Matthew 26:52, 5: 21-22 (3)


Be ready to help
Reading: Matthew 26:52, 5: 21-22
Blanks: Put, back, I say to you
K-hymn: 358

(1) What kinds of book do you like?
Do you like books that describe beautiful stories of love and peace?
Do you think the story of Jesus is a beautiful story of love and peace?
I think Jesus lived a beautiful life of love and peace, even though he lived in a very violent world.
(1) You know, some people tried to kill him.
They were also jealous of Jesus’ popularity.
So, they had the Roman Government crucified Jesus.

But still Jesus wanted to live for peace.
(2) Then he waited for the soldiers to come to capture him.
When that was about to happen, what did Peter want to do?
Peter wanted to protect Jesus.
Then since this was an unavoidable situation for him, he wanted to fight with the sword.
But Jesus told him that Jesus should be crucified.
Jesus was like: (Matthew 26:52)
“Put your sword back in its place.
You cannot use the sword, if you want to follow me, because I don’t to use the sword.
Besides, if you use the sword, you will die by the sword.
If you use any form of violence, you will be destroyed by that very form of violence.
If you use violent words and actions, you will be destroyed by those violent words and actions.”

(2) So, what can Peter do?
He stopped and obeyed.
Then Jesus was crucified on the cross.
Then later Peter understood why Jesus had to die.
He understood why he also had to take his own cross and follow Jesus.

Having all those powers, how could Jesus live like this?
(3) Why did he want to live like this?
Why did he say that we should love our enemy and give our life for them?

Jesus didn’t want anyone to use violence for him.
Jesus didn’t want anyone to do anything against any person.
Jesus wanted Peter to value other’s life.
Jesus didn’t allow him to call anyone enemy, because they must be someone’s mother, father, brother, sister and loved ones.
If his life is precious, their life is precious too.
So, Jesus says: “love your enemy.”

Then Jesus also said something like this: (Matthew 5: 21-22)
(4) “Try not to be angry with anyone.
Because then, you are making a mistake.
If you say to someone, “You dummy,” or “you stupid,” you are making a big mistake.
In fact, you are in a big trouble, because God will think that you are killing that person.”

When you do think you say these words to someone?
You say these words when you are not ready to help them.
So, Jesus is asking us to be ready to live peacefully with everyone, by being ready to help.
Ready to work with them.
Calm down and be patient.
Resolve the issue.
Bless them with what you have and pray for them.
When our attitude is like this, we will never say those words, because we love them.

If we are ready to spend our energy and money to help them, we will live in peace and make peace.
Then we will know that we are always becoming happier as our neighbors become happier.

So, let's get ready to spend ourselves to make people well.
(3) It is important to help people to live a better life.
When we practice living like this, being ready to help people, we will always be blessed more than enough.
Then we may become wise enough to build a peaceful society.
This attitude of giving helps us to make a peaceful world.
Be ready to help.
Look for what you can help.
Then you will live according to what Jesus says.
Then your minds will be peaceful.
Your words will be peaceful.
Your actions will be peaceful.
You will help people to live peacefully.

Then when you share the gospel of Jesus, you will share it well.
You will be able to teach people about Jesus who is the king of peace.
You will be able to make this world a good place to live in, in Jesus’ name.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, our peace, you had all the power.
But you chose to take your cross.
May we understand your mind.
And may we live like you.
May we pray for peace like you.
May we make this world a better place to live in, by the power that you give us.
May we help all God’s children to live in peace.
In Jesus name, we pray.

Who uses money to make peace?


Luke 18:9–14 (5)


God’s Listening Ear
Reading: Luke 18:9–14
Class: making a listening ear: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2008/09/wearemedia-why.html
K-hymn: 545
Blanks: pray, mercy, justified, humble

Jesus told a story like this:
(2) There were two men:
One is a very religious person and the other is a cheater.

The religious person loved to study the bible.
(1) But then he was very judgmental about other people.
He was like:
“Why can’t they live according to the bible?”
Can’t they understand this is important?”
He argued about things with people.
But then since he was very competitive, he loved to win the arguments.

Then there was this cheater.
He was skilful, to say the least.
People knew that he was cutting corners.
He was dishonest.
So, some people looked down on him very much.

