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  • Jan 05 / 2012
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Genesis 13-15 (Bible-365.5): Rethinking Abram

Abram’s story actually begins in Genesis 12. This is also the major dividing line between the two halves of Genesis. From Genesis 1-11, the story is of Creation and God’s first dealings with mankind. From Genesis 12 and on, the story becomes about Abraham and the covenant God made with his descendants.

Additionally, the Chronological Bible reading plan places the entire book of Job between Genesis 11 and 12. This is because in Job, while there is mention of God, there is no mention of Law or the Abrahamic covenant that is so crucial to the remainder of the Bible. Continue Reading

  • Jan 04 / 2012
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Genesis 10-12 (Bible-365.4): Rethinking Genealogies

Genesis 10 deals with the family tree of Noah’s sons.
Genesis 11 tells us how all those nations (born of Noah’s sons) came to be so diverse.
Genesis 12 splits the book between Creation and early humanity (chapters 1-11) and God’s covenant promises to Abraham and his descendants (the rest of the book – and in fact, the rest of the Bible).

Family trees (genealogies) are important in the Bible for a few reasons: Continue Reading

  • Jan 03 / 2012
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Genesis 7-9 (Bible-365.3): Rethinking Noah

Everybody knows the story of Noah and the ark and the flood. And everybody thinks they’ve got it down pat. It’s a story about a single good dude in a world filled with terrible, horrible, rotten bad dudes that saves the day for humanity and all of Creation. Right? Or is it? Let’s back-track a bit before jumping straight to the “lesson.”

The story of Noah actually begins in Genesis 6 and continues through the end of chapter 9. In the pre-story to Noah we learn that: Continue Reading

  • Jan 02 / 2012
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Genesis 4-6 (Bible-365.2): Rethinking Cain

Genesis 4-6 introduces Cain and Abel, Noah, and Noah’s family tree back to Adam. These are the firsts we find in Genesis 4-6:

  1. The first live birth of a human child (Cain – 4:1)
  2. The first sacrifice/offering (4:3-4)
  3. The first murder (4:8)
  4. The first city (4:17)
  5. The first job specialization (4:19-22)
  6. The first family tree(s) (4:17-26 (Cain’s), 5:1-32 (Seth’s))

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  • Jan 01 / 2012
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Genesis 1-3 (Bible-365.1): Rethinking Original Sin

I’ll use the following listing conventions for the daily Bible reading plan:
Book Chapters (Bible-365.Day#).

Genesis 1-3

This area is Scripture is a literal theological goldmine. Whole sermons, series, and books have been written on just these three chapters alone. Therefore, there is far too much to briefly mention in a short post below, so I’ll just pull out the most relevant bits that I’ve discovered over the years.

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  • Jan 01 / 2012
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Genesis – Book Overview

Author: Moses
Date: 1450-1410 B.C. 

Genesis – in English – comes from the Greek word for “beginnings” or “origins.” The Hebrew name of this book is bere’ shit from the first words in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning…”

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  • Jan 01 / 2012
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Bible-365 Overview

Bible-365 is our goal to read the entire Bible in one year. The reading plan we will use can be found at this link.

Reading through the entire Bible is a relatively simple task, if you are dedicated to taking it slowly and daily. Each day’s reading is only about 3 chapters long (5 per day from the Psalms when we get there), and only takes between 15-20 minutes to read. If you commit to only about 15 minutes of Bible per day, you can read the entire thing in a full year (something that many Christians have never done). To get you excited about the task, here are some Bible facts:

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  • Jan 01 / 2012
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Read the Whole Bible in 2012!

In 2012, one of our main goals is to “Grow Together.” We can’t well grow up by only eating one meal per week. Likewise, partaking of spiritual food – the Word of God – only once per week, on Sundays, is no way to help us grow up spiritually. Join us this year as we attempt to read through the entire Bible in 365 days! Reading only about 3 chapters per day (5 in the Psalms) – at about 20 minutes per sitting, we can do it!

See this post for a full explanation of the reading plan we will use (and also to download and print a copy of your own!).

