That's Hilarious! V

Rev. David Larry Kim

12/10/17

Description:That’s Hilarious! VHow Can I Be Generous with My Time When I’m So Busy?Mark 1.35-39How could Jesus be generous with his time? How can we?I. Being generous with your time starts with your time with ____________II. Learn when to say ____________ and when to say ____________II. Live today in light of “____________ day”Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Do you feel like your life is busy? Do you feel it’s too busy?2. How much time do you spend with God daily? Do you ever feel too busy for time with God?Going Deeper 1. Have you ever noticed a difference in your time management between the days that you spend time with God versus days that you don’t? What difference does it make?2. Do you have a harder time saying, “Yes” to requests for your time or “saying No” when people ask for your time? Why do you think this is?3. What are some “urgent” things that rob you of time for the “important” things? What are the truly important things in your life?4. If you were to die next weekend, would you feel like you lived out your priorities? What would need to change in order that you could live out your priorities?5. What changes can you make in your life so that you can generously give your time to things that really matter?

That's Hilarious! IV

Rev. David Larry Kim

12/3/17

Description:That’s Hilarious! IVShow Me the Money! (and I’ll Show You Your Maturity)1 Timothy 6.17-19 Our relationship with money is one of the litmus tests of spiritual maturity. What truths must we grasp in order to be generous financially? I. Money can help you enjoy life, but it can’t buy you _______________II. Putting God first in your finances will lead to _______________III. God blesses you not so you can live _____________________ but so you can give hilariouslyLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Do you think money is good, bad, or neutral? What kind of effect has it had on your life?2. Do you think you’re generous when it comes to money? Would your friends/family consider you generous with money?Going Deeper 1. Would you consider yourself to be rich? By whose standards do you measure whether or not you’re “rich”?2. Have you ever lived as if money could make you happy, buy you happiness or give you life? Explain.3. How are you doing with your finances? What would it look like to put God first in your finances?4. Share your experience with tithing. Have you seen God’s provision as you have tithed? If you don’t tithe, are you willing to take God at His Word and tithe for the next six months?5. What specific step is God calling you to take in light of this sermon?

Passing and Power

Kathy Khang

11/19/17

Description:Passing and Power: Understanding Our Cultural IdentityEstherHow does the message of Esther speak and apply to us today in 21st century America?I. I ___________________ II. C __________________ III. Call to A __________________Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What is your attitude towards your ethnic identity: embrace, rejection, or apathy?2. What are your thoughts and feelings about what’s going on in our nation and our world today? Going Deeper 1. What is God inviting you to in terms of understanding your ethnic identity? 2. What is God inviting you to with in terms of your understanding your ethnic community?3. What is God inviting you to with in terms of living out God’s Good News to your community?

That's Hilarious! II

Rev. David Larry Kim

11/12/17

Description:That’s Hilarious! IIYou are Gifted and Talented!Matthew 25.14-30What does Jesus’ parable of the talents teach us about hilarious generosity?I. God has generously __________________each of us with talents II. The more you know God, the more __________________ each you will be with your talentsIII. God will generously reward you for what you do with what you have been __________________Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What is one talent that you have?2. What are some ways that you have enjoyed serving God, serving church, or serving others?Going Deeper 1. What is the difference between having been given talents and having been entrusted with talents? 2. How do you think God would feel if you said that you had no gifts or talents? Why do you think people tend to say that?3. How diligent are you at using your talents for the glory of God? Do you feel like it is God’s grace and your privilege to be able to serve Him? Why or why not?4. How does knowing God’s grace and generosity cause you to want to be more generous with your talents?5. Do you tend to compare yourself and your talents with those of others? How do Jesus’ words encourage you to focus less on others and more on what God has entrusted to you?

That's Hilarious! I

Rev. David Larry Kim

11/5/17

Description:That’s Hilarious! IHilarious Generosity2 Corinthians 8.1-9, 9.6-11God loves a cheerful giver. How can we learn to not only be generous, but hilariously generous?I. There are many ways be ________________ (8.5)II. How you give is more important than ________________ you give (9.6-7)III. ________________ always comes before and after hilarious generosity (9.10-11)Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Who is the most generous person that you know?2. What do you think of when you think of generosity?Going Deeper 1. Do you think you are a generous person?2. Since generosity is more than money, in what ways are you generous?3. Do you think you are a cheerful, joyful giver? Do you tend to be more like flint, a sponge, or honeycomb when you give?4. What keeps you from being more generous? Do you see God as someone who always asks for things from you or do you see God as someone who is constantly granting you things?5. Have you ever experienced God’s grace after you have given generously? Did that grace cause you to become more generous in response?

