
They pray so that they might have the same humble mind of Jesus.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to honor those who live humbly.
Help us to be patient and humble so that we may see your glory.
In Jesus name, amen.


2.03.2014

Jesus and Jerusalem (1)

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Why did Jesus go to Jerusalem?
Reading: Luke 13:34–35, Luke 19:41-44
Additional readings: Matthew 23:37–39, Romans 10 and 11
K-hymn: 85, 97, 92
Blanks: gather, children, wept, peace, recognize

Today’s sermon would be a bit boring, but…anyway.
(3) Jerusalem is a very special city for Jesus.
He chose to die in Jerusalem.
He didn’t want to die anywhere else.
Why is that?

(3) It started like this.
Two thousand years before Jesus was born, God asked Abraham to give his son, Isaac to God in Jerusalem.
(Genesis 22:2, 2 Chronicles 3:1)
Then Abraham decided to obey and give his son to God.
But at the end, God stopped him.
God stopped him because one day God would give God’s son, Jesus, for all people.
God would sacrifice the Son in Jerusalem to show God’s love for Abraham, his decedents and all people.
Since then, this place was special for God.

(3) Then ten hundred years later, King David made Jerusalem as his Capital City.
Since then many Jewish kings lived there.
Jesus was also known as the King of Jews.
So, from here, Jesus was supposed to rule the whole earth, as the King of Israel, and the King of Kings.

King David also wanted to build the temple in Jerusalem.
(3) Then God allowed his son, King Solomon to build the temple of God there.
So, Solomon built a nice temple following the design God gave to Moses.

What was the temple? (2 Chronicles 3:1)
The temple was something God designed to show Jesus and his ministry.
Since Jesus would die there as God’s sacrifice, God allowed them to build this temple there so that it would help explaining why Jesus would die there.
So, Jesus decided to die in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem was his place to give his life for the forgiveness of all people.
That was why Jesus was to be crucified in Jerusalem.

About 500 years before Jesus came, God predicted saying: (Zech 9:9)
"Rejoice greatly, shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey."

(3) So, when Jesus came, he did exactly the same.
Jesus marched to Jerusalem riding a donkey showing that he was their King.
Even though he was gentle, this was his city.
Jerusalem was his capital city.

(3) Then he went to the temple.
Then Jesus challenged them to use the temple in a right way.
Jesus said that they should use this place more for prayer.
But they didn’t agree with him and with his theology.
So the religious leaders planed to get rid of him.

(3) Then one day Jesus wept over this city, Jerusalem.
Why did Jesus weep over Jerusalem?
God has been trying to do some good work here.
Jesus was willing to do all the good things for them.
But they were not welcoming the Son of God, Jesus.
So, Jesus wept for them knowing exactly what would happen to them, because they didn’t want Jesus as their king. (Luke 19:41-44)
But still Jesus would die for them to show God’s faithfulness.
But only if they have welcomed Jesus, they would have seen their salvation.
Only if they accept Jesus as their king and Savior, they would have been saved.
So, Jesus cried for those who lived in his capital city.

(3) But Jesus didn’t give up.
After his death and resurrection, Jesus asked his disciples: (Acts 1:8)
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
Then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Their ministry was to begin here in Jerusalem with the Holy Spirit.
The story of Jesus should go forth from Jerusalem.

God also didn’t give up. (Zechariah 12:10)
One day, God will pour out on them a spirit of grace and mercy.
Then they would look on Jesus whom they have pierced.
They may mourn for him, as if they were mourning for their only child.
They would weep for him, as if he were their firstborn.

(3) Then, when Jesus comes back, he would build a New Jerusalem.
In this New Jerusalem, there would no temple because Jesus is the temple.
There would be no sacrifice because Jesus is the perfect sacrifice, the eternal Lamb of God.
The light of Jesus will shine always there.
All those who believe in Jesus can enter there.
All nations will come and worship him. (Rev. 21: 22-27)
When Jesus is the king over all the earth like this, all the nations will live in a perfect peace forever. (Zechariah 14:3-5, 9)
All the nations will just enjoy their livings. (Micah 4:1-4)
All the nations will live knowing who Jesus is.
And they will live for God.