  • Dec 25 / 2011
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Salvation & Mission (1 Timothy 1:15) AKA Return to Sender? (Christmas 2011)



Sermon Notes

Salvation is a FREE gift offered to all men. But once we accept the free gift, Jesus asks us to pay everything (Matthew 10: “37 Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”)

So, how do you feel? Cheated? Like you bought salvation on credit? Like your whole life is an installment plan to repay the gift of salvation?

Do you want to “Return to Sender”?


Art by: Aaron Snowberger

 Return to Sender? How Salvation and Mission are Inseparable.

Christmas Sermon by Pastor Heo – 1 Timothy 1:15

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

***NOTE: This post is based upon the Christmas sermon preached by Pastor JaeBum Heo at Antioch International Christian Fellowship on Christmas Day, 2011. I’ve taken down some sermon notes and will fill in the gaps here to create a full and complete post based on those sermon notes. (Aaron)


Salvation is that thing that Christians are constantly talking about. And anyone who’s ever spent time in a church has probably heard the term. Basically, salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences (sin, of course, being wrongs a person has committed in their lives). The consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death…”). And while all men die physically, this is only part of sin’s consequence. Spiritual death; separation from God; life eternal apart from heaven – these are the true consequences of sin. Therefore, for the Christian, salvation exempts them from these consequences. It brings spiritual life, union with God, and life eternal in heaven.

This is the basic gospel of salvation that is preached by Christians. But whatexactly is salvation? Besides its obvious promises and effects, we can see 4 more principles of salvation as a union with God.

First, salvation is a spiritual union. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.”

Second, salvation is a vital union – indicating that it is a matter of death or life. This is apparent in the doctrine of salvation which says that salvation grants spiritual life everlasting, in heaven, with God the Father – and those without salvation will spend an eternity condemned and exiled from the presence of God, in hell. Colossians 3:3-4 says, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Third, salvation is a complete and perfect union with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:27says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” There is no part of the body that is unnecessary, and the body of Christ is not incomplete. The church, as Christ’s body, is already whole, and each member has a unique purpose.

Fourth, salvation is an inscrutable, mysterious union. Ephesians 5:32 says, “This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.” Paul here relates the marriage union between man and woman with that of Christ and the church. We cannot precisely describe this kind of union with our human language. It is a profound, mysterious union, but a strong and lasting union nonetheless.

So, if this is salvation, there is only one question to ask: Do I have salvation or don’t I?

And if the answer is “yes, I have salvation,” then there are two more questions to ask:

  1. Why am I still here? (Because if we are saved from sin and death and sin’s consequences, shouldn’t God take us to heaven immediately after we receive salvation?)
  2. What am I to do? (If God has given me salvation – His purpose for fallen humanity, then what is my further purpose for remaining here?)

Christians constantly proclaim that salvation is a free gift: Jesus invites us freely to receive his sacrifice on the cross for no payment of our own. But few remind us that afterward, Jesus asks us to pay all. Matthew 10: “37 Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

So, how do you feel? Cheated? Like you bought salvation on credit? Like your whole life is an installment plan to repay the gift of salvation?

Do you want to “Return to Sender”?


The answer to the above two questions is MISSION. We are still here for mission. What we are to do, is mission. After Salvation, there is always Mission. Immediately. For ALL who are saved.

Salvation and Mission go hand-in-hand all the time. They are quite literally inseparable. If you are saved, you are given mission.

Let’s look in the Bible at some examples. All the time, Salvation is immediately followed by Mission.

  • Salvation: 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
  • Mission: 2 Corinthians 5:18: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
  • Salvation: Ephesians 2:8,9: “ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
  • Mission: Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
  • Salvation: Philippians 2:12: “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,”
  • Mission: Philippians 2:13: “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

Without salvation, mission is not and cannot be given, for the two go hand-in-hand. Salvation comes first, but mission immediately follows.

So, before completely understanding mission, we should first understand what is NOT your mission.

  1. Your job (doctor, pastor, lawyer, teacher) is not your mission – this is a mission FIELD, and a mission TOOL, but not the mission itself.
  2. Meeting your own earthly needs is not your mission – these are essential and necessary parts of life, but not your mission, for those without salvation need these things as well.
  3. Doing good works is not your mission – this is not mission, though they are good and blessed things, even the lost can (and do) do these things.

