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.

Psalms: Poetry To Shape The Imagination – January 22, 2023

Psalm 90:1-12

Pastor Enoch Chee

Why does a good God allow suffering in the world?

You’ve probably heard this question before. It’s a common question, and it’s an important question. People need to resolve a contradiction in their minds between a God of love and a God who almost seems to cause suffering on purpose. So it helps to be prepared to answer that question. But we also need to answer this question on a personal level. Because sooner or later we’re going to go through hard times. And it really helps to know why we’re suffering.

Our big idea today is that God makes us suffer in the short term so that he can satisfy us in the long term. My goal today is to show you this idea from our Bible passage, and I’ll also talk about some practical ways that this idea can change our lives.

Christmas – December 25, 2022

Revelation 12: 1-5

Pastor Enoch Chee

You might remember the Bible stories with the Shepherds and the angels and the baby and animals. And they’re good stories and important stories. But if you want to feel the power of Christmas, you need to look at the parts of the Christmas story that are dark and scary and sad. Because only when we bring up those parts of the Christmas story can we feel the power of the Christmas story in our own lives, especially in our own darkest moments.

So my question today is, what is the full meaning of Christmas?

I want to show you that Christmas is God’s answer to evil. Once again, Christmas is God’s answer to evil. And if we want to feel the power of the Christmas story we need to remember what is evil and we need to remember the savior.

Dealing With Distractions – November 27, 2022

Matthew 4:5-7

Pastor Enoch Chee

We run into moments when we’re not in control, and it’s uncomfortable because it feels like our life is hanging in the balance. And those moments can be so uncomfortable that some people really try to avoid those moments. And they end up missing out on things. But fortunately as Christians the Bible teaches us a way for us to be completely secure in any circumstance. And if we can experience this security we can live with greater courage and make a greater difference for greater joy.

So, my question today is: how can we experience true security? As usual, we find our answer in the Bible.

Our Bible passage today comes from The Book of Matthew chapter 4. It talks about the second of three temptations that Jesus experienced in the wilderness.

The Adventures of Paul – October 16, 2022

Acts 9:10-18

Pastor Enoch Chee

I want to ask, How can we know what to do? I’m talking about the art of decision making. Obviously we all have to make decisions. Some decisions are relatively small like what to do with a twenty dollar bill. And other decisions are a lot bigger. We have decisions for school and work and relationships and family and lifestyle. Decisions that shape our lives and affect other people. And, so much depends on our ability to make decisions. But fortunately for us, the Bible gives us the tools we need in order to make great decisions.

I believe between these two kinds of directions, we can always know what to do at any moment. We might not know what we should do tomorrow, or next year. We might not make the most efficient plan. We might still have setbacks. BUT I believe we can all know what God wants us to do at this moment. And in any moment we can live with divine wisdom. And over time if we listen to divine wisdom, we can live our best life.

And so I have two points to make from our Bible story today .

1. God gives us specific directions

2. God gives us general directions.