The church must provide an opportunity for the children to encounter God. Parents must learn how to teach and disciple children from church so they can continue to disciple their children at home. In this sermon, Pastor Joon challenges the parents to be responsible for discipling our own children at home and even at church.
According to the book, "Churchless" by George Barna, it states that the unchurched and de-churched people want to encounter the living God when they come to church. Sadly, they don't get that when they visit churches today. In this sermon, pastor Joon Hwang challenges New Life Covenant Church and all other churches of Jesus that we have to focus on what matters most, which is providing an opportunity for people to encounter the powerful and living God when they come to church.
Most of the Christian leaders argue that discipleship is crucial in the Christian life, yet we don't see many of them in the body of Christ today. Why is that?
When Jesus gave the Great Commission in Acts 1:8, He told the disciples to receive the power from the Holy Spirit and then be His witnesses by going everywhere even to the ends of the earth. In the book of Acts, we see that the disciples were empowered by the Holy Spirit when they were making disciples. New believers or "disciples" were also added when they received the gospel message with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Joon Hwang argues that without the encounter or the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, you cannot be a disciple of Jesus. It is impossible to follow Christ the way Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19-20, unless you are empowered by the Holy Spirit. Unless God changes and transforms you by the power of the Holy Spirit, you cannot change or follow Christ faithfully. Perhaps, we don't have too many disciples of Jesus today because we don't teach or emphasize this important component of being a disciple of Jesus.
Jesus is the bread of life and we need Jesus more than anything. In the gospel of John 6, Jesus fed 5000 and the next day, people were looking for Jesus not because they want to follow Him, but simply because he fed them and wanted him to do it again. Jesus boldly teaches the crowd that He himself is the bread of life and what they need is not "food" per se, but Jesus himself, who can give them no hunger. Pastor Joon Hwang delivers a message from John 6:22-35 that teaches about the importance of following Christ and wanting just Jesus in our lives who can truly satisfy our hunger.
What matters most in the church? The attendance or the number of disciples of Jesus in the church? Pastor Joon Hwang is teaching on the new series called, "What Matters Most". In this first message of the series, he teaches about the importance of being and making disciples from Matthew 4:18-19 & 28:19-20.
Why church? Rev. Jill Lind, who is the Director of Congregational Care for the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. She gave a powerful message on what a church is why being part of a church is important by looking at Ephesians 4.
Just as the church is a family of Christ, the family is a church, where we need to disciple our children and the spouse. In the family, we should not take each other for granted, but treat each other as brothers and sisters in christ like what Paul taught the church in Thessalonica in 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18.
Psalm 105 commands God's people to give thanks to the Lord by remembering what God has done in our lives. We need to remember what God has done for us everyday so that our hearts are full of gratitude and we give God worship in everything we do.
In today's church, it is pastor-driven. People go to certain churches because the churches are personality-driven. However, the church must be Jesus-driven. In Matthew 10:1-5, Jesus sent out His twelve disciples to do the same thing He has been doing. The disciples have never done anything like that on their own, but they were not supposed to just follow Jesus, but do what He does: preach the gospel, heal the sick, and drive the demons. This is what discipleship is all about. Christians today must stop being spectators and start being the disciples of Jesus by actually ministering and serving the Lord. The churches must stop being a pastor-driven church, but a Jesus-driven church.
What do you live for? The author of Ecclesiastes said that life without God is meaningless or vanity. Peter Ho gives an encouraging and challenging message called the Joyful Grind to those who are trying to find joy, meaning, and purpose in life.
What does Jesus do when we fail in living for Jesus. Julie Hwang gives a powerful and hopeful message from Matthew 26:69-75 to those who think they have failed God in life.
Jesus asked Peter in John 21:15-18, "Do you love me more than these?" Jacob Kim, a guest preacher, is going to be a missionary to Korea to evangelize and disciple the young people who left Jesus and the church. Jacob delivers a powerful message about loving Jesus more than anything and anyone.
Jesus offers the living water to Samaritan woman in John 4 that she will never thirst again. This message challenges people to encounter Jesus and be satisfied with Him, who is the living water, for He truly satisfies our deepest longings.
Nicodemus visits Jesus in John 3 and Jesus tells him that he must be born again. In this "Encounter Jesus" sermon series, this particular message challenges all Christians that we must be born again.
when you encounter Jesus, Jesus gives you a new name, the new identity. This is the first sermon of the sermon series called "Encounter Jesus".
Philippians 3:10 states, "that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death". Paul wanted to know Christ intimately and experience the power of the resurrection. Those who follow Christ ought to have the same conviction as Paul that we want to know and experience the power of the resurrection in our lives.
New Life Covenant Church started on April 1, 2012. God has taught this church a big lesson when the church did not think it would survive: "It is my church and I will build this church, not by might, nor by force, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven's Armies" (Zechariah 4:6). This 7th Anniversary message is a reminder that New Life Covenant church belongs to God and it must run by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, not by man-made efforts and strategies.
James commands the Christians to remember that the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power in James 5:16. What does it mean to pray earnestly? This message teaches that earnest prayer is a persistent prayer.
Does God heal today? We need to understand what the Bible says about healing for today. Drawing insights from scholars & pastors like Sam Storms and Terry Virgo, this message gives Biblical principles of what we need to know about God's healing for today.
What gets in the way of intimacy with Jesus? Worries in our lives often get in the way of going deeper in our relationship with Jesus. This message teaches that we need to work out our root issue (desires of our heart) that causes us to worry with Jesus, instead of simply repenting from worries and try not to worry.
What is the whole point of Lent for the Christ followers? A message from Hebrews 10:19-22 that encourages all Christians to enter into intimacy with Christ during the season of Lent.
A message based on Job chapter 2, which teaches that we don't know the ways of God because we are limited in understanding. Therefore, we must trust God instead of demanding an answer when times are bad.