|설교 한 주일||July 18, 2010|
“Role of the Four-Year-Old Church…”
What is the role if a church like SFCF is four years old? What does it can do? What do you think the four-year-old dog can do? It can eat, bite, and bark, arguing and fighting for its territory. What about the four-year-old baby can do? When I was four, I’d like to sing a song; I would play game of men. What is the role of a four-year-old church? What kind of things in the ministry it can do if one church is four years old?
(Reading of Hebrews 12:1 – 2 NIV)
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Church never gets aged. Do not count about how old your church is. If you don’t do something which is essential in your church, when your church is in its fourth year, you will just stay; you cannot move; the things which are essential – next year, next decade or next leap year – this church will not carry out.
Four years… I just get the word FOUR…
FORward – all church have to look forward which means we have to see the future. Let’s see Hebrews 11:13, this is what we are doing. Even early Christians died in a saw or by sawing into two pieces. But even though, the early Christians still believed in Jesus Christ and they did never away from their faith because they were looking forward. This is not my story; this is how Bible describes here: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Heb. 11:6)
I told you before, when I was young, I was expecting some reward from church but unfortunately, my name was never called. I cried everyday probably three days or four days because I told some crowd nearby the window where there is one school bus; that time of rewarding, in my mind I’m very much sure: That reward is yours because I’m very much smart; I know my mother was a Pastor in that church; and the perfect attendance, memory verse goes to me (I think). The third prize and second prize were called and when I heard, “…and the first prize goes to…” I was thinking it’s mine. I almost stand up…but how disappointed (it wasn’t me)! So I went out of church and cried. My mom asked me, “David, what happened?” I did not say anything.
Dear brothers and sisters, when time comes God deals. Do you believe or not? But you don’t believe. Father says, “Keep in work, 24/7, so we can just teach them all even we are in such a great struggling today in the church. Looking forward, here you are. Once I heard my wife talking to Josie: “Josie you have very big mansion in heaven.” Then Josie said, “Oh, wow! That was good!” I was thinking, “Oh, they have big mansion. Do I really have a mansion in heaven? What about you?
In His name – in Greek word Onoma meaning name – this year, 2010, I pray that we are doing in his name only. If we wait, we wait in His name. If we do mission, if we reach out the people, (we do it) in His name, not only because of my intention. In His name, there is restoration. In His name, there is provision. In His name, there is healing. In His name, there is power. In His name, there are all the miracles and wonders. But we never believe. We believe in other resources that’s why we can have only the power of that resources could give. So everyone praise you that you’re very happy. It’s just like Zaynael…his father, Rex, said, “Why don’t you use your power?” “You see, daddy, I’m using my full power!” Zaynael answered. “No, you don’t. You have your power in Him,” Rex said. Basically, we are doing what we’ve been doing by our own power and hands.
Let’s see Acts 2:21, “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Call His name, in His name! No other way – do not try for no other name is given. Only the name of Jesus Christ saves. In His name, there is salvation. You believe Jesus, you will be saved. If you don’t believe Jesus, I am sorry. Speaking is my responsibility. Reaction is your responsibility. There are so many waters around you. If you close or shut your some container, you will never ever get His drop of water in your container. Open your hearts and believe that salvation comes from the Lord. And in the name of Jesus – when you believe in Jesus, in His name – that we praise the name of Jesus. We are four years already so we have to believe that salvation comes in the name of the Lord. For everybody, I pray that everyone in our church here in SFCF to say here, “Believe in Jesus Christ. In the name of the Lord, in the name of Jesus there is answer.” You pray for thousand hours but if you don’t believe in His name, if you don’t use the name of Jesus, there is no answer! Jesus Christ is the king; Jesus Christ is the channel. When I start my car, it is in 98.5 station mode. Do you know what 98.5 is? That is news station. But then a very small station of what I heard from Brother Park. He gave me very small information where it is. There’s so many music inside, Christian music or sometimes very funny songs I already know. It was 98.5 megahertz so I have to turn my radio to 98.5 so that I can get music. I know a small USB transmitted into thousand songs in it. I know but you cannot hear it; the songs are supposed to be played through some kind of instrument. So what I have to do is turn to 98.5, tune it out to clear music.
