총 게시물 470건, 최근 2 건

A New Voyage

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-01-09 (화) 05:45 조회 : 315
설교일 : 2018.01.07
설교자 : Rev. Bae
본문말씀 : Exodus 14:10-14

January 7, 2018

 

A New Voyage

Exodus 14:10-14

 

Rev. Se Jin Bae’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

A mother was putting on cleansing cream on her face and her young son was watching her. He asked her, “Mommy, what are you doing?” She answered, “I do this to make myself more beautiful.” A while later, he saw his mother wiping away the cleansing cream and was horrified. “Mommy, why are you wiping it away? Did you give up already?”

 

We are gathered here for the first Sunday worship service of 2018. I hope you will accomplish all of your resolutions this year, even if you become discouraged or scared sometimes.

 

While preparing this sermon, I was reminded of my first day of elementary school. Holding my mother’s hand and having a white handkerchief pinned on my left breast pocket to wipe my running nose, I entered the school yard to meet the teachers and fellow students for the first time. The yard seemed to me so huge and broad.

 

Retrospectively, there was no reason for me to be so scared, but I was really scared of the new surroundings during the entrance ceremony and afraid of my mother leaving me there. So, I held on her hand tightly and kept asking questions; “Mommy, what should I do now? Where should I go? You are not going home, right?” Then, she would say, “Don’t worry and keep still. I will take care of you!”

 

Nowadays, my children ask me questions on their first day of school; what should I do now? Do I have to do it? My son is very persistent and keeps asking questions until the problem is solved. My answer is always the same; “Don’t worry and keep still. I will take care of you!”

 

On my first day of elementary school, we were led to the classrooms after the ceremony, and the sound of crying and sobbing began here and there. When she said she had to leave soon, I held onto my mother’s hand more tightly than before to keep her there. Finally she relented and said, “Don’t worry. I will wait for you until your classes are over.”

 

But when I couldn’t see her anymore, I joined the other crying children and began to cry.

 

It has been said that a baby experiences three extremely intense changes. The first is the birth itself. Freed from the mother’s womb, everything is new and fresh including the light and sound and food, etc. Some say that babies cry a lot because of too much excitement.

 

The second time for the violent change is when a baby is about 2 – 3 months old and learns to turn over. Child psychologists say that babies get really excited when they notice things below them after always looking up to things, and about this time they began to examine surroundings very carefully.

 

The third time comes when a baby learns to stand up on his own and experiences the height. This is the moment the baby begins to look toward the heaven. All of us had gone through these experiences long ago.

 

We the humans learn to adjust to new surroundings and to cope with new changes. Facing a new circumstance brings us a lot of fear as well as expectations and excitement. We are afraid and worried about making a new decision or selecting a choice.

 

So, when facing a challenge, we prefer to follow the path of a pioneer, rather than to become a pioneer ourselves. We figure it is safer to follow the challenger than to be a challenger ourselves, as we witness that the first person gets whipped the hardest.

 

And the other reason for our aversion to become pioneers or challengers is that we like to blame others when things don’t turn out right. You must have heard the old saying; “If things go right, the credit goes to me, and if not, the blame goes to my ancestors.” If we are following a leader, we feel we can blame the leader if things don’t go well.

 

In today’s passage, the Israelites had gone through the most amazing change in human history. After 430 years of slavery in Egypt, they were now heading toward God’s Promised Land. This was a new and unbelievable beginning for them.

 

This was the first time in the history of the world that the slaves got together and collectively escaped from the country which had oppressed them for generations. Certainly the Israelites themselves were very excited when they had left Egypt, but their excitement did not last long and soon they were full of complaints and blames.

 

Exodus 14:10  As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD.

 

The Israelites had believed that they would start a new life at a paradise as soon as they were out of Egypt. But the joy and euphoria of freedom was short-lived, as the Egyptians were marching after them.

