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  • Jul 10 / 2016
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It's All About Jesus, Pastor Heo, Sermons

Zechariah: Give Yourself to Christ as a Living Sacrifice (1:1-21, 8:3, 9:9)

07.10.2016

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  • Dec 08 / 2013
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Matthew: The Book of Kingship, Pastor Heo, Sermons

What Have You Lost For Christ? What Have You Gained In Christ? (Matthew 9:1-13)

12.08

12.08.2013 Bulletin

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1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” 4 Knowing their thought, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 And the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe, and they praised God, who had given such authority to men. 

9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


Matthew is the book of the King. Is Jesus your king? If so, do you acknowledge his authority and power in all areas of your life? Maybe. Sometimes… 

Matthew is the book of the King of Kings. Matthew closes the last chapter and verse with “his authority.” “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” 

  • Chp 5-7 = his authority in his Word
  • Chp 8 = his authority over Nature and the Spiritual Realms
  • Chp 9 = his authority over Man (healing) and to call Man

Both stories are written in Mark and Luke as well. 

Jesus came to his own town. Once, Jesus said, “I have no place to put my head.” So, where is his town? Capernaum. (Born in Bethlehem, grew up in Nazareth, during his ministry, he became so identified with Capernaum it became his “hometown” i.e. his “base of operations”).

This was a good choice for his base of operations because it was a RICH city and a CULTURAL capital/melting-pot. At that time, the Roman garrison was there and it kept peace there. Then, in his town, he went into a house – maybe Peter’s house, and he was teaching. Some people at that time (4) brought a paralyzed man. 

In Mark and Luke – so many people gathered around Jesus that there was no room left – even outside the gate. There was no way to take the man to Jesus, so they went up on the roof of the building and took off the tiles to make a hole to lower the man on his mat (tied with ropes on the four corners). He was teaching with a huge crowd and SUDDENLY – a mat came down in front of him.

This is a beautiful picture of faith. It is important. Traditionally, these men are “friends” but we don’t actually know – family, relatives, neighbors, friends, mixed? Anyway, this man couldn’t help himself but he had some helpers – with love, faith and enthusiastic action.

The very interesting thing = Jesus saw THEIR faith and said to HIM “Son, take heart, your sins are forgiven.” So, was this physical sickness the result of sin? We don’t know, but we cannot conclude that all sickness is from sin, nor that forgiveness results in healing. 

But, fundamentally (Genesis 3), all sickness and death ARE the result of sin. This man was paralyzed because of sin – fundamentally. Sin is the root, the cause of all problems. Even though he was paralyzed in body, he needed spiritual healing. To Jesus, the heart (sin) is more important that the body (temporary). 

Spiritual healing/sickness is Jesus’ primary concern – even NOW. He wants us to have a right relationship with him even now. 

Jesus saw THEIR faith and forgave the paralyzed person. This man was healed and forgiven by the faith of the other men. If it hadn’t been for them, he’d have never reached the healing presence of Jesus. Do you have this kind of true faith in Christ? If so, you can help others to come to Christ. You can help others to be healed spiritually and physically.

Do you have any friends or family members who don’t know Jesus or aren’t concerned with Jesus or who are hostile to Jesus? Our duty/privilege is not to let that man go until we’ve brought him into the presence of Jesus Christ. Obviously, we cannot force someone to be a Christian, but we can do everything we can do to bring others into the presence of Jesus Christ. If Jesus is your Savior and King and YOU enjoy forgiveness and freedom? WHY don’t you also bring others so that they may experience God’s blessings on their lives?

Now, there is somebody against Jesus. 

v.3 “This fellow” (Jesus) “is blaspheming.” They were SUPER Bible scholars (probably memorized whole books). They KNEW only God could forgive sins. But they didn’t know that Jesus was God. Do you believe Jesus is God? 

“Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?” God is all-knowing, all-understanding, ever-present – he had the access to every person’s thoughts. Interesting how he called them out on what they were THINKING and not even what they said…

Even on this Earth, Jesus never ceased to be God. He became man (completely) and remained God (completely). 

Jesus continued to say (v 5-8) “Which is easier?”

Forgive sins or heal? “The Son of Man has authority.”

