chiefofsinners: (birch wood)

Message: Fighting!!!
Speaker: Pastor Dave Hwang
Scripture:
Esther 3:1-6

"
After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.

Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply. Therefore they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai’s behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew.

When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes."

Agagite- descendant of King Agag of the Amalekites
Mordecai- descendant of King Saul Holy crap... poetic justice much?

I Samuel 15
Amalekites- fierce opponents to the ways of God
Saul's command was to kill all of the Amalekites
  • He fails to follow through
  • Spares King Agag ----> Agagites
There will always be a threat: Someone standing in fierce opposition tot he ways of God
The building of God's people always takes place in a hostile environment.

Just because the opposition isn't visible doesn't mean it isn't hostile.

Matthew 16:23
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Wherever the people of God are, there will be forces working in opposition.

Genesis 3:15
"And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman
    and between your offspring and hers
he will crush your head
    and you will strike his heel."

Enmity between humanity and the enemy.
Hostility is the given
The reality of spiritual war

Ephesians 6:10-12
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

II Corinthians 10:3-6
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete."


This reality not to be trivialised or secularised.
Forces us to reassess our priorities.

Helps us to make our decisions accordingly

It wasn't until Haman surfaced that Esther became the woman we know and respect.
She realised the very real threat.
Rose up in her God-given role

I Peter 5:8
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."

When we see there is a clear and present danger, it should change everything.
The undergirding is that we are aliens and wanderers.
Battle of coming into the Promised Land in a New Testament context.

Satan's greatest deception: Indifference to or ignorance of his existence.

Mighty warriors - valiant in Jesus' name
Valley of dry bones in Ezekiel- God raising up a mighty army

How do we fight?
Not against people- no need to hate people
Go to the source- fight against those powers
Not with physical weapons- not the way the world fights

1) Truth- sound doctrine
Need to know the Word

Sword of Truth
All the power we need
We don't know the Truth of the Word of God: No wonder we're getting beat down

We need to know the schemes of our enemy

  • He deceives the people of God to live with sin un-dealt with: Contaminates everything
Rebellion
We need to take sin seriously
Shun what is wicked
Satan wants sin in our lives- yeast
  • He deceives us to have split allegiance
A house divided can't stand
A servant cannot have two masters: You will love one and hate the other
Idols of good- things that aren't inherently bad that become more important than God
Divides our hearts
  • He blinds us to our true identity
Become desensitised to our true identity
Royal rulers - might warriors - leaders of the peoples
We think too little of ourselves
We are trading the eternal for the temporal
Trading in the Glory of God for the Glory of Man

2) Pray- the only way to fight things in spiritual realms
Angels go to war on our behalf

Ephesians 6: All about prayer
Pray on all occasions

Matter of intimacy and function
Prayer is the act of keeping us alert and awake in the spiritual realm
The one thing Satan will attack is our prayer life

Intimacy in God and power in God
We need to guard the precious things of God
Our prayer life needs to be fought for.

The foundation for prayer is God's Word.

Engage in spiritual warfare.

All sermons I post from Jubillee Church in Seoul can be found HERE.
chiefofsinners: (birch wood)
Message: If I Perish, I Perish
Speaker: Pastor Dave Hwang
Scripture:
Esther 8:15-17
"When Mordecai left the king's presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of susa held a joyous celebration. For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them."

The place of Community in our Faith

Esther: The farthest geographically and chronologically.

God is the Preserver and Protector of His people.

Purim= Life together is celebrated

Identity as the community of God
Esther highlights the fact that Israel is God's people

Reminded of the calling to live in community and for community.

Became ethnocentrism- national pride

God's community building: Every nation, tribe, people and language

Pentecost Sunday= A modern day Purim

God Himself is a community, in the Trinity
Three beings in perfect unity with one another.

Our primary goal and identity is to build community.

Matthew 6:33
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Build His community

Matthew 16:18
"And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."
This rock= the truth of Jesus' Lordship, the foundation of the community of faith

There is an instinctive knowledge of the need for community.

Philippians 2:1-4
"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

vv. 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."

Jesus did this for the sake of community.

Ephesians 4:1-6
"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

Our lot in life (Our Purim): To build His community in all nations

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.
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: (palette)
Message: Over the Sun
Speaker: Pastor Dave Hwang
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
"The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
'Vanity of vanities,' says the Preacher;
'Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.'

What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?
One generation passes away, and another generation comes;
But the earth abides forever.
The sun also rises, and the sun goes down,
And hastens to the place where it arose.
The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
All things are full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.

That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which it may be said,
'See, this is new'?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
There is no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after."

Solomon doesn't refer to himself by his given name, but by his title: The One who Addresses the Assembly

Assembler of the people into the presence of God
  • Pastor
  • Minister
A John the Baptist kind of book
  • Cleansing
  • Repentance
  • Purging
Solomon inherited a kingdom of peace and prosperity
Written in the context of abundance

Feast of Tabernacles
-Celebrating God's provision

Risk of forgetting God in times of plenty

If there is a separation between the Blesser and the blessing, we are in dire straits.

The false Gospel results
-The risk for this is high, especiall in times of plenty.

God becomes the means to getting what we want.

To know and value what's really valuable: A relationship with God

He has put eternity in our hearts.

If we separate any part of ourselves from God, we are left holding Death.

Religion taken out of context is Vanity.
We were made to intrinsically value the more valuable things.
-So we will seek after Him - He is the most valuable

Satan keeps filling our lives with things of 'value' outside of God.
We buy right into it.

Hunger for invaluable things because we think they're valuable.

Ecclesiastes cuts through the noise of Satan's deceptions.

A reminder of what's really valuable

Go to the Source
-Why accept counterfeit junk?
-We have access to the real deal

Why do we want goods when we can have God?

Where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.


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

chiefofsinners: (hands)

Message: Know Your Enemy
Speaker: Pastor Rob Ramirez

Church: Spirit of Life Church of God

Who is Satan?
What does the Bible say about him?

Changes tactics- changes characteristics

Matthew 4:1-10
The Temptation of Jesus
-Attacks when He's at His weakest
-Studies us and comes to know our weaknesses

  • Attacks Jesus' physical being
  • Messes with His head
  • Attacks his greed
John 8:44
"You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."
If we aren't serving God, we're serving the devil.

II Corinthians 4:4
"...whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them."
The devil's blinded the eyes of unbelievers.

James 4:7
"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

Ephesians 4:26-27
"Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil."
If he gets us in one small area, he can get the rest of us.

What you are like in your personality reveals how you are tempted.
The temptation is tailor-made to the tempted.

chiefofsinners: (desert)
MessageAddicted to God
SpeakerPastor Drew Shih
ChurchJubilee Church
ScriptureActs 13:2-3
"As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away."

Above all else, God wants us to know Him and depend on Him.

Fasting helps God's people to depend on Him more.
-Taking away something that mankind usually depends on for survival, in order to depend on God more.

Fasting for intimacy with God.


Psalm 46:1
"God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble."

God wants to be our refuge, our coping mechanism.
-The first place we go

What have you made your refuge?

Internet addiction
  • Robs us of focus
  • Robs us of deepening
  • Robs us of time building relationships with people
  • Robs us of the finer things of life
God is the only addiction that is worthwhile, that sets us free.

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

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