Beginning today throughout the end of December this year, I am going to do expository preaching. What is expository preaching? Expository preaching involves the exposition, or comprehensive explanation of the Scripture. Expository preaching presents the meaning and intent of a biblical text, providing commentary and examples to make the passage clear and understandable. The word exposition is related to the word expose. My goal as an expository preacher is to expose the meaning of the Bible, verse by verse so that you can relate them into your own personal and community contexts. In the past, I’ve preached from the Letter of 1 John and Phillippians. I’ve also preached from the Book of Jonah. This time, I’ve chosen The First Letter from Peter. I thank God for guiding me to do this. I also thank you for giving me this opportunity to expose God’s words in such deep and relevant ways to our lives. It is my prayer that God will help me to understand His Words and transform my heart so that I can truly preach God’s Words that I practice in my own life. I also pray for you to listen to my sermons with open minds and let God transform your hearts and life through his Words. This morning, I’m going to expose First Peter 1:1-2.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, I’d like to share God’s message with you through a sermon entitled, “When the Storm Comes.”
Today’s text begins with the words, “On that day.” It was the day when Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God all day long through many parables. He used the parable of the sower, a lamp under a bushel basket, the parable of the growing seed, and the parable of the mustard seed. When the evening came, he asked his disciples to go to the other side of the lake by boat. “Leaving the crowd behind,” Jesus probably wanted to take some rest in the boat. He fell to sleep as soon as he got into the boat. There were several other boats following Jesus. These were the people who were amazed by Jesus’ teaching and wanted to hear him more. While they were sailing on the Sea of Galilee, “a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.”
Right now, so many people are suffering in the world through hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas and Louisiana. Our church is also facing a real problem through the financial challenge. Some of you may also be experiencing troubles in your personal life. A long time ago, around B.C. 586, the Israelites were experiencing severe trials in their lives. Their nation was attacked by the Babylonian Army and the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and most of the Israelites were taken into Babylon as captives. They basically lost their nation, freedom, and hope. Times like this, how should God’s people respond? This morning, I’d like to share God’s grace with you through a sermon entitled, “Great Is Your Faithfulness.” Through this message, I want to encourage you to keep your hope in God. I want us to learn how we should cope with personal or national crisis, from Jeremiah the prophet, who wrote the book of Lamentation.
Can you imagine feeling free from financial worry, free from debt, and free from the never-ending pressures of juggling all those financial demands? It is so true that the grip of materialism can strangle a person and organization. The only cure is understanding and applying God’s principles of stewardship and generosity. This morning, I’m going to share God’s Words with you through a sermon entitled, “Discovering Joy and Freedom through God’s Principles of Stewardship.”
I’d like thank all of you who have faithfully served our church. God surely has called each and every one of us to serve our church and community together! How do you think we are doing as a church? Do you think we are an healthy and a vibrant congregation who actively and effecively fulfilling God’s mission? Do we know our community? Does our community know us? Are we actively listening to the needs of our neighbors? Are we effectively leading non-believers to Jesus and nurture them until they become mature disciples of Jesus? Is there anything we need to do differently? Do we love God and our neighbors as we should? To answer these questions, we are going to explore the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. I am also going to share some of the ideas from a few experts in this area.
Acts 6:1-7 & Exo. 18:17-22 After reading about the trials, complaints, and battles of the Israelites, it’s relief to move into a chapter that describes the camp of Israel as a quiet place of family fellowship and daily business. Life isn’t always hunger and thirst and warfare, although those are often the things we usually remember. Charles Spurgeon said that God’s people are prone to engrave their trials in marble and write thier blessings in the sand, and perhaps he was right.
In today’s text, Moses’ father-in-law Jethro visited Moses. While Moses was busy to fulfill God’s mission which was to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, his wife and two children were living with his father-in-law. Now, he fulfilled God’s mission with God’s help. So Moses’ father-in-law visited Moses to congratulate his successful mission and also return Moses’ wife and his two children. While Jethro was visiting Moses, God used him to help Moses, his son-in-law. This morning, I’d like to share God’s message with a sermon entitled, “Together We Serve.”
How do you pray? We all know we Christians should pray. Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing! In fact, many of us do pray! If you are like me and our morning devotion group, you must have experienced the power of prayer. You may have also learned that God does not always answer your prayers in ways you wants him to answer and in your time schedule. This morning, I’d like to share God’s message with you through a sermon entitled, “Prayers That Move Mountains.” My family and I have seen lots of mountain during our recent trip to Young Harris, GA. The City of Young Harris is located at the border line of North Georgia and North Carolina. I enjoyed driving through the mountain although I had to drive carefully. We also enjoyed looking at the mountain, and walking on trail and swim in the creek in the mountains.
However, this morning, I’d like to use mountain as a symbol. Mountains can be any challenges, hardships or barriers that hinder us to accomplish God’s purpose in our lives. We can experience these mountains in our personal lives as well as together as a church. So it is extremely important to face these mountains and overcome them with our prayers. So how can we offer such prayers? Today, I want us to learn from Jacob, the disciples of Jesus, and Jesus himself in the Bible.
When things in our lives not going well according to our wish and desire, how do you feel? As you know, we are living in a world filled with uncertainty, temptations, disasters, violence and disappointment. How can we live our lives as victorious and fruitful Christians? How can we overcome all the pressures and sinful desires in our daily lives? In today’s text, the apostle Paul says that we are more than conquerors. Let us explore today’s text to the secret to live our lives as more than conquerors!
A famous Asian educator, Yi Whang said, “doing the right things when you are alone is the beginning of true education.” I think we can also apply this to our Christian lives. Today’s text Psalms 139 was written by David at the end of his life. He described God whom he had experienced throughout his life so vividly and praised God for his power, knowledge, and presence. This Psalm ends with David’s prayer for guidance. In this Psalm, David used the word, “to know” 7 times and the word “to search” twice. Let us explore God’s Words in Psalm 139 together!