(1) Then these two came to a church to pray.
The religious person prayed out loud.
He was like:
“God, do you see these bad people?
Huuh! Look at this cheater.
Hhuu! Thank you! Thank you that I am not like these people.
I give you a tenth of all my income.
I fast twice a week!”

As he was praying like this, God was very uncomfortable.
God was like:
“Would you please stop judging people?
You don’t need to be so judgmental.
Otherwise, I may need to judge you, too.
So, don’t condemn them saying they are sinners.
And don’t try to be right all the time.
Instead, try to love them.
Be kind to them.
Try to be reconciled with them.
Try to live peacefully with them.
Then they will experience me and have eternal life.
Welcome them as I welcome you.
Welcome them and forgive them as I forgive you and make you useful in my kingdom.”

(2) Then the cheater prayed.
He could not even look up.
Then he was like:
“God, have mercy on me, a cheater.”
He knew that God is holy.
He could sense God’s holiness.
So, he prayed saying:
“God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

Then you know what?
God answered his prayer.
God was merciful to him and forgave him.
God welcomed him and poured out God’s love to him.
God was so glad that he came here.

(1) Telling this kind of story, Jesus is saying:
“See God is ready to forgive him.
See God is ready to welcome.
So, when you welcome these people, God loves it.
When you welcome them, God will say: thank you.
When you welcome these people, God can heal these people.

“So, as much as God welcomes you, welcome these people.
As much as God bless you, bless other people.
As much as God bless your nation, bless other nations.
Be humble and patient toward them.
Then more people can experience God’s mercy.”

(3) Now looking at this story, I have a question.
When God welcomes people, how does God welcome them?

(3) For example, when God welcomes the “cheater,” what did God do for him?
God didn’t look down on him or judge him.
God listened to him.
This is how God welcomes him.
God listens to him and responds to him.
Then this man can learn to have a good relationship with God.

Then this kind of things happens.
Sometimes, some people may come to you to ask some questions to solve their problems.
Then you may feel:
“Oh! I don’t know how to answer these questions.
I am not ready to help them.”

(2) Then you can invite God to listen to them as well.
Then God will start to work.
God may give you some questions to ask them.
Then as they talk, they may explore their ideas, plans, thoughts, hopes and desires.
They may find what they truly want.
They may realize what they can do next.
They may realize what God has been saying to them all along.

Another situation may be like this:
Some people may come to you and ask about God.
Then, you can ask them back saying:
“What do you think about God?
How do you think about God?”
Then as they answer, they may really think about God.
In the meantime, you can silently pray for them.
Then something beautiful may happen.
Then they may find the right path to God.
They may experience the good God, too.

God loves to listen to people and solve their problem.
So, as you listen to people, invite God to come and listen with you.
Then God may guide them to find the right path to God.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, we offer all to you.
We surrender all to you.
We give our life to you because in you we find peace.

Thank you for listening to us.
Thank you for forgiving us and freeing us.
May we also forgive people in your name.
May we welcome everyone in your name.
We pray this in Jesus name.


The Gospel of Matthew


The Gospel of Matthew (Matthew, a teacher)
Reading: Matthew 21:2-7, Matthew 28:16-20
Blanks: authority, disciples, baptizing, obey

(2) Have you heard about the gospel of Matthew?
Who wrote this?
Let’s think about Matthew.
He knew various teachings of Jesus.
He was interested in the teachings of Jesus.
So, he had studied them, preached them and taught them.

(3) Then he saw the gospel of Mark.
Matthew thought that this was a great idea putting together the story of Jesus like this.
Then he realized that he also had various teachings of Jesus.
He had his collections of teachings and parables of Jesus.
So, he started to put them together and organized them in such a way to tell the story of Jesus.

(2) That is the gospel of Mathew.
So, in this gospel, there are many teachings of Jesus.
And people studied this gospel if they want to learn more about the teachings of Jesus.

For example, in this gospel, there are many sermons of Jesus: (chapter 5, 6, 7)
One of them is the Sermon on the Mount.
In this sermon, Jesus answered the following question:
Who is going to be blessed by God?