Re-Discovering Jesus VII

Rev. David Larry Kim

10/29/17

Description:Re-Discovering Jesus VIII am the Vine John 15.1-8Jesus’ final “I am” statement tells us what God’s goal is for His children:I. God will do whatever is necessary to make you ____________________II. You can’t be fruitful on your ____________________ Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What do you think is God’s overarching purpose for your life?2. Are there any areas of your home (your heart) that you want to keep off-limits to God?Going Deeper 1. How has God pruned you in the past? What painful circumstances or words of Scripture have ultimately helped you to bear more fruit?2. Are you going through any hard situations right now? How is God using that to prune you?3. When you go through hardship, what is your typical reaction towards God? How does knowing that God is your Father change how you view the pain of pruning?4. How have you seen John 15.5 to be true, that apart from Jesus, you can do nothing? How can you remain in Jesus this week? 5. What parts of your life do you need to surrender to the Lord so that He could make your heart his home? How will you do this?

Re-Discovering Jesus VI

Rev. David Larry Kim

10/22/17

Description:Re-Discovering Jesus VII am the Way, the Truth, and the Life John 14.1-7Jesus’ sixth “I am” statement comes moments before his betrayal and arrest to comfort his disciples in their last hours together.I. You will have trouble in this world but you don’t have to be ___________________II. Your troubles will only fully cease when you’re ___________________ III. Jesus is the ___________________ way homeLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. How would you respond to someone who says, “Christianity is just a crutch” or “Christianity is a religion for the down and out”?2. What are some ways that you see your friends trying to make it home, to escape from their troubles?Going Deeper 1. If you are a Christ-follower, what were the circumstances that led you to trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior? 2. Are you facing any troubles these days? How are you responding to those troubles?3. How can the presence of a Heavenly Father, whom you can experience even now, give you hope and strength for your troubles?4. What would you say to someone who argues that there are different ways to get to heaven?5. Jesus Christ really is a crutch for anyone who is broken, who is living in a broken world. Have you recognized your need for a Savior? Will you trust or renew your trust in Him as the only way home?

Re-Discovering Jesus V

Rev. David Larry Kim

10/15/17

Description:Re-Discovering Jesus VI am the Resurrection and the Life John 11.1-7, 17-26Jesus’ fifth “I am” statement marks the beginning of the end. What was so significant about his words?I. We all deal with death in different ways, but death always __________________II. Jesus dealt with death decisively so that death isn’t the final __________________Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What are some ways that people deal with the prospect of death?2. How would you feel if you were Martha and Mary as you waited on Jesus to come? Going Deeper 1. What is the hardest thing that you have endured with Jesus’ help? How was your relationship with God instrumental during that time?2. Have you ever had a time where you were waiting for Jesus to show up and he disappointed you? Looking back, do you see any ways that God was at work during/after that time?3. Do you ever cover up your disappointment in God with religious language without fully believing it or blame God when you are hurt? How did God use the hardship in your life to bring about true belief and/or a vision of God’s glory?4. In order to see the miracle, Martha had to obey the call to move the stone. What is the act of obedience that God is calling you to make to see His purposes fulfilled in you?5. Have you put your trust in Jesus, the resurrection and the life?

Re-Discovering Jesus IV

Rev. David Larry Kim

10/8/17

Description:Re-Discovering Jesus IVI am the Good ShepherdJohn 10.1-5, 11-17If you have walked through the gate that is Jesus, you have a Good Shepherd. What does this mean?I. You have a shepherd who knows you ________________________________ II. You have a shepherd who _____________________ you intimatelyIII. You have a shepherd who calls you to bring other _____________ into the foldLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What does the image of a shepherd bring to mind?2. Share about a time when you felt like God went from being a distant God to a personal God.Going Deeper 1. How does knowing that Jesus is a Good Shepherd comfort you?2. Have you ever felt like God doesn’t know or see you or is too busy for you? How can you find strength knowing that God knows you personally?3. How have you experienced God’s guidance in your life? Are you familiar enough with His voice that you would recognize the difference between His voice and the voice of others who might lead you wrongly?4. How might knowing that there are other sheep to save motivate you to live with urgency? What does that urgency look like this week?5. How can you become more involved in evangelism and missions in light of the “other sheep” that are out there?

