Sunday Sermons

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Please click on the below links to listen to Pastor Jin’s previous sermons.

[Pastor Jin makes extensive use of PowerPoint slides during his preaching – maps, images, photos, etc. which may not translate well when simply listening to the message.]

01.13.19 “Ministry of the Holy Spirit” (Numbers 11:10-18) (27 min). Numbers 11 recounts the installation of 70 leaders to help with Moses in leading his people. They were empowered with the Holy Spirit. Pastor Jin shares what that is in the midst of worship.

01.06.19 “2019: Living with Jesus in My Boat” (John 6:16-21) & “Year of Intercession” (Exodus 32:11-14) (25 min). First worship of the new year, Pastor Jin makes two important points using two passages in the Bible. Also children’s message by Pastor Emily.

12.30.18 “Grading Our 2018” (John 6:1-13) (28 min). The last Sunday of 2018, Pastor Jin looks at the miracle feeding of the 5,000 where Jesus tests his disciples. How did they do? And how did we do in 2018 with divine tests in our lives?

12.24.18 “Christmas is for the Tax Collectors of the World” (Luke 18:9-14) (23 min). A Christmas Eve Service Message about how we must approach the Christ Child – not with an attitude of the Pharisee in the parable, but with a heart of the Tax Collector.

12.23.18 “The Old Christmas Story” (Luke 2:1-20) (18 min). A shortened communion sermon on Christmas Sunday, Pastor Jin reads together the birth story of Jesus from Luke 2 with historical and theological perspective.

12.16.18 “Living Shrewdly as Children of Light” (Luke 16:1-8) (31 min). Once we remove our cultural bias, we learn from the parable of the dishonest manager that we must actively live differently because we are a changed people, new creation, children of light.

12.09.18 “Mending Broken Relationships” (Genesis 45:1-9) (30 min). Pastor Jin looks at the encounter between Joseph and his brothers in which Joseph forgives them. We learn two things from Joseph, and one more from Jesus.

12.02.18 “Purpose and Power of Hope” (Psalm 25:1-10) (32 min). Allegra Hoots, guest speaking. We begin the Advent season with a message about hope. With the coming of Jesus into our world, hope in God was realized and released to us.

11.25.18 “Glorious Ending” (Matthew 13:24-30) (25 min). Some futurists trouble us with warnings about the end of the world. We don’t need to let that worry us because the end will come and it will be glorious.

11.18.18 “Bethany Thanks” (Genesis 28:16-17) (16 min). Thanksgiving Sunday with Baptism & Confirmation, this shortened sermon looks at Jacob who realized the sacredness of his surrounding because God is with him. Children’s message by Pastor Emily.

11.11.18 “Father’s Day Sermon in November (Genesis 27:24-29) (20 min). We turn to the tragic story of a son deceiving his father to receive a father’s blessing. It’s tragic because Isaac could have done better to shower his son with his attention and love. (apology for some audio issue)

11.04.18 “Apply the Truth Into Our Lives” (Mark 4:1-8) (22 min). Shortened Communion sermon that focus on the Parable of the Sower and the four types of soil. It’s an important insight that needs to be applied into our daily lives.

10.28.18 “Waiting For God” (Genesis 15:1-6) (26 min). Abram followed God because of the promise he received, that he would soon be a father. But it’s been 10 years and nothing. It’s hard to wait for God. (an apology for a short audio issue at 4 min mark)

10.21.18 “Three Examples of Faithful Living” (Mark 2:1-12) (30 min). Returning to the healing of the paralytic (preached from Mt 9 on 08.19.18), Pastor Jin focuses on the faith of the four friends. They show the third example of faithful living.

10.14.18 “When Life Becomes Too Busy” (Mark 1:35-39) (28 min). A short survey of Jesus’ beginning found in Mark chapter 1 with a pause in v.35-39. In the busyness of life where high demands press for our attention, Jesus teaches us how to manage the stress, by taking time away to be alone with God.

10.07.18 “God Walks with Us” (Genesis 2:1-3,7,19-22) (18 min). Celebrating World Communion Sunday with shortened message, Pastor Jin compares the image we have of God in Genesis 1 with a contrasting image found in chapter 2.

09.30.18 “The Creation Story” (Genesis 1:24-28, 31) (28 min). Launching a new 15-month program in reading the Bible together, Pastor Jin begins with the creation story. How are we to understand Genesis 1?

09.23.18 “The Battle Is the Lord’s 2” (1 Samuel 30:1-25) (29 min). Looking at this passage in light of how they reacted to a crisis event, Pastor Jin points to the way David handled it as an example of how we ought to deal with crisis in our own lives.