(1) They are those who are hungry after God, those who mourn, the submissive, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who want God’s righteousness even if they are persecuted for it.
Then because they follow God like that, they will experience God’s mercy.
God will comfort them, call them God’s children and give them the kingdom of God.

(3) In this Sermon on the Mount, Jesus also said God sees their heart.
So, they should not put up a religious show.
Instead, they should really love their enemy and not judge them.
They should not worry but live for God.
Then with them, Jesus will start a new movement of God.
With them Jesus will change the world.

(2) Matthew also wrote down various parables.
You know what parable is, right?
Parables are the stories that Jesus told to explain about things such as the kingdom of God.

For example, here are some parables.
Jesus said something like this: Matt: 13:44-46
(3) “There is treasure hidden in a field.
When a man found it, he hid it again.
Then he went and sold everything he had and bought that field so that he could have this treasure.
This treasure is like the kingdom of God.

(3) “There was a merchant looking for fine pearls.
When he found one of great value, he sold everything he had and bought it. This pearl is like the kingdom of God.”

Telling these parables Jesus was saying that if people knew the true value of the kingdom of God, they will sell everything to buy it.

Matthew told about 24 parables like this in his gospel.
So, if you want to study the parables of Jesus, you want to read this gospel.
Then you may understand how God works in this world.

(3) Matthew also wrote this gospel for Jewish people.
So, we even had this gospel written in Hebrew like this.

Mathew wrote this gospel for those who knew the Hebrew Bible.
The Bible talked about how the Messiah would live.
There were many prophecies about the Messiah, the Christ.
Then Matthew wanted to prove that these prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus.

(3) For example, an Old Testament prophet, Zechariah lived about 600 years before the time of Jesus.
This prophet prophesied: (Zechariah 9:9)
“The Messiah will come, riding colt and donkey to Jerusalem.”

Then Matthew was saying that Zechariah was talking about Jesus.
(3) So, as the Messiah, and the King Jesus sat on the donkey and the colt, when he entered Jerusalem:
That is what he wrote: Matthew 21:2-7

But Matthew’s main purpose of writing gospel is to make disciples.
Because he remembered that Jesus said: (Matt 28: 16-20)
Let’s read together.
(3) “Go and make disciples of all nations…
Teach people of all nations to obey everything I have commanded you.”

That is why Matthew was adding various teachings of Jesus here.
Then he asked people to practice what Jesus says.
He asked people to obey what Jesus said.
Because then God will bless them.
God will do something great with them.
So, Mathew wanted that people would learn of Jesus and make disciples in Jesus’ name.

(3) Some of you may be like Matthew.
You studied the teachings of Jesus and understood them.
You know how to practice what Jesus says.
You know how to be blessed by God.
And you can help people to understand what Jesus says.

So, Maybe God is calling you to teach people.
When you teach, people may learn of Jesus, and put their faith in Jesus Christ.
Then they may find the true inner peace in him.
They may be even healed, as you share with them the story of Jesus.
Maybe Jesus wants to teach through you like this.
Think about that.

Let’s pray:
Jesus thank you for giving us your story.
We appreciate them very much.
May we live according to what you say so that we may be blessed by you.
In Jesus name, we pray amen.

The Gospel of Mark 1


The Gospel of Mark 1
Reading: Mark 9:14-29
Blanks: arguing, generation, Bring, Everything, command, prayer

(2) It was after Jesus ascended to heaven.
People thought that Jesus would come back very soon.
So, they needed to go out and preach the gospel until Jesus come.

But Jesus didn’t come back right away.
So now they have been preaching for 40 years.
But Jesus had not come back.
So, they realized that they needed to write down what Jesus had said and done, for next generations.

(2) First, Mark realized this.
So, he started to write down the story of Jesus.
Then he produced this gospel of Mark.
Have you heard about it?
Have you read it?

Now who is Mark?
(3) Mark was a pastor at Alexandria.
There he helped people to learn the story of Jesus.

Then where did he learn this story of Jesus from?
He learned this story from Peter.
(2) Because he was an interpreter of Peter for awhile.
Do you know who interpreter is?
Right, they are people who translate words from one language to the other.
So, they need to know two languages very well.
Then they can accurately translate what they are translating.

