The Life and Times of Samuel – March 17, 2024

“The ark of the LORD is captured and returned”

1 Samuel 6:1-12

It’s normal for young Christians to grow up going to church and believing whatever the pastors say. And we can be really passionate about Jesus, and we can spend a lot of time doing church stuff.

But then our faith gets challenged. We’ll be challenged by friends or culture or professors, or tragedy, or the stress of life. And in those moments, we actually need a reason to keep believing in God. And it really helps if we know where to find evidence.

So, my big question today is: How does God make himself known? My big idea today is that God makes himself known, to all of us, with extraordinary power and extraordinary kindness. My goal today is to show you this idea in our Bible story, and we’ll see that we are actually quite similar to the characters in the Bible story.

Revelation: Seeing the Invisible – February 18, 2024

“A good look at heaven”

Revelation 21-22

What is heaven like? That’s actually a really important question.

Obviously it helps to know about heaven if we ever have to deal with end of life issues. But heaven is so much more than a topic for the end of life.

In my experience, our idea of heaven changes the way we live every day. And if you really know what heaven is like, you’ll feel the power of heaven even nowadays. You’ll be more stable, and more optimistic, and you’ll be more bold, and you’ll have a stronger sense of direction in life. But first we need to get our idea of heaven right.

So our big question today is, what is heaven like? And our big idea is that heaven is a perfect place with perfect relationships. Because it’s a perfect place, we can be excited to go there, and we can be excited to take people there. And because it has perfect relationships, we can experience the power of those relationships even today. My task today is to show you all these ideas from the Bible so that you can have a firm expectation based on God’s words.

Christmas (2023) – December 24, 2023

“The Reason for Christmas”

John 3:16

I want to talk about one of those gifts that can’t be bought. I want to talk about the greatest gift in the world. Spoiler alert: that gift is Jesus. I’m supposed to say that because I’m a pastor, but I really mean it. I believe we all need more of Jesus in our lives.

We all come from different backgrounds. Some of us aren’t Christians so we don’t follow Jesus, so I expect you have your reasons for why you don’t follow Jesus. But, I want to make the case that if the stories of Jesus were true, it would be a good thing. If there is a God who loves you and has a wonderful plan for you and he wants you to spend eternity in heaven with him, that’s a good thing. And if you do some digging and try to get to the truth about Jesus, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

Others of us here are Christians, and we already have Jesus, and we’ve already experienced the greatest gift. But no matter how serious of a Christian you are, we always need more of Jesus, and we need to experience him more fully in every part of our life. So, no matter where you are in your faith journey, we all need more of Jesus.

So, my big question today is: how can we receive the greatest gift (which happens to be Jesus)? My answer is:

  1. God has to prepare the gift, and…
  2. We need to commit to the gift.

And my task will be to show you these ideas from the Bible.

Our main verse today comes from the book of John. John 3:16. It reads:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Christmas Series (2023) – December 10, 2023

“Finding Purpose”
1 John 1:1-4

This week, as we enter this holiday season, we begin our sermon series on Christmas.

My big question today is: How do we find purpose?

The answer I’ve found in the Bible is: we find our purpose from knowing and sharing Jesus.

My task today will be to show you this answer from th e Bible and I’ll talk about what we can do practically to live a life of purpose.

1 John 1:1-4 reads:

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

Based on this passage, we find our purpose from:

  1. Knowing Jesus
  2. Sharing Jesus

Holiness: A Study on Leviticus – November 5, 2023

Leviticus 9:1-4; 22-24

This week, we start our new sermon series on the book of Leviticus.

Suppose you had the power to go anywhere in the world and see anything. Where would you want to go, and what would you like to see? Sometimes people talk about places like Korea or Japan, or Europe. Those places sound really fun. It would be nice to visit a different culture and eat their food and travel with people we like. My question is more about seeing things. If you could see anything you wanted, what would you want to see? For me, that’s a hard question because I can just see things on YouTube and that’s good enough for me.