Because Jesus is God, once he decided to use this place, he did so faithfully.
Because Jesus is God, once he decided to use us, he will do so faithfully.


Let’s pray:
Jesus, you are God.
You are light.
May your light shine so that we may see clearly.
Then may we live according to your words in the place where you want us to be.
In your name, we pray.
Amen.



2.01.2014

Acts 2: 1-8, 10:34-48 (1)

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Speaking in tongues? Why?
Read: Acts 2: 1-8, 10:34-48
Additional readings: 1 Corinthians 14: 26-28, Isaiah 66: 18, Psalm 86: 9-10, Revelation 15: 4, Galatians 3:28

Have you heard about speaking in tongues?
It is using an unknown language to pray and worship God.
God has given this gift to some people.
Today, let’s think about why God has given this gift.

(3) One time, many, many years before the time of Jesus, God created many languages so that people could spread all over the earth.
(the tower of Babel, more than 2000 years before the time of Jesus)
Those who understand each other get together and live together.
In this way, they ended up living different parts of the world. (Genesis 11:1-9)

But after Jesus has done a great work on earth, God is confident to help the students of Jesus to use all languages to glorify Jesus.
That was what happened in Acts 2: 1-12.
When the students of Jesus received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they were able to pray in new languages that they had not learned.
Then, other people noticed this miracle. (Acts 2: 17)
Then the disciples of Jesus explained to them about what was happening, because of Jesus.
Then many people repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus: Acts 2: 14-42

Now let’s move to Acts 10: 34-48.
There was a non Jewish family in Israel.
But they worshiped God and help the poor as well.
Then one day, they invited the disciples of Jesus to come and speak to them.
Then when they heard about Jesus, the Holy Spirit came on them.
Then they were praising God and worshiping God speaking in tongues.

But it was not something strange for them any more, because many Christians were speaking in tongues.
They even used this gift during their worship.
So the church leaders gave guidance on how to use this gift during public worship: 1 Corinthians 14: 26-28.
During the worship, they could speak in tongues quietly only to God in public worship.
But they could speak in tongues only when there is its interpretation.
Because those who understand what is said in tongues can share their understanding, all may be benefited.

Now let’s think about why God has given this gift.
What does God want to teach through this gift?
What is the spiritual meaning of this gift?
What does it signify?

Many places in the bible and Revelation 7: 9-10 prophesied something like this:
Many people from every nation, tribe, people and language, will stand before God and before Jesus who died for them.
Then they will cry out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God.
Salvation belongs to Jesus who died for our sins.”
Then they will worship Jesus who has done good, healing all people.
They will celebrate that Jesus is the judge of the living and the dead.

So, giving this gift, God is showing us that one day, all people will glorify God using their languages in worship.
So, when the Holy Spirit is poured out, people worship Jesus using their own languages and even unknown tongues.

God is ready to call all nations to worship Jesus.
God likes to gather people like this because God can give them new heart of peace and shalom. (Isaiah 11:6 and Isaiah 65:25)
Everyone will live out God’s heart toward them.
Then they will rejoice, pray and worship God who loves them all.
God can help them to be respectful of each other.
Then they will be hospitable, welcoming each other.

So, we also need to get ready to welcome all people of the world.
We need to get ready to worship Jesus with all nations!
In this way, we get ready to see Jesus coming back.

We are going to join together in worship, because Jesus has done great and marvelous works so everyone can receive forgiveness of sins through him.
Jesus has shown how God is holy and righteous.
So, God is so confident that God calls all to worship God together.
Jesus will love everyone and we will also love each other because all are the children of God.

Let’s pray:
Thank you God for this wonderful plan.
May we be part of this.
In Jesus name, we pray.
Amen.