Continuing on the last week's message on forgiving those who sin against us, Pastor Joon gives practical tips on forgiving others. His resources come from the book, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp (2008, New Growth Press).
There is a reason why "Forgive us our sins" comes before "As we forgive those who sin against us" in the Lord's Prayer Jesus taught us to pray. Pastor Joon argues that the only way we can even have a heart to forgive comes from God. So, we need to ask God for forgiveness. We also need to forgive because we have been forgiven by God (Matthew 18:21-35). Because our sins have been forgiven by God, we freely offer forgiveness to others.
Continuing on the Lord's Prayer series that was discontinued in March, Pastor Joon focuses on the verse 12 from Matthew 6, "Forgive us our sins". Pastor Joon explains that when we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from all of our sins (1 John 1:9). We are forgiven not because of anything we have done, but who God is, that He is faithful and gracious. As Pastor Bruce Fong says, God's grace is greater than sin.
We are in a time where we desperately in need of God's visitation, namely revival. We need to cry to God for a revival in America. Pastor Joon is challenging us to pray for revival in our country by crying out to God like the psalmist did in Psalm 85.
Jesus is telling the Church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:2-5 that they have forsaken their first love. Pastor Joon Hwang is challenging today's Christians to remember their first love with the Lord Jesus, so that our intimate hearts won't grow weary.
Many Christians today just think of church as merely attending. However, the Bible teaches us that the church is not merely to attend but belong, since it is the body of Christ. Pastor Joon Hwang teaches from the 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 that the Christians need to belong to a church, not just to attend whenever they are "free". In order for the body to be healthy, every member needs to belong.
One of the biggest problems we face today in America among the Christians is that they don't read the Word of God, the Bible. No wonder we don't know who God is, who we are, and what we need to believe or do that pleases God. We need to read the word of God to grow intimately with Jesus. Like food, we won't be able to function properly without consuming the Word of God.
According to 1 Corinthians 14:26, the early church did not have any spectator in the worship service. Every body contributed to the worship service. Today in our churches, 10% of people in the church is doing the 90% of the work. This is not what the early church did. We need to re-evaluate what we have been doing in the Western church and go back to what the early churches did when they gathered for worship.
We have treated the Lord's Supper as an individualistic ritual, where it is between me and God thing. We remember as an individual what Jesus has done for us by dying on the cross for our sins. However, Paul teaches the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 11:20-34 that the Lord's Supper is a community activity where the believers gather together for a full meal and remember Jesus' sacrifice together. This confirms that the church cannot be done without the community. We need each other as we do life together and grow in Christ together.
According to Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt and the light. R.T. France in his Tyndale commentary wrote, "Disciples, if they are true to their calling, make the earth a purer and a more tasty and favorable place." Pastor Joon Hwang challenges that the disciples of Jesus must stand out like a salt to a bland food and the light to the darkness. We cannot forget our calling. However, we need to pursue this calling together with other believers, otherwise we will be discourage and give up. We need the community of faith who are on the same page with each other and pursue this calling together. We are definitely "better together".
After blessing those who are far from God by praying for their salvation, we need to ask God to give us an opportunity to connect them to Jesus. We can use the simple B.L.E.S.S. strategy to connect with those who are far from God. Pastor Joon Hwang teaches practical ways for us to connect our neighbors and friends to Jesus during this pandemic time.
Evangelism is sharing & demonstrating the good news. It starts with blessing our neighbors with prayer, so that they will be blessed through the Christians (Genesis 12:1-3). During the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to at least pray for those who are far from God. We cannot just pause and do nothing for the Kingdom during the pandemic. We have a job to do! That is to fulfill the Great Commission Jesus gave us. Let us pray that God changes the hearts of people who are far from God to encounter Jesus in a powerful way that their lives be blessed.
During the Covid-19 quarantine, we spent a lot of time with people, especially our family members. Relationships matter, especially building a Christ-centered, Biblical relationship. In this sermon, pastor Joon Hwang teaches how to fight cleanly. Conflicts are not to be avoided or feared because it is inevitable in human relationships. Instead, we can use conflicts to experience more intimacy and unity in our relationships.
In response to the COVID-19 Global pandemic, Pastor Joon Hwang teaches from 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 and challenges the followers of Christ to admit that we are weak, but God is strong! We need to turn to Jesus and trust Him as King, who is in charge of our lives, our church, and the world. This is what we need to do in times of crisis.