But imagine you had a special ability, almost a superpower, so that you could literally see anything, and there was no limit to what you could see. Well, then, you could use that power to see some of the most closely guarded secrets in the world.

I bring up this topic because as Christians we actually have something even more valuable to see. Which brings me to my main topic. Because the Bible talks about the ability to see God. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8).

Now to be fair, God is invisible, so we can’t literally see him with our eyes. But the point is that we can experience him, and we can know him just as well as if we were seeing him. We can live with him and work with him and have a relationship with him. And if we could have that kind of relationship with God, it would be more valuable than anything in the world.

So my big question today is, how can we experience the greatness of God?

My task is to show you the answer that I’ve found in the Bible.

The answer is:

  1. We need to follow God’s instructions, and
  2. We need to treasure his presence.

Romans: Back to Basics – October 8, 2023

Romans 3:23-24

Pastor Enoch Chee

As Christians, we have news to share. News that’s even more significant than the biggest milestones in our lives. The news that we have about Jesus is better than that. The weird thing is that the news about Jesus has actually already gone out. Most people have already heard the news in some shape or form. They’ve all heard that Jesus was born in a manger and he died on a cross so we can go to heaven. But that news has no effect on most people. Most people don’t believe it and they aren’t changed by it. And I think one of the reasons people don’t believe is because the good news has not been presented well. It hasn’t been presented in an intellectually robust way and in the context of a loving relationship.

It’s actually good that we have this kind of problem, because it’s a fixable problem. It means if just we do things differently we could give people a vastly better chance to know Jesus and to live forever. That said, before we start telling the good news, we first need to have a very clear idea about what the good news is. and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.

My big question today is, what exactly is the good news?

Here’s my answer, and I’m borrowing this quote from Tim Keller because he said it so well. The good news is: we are more sinful and flawed than we ever dared to believe, but at the same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus than we ever dared to hope.

That’s my big idea today, and we’ll see this idea in our main Bible passage.

Proverbs: God’s Wisdom for Us – September 3, 2023

Proverbs 31:13-23

Pastor Enoch Chee

Today I want to talk about money. I want to talk about financial strategy. It’s one of my favorite topics. Partially because it’s about gaining an advantage by using numbers.

I believe if we’re wise with our money, with the way we earn it and spend it,
It will make the biggest difference in our lives, to the point that there’s almost nothing we can do that’s more important than getting our finances right. And our Bible passage will show us what it’s like when we get our finances right, and also how to get there.

So my big question today is: what does it mean to be wise with money?

Knowing Jesus Personally – June 25, 2023

John 8:12

Pastor Enoch Chee

No matter how old we get, there’s always stuff that we don’t know. It’s actually normal to stumble through life not knowing what we’re doing and making terrible decisions just because we don’t know better. Probably all of us have seen people make terrible life decisions.

On the other hand, there are people who just seem to thrive in life and they seem to know what they’re doing.

How can we know what we need to know? We need to follow Jesus out of the darkness. Because, as it turns out, we all start in the darkness. But Jesus leads us out of the darkness. We’ll see this in our Bible passage today.

Relationships: Lessons from the Song of Songs – May 28, 2023

Song of Songs 1:1-8

Pastor Enoch Chee

What if there is a better love song? A song that guides us into the right relationships and shows us what good romance looks like? What if there’s a song that will help young people find the right one for them? And what if the same song can help couples keep the romance alive for the long term? What if this same song can help anyone to find love in their own contexts, and it can help even the people who are headed toward a life of singleness? I believe there is such a song and this song is right in the Bible.

So my main question today is: How can we have a great love life?

My answer that I’ve learned from the Song of Songs is that we need to take initiative. And taking initiative means two things.

  1. We need to choose love
  2. We need to face the obstacles

And I believe all of us can do these two things and benefit from God’s wisdom for us. My task today is to take you through the story of Song of Songs so that you see this answer for yourself straight from the Bible.