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'Only for the Lord'

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설교일 : 2017.11.05.
설교자 : Rev. Lee
본문말씀 : Romans 14:6-9

November 5, 2017 – the 45thanniversary of the church

 

‘Only for the Lord’

Romans 14:6-9

 

Rev. Hoon Kyoung Lee’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

I am very happy to see all of you again! I am thankful for your support of the Korean Mission Council in the North Central Jurisdiction of UMC. When I took several Bishops of North Central Jurisdiction to visit Korea recently, Rev. Jang and the Mission Committee of this church supported the trip, and the Bishops really appreciated your support and asked me to deliver their message of thanks to you.

 

After celebrating the 500thanniversary of the Reformation last week, we are so blessed to celebrate today the 45th anniversary of our Korean United Methodist Church of Metro Detroit. Today, people clamor for changes in all areas, and all the churches are in need of changes more than ever.

 

Some time ago I had the opportunity to read a book about President Lincoln, a bestseller among Christian publication in Korea at that time, and was very deeply touched by the book. The title of the book was, “The White House became President Lincoln’s prayer room”. He has always been voted as the most respected among the past presidents of U.S., and he was known to trust and rely on God only, and to have been strengthened all the time by the Scriptures and prayers.

 

After the emancipation of slaves, he was asked, “What is the secret of your amazingly successful and respected life?” He answered, “Of course, experiencing more failures than others has helped me. Every time I failed, I asked God and learned His will concerning my failure, and used the failure as the stepping stone to the next venture. Satan was whispering in my ears, ‘Now this is the end, it is all over for you’, but God was urging me to reflect upon my failures and use them as challenges for a bigger task. And I paid more attention to the voice of God than to the whisperings of Satan.”

 

In the book, there was the ‘President Lincoln’s ten commandments for faith’ compiled from his speeches and prayers;

1)         I will observe the Sabbath Day as a holy day, and spend the day for worship.

2)         I will meditate daily on the Bible, which is the Word of God, and practice the Word in my life.

3)         I will pray daily to God for His help, with a humble heart.

4)         I will obey the will of God, not the will of my own.

5)         I will always remember and appreciate the grace of God that was bestowed upon me.

6)         I am weak, but I know God will strengthen me.

7)         I will exalt God only and give glory to Him only.

8)         I believe that in God, we are all free and equal.

9)         I will obey the command of the Lord, “Love your brothers and neighbors”.

10)       I will pray that the truth and righteousness of God be realized on earth.

 

Before President Lincoln was assassinated, he had a dream, so he was meditating seriously on the significance of dreams in the Bible, when his wife asked him if he was all right.

 

After he told her about his dream, she replied that “Do you believe in dreams? Don’t worry about them, and just take good care of your health.” Then, he shared with her his own conviction about life; “Yes, all of us should be prepared to go anytime God calls us. We cannot control our lives, so wouldn’t it be the best time for us when God, the master of all lives, calls us?”

 

Therefore, today’s passage of ‘If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord’ (verse 8) is such a precious confession of faith. What could you do to make God very pleased with you? Wouldn’t it be that you live your life relying on Him and having faith in Him only?

 

In verse 6, Apostle Paul said ‘giving thanks’ twice in a regular day of living only for the Lord. This reminds us of our own daily life and makes us think if we are truly thankful for what we are doing. By ‘giving thanks’ to the Lord, we will have a definite idea if what we are about to do is pleasing to Him or not. I hope and pray that all of you will please God by doing things for which you can give thanks to Him, and then you will be blessed with joy and peace by God.

 

Such problems as what day is more sacred than others, or what we should eat or shouldn’t, should not matter much in the church. For us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our life is not for us anymore. Apostle Paul confessed in 2:20 Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself to me.” He makes it clear for Christians who live by faith that our lives are no longer for us.  

 

We the Christians were redeemed by Jesus Christ by His blood, so we belong to Him in our life and in our death. We live only to give glory to God. In verses 7 and 8 in today’s passage, Paul says, “For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

 

Having accepted Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior, whether we live or die, all is for the glory of the Lord. In verse 8, ‘to the Lord’ is mentioned three times. It is very important for the humans to know for what or for whom they live and die. But, we the Christians live and die for Jesus Christ.

 

During our visit to Korea with the Bishops of North Central Jurisdiction, we went to the Foreign Missionary Cemetery in Yang-hwa-jin. Among the many missionaries buried there, I want to share the life stories about Dr. William Hall and his family. Dr. Hall was sent as a Methodist missionary to Korea in the 19thcentury. Dr. Hall died while treating infectious diseases in Korea and his wife Rosetta devoted her life in medical education at Ewha Women’s Hospital.

 

Their son, Dr. Sherwood Hall started his medical practice in Hae-Joo, Hwang-Hae-Do, and dedicated his life in eradicating tuberculosis in Korea. These missionaries lived for Jesus Christ and died for Jesus Christ. The visit to Yang-hwa-jin reinforced my appreciation of the foreign missionaries and their sacrifices. Of course, all of you know about the Underwoods and Appenzellers and their missionary families in Korea.

 

Our firm belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ enables us to live and die for Christ. Do you really believe that our Lord died for our sins? Do you also believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected after dying for our sins? He is the Master and Lord of the living and the dead. In verse 9, “For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”

 

By the Lord’s dying for us, we are saved from the judgment of our sins and from the power of sins. Because of His resurrection, we are to be resurrected for the eternal life. After having been convinced of the death and resurrection of Christ for our sins, how could we judge and disregard our brothers and sisters in Christ?

 

Therefore, we should not judge our brothers and sisters, or look down on them, as all of us will certainly stand before the judgment seat of God. In verse 10, “Then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.”

 

My beloved congregation, today we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of our church. We appreciate all of your troubles and sacrifices for the church. We hope and pray that we live like Paul did and with the same conviction, “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

 

We observe the Sabbath Day, dedicate our lives to the Lord, serve others for the Lord, and give our offerings for the Lord. I hope you are getting comforted by having this conviction of faith.

 

When we are convinced that we live for the Lord, and we die for the Lord, we will never be fearful of anything in the world. We are the people of God and our lives are defined by that conviction. I pray that whatever you do, you do it “for the Lord” and “for the glory of God”!

 

The leaders of the Reformation had five common beliefs of ‘only’ in life; Only scriptures, only Jesus, only grace, only faith, and only for the glory of God. I hope that any issues concerning what to eat, what to drink, or what day is sacred, are solved peacefully with thanks to God. May you be blessed with a true peace while enduring all things in your life for the glory of God!

 

 

 


   

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제목 : The Life of a Witness
설교일 : 2017.12.03
본문말씀 : John 1:6-15
설교자 : Rev. Shin

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