Be united; come here in the church FOR worshipping. Some churches, they get together not for worshipping but for gossiping. We ought to be united in the love of Jesus Christ. “I hate him!” years ago, somebody told me talked over the phone for thirty minutes. “I don’t like him! I don’t like her!” but he is no more in our church. He went out; he removed himself from our church! How can I do if somebody told me, “Pastor Bang, I’m brother blah…blah…can you remove Brother Rommel from your church so I can attend your church.” Can I do that? Impossible! In a church, how can you cut your hand? The father of Sister Jhee has diabetes and he has very bad feet; many times it was swollen but he can hang to church which I pray for him, he can hear, and then he pray with that feet, swollen feet! He never lies down (because it’s swollen supposed to be lying down instead)! For instance there are brothers and sisters from Olongapo and they are loko (madman or insane) and then you say, “Lord, please remove him from our church!” Do you know what God says to you? “Remove yourself from that church!”
FORgive – We forgive; we are doing with love of Jesus Christ in order to forgive. Do you know why we don’t forgive? I know, because you are never ever be forgiven. You don’t know how and what kind of beauty we have, what kind of delight we have when we are forgiven. Dear brothers and sisters, I know what is the feeling, how delightful when I was forgiven. I wasn’t in public, the guilty; I never killed my parents just like how the leopard twists its cat. But dear brothers and sisters, in the name of Jesus, Jesus forgave me so I could think how…I’m trading my sorrow (do you know what this means?), I’m trading my pain…When I think that song, I have traded all such dirty dark things in my life. Trade – you never pay it because nobody gets your dirt. Nobody gets your dirt, your sin, and your other side of your life. But Jesus forgave us. He died on the cross. I know. I believe it. So I am saved…so that you forgive. God forgave you. Somebody is asking forgiveness. In our eyes, “He is guilty; he is wrong! He is lying; never ask me forgiveness but if you do, I told I would never! Dear brothers and sisters, no “Wait!” you just forgive. What do you ask for? We unite to forgive others; in our four years, we can do! “Forgive us!” But if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.… (Matthew6:14-15)
In our lives there were so many problems – problems in finances – but dear brothers and sisters, four-year-old church – you including myself – we have to be united in order to keep our self, our body of Christ, out of sinful situation.
I heard one day, sad story in Korea that one cell group in that church have meeting every once a week. They have very strong devotion in that cell group for five minutes and they start to playing cards.
We have to be united; if somebody has a problem, “We have to put our hands, Brother.” “We give them wisdom, Sister.” The body of Christ - that is the team.
You see, “Pastor Bang, I saw Brother Kim! He is doing bad.”
I asked her, “What did you do?”
“No, I just saw. I never do anything.”
“That is why you are guilty.”
“No, Pastor, I don’t do anything!”
“That is why I’m telling you that you are guilty. Don’t call me Pastor, don’t call me brother. You see that needy suffering from that sin and then you enjoy…You are guilty. Help others.
What is the plan of God we have. God is around us. God is working in our days in all mankind. I want to see Noah how he prepared, how his own Guide Who built an ark. That was God, you are not. But in many things, he revealed His plan in us – not individual but in the name of the church, body of Christ. When we read the Bible from Genesis to Revelations, how He manifest His plan as our God and how it was to save my people. I want to say ‘my people’ because they are suffering from the sin. That is the plan of God.
Unite us to run. You may have looking forward, expecting towards from the Lord, but if such a case the Bible tell us today that we are running, not in one particular race; we are running in every group which is the body of Christ, which means we are in the race, race of faith. Do you know what is the most important in the racing? – The team. First make yourself to be enlightened. You run and then you get something. When you see Hebrews 11, when you are in the faith, please get rid of all those things that easily entangle you. When you run, this is running for the race of faith – running like in marathon.
Remain – we are in one faith, one body of Christ, we can remain. Don’t make yourself slip away. I don’t mean that you have to stay in SFCF, that’s not really important. You have to go somewhere to preach, to pray…But before you go, we have to remain in Jesus. We get from Jesus, we listen from Jesus, we live for Jesus, and we suffer because of Jesus – that is to be remained in Jesus. I want you to show your faith. Love – what love? Do not love somebody’s wife in the church. Not that love, but the love that Jesus manifested on the cross. In His love, I can forgive. In His love I can walk in the valley of darkness. In His love, I can love my wife. If you have nothing, yet you still have the reason to give thanks to the Lord. When you get sick, when you already have very weak body, through that weak body God bless you with the Spiritual power. If you lost your job, God is there; because you never loved God but you loved your something, you will have it! Knock, knock, knock…when you knock the door it will open because I knock it very surely until it is opened.
Rev. David Bang