In this sermon on the Lord's Prayer series, Pastor Joon focuses on the verse 11 from Matthew 6, "Give us today the daily bread". Using insights from scholars like N.T. Wright and Michael Wilkins, pastor Joon explains that God is a Good Father and He loves to take care of our basic needs, including our food that we need to eat each day.
In this sermon, pastor Joon Hwang teaches on praying that God's Kingdom come soon and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Even though we recite this part of the Lord's prayer, we don't quite understand what we are praying. However, this specific phrase really gives us hope in the midst of hopelessness, when we understand it.
Pastor Joon Hwang is continuing his teaching series, "The Lord's Prayer" and in this sermon, he is teaching on the phrase, "Hallowed be your name" or "May your name be kept Holy". What does it really mean when we pray "Hallowed be your name" to God? According to pastor Joon, we hallow or honor God's name by showing the complete allegiance to Him and Him alone.
In this sermon on the Lord's Prayer, Pastor Joon focuses on the phrase from Matthew 6:9, "Our Father in heaven". Using insights from scholars like Craig Keener, N.T. Wright, and Timothy Keller, pastor Joon explains what it actually means when we invoke God as "Our Father" and why knowing this truth is so significant in our prayer life.
Pastor Joon is staring new sermon series called, The Lord's Prayer: Learning to Pray the way Jesus taught. This is the first sermon where Jesus teaches in Matthew 6:7-8 not to pray like a pagan. In this sermon, pastor Joon explains questions like "How do pagans pray?" and "How Do Christians need to pray then?"
Jesus taught what a disciple does from Luke 14:25-35. Are we, as a church, producing disciples of Jesus the way Jesus described? If not, what are we producing? Pastor Joon Hwang, using the Francis Chan's new book, "Letters to the Church", challenges the "Christians" or the churchgoers in America to be serious about being a disciple of Jesus, which is the purpose of being a Christian. The church must produce disciples of Jesus, otherwise, we are not fulfilling the purpose of a church.
Pastor Joon Hwang declared, "In our difficult hour, we need Jesus every hour!" How do we need Jesus every hour? By dwelling in the presence of God, in His temple like what David said in Psalm 27:4. In this message, Pastor Joon gives the vision message for 2020 by challenging the church to focus on "indwelling" in the presence of God and connecting to God daily and hourly, so that we can follow Christ faithfully no matter what the circumstances.
Advent means "arrival" or "coming". Advent is remembering and celebrating the arrival of King Jesus. Pastor Joon asks this question in his Christmas message, Is Jesus really your King? Is Jesus in charge of your life? Do you surrender your will, desire, and opinion to Jesus, who is the King? This King came to set us free from the bondage to sin. Sin is trusting, relying on, and taking control of your own life. The outcome of sin is brokenness and destruction. We cannot take control of our lives. It breaks every time we try. Instead, we need to trust in Jesus, who is the King! He will take care of us when we trust, rely on, and surrender to Him. We will live a life of freedom with Jesus forever! This is the salvation story.
How do we connect to God? We see Paul praising and giving thanks to God when he was in prison in Ephesians 1:3-14. We connect to God when we start praising and giving thanks to God for what He has done. No matter what your situation or the problem is, as we connect to God by giving Him praise and thanksgiving, God pours out His love and grace upon us and walks with us.
Many are hurting today. They seem to find no hope. Pastor Joon Hwang gives a message about hope by studying Revelation 19:11-21. Those who follow Christ know that Jesus ultimately wins, no matter how evil or hopeless your life might be. If you want hope? You must be connected to Jesus. That's the only way.
Eugene Peterson's paraphrase, The Message translated Matthew 11:28-30:
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Jesus calls those who are tired, worn out, and burned out people to come to Jesus. Jesus will walk with you, work with you, and even show you how to do it. You are not alone. In this sermon, Pastor Joon encourages listeners to do whatever we are doing in life with Jesus, even when we are doing things that are overwhelming or burdensome. When we do them with Jesus, He will walk with us and gives us a sense of peace and rest.
Pastor Joon also challenges the listeners that the horizontal issues we have with people are first and foremost our disconnection to Jesus. When we are connected to Jesus, we receive the fruit of the Spirit to reflect the Christlikeness to others.