Re-Discovering Jesus III

Rev. David Larry Kim

10/1/17

Description:Re-Discovering Jesus IIII am the Gate for the SheepJohn 10.1-10A shepherd would lead his sheep through the gate: into the pen and out to the pasture. What does this mean for us?I. Jesus is your gate into the pen, the ____________________ of GodII. Jesus is your gate out to the pasture, the life that is ____________________ Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Do you have a gate at your house or in your community? What is the purpose of that gate?2. What picture do you have in your mind about what a sheep is like? How are you like one? Going Deeper 1. What are some ways that you have seen the safety and protection of the sheep pen when life got scary?2. Are you experiencing the blessing of life in community with the church? How have you seen the beauty of the family of God?3. What is one step that you can take today to more deeply experience the blessing of life within the family of God?4. What do most people (you included) think and say Jesus means when he says that he promises you “abundant life”? How have you confused the abundant life with a Christian version of the American Dream? 5. If the abundant life is more about Jesus than anything that He can give, are you experiencing this life? Do you want that life? Do you desire to have more of Jesus or do you feel like you have enough?

Re-Discovering Jesus II

Rev. David Larry Kim

9/24/17

Description:Re-Discovering Jesus III am the Light of the WorldJohn 8.12What did Jesus’ words at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles mean to the world?I. The world is trapped in ______________ and longs for the lightII. Jesus is THE light that you must follow in order to ______________ Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Talk about a time when you were in darkness. What adjectives describe that situation?2. What makes you think, “The world is a dark place”?Going Deeper 1. What are some ways that you see the darkness in your own heart?2. What does light represent to you? How have you experienced Jesus as the light of the world or the light of your world? 3. How have you been able to see differently, more clearly since Jesus entered into your life?4. Are you presently following the light of the world? Why or why not? What would it mean for you to follow the light this week?5. What is the significance of Jesus being the light of the world? What places need that light? Do you feel called to do something about that?

Re-Discovering Jesus I

Rev. David Larry Kim

9/17/17

Description:Re-Discovering Jesus II am the Bread of LifeJohn 6.25-35, 47-51Jesus’ self-revelation begins with him telling us that He is the bread of life. I. Bread is a _____________________, not a luxuryII. The bread that this _____________________ sells will rot and cannot satisfy youIII. Jesus doesn’t just give you the bread of life; He ___________ the bread of lifeLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What is one misconception that you had about Jesus that has been corrected as you have matured?2. What comes to mind when you think of the word, “bread”?Going Deeper 1. What are some things that the world says you need in order to really have a life? How have you experienced those things to be like bread that doesn’t satisfy?2. Do you believe that Jesus is an absolute necessity to you or is he more of a luxury? Does your life reflect that He is utter essential to you?3. What are you clinging to in the hope that it would give you the life that you have always wanted? How is that thing doing in meeting your needs? Has it ever stopped satisfying you?4.What is your motivation for being a Christian or for following Jesus? Do you follow Jesus because you long for a relationship with Him or do you follow Him for what He can give you?5. What is one thing Jesus is asking you to do today to live out the truth that Jesus is the bread of life?

Recapturing Our Thinking

Rev. David Kang

9/3/17

Description:Recapturing Our ThinkingPhilippians 4.8-9How can we honor God in the way that we think?I. Focus your ___________________ [8]A. On whatever is true (real)B. On whatever is honorable (awe-inspiring)C. On whatever is just (right in satisfying one’s responsibilities)D. On whatever is pure (what will prepare you for God)E. On whatever is lovely (leads to love)F. On whatever is commendable (winsome)G. If there is any excellenceH. If there is anything worthy of praise II. Put your thinking into ___________________ [9]A. Practice B. With the intent of being discipled-1 Corinthians 11:1-Philippians 1:21-Philippians 3:10-11C. So that you can pass along to others III. See ___________________ in the midst of your thinking [9]A. God will be with youB. God can give peaceLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What do you think you spend the majority of time thinking about?2. Do you think God would be honored with your thought life? Why or why not?Going Deeper 1. Is there anything that spoke to you or challenged you from the message? 2. Out of the list of characteristics to think about, pick out 1 or 2 that are important for you to think about and share why. 3. What makes it hard for you to think about the things that Paul describes?4. How can you put into practice this type of thinking and this type of living more regularly?

