총 게시물 485건, 최근 2 건

Flowers that bloom, even as shaking in the wind

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-04-18 (수) 04:23 조회 : 176
설교일 : 2018.04.15
설교자 : Rev. Kwon
본문말씀 : Revelation 3:7-13

April 15, 2018

 

Flowers that bloom, even as shaking in the wind

Revelation 3:7-13

 

Rev. Tae Hong Kwon’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

Hallelujah!

Greetings to all of you here in the name of Jesus Christ! May the abundant love and grace of God be bestowed upon you and your home and your families!

 

Let us greet the people sitting next to you, left and right, in the front and in the back, and gazing into their eyes and say with a smile, “May you be filled with happiness and with the Holy Spirit!”

 

A while ago when I was talking to an exhorter of our church, she asked me where I was from. And hearing my answer that I was born in Seoul, she was overjoyed and said, “I was born in Seoul, also! Somehow I have felt I understand you very well!”

 

Nowadays, it is not easy to run into people who were born in Seoul, and to prove my point, I will show you a chart that shows less than half of the population in Seoul were born in Seoul. I am wondering where each member of our congregation is from.

 

Speaking of hometowns, at the end of last year a deacon asked me to pray for his hometown of Pohang, Kyung-Buk, Korea, as the town had been hit by a strong earthquake at that time. That earthquake reached 5.4 magnitude and toppled many buildings. Because of this disastrous earthquake and its aftershocks, the nation-wide annual college entrance examination had to be re-scheduled. A lot of people were evacuated from their homes and housed in the city gym. Even after 100 days, some of them were still in the evacuees’ tents in the gym. Why didn’t they just pack up and move to different areas? Quite possibly, they didn’t have enough financial means to make the move, so they had to stay and put up with the fear and anxieties. The people in Pohang remind me of the people of Philadelphia church described in Revelation.

 

As all of you know, each of the seven churches in the Revelation chapters 2 and 3 was distinctly unique and received rebukes and praises from Lord Jesus. But, the Philadelphia church was the only one that didn’t receive any rebuke but received praises only.

 

To understand the Philadelphia church, let us examine the background of the city, which had the shortest history among the towns where the seven churches were located.

 

Philadelphia had been founded by Attalus II for his beloved brother. The Greek word of Philadelphia means the brotherly love.This city was at the crossroads of international trade route and acted as the gateway to Asia Minor for the Greeks. The city was rich due to commerce and trade and it produced famous wines from grapes grown on volcanic soils.

 

Because of their popular wines, they worshiped Dionysus, the god of wine, but the population in Philadelphia was small, as the city was not a safe place.

 

According to the historian and philosopher Strabo, ‘Philadelphia is a city full of earthquakes, and the vibrations of the earth have been so frequent that people have moved to safer cities.’

 

Then, in 17 A.D. there was a powerful earthquake that destroyed 10 big and small cities in Asia Minor, and Philadelphia was one of them. But, thanks to the support and help of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, the city was soon rebuilt.

 

The people of Philadelphia felt so grateful to the emperor that they called the city ‘Neo Caesarea’ and built statues of him and began to worship him.

 

Those with money lived in the outskirts of the city and enjoyed the wine, and they worshiped Dionysus and the emperor who had taken care of them.

 

And people with no means lived in the city and formed a Christian community at the church in Philadelphia. It was not easy for them to proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ and evangelize to others in the city, where the majority of people worshiped the emperor and their own Greek gods. These Christians in Philadelphia church faced many obstacles in life, such as the persecution from the Roman Empire, idol-worshiping of other gods and the emperor, as well as the constant fear of any new earthquakes.

 

Lord Jesus had these words for them in Revelation 3:7.

 

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.”

 

Lord Jesus is holy and true and holds the key of David. And He is Almighty; What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.

 

He continued on in Revelation 3:8.

 

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

 

What is the most striking among His words is that ‘you have little strength’. The Philadelphia church members had only ‘little strength’, but they kept His word and did not betray Him. And we should do the same, no matter how strong the devil’s temptation may be.

 

We have to keep His word and not to betray His name!

 

The devil’s power has been described in 1 Peter 5:8.

 

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

 

The devil has been looking for someone to devour like a roaring lion. Does he have any special black outfit and black hat to make it easy for us to notice? Of course not. He is manipulating those around you in his effort to topple you.

 

Revelation 3:9 of today’s passage tells more about Satan.

 

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars – I will make them come and fall down at your feet.”

 

Who are these people belonging to the synagogue of Satan? They claim to be Jews or claim to believe in God with important positions and big voices in the Christian community, and the Bible calls them liars and false Christians.

 

My dear congregation, have you ever hated someone while doing the church work? Have you been hurt by someone in the church? Have you ever fallen down or cried your heart out because you got hurt painfully in your church ministry or in your Cell Group?

 

Do you hate someone? Then, you are not saved yet. If you still cannot forgive someone, you are not serving well in your ministry.

 

And in Revelation, those who claim to be Jews, or deacons, exhorters, or elders, are called liars, and they are very likely being used by Satan to topple the others.

 

The Philadelphia church had many things against them; worshiping of idols and the Roman emperor, suffering from the Roman persecution, fear and anxiety about the next earthquake, and the false Christians’ lies, but they didn’t get angry, blame or hurt each other.

 

Lord Jesus said the following to the Philadelphia church, as shown in Revelation 3:10.

 

“Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”

 

The most important thing Lord Jesus said to them; “You have kept my command to endure patiently!”

 

My dear congregation, what we need in our life of faith is to endure patiently.

 

No matter how falsely accused, how mortified, or how upset we are, we still have to endure. No matter how heavy our loss is, how murderous we feel toward someone, we have to endure patiently.

