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A church where the spiritual growth is taking place

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-02-12 (화) 09:04 조회 : 30
설교일 : 2019.02.10
설교자 : Rev. Eung Yong Kim
본문말씀 : Luke 6:37-45

February 10, 2019

 

A church where the spiritual growth is taking place

Luke 6:37-45

 

Rev. Eung Yong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

I would like to ask you a question today; “Are you growing as a Christian?”

 

The spiritual growth is a mark of a Christian and without any spiritual growth, you cannot be a true Christian.

 

Once a person becomes a Christian, that person has to grow spiritually. Otherwise, that person will be just a church-goer, not a Christian.

 

Then, what is the spiritual growth?

Our relationship with God is spiritual. The spiritual growth means that through our relationship with God and by experiencing His work and providence in our lives, our knowledge of God grows steadily. And consequently, we will be offered a new life firmly based on our faith.

 

When I was ministering at my newly planted church in Manila, there was a lot of interest in the new church and many people came to our early morning services. But at that time, I was in my early 30s and it was extremely difficult for me to wake up early, but I had to be at the early morning service without fail, especially for the newcomers. After leading the Bible studies group in the morning and evening and visiting some members, I was usually very tired in the evenings. Sometimes, my wife and I missed the alarm which had been set for the early morning prayer and slept on. But every time we missed the alarm, we were awakened by someone knocking on our bedroom door. Who would knock at our bedroom door so early in the morning? I would jolt out of bed and go outside, but there was no one outside and my children were sleeping soundly. At such occasions, I would feel goose bumps. After calming myself, I would come inside and take a look at the clock, then it was the time for me to go to the early morning service. I would also get phone calls early, as well as knockings at our bedroom door. Then, we realized that God was waking up the pastor from his sleep so that he could go and take care of the new members of the church that He has newly founded.

 

We have ‘spiritual relationship’ with God, when we have God working inside of us.

 

Are you growing spiritually?

Perhaps you are not growing spiritually, but just serving the church diligently.

Perhaps you are not growing spiritually, but just holding onto an important position at church.

 

Our church’s slogan is ‘A church that is led by the Gospel to promote the life of Discipleship’, and the two core words are not Gospel nor Discipleship, but ‘leading’ and ‘promoting’. I believe we need these two things in our life of faith.

 

First, we need the ‘leading’.

After meeting Jesus, His disciples told their friends to “Come and see”. Led by these words, people came and saw Jesus and received the Gospel. A church needs to have this; being led by God, by Gospel, by the Word and by the love. Any church that is reviving has this leading by its members; Leading their friends and families to the church with “Come and see”.

 

Second, we need to ‘promote’ a new life.

For anyone who met Jesus and received the Gospel, a new life was offered. Peter gave up everything in his life and followed Jesus. He started a new life of love and blessings. Christianity is not a religion of ethics which follows ethical principles. We are led to live a new life by our Christian faith.

 

In today’s passage, Lord Jesus is giving us this message about our mental health and spiritual growth.

 

1.  Anyone using a measure will be measured by it and grow by the measure.

 

Becoming a Christian means one’s measure will have to be changed.

“For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

 

The growth of the measure we use is a real growth.

In today’s passage, our Lord is telling us three things about the measure. 

“Do not judge”, “Do not condemn”, and “Forgive”, Jesus says.

His message makes it clear that the measure we use will be returned to us in the same way.

 

Those who judge will be judged, those who condemn will be condemned, and those who forgive will be forgiven. This is the message of ‘For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you’.

 

This shows the importance of the measure we use.

 

  Example 1 from the Bible

           

            The Israelites sent 12 scouts to investigate the land of Canaan for 40 days.

            Afterwards, 2 scouts determined that by their measure, “We should go up and take     possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (Numbers 13:30)

 

            On the other hand, 10 scouts concluded that by their own measure, “We saw the       Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like     grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (Numbers 13:33)

 

            What was the result of their measure? The measure they used was measured to them,          and none of these 10 scouts were allowed to enter the Promised Land of Canaan.

 

  Example 2 from the Bible

 

            We want to talk about David’s measure.

            After encountering Goliath, the Israelites were measuring the size and weight of Goliath.

            On the other hand, the measure David used was different.

            “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will      deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37)

 

            While everyone was measuring Goliath, David was measuring the hand of God.

            He used a different measure.

 

  From these 2 examples of measure, we learn what measure we should use as Christians.

 

            There are those who measure the circumstances and there are those who measure with their faith.

            What kind of measure are you using?

 

  Why should we use new and different measure now?

 

            We were destined to die as sinners, but God saved us with His measure of the cross.

            Now that we have realized this, we have to live by the measure of God.