So what is mission?

  1. Mission is given by God to the saved, not to the lost.
  2. Mission is something only the saved can do, unsaved cannot do it. (Although some other religions may go on “missions” and claim to have “mission”, these are really just man-made (and man-appointed, all through an application process), and not God-given upon receipt of salvation (witness where you are, as you are, all the time). These kinds of missions also tend to be more like initiation into adulthood (“Leave As a Boy Come Home a Man”) rather than ongoing, lifelong witness to preach Christ’s salvation.

We all have same salvation – Ephesians 4:4-6: “4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Also we have the same mission (fundamentally) – Matthew 28:19-20: “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mission is no less valuable than life and salvation – but it is given only aftersalvation.

In this world, what is so valuable that you must risk and invest your whole life? What is more valuable than life itself? It is Mission. Because Mission SAVES OTHER LIVES. To win persons to Christ, we must evangelize, preach the gospel, that there is “good news of great joy to all men,” forever.

Acts 20:24 gives the clearest verse about Mission to those who are saved: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task (mission)…” (same word in Greek) “…Jesus Christ has given me, the task of testifying to God’s grace.”

This is the MOST IMPORTANT THING. Because saving others is something we cannot do after death.

  • May 23 / 2011
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Pastor Brian Kilduff


I was born in 1946 in Stockport in the North West of England, just outside Manchester.

From 1958 to 1962 I attended a Roman Catholic Seminary called the Salesian Missionary College, in Pott Shrigley, with a view to entering the priesthood.

At the age of sixteen I left the college and engaged in secular work. This was the sixties with emphasis on drugs, rock n roll and immoral lifestyles and Iwas involved in all of them.

Around 1973 some of my friends converted to Christianity, and told me I needed Christ. I eventually gave my life to Christ at a Stephen Olford campaign in Manchester.

In 1975 I attended the Apostolic Bible College in Penygroes, South Wales, where I met my wife. The following year we were married in Canada and we returned to England for about three years where I served as an elder in a local church.

In 1979 we went back to Canada where I eventually became a Pastor in a local church for the next fifteen years.

In 2003 my wife and I resigned and attended University in Peterborough, Ontario, where we received our Masters degrees.

After graduating in 2007 we came to Korea where, along with our children, Naomi and Daniel, we are teaching English.

  • May 23 / 2011
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Pastor Jaebum Heo


I was born in 1960, in Chong Cheong province of South Korea, the early passing away of my father made me a childhood philosopher (age 9), pondering over death with fear and wondering what would happen to me after death.

I started to attend church at the age of 10, and as a high school student I was convinced with the assurance of salvation on the grounds of my union with Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord, in His death and resurrection. One blessing to me in Christ is freedom from fear of death.

After my assurance of salvation, I decided to commit my whole life to Christ. I had been persuaded strongly that to be used by God for the establishing and spreading of His Kingdom on this earth by preaching the gospel is of the greatest value and the most happiness I can experience and enjoy in this life.

After graduation from Baptist Seminary in 1990, I planted a local church in Inchon. During this pastoral ministry, I was blessed tomeet with Filipino workers in Inchon and made friends with them. I was able to help with the gospel and interpretation.

March, 1992 was another turning point of my life; I committed my life as an overseas missionary to the Philippines under Paul Mission which was established in 1986 for the cause of world evangelization. I entered the Philippines in July of 1992, from that time until 2000, I had been blessed with a teaching ministry in Bible schools, preaching the gospel, discipleship training and planting and supporting local churches.

From 2001 to 2003, I was sent to Tanzania and did similar things as I did in Philippines for native people in Zanzibar Island and Moshi near MT. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.

In 2004, I was called by the headquarters of Paul Mission to be a missionary candidates training director in Korea which I am continuing to currently. To me, Korea is a mission field, once a missionary you are a permanent missionary.

I have been blessed to be involved in service with AICF since January 2009. Even though I am not a full-time pastor to AICF, I desire to be a full heart pastor in prayer and love. Working together with co-pastors, leaders and all members of AICF for the glory of God is my pleasure, joy and a big blessing. I have a wife (Peace Ho Kim) and a son (John), who is studying in USA. Thank you and God bless you more!

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Listen