09.16.18 “The Battle Is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 30:1-25) (30 min). First of two-part sermon. David and his 600 men find their city destroyed and their families taken by the enemy. They are both grief-stricken and angry. However, they choose to react differently.

09.02.18 “Worried Over 300 Dummies” (Judges 7:1-8) (19 min). Communion Sunday sermon that focuses on Gideon as God instructed him to lessen the number of soldiers instead of adding more. Why is God doing that? And children’s message by Pastor Emily

08.26.18 “Complexity of [Christian] Life” (Job 2:11-13) (22 min). It’s “Blessing the Backpacks” Sunday. Through the study of Job, Pastor Jin reminds us that at times our lives may become messy. And not because we did something wrong. Especially in those times, our eyes should be on God’s eyes rather than on his hands.

08.19.18 “God’s Forgiving Love” (Matthew 9:1-2) (17 min). A shortened sermon for Picnic Sunday, Pastor Jin takes a fresh look at the healing of the paralytic and Jesus’ words to him, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” But he never asked to be forgiven!

08.05.18 “Here Am I, Send Me!” (Isaiah 6:1-8) Pastor’s Missions Report (47 min). As last week’s missions report came from the members with a focus on how the trip changed them, Pastor Jin shares his missions report this Sunday – on how our ministry benefited the locals.

07.29.18 2018 Philippines Missions Report. With an introduction by Pastor Jin, the missions team returned this past week with stories and reflections. Listen to their reflections: Steve, Simone, Andrew, Sarah & Samantha.

07.22.18 “The Father’s Love” (2 Samuel 18:33) (31 min) by Pastor Emily. Recounting the story of David and his son Absalom, and the father’s grieving at the death of his sinful son, Pastor Emily points to our Heavenly Father and his love for us.

07.15.18 “Pride vs. Humility” (Philippians 2:1-8, 1 Peter 5:5-7) (33 min) by Elder Stan Yang. In seeking God’s will for our lives, it’s important to prepare our heart to listen to him. The way to do so is to admit our pride and confess in humility.

07.08.18 “Do I Know My Talents?” (Romans 12:3-8) (40 min) by Elder Giselle Aguila. She points out that we are all given gifts by God, even after the gift of forgiveness of sin and eternal life. What is your specific God-given gift?

07.01.18 “Daily Manna” (Exodus 16:11-22a) (10 min) A shortened Communion Sunday sermon with a question: “Why didn’t God give them enough manna for the week or the month? Why daily?” Pastor Jin connects that with Jesus’ teaching on the Lord’s Prayer.

06.24.18 “Samson & Delilah: Samson’s Deal with God” (Judges 16:1-22) (28 min) In the story of Samson and Delilah, we learn that God wants to make a deal with us like he made with Samson, and even when we fail, God will still be faithful.

06.10.18 “First Things First” (Haggai 1:1-11) (27 min) After the Israelites returned from exile, they were passionate about rebuilding the Temple and worshiping rightly. However, life got busy. Through Haggai, God reminds us to set God as our top priority.

06.03.18 “Worship as God Intended” (Isaiah 1:11-17) (20 min) A shortened message for Communion Sunday, Pastor Jin addresses God’s true intention in commanding his people to set aside a day to come and worship. And children’s message by Pastor Emily.

05.27.18 “What is That in Your Hand?” (Exodus 4:1-3) (32 min) Turning to the OT and the story of Moses, Pastor Jin looks at the two events in Moses’ life (at age 40 & age 80) that reflect his call in life and his relationship with God.

05.20.18 “Holy Spirit in the Church” (Acts 1:4-5,8) (26 min) Celebrating Pentecost Sunday, Pastor Jin reviews the work of the Holy Spirit in the Early Church as found in Acts to celebrate the Spirit’s active work in the churches.

05.13.18 “Building Walls & Rediscovering the Bible” (Ezra 3:10-13; Nehemiah 8:1-10) (33 min) Elder Keith Chu uses his historical knowledge to walk us through the history of God’s people at the time of the exile and return.

05.06.18 “The Lord Looks on the Heart” (1Samuel 16:1-13) (19 min) This shortened sermon observes the tense situation around Samuel & Saul and his visit to Jesse to anoint David. The Lord looks at the heart. And children’s message by Pastor Emily.

04.29.18 “Church Grew in Diversity (Acts 10:1-16) (27 min) It was tough for the Jewish believers to let of their desire to remain uniquely special to God. But the Holy Spirit acted and opened the church to the reality of God’s love for all the people of the world.