 

The reason for our endurance and perseverance is shown in Hebrews 10:36.

 

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”

 

By our perseverance, the will of God will be fulfilled through us, and we will receive the blessings God has promised in the future.

 

Hebrews 12:1 says:

 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

 

Let us throw off entangling sins and run our race with perseverance! Let us forgive, understand and be considerate of others, while trials continue to come.

 

Lord Jesus says in Revelation 3:10;

 

“Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”

 

He says that since you have kept His command, He will keep you from harm. Do you believe His words? He says more in Revelation 3:11;

 

“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”

 

Lord Jesus says that He is coming soon, so we should hold on to what we have and not lose it.

 

Those in Philadelphia had only ‘little strength’ which must have come from the blood of resurrected Jesus.

 

We should hold on to ‘the old rugged cross’ of Jesus, and strengthened by ‘the old rugged cross’, we should never let anyone take our crown. Now, in the name of Jesus Christ, let us get rid of all the dark forces that try to take our crown from us!

 

What we should hold on to are; the Word of God, the love of Jesus Christ, and the powerful blood of Jesus on the cross.

 

The Word of God will help us win, the love of Jesus Christ will help us win, and the powerful blood of Jesus on the cross will help us win.

 

Now, here are the words of Lord Jesus to those winners in Revelation 3:12;

 

“Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.”

 

Jesus says that He will make the winner who has overcome a pillar in the temple of God and that the winner will never leave the temple. What is written on the pillar?

 

The name of God

The name of new Jerusalem

The name of Jesus Christ

 

These are the marks we, the Christians, have to bear in ourselves.

 

Inside of our Elders, Exhorters, Deacons and members of our church, there should be the marks of Jesus Christ. Inside of our choir members, they should have the marks of Christ, which will enable them to sing the praises.

 

My dear congregation, we are to be the pillars of the temple of God, and our children are also to be the pillars of the temple of God. And these pillars should have the names of God and Jesus Christ carved on them. How precious these pillars are! I hope and pray in the name of Jesus Christ that this blessing will be bestowed upon all of you.

 

Having a lot of money does not make us become the pillars of the temple.

Having good health does not make us become the pillars of the temple.

Having positions at church does not make us become the pillars of the temple.

 

Even with little strength, by enduring patiently while holding on to what we have and resisting Satan’s temptations and staying awake by the power of the precious blood, I believe that we can become the pillars of the temple of God.

 

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:13)

 

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 

Earthquakes do not occur in Pohang only. They occur in our lives quite often, seemingly every moment of our life.

 

We are constantly shaken by earthquakes within our hearts against people around us and close to us, and it looks like we will have to live with these earthquakes throughout our lives.

 

The important thing is every time an earthquake occurs inside of us, we have to hold on to the Lord with our little strength. That is all we can do.

 

When the pillars shake, the whole building will soon collapse.

 

We are the pillars of the temple of God. We should not be swayed by our problems with people and with circumstances, and we should ask the Lord for the strength to overcome these problems.

 

In closing, I want to share Philippians 4:13 with you.

 

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

 

I want to insert a few words to this passage.

 

“I can do everything ‘by enduring patiently’ through Him who gives me strength.”

 

‘Enduring patiently’ is the key to successful life of faith.

 

By enduring patiently when an earthquake hits us within our heart, the peace of Jesus Christ will be bestowed upon us.

 

Have the heart of Jesus Christ in you!

 

I hope and pray that by having the heart of Jesus Christ and holding on to the power of the precious blood of Jesus, we, along with our descendants, will be blessed to be used as the pillars of the temple of God!

 

We want to be the steadfast pillars of the temple of God and sing the praises to the Lord.

We want to have all the places we tread to be sanctified and protected by the precious blood of Jesus and filled with the aroma of Jesus Christ.

We firmly believe in the protection of the Lord, when we are tossed by storms of the world.

 

Now, let us sing this praise; ‘Do not fear anything’

 

Do not fear anything, Lord my God watches over me.

Do not be alarmed! Do not be afraid! The Lord defends me.

 

When exhausted with many troubles, the Lord protects me.

When worn out by the storms of the world, the Lord restores me.

 

The Lord is my stronghold! The Lord is my fortress!

The Lord is my hope! Lord my God is my strength!

 

 

 

 


   

총 게시물 485건, 최근 2 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
485 2018.08.12  'Having faith of half the strength' Matthew 14:22-33 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
484 2018.08.12  절반의 믿음 마태복음 14:22-33 신경림 목사
483 2018.07.29  The fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:16-26 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
482 2018.07.29  성령의 열매 갈라디아서 5장 16~26절 신경림 목사
481 2018.07.22  Go forward together as one body Ephesians 4:1-16 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
480 2018.07.22  앞으로 나란히 에베소서 4장 1~16절 신경림 목사
479 2018.07.15  The Grace of Restoration Acts 4:5-12 Rev. Sei Hwan Kim
478 2018.07.08  The Lord's Supper 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
477 2018.07.08  주님의 만찬 고린도전서 11장 23~26절 신경림 목사
476 2018.07.01  여호와의 손 이사야 41장 17~20절 신태규 목사
475 2018.07.01  'The hand of the LORD' Isaiah 41:17-20 Rev. Taegyu Shin
474 2018.07.01  여호와의 손 이사야 41:17-20 신태규 목사
473 2018.06.24  은과 금보다 귀한 믿음 사도행전 3장 1~10절 권병훈 목사
472 2018.06.24  More precious than silver or gold is our faith Acts 3:1-10 Rev. Byunghoon Kwon
471 2018.06.24  은과 금보다 귀한 믿음 사도행전 3:1-10 권병훈 목사
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제목 : 'Having faith of half the strength'
설교일 : 2018.08.12
본문말씀 : Matthew 14:22-33
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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