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

Synod Youth Retreat

Pastor Bobby Suh

7/5/17

Description:Day 3 Night Session

Synod Youth Retreat

Pastor Bobby Suh

7/4/17

Description:Day 2 Morning Session

Synod Youth Retreat

Pastor Bobby Suh

7/4/17

Description:Day 2 Night Session

Synod Youth Retreat

Pastor Bobby Suh

7/3/17

Description:First Night Session

The Cloud of Faith XI

Rev. David Larry Kim

7/2/17

Description:The Cloud of Faith XIClosing Thoughts on FaithHebrews 11.32-40What sobering truths do the closing paragraphs in the chapter on the Hall of Faith teach us?I. Faith believes that God can do the _____________________ even through flawed people II. Faith doesn’t mean you won’t _____________________ but faith will enable you to endure the sufferingIII. Faith turns no-namers on earth into hall of famers in heaven where the _____________________ will have no regret Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What reason do you give for why you can’t be used by God?2. If you could choose between honor on earth or honor on heaven, which would you choose? Going Deeper 1. How have you seen God’s miraculous hand do something amazing? Has that event shaped your view of God in any way?2. Share about a time when you were disappointed because your faith did not get you what you expected? Did that shape your view of God in any way?3. How does this passage provide comfort or correction for the experiences above?4. How do the experiences of saints in their triumphs help you to trust God more when you’re in impossible situations? How do the experiences of saints in their trials help you to trust God more when things get hard?5. If you could receive any award in heaven for your life on earth, what would you want your award to be?

The Cloud of Faith X

Rev. David Larry Kim

6/25/17

Description:Faith at the Intersection of Life and Death Hebrews 11.28-31What do these four pivotal scenes in Israel’s history teach us about faith?I. Faith doesn’t need to know ________ it’s gonna work, it needs to know ______________ is at workII. Faith is the ____________________ between life and deathLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What are some prayers that God has answered in a way that made you say, “Wow!”2. What was so amazing about those answered prayers: His wisdom, His power, His timing, His goodness...or something else?Going Deeper 1. Share about a time when you obeyed God, even though it didn’t make sense. How did God work in that situation?2. What prevents you from praying more regularly? Are your prayers hindered because you can’t figure out how God could help in a certain situation?3. Is there an impossible situation in your life right now? What might God be telling you to do in response to this sermon?4. By grace, some will be saved. But many will not. Do you have evidence and certainty that you have eternal life in Christ through faith? 5. For whom are you praying regarding their salvation? What will you do with that burden this week?

The Cloud of Faith IX

Rev. David Larry Kim

6/18/17

Description:The Cloud of Faith IXThe Making of a MosesHebrews 11.23-27How did Moses go from a baby who should have been killed to the deliverer of God’s people? What must we see?I. Faith sees _________________ in a person that others don’t seeII. Faith says no to the _________________ because it says yes to JesusIII. Faith endures the _________________ because it sees GodLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Do you have a hard time saying “no”?2. Is there someone who has been like Amram and Jochebed to you, who saw greatness in you?Going Deeper 1. Is there someone whom you can mentor spiritually, as Moses’ parents did for him?2. What is the hardest thing in this world for you to give up for Christ: worldly positions, pleasures, or possessions?3. What’s the difference between saying “no” to something and saying “no” in order to say “yes” to something else?4. Do you feel like your dreams for God are bigger than your character? How might this account for what He is doing in your life right now?5. Are you in a desert right now, a season of waiting for God to release you to service? How are you doing at persevering? How can you see Jesus more clearly?

The Cloud of Faith VIII

Rev. David Larry Kim

6/11/17

Description:The Cloud of Faith VIIII See a Generation Rising UpHebrews 11.20-22I. ___________________ is the best inheritance that you can leave to the next generation II. Faith chooses to ___________________ and sees the ________________ in the next generation III. Faith passes on faith as long as you have _______________________Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What is on your bucket list?2. What word would you use to describe the next generation behind you?Going Deeper 1. What are the particular blessings of having an inter-generational congregation? What are some of the challenges? How can we work through those challenges?2. Would you rather the next generation (our youth, your children, etc) have faith or financial stability? Faith or go to a great college? Faith or have a great job? Faith or marry a successful person? Faith or fame?3. What would you say competes with faith in your heart when it comes to what you want the next generation to inherit? Do your actions imply the same thing? (If you’re a parent, ask your children what they think you value more)4. In what way(s) are you intentionally investing into the next generations? 5. Do you tend to see the best in the next generation or do you tend to be critical of them? What is your ratio of blessing words to critical words as you speak to the next generation?

The Cloud of Faith VII

Rev. David Larry Kim

6/4/17

Description:The Cloud of Faith VIIHow to Know That Your Faith is RealHebrews 11.17-19I. Faith must be tested in order to be ___________________II. The hardest tests come when faith becomes ___________________Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What is the hardest test you ever had to take?2. On a scale of 0-10, how firm do you think your trust in Jesus Christ is?Going Deeper 1. Why did you give yourself the rating that you did in the question above?2. How has your faith been tested in the past? How is it being tested now?3. In what way is God calling you to step out in courageous faith? How are you responding?4. How was worship essential to Abraham’s act of costly faith? How is it essential in your life as God calls you to a costly faith? 5. What is the “Isaac” in your life? Are you willing to offer it as an act of worship to God?

The Cloud of Faith VI

Rev. David Larry Kim

5/29/17

Description:The Cloud of Faith VIThere’s No Place Like Home Hebrews 11.13-16I. You will never feel at ________________ in this world (13-14)II. By faith, heaven must become as ________________ as earth (13, 14, 16)III. ________________ faith moves forward and doesn’t look back (14-16)Living It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. What makes a place “home” for you?2. Share about a time you felt homesick for heaven.Going Deeper 1. When you look at the Hall of Faith, do you feel like that kind of faith is attainable? Do you think you could live the kind of lives that they lived?2. How have you felt like an alien or stranger in this world because you follow Christ?3. Have you become too comfortable here on earth? How real is heaven to you?4. What does it mean to you to die well? How would you respond and how would you live differently if God told you that you had only 6 months to live?5. How are you tempted to go back to the life that you left behind? Do you feel like you have genuine faith and a real relationship with God?

The Cloud of Faith V

Rev. David Larry Kim

5/21/17

Description:The Cloud of Faith VThe Father and Mother of FaithHebrews 11.8-12I. Faith is willing to __________________ all to follow God II. Faith endures __________________ because our eyes are on heavenIII. Faith trusts God, even when His __________________ doesn't make senseLiving It OutKnowledge alone is NOT power—we find power when we LIVE IT OUT.Breaking the Ice1. Share about a time when your faith failed.2. How has God blessed you even when your faith was not perfect?Going Deeper 1. Do you have a harder time knowing God’s will or obeying God’s will? Knowing that the two are related, how can you prepare yourself better to follow God’s call?2. What have you given up in order to follow Christ?3. Are you delaying obedience to something to which God has been calling you? How can you take steps towards obedience?4. How has following God “worked out” for you circumstantially? In what ways has following God worked out differently that you imagined?5. Is there something for which you are waiting on God? How can you endure when you don’t see signs of God at work?