Nov. 18th, 2012

chiefofsinners: (gerbera)


And He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy

When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realise just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

And oh, how He loves us, oh
Oh, how He loves us, how He loves us all

And He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy

When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realise just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

Oh, how He loves
Yeah, He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves

And we are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If His grace is an ocean, we're all sinking

And Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way

Oh, how He loves us, oh
Oh, how He loves us, how He loves us all
How He loves

Yeah, He loves us, oh how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us, oh how He loves
Oh I love

Yeah, He loves us, yeah, He loves us
How He loves us, oh, how He loves us all

chiefofsinners: (roses)

MessageGospel Reset Button
Speaker
Pastor Dave Hwang
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
"I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

What is crooked cannot be straightened;
    what is lacking cannot be counted.

I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
    the more knowledge, the more grief."

The Vanity of Wisdom or Knowledge

Priestly [The Law], Prophetic [The Prophets], Wisdom [The Wise Men]
Everyday living, and how God's Word applied

Healthy understanding of who God is when these channels were unified.

Isaiah 29:13-14
People who have "wisdom" apart from intimacy with God

Wise men's words were for bettering their lives rather than a relationship with God.
Reducing faith in God to a formula of health and wealth.

Book of Job- prime example
Rejects knowledge, and wisdom reduced to fortune cookie sayings.

Ecclesiastes
False wisdom in the context of prosperity.

In the church and our lives, the amazing wisdom of God has been dissected from the genuine and rich, and reassembled into something tacky.

Truth about God separated from the heart of God.

The vanity of wisdom: Knowledge about God, wisdom taken from God but eschewing God Himself.

Anchoring knowledge to an intimacy and love for God.

Our sole purpose in life: To love God and love others as Christ loved us.

Prosperity gives us false satisfaction so that we're too full to want to love and know God.

Our faith becomes a matter of tradition.

Professional Christianity
Christianity as a production without heart.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
God has put eternity in our hearts.
We will only be satisfied with God.

II Corinthians 8:1
Knowledge puffs up.

Knowledge away from God is a heavy burden.
Wisdom apart from God yields grief.

We have been created for God's Living Water and will only be satisfied with it.

Back to the place where faith was fresh
Go back to the place of the Gospel: A Reset Button to get us back on the right track.

Sober judgement about ourselves.

Romans 12:1-3
I Timothy
You have forsaken your First Love.

I want The Answer: JESUS

Knowing a lot is vastly different from knowing God.

Personal note:
I have a thirst for knowledge.
He loves that about me.
But he wants me to thirst for knowledge about Him.
For the love of Him.


All sermons I post from Jubillee Church in Seoul can be found HERE.
chiefofsinners: (hands)
Message: Naked I Come, Naked I Go
Speaker
Pastor Dave Hwang
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

"I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.

I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
    I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
    and this was the reward for all my toil.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
    and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
    nothing was gained under the sun."

The Vanity of Pleasures and Possessions

Ba'alism- the subjective experience

  • Fulfillment of basic human need immediately
  • Ecstasy of feelings
  • Sensuality

Changed the worship of God
Became more about what God can do for them
To get stuff from God.

"Blessed by God"

  • I'm rich
  • I've got more stuff
  • I feel good

No longer a cry for God's presence, but a cry for God to give them things.
Only pleasant experiences.

Exodus 33
Idol worship with golden calf
Exodus 33:15
Moses gets to see God's back
Awed by His Presence

Ba'alism is alive and well in the world today.
The worship of experience

  • Sensory participation
  • Being entertained
  • "Entertain me. Stimulate my senses."
  • Sex is everywhere- sex sells everything

Everything boils down to the acquisition of stuff: Lust, gluttony, and indulgence.
Carnal desire- to be satisfied immediately and at all costs

The influence on the people of God has not gone away.
Spiritual struggles of Israel shed light on our own struggles today.

Consumerism
Core of our motives: All about us

  • Did I get something out of it?
  • DId it make me feel good?
His will for us isn't to acquire more stuff

You actually don't gain anything. You lose everything.
Matthew 16:26
"What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?"

The worship of God is NOT about us.
Sensory pleasures not the goal of our worship of God.

How much we've let Ba'alism into our Christian lives.

Costco of Church ouch.
"Going shopping"
To get the best according to our own standards
We need to be entertained
Ministry as a menu.

When the need to be satisfied is our primary goal before seeking God, then it's a problem

How do we combat it?

Ecclesiastes 12:13
"Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind."

It's not about us.

The natural outcome of living for yourself is war.
World filled with consumers- selfish ambition and vain conceit
Why the world is the way it is

When we live for ourselves, we really wind up living a foolish life.
Everything we fight so hard for we can't even take with us when we die.

Ecclesiastes 5:13

You can't take it with you.

Telling the truth to people who don't deserve it.
The centre of life is God.
He saves us from ourselves.
Came to show us what true living is all about.

Philippians 2:5-11
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

True blessing: Forgiveness of sins, eternal life after death, communion with God

What are our motives?
To fear God and keep His commandments?
To fear us and keep our commandments?

God made us to worship Him in freedom
Freed us to live like Him
To serve and not be served
To live the way God designed us, in His own image

Old Testament
The Holy of Holies- place where God dwelt on Earth: Centre of Life
Altar for sacrifice- to give and not take

New Testament
On Calvary- where the fullness of His glory was revealed
God incarnate giving Himself as sacrifice for us.

All sermons I post from Jubillee Church in Seoul can be found HERE.

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