Lord Prepare Me II

Rev. David Larry Kim

8/27/17

Description:Lord Prepare Me IIA Life-Changing Encounter with God Through His WordJames 1.19-25How can you encounter God and be changed every time you hear/read His Word?I. If you want to be blessed at the end, you have to start before the sermon ________________II. You have to listen as if your ________________ depends on itIII. ________________ is the difference between being blessed and being deceivedLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Do you come to the Word of God (be it quiet time or sermon) expecting God to meet you and change you? 2. What is your attitude as you hear/read God’s Word? What was your attitude coming to worship on Sunday?Going Deeper 1. Have you ever felt like your life was changed by the Word? What was the content of that message? Why was that Word so impactful to you?2. How prepared do you think you are to receive God’s Word on Sunday mornings? How can you better prepare? How can you remove your spiritual “ear wax”?3. How have you been “saved” by God’s Word in the past? How have you found freedom through obedience to God’s Word?4. What is one area of your life that God is calling you to obey, so that you will find true blessing instead of deception?5. How will you prepare yourself for R&R Weekend?

Lord Prepare Me I

Rev. David Larry Kim

8/20/17

Description:Lord Prepare Me IHealing at the House of Mercy John 5.1-18What is needed in order for you to have a life-changing encounter with Jesus?I. You have to know how _____________ your situation isII. You have to want to get _____________III. You have to know that healing comes on Jesus’ _____________, not yoursLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. How do you imagine the pool of Bethesda to look?2. Are you going to be going to R&R Weekend? What are you expecting from it?Going Deeper 1. How aware are you of your need for Jesus? When do you tend to be most aware of your need? Do you live in constant awareness of your need for God?2. Have you become complacent in your love relationship with God? What excuses do you give for why you are like that and why you don’t need to obey God?3. What situation/struggle/temptation/sin/relationship in your life has the potential to derail your potential to live for God? Do you want to find healing from this?4. In what ways, and in what roles do you try to change others instead of dealing with your own issues? How have others been hurt because of your brokenness?5. Are you willing to do whatever God asks of you in order to find healing for yourself? What do you feel God is calling you to do in order to respond to Him this week?

Mission

Pastor Dale Cho

8/6/17

Description:MissionThe Great Commission is to follow Jesus in search of God’s lost sheep in the worldJohn 10:14-167 Missional Passages: 1. Genesis 1: _____(fill in the verses)__________________________ 2. Genesis 8:_____ - 9: ____________________________________ 3. Genesis 11:____________________________________________ 4. Genesis 12:____________________________________________ 5. Matthew 1:_____________________________________________ 6. John 10:______________________________________________ 7. Matthew 28:___________________________________________God’s heart is to bring the lost people into the Kingdom of GodIf we claim to be followers of Jesus, then we ought to care for the lost.Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What is your most interesting cross-cultural missions experience?2. Have you ever shared the gospel with anyone? Especially, to people of a different nationality and language? Share the experience.Going Deeper 1. In light of the Great Commission, how should we live?2. If God calls you to be an overseas missionary, how would you respond? What would you do about it?3. Some people say that the Great Commission is to share the gospel anywhere and everywhere, thus you can do missions work here in the States. What do you think? Are they the same or different between overseas mission and local mission? 4. What have you learned about the missional passages from Genesis, especially Genesis 12, the call of Abraham? 5. What can you do to bring the lost sheep into the kingdom of God?

Recapturing Our Thinking

Rev. David Kang

8/3/17

Description:Recapturing Our ThinkingPhilippians 4.8-9How can we honor God in the way that we think?I. Focus your ___________________ [8]A. On whatever is true (real)B. On whatever is honorable (awe-inspiring)C. On whatever is just (right in satisfying one’s responsibilities)D. On whatever is pure (what will prepare you for God)E. On whatever is lovely (leads to love)F. On whatever is commendable (winsome)G. If there is any excellenceH. If there is anything worthy of praise II. Put your thinking into ___________________ [9]A. Practice B. With the intent of being discipled-1 Corinthians 11:1-Philippians 1:21-Philippians 3:10-11C. So that you can pass along to others III. See ___________________ in the midst of your thinking [9]A. God will be with youB. God can give peace