At this, the man went home with a sound (healed) body and soul. At that time, the scribes (Pharisees) believed that nobody could just up and walk without his sins being forgiven. So, for them, this should have been unconditional proof that Jesus had the authority to forgive sins.  

  • It is easy to say “Your sins are forgiven.” 
  • It is much more difficult to UN-paralyze someone.

Jesus backed up his Word by healing the man. He proved his Words were true by healing. 

Here is one very important lesson:

Our language can be meaningless if our actions cannot back up our words.

“Of course I love you.” And do nothing. Empty words.

How will, how DO your actions back up your words? In Jesus’ story/life, his actions and Words ALWAYS went together.

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The calling of Matthew

v. 9-13 “Follow me” while he was on the clock at his day job. And Matthew just GOT UP. – He left everything – including his boss and desk and money.

At Matthew’s house, many “sinners” joined for dinner. Why? Jesus “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Jesus quotes also Hosea 6:6 “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”

At that time, many people had two names – Matthew (Roman) and Labai (Jewish)? Jewish name and Roman name.

At that time (possibly still today) tax collectors were universally hated – but not for just collecting taxes (as today). At that time, the tax collectors joined with the conquerors of a nation and leached off of their own people. They cheated their own people and cheated the Romans – they accepted bribes.

The Jews REALLY hated them. The Jews were fanatical nationalists. They even banned the tax collectors from all religious fellowship – they were forbidden to enter the temple. The were lower than dirt – PURE sinners. 

  • Jesus called a man who ALL men hated.
  • He loved a man who ALL men hated.

This is one of the greatest examples of Jesus’ power to see into his heart to see what he really was and what he had the capability to become. No one else can see into your heart like he can. 

The fact that we are all here today shows that Jesus wants to receive us all AS WE ARE, but also that Jesus has hope for WHO WE WILL BECOME in his kingdom. 

So, Matthew dropped everything and followed.

Let’s think together. 

  1. What did Matthew LOSE for following?
  2. What did Matthew GAIN for following?

Lost:

chair, table, tax records, computer, comfortable job, big income, full benefits and retirement package, 

Gain:

forgiveness, peace of heart, salvation, eating together with Jesus at the same table, becoming one of 12 disciples, privilege of writing THIS book Matthew

Since this event in Matthew, 2000 years has passed. Now, from OUR perspective…

Then (gain):

It still remains up to now and will remain forever. He is alive in heaven forever. His book lives on and many people study and receive blessing from this book.

Then (lost):

It was all gone within the week. IF he hadn’t followed Christ, it would all be gone at his death – if not sooner.

  • What about OUR story? Are you disciples? Are you true Christians? 
  • What have YOU lost? What have you GAINED?

Sometime take your quiet time and write down a list in your notebook.

What I have Lost: What I have Gained:

  1. 1.
  2. 2….

Have you lost your money? Your job? A relationship? 

You know. 

What have you gained? This is between you and God. You know.

  • What you HAVE in this life will be lost sooner or later whether or not you follow Jesus.
  • What you will/have gained will be eternal if you follow Jesus.

“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”

Knowing this very well, the apostle Paul confesses “Yes, I know what I’ve lost, I know what I’ve gained.” 

“Whatever I had gained, I now consider loss. And whatever I’ve lost, I now consider great gain for my Savior. I consider all that past to be rubbish, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him.”

By nature are you righteous or sinners?

Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

May God bless us all so that we may lose more and more for Him and that we may gain more and more in Him.

  • Mar 23 / 2013
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Matthew Sermon Art

Here’s a collection of the sermon art I created for Pastor Heo’s series on Matthew. Click any image to download a larger copy.

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(1600 x 1200 -> resizable to 1024 x 768 (for projector))

 

Inspiration and Resources

What’s a king? How to design for a king? I drew inspiration from the British (and other) monarchies for this design. I used:

  1. Vintage, ornamental elements
  2. An ornamental font
  3. A damask background pattern (from my home office wallpaper)
  4. A crown
  5. The colors gold and purple
  6. I beveled and embossed the logo in Photoshop to give it more of a 3D raised effect
  • Dec 25 / 2011
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Christmas, Pastor Heo, Sermons

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

12.25.2011

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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”?

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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

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”?

Mission

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.

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