            Christians have experienced the measure of God, so we have to follow the measure of      God in our lives as Christians.

            As people of God, we Christians have a new measure that is different from the measure          of the people of world.

 

2.  Those who have a good fellowship with God will grow.

 

Come out to the new place of fellowship with God.

The growth of a Christian starts with the fellowship with God.

To become a Christian means to have a new fellowship.

 

  Enjoy a good fellowship with God. Then, you will grow.

The depth of your fellowship will be the depth of your growth.

 

How can you have a good fellowship with God?

By having the Word of God work inside of you, you can have a good fellowship with God.

 

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41)

What is the message from God here?

He wants us to look at the plank in our own eye, and not to look at the speck of sawdust in our brother’s eye.

By letting this message work inside of you, you can have a good fellowship with God.

 

There is something in our lives that is not changed easily by our faith, and that is our judgment of others.

Why is this so?

Because we look at others from our own standpoint, our judgment on other people does not change.

 

< I had brought my wife home for the first time to introduce her to my family.

After she left, this was what my mother said to me; “She is not pretty.”

You know well how pretty she is, but my mother’s judgment of her was, “She is not pretty.”

 

Nowadays, when I ask my mother what she thinks of her daughter-in-law, she just says, “I am glad to have such a good daughter-in-law.” >

 

We are aware how our judgment sways our conclusions, so what should we do?

We should let the Word of God make judgments inside of us.

 

In our lives, we are so quick to notice the speck of sawdust in the eyes of others, but so slow to notice to plank in our own eyes.

 

Conversely, a Christian should pay attention to his or her own plank, as soon as noticing the speck of sawdust in other’s eyes.

 

Why does God want us to pay attention to the plank in our own eyes?

God wants us ‘to take a look and reflect upon’ the plank.

Christians always reflect upon themselves.

Not only before God, but also when the behavior of others mirrors our own, we reflect upon ourselves.

 

Growth by reflection is real growth for Christians.

 

Whenever we see the deficiencies in others, instead of making judgment or condemnation, we, the Christians, look back upon ourselves and find the plank in our eyes.

Whenever we see the speck of sawdust in others, we find the plank in our own eyes by reflecting upon ourselves. Whenever we see other people’s sins, we, the Christians, repent our own sins sincerely. 

 

This is the fellowship in the church

 

In our fellowship with other members of the church, in addition to enjoying a good time together, we have to reflect upon ourselves whenever we see the weaknesses of others. Then, we can hear what God wants to say to us through the others.

 

< My mother’s confession:

“Are you going to church to see other people?

You are going to church to see God, not people.

What do you mean by seeing God only?

Do you mean that because you don’t like to see people, you only see God in church?

No, that is not what I meant.

At church we look back upon ourselves before God.

Then, we will be able to reflect upon ourselves, even when we see other people at church. >

 

3.  Now, change yourself in this way.

 

Our spiritual growth does not take place without our efforts.

Please try to change yourself in this way.

 

Start to do spiritual work and make efforts to bear spiritual fruits in your life of faith.

How can we do it?

 

First, we have to begin to change our inner self.

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)

 

I want you to remember that ‘the good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart.’

Jesus says that out of the overflow of one’s heart, one’s mouth speaks to bear fruits.

He also says that no good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.

He wants us to examine what we, the Christians, store up in our hearts, as out of the things that are stored up in our hearts, everything will come out.

 

Jesus emphasizes that the most important thing is our heart, not the fruits we bear, nor the results.

The good we have stored up in our hearts is the secret to our spiritual growth.

The good we have stored up without anyone knowing is for God only.

Our hope is to bear fruits for God in the future with the good stored up in our hearts.

 

Many people have asked me this question;

When will I be a good believer?

When will I have a good fellowship with God?

Then, I share with them the following story.

 

< Among fruits, my favorite fruit is a mango.

So, I planted mango trees in the lot of our mission school.

The first year had gone by, there was no mango fruit.

The second year had gone by, there was no mango fruit on the trees.

On the third year, I visited the mission field and there was still no mango fruit.

So, I told the missionary that we should cut down those mango trees and plant other trees.

Then, the missionary said to me, “Pastor, please be patient. Mango trees bear fruits only after 3 years have gone by. >

 

Mango trees are not the only ones that bear fruits after a long time.

Our spiritual growth follows the same principle.

The most important point is that we should be first planted by God.

Afterwards, we store up in our hearts the things of God and grow spiritually.

It takes time for us to grow up.

When the right time comes, we will bear fruits.

 

 

 

 


 

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제목 : A church where the spiritual growth is taking place
설교일 : 2019.02.10
본문말씀 : Luke 6:37-45
설교자 : Rev. Eung Yong Kim
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