The First Shall Be Last

Pastor Danny Chen

7/30/17

Description:“The First Shall Be Last”Mark 10:17-31I. God desires more than just rule followers; salvation does not come by high moralsII. Jesus invites us to choose the way of the cross; the more we gain, the less we haveIII. Kingdom living is upside down; being recklessly abandoned and shamelessly dependentLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What are the “churchy” things you pride yourself in being so good at doing? Come on, we all have them!2. What worldly things do you absolutely love and cannot fathom ever letting go of? Why?Going Deeper1. In what ways have you been working so hard on “following the rules” that you’ve missed out on following Jesus?2. How have you equated the pursuit of righteousness (doing good and being good) with the true hope of salvation?3. In what ways have you been blinded by the things of this material world that you’re unsure of whether or not God would take care of you if you let them go?4. Describe a time where you “missed out” on following Jesus because you were so focused on something else that turned out to be disappointing.5. Describe a time where you’ve chosen to relinquish yourself in exchange for a life of simplicity and truly experienced the spiritual richness in Jesus.6. What is your “25 cent toy” Jesus is inviting you to let go of?

Where is God in My Suffering

Pastor Peter Min

7/23/17

Description:Where is God in My Suffering?John 11.1-44Christians, loved by God, are not immune to suffering. Yet in the midst of our suffering we often wonder, where is my God. Through this passage we will see that God is never idle in our suffering but always working for our good.I. In my suffering…Jesus cares __________ for my ________. - Romans 5:35; 1 Peter 5:10 - In our suffering Jesus ______________ our faith.II. In my suffering…Jesus _________. - Jesus weeps over _________. - Jesus weeps over our ___________.III. In my suffering…Jesus is my _________________. - Romans 8:34Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Was there a time when someone shared an emotion with you (joy, sorrow, concern, etc.) and through that you received comfort or encouragement? Please share. 2. Why do you think sharing an emotion with someone brings us so much comfort? Going Deeper 1. Why do you think we often wonder where God is in the midst of our suffering? 2. In those moments of suffering, what are we forgetting about God? 3. Was there a time in your life that you went through suffering and although you didn’t know it at the time, ended up growing your faith in God? Please share that blessing. 4. Is there a struggle you are dealing with now that’s bringing you suffering or could potentially bring you suffering? What truth (promise) from today’s passage would you like to apply to that situation?

Servanthood: A Selfless, Sacrificial Love

Pastor Daniel Kwak

7/16/17

Description:Harvest Cleaning Team video: https://youtu.be/OkMjY6r84VkServanthood: A Selfless, Sacrificial LoveJohn 13.1-17As followers of Christ, what does Jesus say about what it means to be a servant?I. Servanthood asks that you ________ ______ before others in order to lift them upII. Being a servant means washing the feet of even those who are ________ to loveIII. We wash the feet of others when we understand we've been washed by _______Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Have you ever considered yourself "too good / high and mighty" to perform a task?2. What would your reaction be if you were in the disciple's shoes as Jesus washed your feet?Going Deeper 1. What are some practical ways that you can wash the feet of those around you?2. How is God calling you to serve by denying yourself, even in the most menial and simplest of tasks?3. Are there people in your life that are difficult to love, to whom God is calling you to serve?4. What does it mean to you that you have been washed by his grace?5. In what ways do you make your life about yourself, instead of about those around you?

The Cloud of Faith XII

Rev. David Larry Kim

7/9/17

Description:The Cloud of Faith XIIA Coach’s Advice for the Run Hebrews 12.1-2We know the importance of a coach, especially when things get hard. What advice do we receive as we seek to run the race of faith?I. Remember that you are not running the race ____________________II. Let go of ____________________ that doesn’t help youIII. Fix your gaze on ____________________Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Do you like running? Long-distance or short-distance?2. What are some lessons from running that you can apply to the race of faith?Going Deeper 1. When does living for Christ get hard for you? When do you want to quit? 2. What encourages you during those hard times?3. How does knowing that there is a cloud help you to endure? Who are some people—past or present—who encourage you when you want to give up?4. What are some things—good or bad—that do not help but may actually hinder you from running? What is the sin in your life that clings to you and often trips you up?5. The ultimate call of the cloud of faith is to turn our eyes away from anything else and to fix our gaze on Jesus. How can you turn your gaze to Jesus practically?

Synod Youth Retreat

Pastor Bobby Suh

7/5/17

Description:Day 3 Morning Session