(2) Mark had been translating what Peter was saying about Jesus.
Translating him, he learned the story of Jesus.
Then when he learned enough, he could tell this story.
He remembered it.
Then even he decided to write down so that all the future generation can learn about Jesus the Savior.

(2) When Mark tells the story, he didn’t like to use many extra words.
He was not creating a literature with beautiful words.
He just wanted to say the facts and move on.
So, he tells the story fast using words like “immediately” “as soon as” “at once” “a few days later” “once again” or “another time.”

Mark was like:
(1) “Jesus was baptized.
Immediately he went to the desert.
Then right away he did this and that.
The Jesus performed miracles.
Jesus heals people.
Then immediately, many people followed Jesus.
But Jesus still was up and down and up and down all over the Israel.
Then Jesus raised the dead.
(3) Jesus walks on water.
Jesus calms the stormy sea.
Jesus fed five thousand people out of a few fishes and a few bread.
A few days later, he again fed four thousand people.
Then Jesus said that he would die and rise again.
Then he really died and rose again from the dead.”

(3) This is how Mark tells the story.
Why is he talking like this?
Well, it may be that it was his habit of talking.
When he talks, he talks like this.

Or, it may be that it was his way of getting people’s attention.
He was like:
“Pay attention because the story moves so fast.”

Or, Mark was writing like this because Peter told the story like this.
Peter’s experience of following Jesus was like that.
It was difficult for him to follow Jesus, because everything happened so fast.

Or, Mark was just excited about the story of Jesus.
And Mark knew the importance of the story of Jesus.
And he believed that this story must be told.
So, he wanted to write fast so that he could share the story of Jesus right away.
So, he tells the story in hurry.
So, the gospel of Mark is very short.

Now some of you may be like Mark.
(3) You have read the story over and over.
You have studied the story of Jesus.
God has helped you to understand the story.
Now you want to tell the story of Jesus.

Some of you are like Mark but have not really study the story of Jesus yet.
So, I encourage you to read and study the story.
Ask God to help you understand the story.

Luckily for you, there are various resources out there that you can use to study.
There are various translations of the Bible.
(1) You can watch various videos that show the story of Jesus.

And in order to help you understand the story, some people have written how Jesus might have lived, if Jesus were born today in USA.
They even made films out of it.
So, watching those films, you may be able to imagine how Jesus might have lived, if Jesus were a Korean or a Korean American living in USA or living in Korea today.

(2) Maybe God wants to use you to tell the story like God has used Mark to tell the story, because there are many people who haven't heard this story or understand what God is like.
So, I want you to be prepared to share the story of Jesus.
Think about this story.
Play with this story, so that you may learn to tell the story.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, we praise you.
We worship you.

God, we worship you because you have given your Son Jesus to save us.
May we tell his story faithfully in the way you want.
In Jesus name, we pray.


Prayers of the people 10

Jesus, you wait for us in the depth of our hearts.
You are waiting for us to give all to you so that you may take hold of us and take over for us.
Because many of us are afraid of unknown, you say:
“Don’t be afraid.
I am here.
I am the resurrection and life.
I can revive you and make you live again.
I have come to give you an overflowing life.”

Yes, Jesus.
We give you all.
May we embrace your plan so that we may live in such a way that we may shine your light.
May your plan be accomplished in our life.

Jesus, thank you for all your works and ministry for us.
When you touch your neighbors, you heal them.
All those who call on your name are healed.
You come and take their burden that is unbearable.
You take upon yourself and solve it.

But Jesus there is a problem.
As we interact with our neighbors, we sometimes wound them.
It happens even when we don’t want to and mean to.
Help us so that we may also heal our neighbors in your name.
Help us to live like you.
Help us to pray like you and think like you.
May our thought and wish be holy in your sight.

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 beyond understanding.
Show yourself to them even now.
Empower them and heal them for your name sake.
May your power be experienced even to those who don’t expect anything from you.
May our prayer turns into joy.

Inspire our teachers and speak through them.
Help them to understand your ideas.
Help them to understand more and more so that we may move along with your plan.

We pray this in your name.