04.22.18 “Church Grew in Wisdom (Acts 4:1-7) (31 min) As the church grew in number, so problems arose in response. The opposition by the Jewish leaders was expected, but internal problems surprised the church. There is an important lesson for us today.

04.15.18 “Church Grew in Number” (Acts 2:37-47) (26 min) 3,000 people came to Christ after the first sermon by Peter! How is that possible from a guy who deserted Jesus 50 days earlier? Pastor Jin looks at how learning about the gospel changed him and the others.

04.08.18 “Following Jesus in Two Parts” (Acts 1:6-9) (28 min) Post resurrection was followed by a period of transition for his followers who were filled with a variety of mixed emotions. Jesus stayed 40 more days to address those concerns and to direct them towards their work.

04.01.18 “Believe the Resurrection!” (Matthew 28:1-10) (17 min) Easter Sunday shortened message that declares the importance of resurrection as it relates to our faith & hope. “Christ, He is risen!” “Indeed, He is risen!” Children’s message by Pastor Emily.

03.30.18 “I am Thirsty” (John 19:28) (9 min) 3 short sermons from our Good Friday worship (the last 3 sayings of Jesus on the cross). Other two: “I Commit My Spirit” (Luke 23:46) (7 min) by Pastor Emily, and “It is Finished” (John 19:28) (12 min) by Pastor Jin.

03.25.18 “This is Grace” (Matthew 26:26-28; 21:8-9) (24 min) Continuing from last sermon, even though Jesus knew his disciples would desert him, he served them the Last Supper. Same thing for Palm Sunday. Why did he do it? It’s grace – undeserved love. It leads to a teaching on Christian forgiveness.

03.18.18 “Checking Our Confidence” (Matthew 26:17-23) (26 min) The disciples were confident in their commitment and faith, but in face of fear, they ran away from Jesus. We must also check out own confidence and ask ourselves, do we have the fruit of the Spirit in us? And is our faith active?

03.11.18 “For Serious Followers of Jesus” (Matthew 8:19-22) (30 min) During Lent Season, as we follow Jesus to the cross, know that there are two types of following: Following for self-gain, and following for Christ and for others-gain.

03.04.18 “God With Us” (Proverbs 3:5-6) (26 min) Pastor Jin shares a personal story of divine intrusion that connected him with a friend from 31 years ago. Also, children’s message by Pastor Emily.

02.25.18 “Come to Jesus” 2 (Matthew 11:28-30) (26 min) The continuation of last week’s sermon, the call of Jesus to “come to me” comes at a shift in his ministry when he is calling people to move from spectating to joining, to accepting him as their Lord & Savior.

02.18.18 “Come to Jesus” (Matthew 11:28-30) (6 min) In this shortened sermon, a video was shown as an introduction of two part sermon: Scott Hamilton’s testimony on I Am Second. The video is powerful testament to one who came to Jesus.

02.11.18 “Centurion’s Great Faith” (Matthew 8:5-13) (32 min) What was it about the centurion’s faith that was so great? Pastor Jin highlights 3 important lessons for us so that we can live lives of faith daily.

02.04.18 “Serving Jesus” (Matthew 8:14-16) (16 min) Shorter message for communion Sunday, the third healing in Matthew 8 was for Peter’s mother-in-law who got up quickly to serve Jesus. That’s the proper response. Children’s message by Pastor Emily.

01.28.18 “Learning from the Leper (Matthew 8:1-4) (25 min) After the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encounters 3 people in need. And with the crowd watching, Jesus reveals himself through them. The leper came, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.”

01.21.18 “Christianity 101” (Matthew 5:1-10) (33 min) Surrounded by a large crowd of believers and seekers, Jesus began his teaching on the basics of Christianity: What are the benefits, what does a Christian look like, and what they ought to expect.

01.14.18 “Poor Widow’s Kind Heart (1Kings 17:8-16) (27 min) Pastor Jin looks at the encounter between prophet Elijah and the poor widow during a time of famine, a divine punishment due to King Ahab’s sins. Three important lessons are gleaned from the story.

01.07.18 “Wise Living in 2018” (1Kings 3:1-13) (28 min) The new year ought to begin with wisdom. And so don’t like like King Solomon! Two truths: 1) our God comes to all of us to love and to bless, and 2) learn from King Solomon’s mistakes to live differently.

12.31.17 “Giving God a Kiss” (Psalm 85:10-11) (17 min) New Year’s Eve Communion worship, a short sermon to challenges us to strive for greater intimacy with God in 2018. Pastor Emily’s children’s message here.

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