Sunday Sermon (Feb 12)
Surrendering Your Dream to Have God’s
When a morally upright rich young man came to Jesus, he felt empty and asked the question: What do I still lack? He seemed to have everything. Money, power, morally upright life. But Jesus gave an outrageous answer and he walked away grieved. Is God asking us to surrender your dreams and have his dream?
Matt 19:16-25 16 Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only one who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.'” 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Making choices in life-Your plan & God’s plan Proverbs 11, 16
Making choices in life makes you or breaks you. It is profoundly important that we find how God works and what does it mean and how to receive God’s guidance. One of the MOST important subjects we need to grasp and have in life facing all the choices, decisions, in this turbulent world. We shall take a look at some of the great men’s lives like Paul, Joseph in the bible. Come and find the wisdom of God and what is God after and why is He so silent some time?–What does it mean to trust God utterly?
Prov 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Prov 12:5 The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful. Prov 12:15 The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Prov 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Prov 16:1-5 To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. 2 All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. 4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends — even the wicked for a day of disaster. 5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Prov 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Prov 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Prov 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.Prov 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.Prov 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
NT Wright has it powerfully nailed.This is very new to me, but profoundly important. He said: What the New Testament really says is God wants you to be a renewed human being helping him to renew his creation, and his resurrection was the opening bell. And when he returns to fulfil the plan, you won’t be going up there to him, he’ll be coming down here.
I think there is so much truth in that God wants us to be renewed first and then renew the world we live in. We are not going to leave this world and join God in heaven and leave the world to rot on its own. But rather we are here in this world for a purpose, to renew this world we live in!! To renew the city we live in.
Hence the revised Vision/Mission statement for Hope NY Church:
To be a renewed person joining God to renew his creation, the world and to proclaim the gospel to the city with words, power, and the Holy Spirit & deep conviction . Also to build a community towards fullness in Christ in New York, and through it, to the world.
Fullness in Christ: Means our being (character) and our serving/obeying (purpose).