 

Exodus 14:11-12  They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

 

What the Israelites said was that Moses should have left them alone; they didn’t want to have a new beginning, they didn’t need a new world, a new land, nor the new God of Moses. They could have continued to serve the Egyptians.

 

My beloved congregation, any new beginning or new challenge can bring an unexpected negative outcome, as well as positive expectations and excitements.

 

As we are embarking on the new year of 2018, we are filled with expectations and excitements, and I am confident that amazing things will happen to all of us.

 

But I want to remind you that some unexpected things will also happen to us as well as good things.

 

I want you to remember the following passage, so that we will be ready for whatever happens.

 

Isaiah 43:18-20  “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen.”

 

The above passage tells us that before the water in the desert and streams in the wasteland are provided by God, we have to experience the desert and the wasteland.

 

When unexpected things or problems happen to us, there is one thing for us to remember; God is with us and He will take care of things for us.

 

God is telling us, “Be still. I will take care of things for you.”

 

Exodus 14:13-14  Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you: you need only to be still.”

 

What a heartwarming statement! God just wants us to be still, while He is taking care of things for us.

 

Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.”

 

We should not be afraid; we should not be anxious, but wait to see the deliverance of God today.

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.”

 

What we have to do is; “The LORD will fight for you: you need only to be still.”

 

Our God is fighting for us; He is our warrior. We should let Him take care of our problems.  

 

Now I want to show you two pictures; one is the picture of Disney Cruise Ship and the other is that of an aircraft carrier.

 

You know our new slogan for 2018 is “Discipleship, a challenge towards the holy life”, and what are you going to do about this challenge? Are you going to just cruise along comfortably in a cruise ship or go for the spiritual warfare in a tough aircraft carrier?

 

I hope and pray that you will choose to go for the spiritual warfare on an aircraft carrier to achieve discipleship by meditation of the Word, by diligent worship attendance, by forming spiritual relationships, and by living the life of missions. While being engaged in a spiritual warfare, we may experience unexpected fears and hardships. But we should remember that God is always working for us. God will take care of our lives, our homes, our children, our parents, our workplaces, and our church.

 

Our God is working for us, so we should not be afraid. We should stand firm and witness God’s deliverance. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that all of us be strong and courageous to let God work in our lives and be thankful for His work in the new year of 2018.

 

(The Communion)

 

(The closing hymn: My soul is safe and at peace)


   

총 게시물 470건, 최근 2 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
470 2018.06.17  The Clumsy Love 1 John 4:7-12 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
469 2018.06.17  서투른 사랑 요한1서 4장 7~12절 신경림 목사
468 2018.06.10  눈물의 다짐 열왕기하 18장1~6절 권태홍 목사
467 2018.06.10  Our Tearful Pledges 2 Kings 18:1-6 Rev. Kwon
466 2018.06.03  "God is the one who does all the work!" Numbers 13:25-33 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
465 2018.06.03  하나님이 하십니다! (민수기 13:25-33) 민수기 13장 25~33절 신경림 목사
464 2018.05.27  삼위일체 하나님 요한복음 14장 10~17절 배세진 목사
463 2018.05.27  God of the Trinity John 14:10-17 Rev. Se Jin Bae
462 2018.05.20  A MEANING OF PENTECOST Acts 2: 1-21 Charles Boayue, Jr. 감리사님
461 2018.05.13  The Source of Miracles John 6:3-14 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
460 2018.05.13  기적의 근원 요한복음 6장 3~14절 신경림 목사
459 2018.05.06  The Most Precious Inheritance Proverbs 22:6 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
458 2018.05.06  가장 소중한 유산 잠언 22:6 신경림 목사
457 2018.04.29  The Acts of Apostles is still being written Acts 1:8 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
456 2018.04.29  사도행전은 지금도 쓰여지고 있습니다. 사도행전 1장 8절 신경림 목사
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제목 : The Clumsy Love
설교일 : 2018.06.17
본문말씀 : 1 John 4:7-12
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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