총 게시물 502건, 최근 2 건

'Must be born again to enter the kingdom of God'

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-10-08 (월) 19:05 조회 : 38
설교일 : 2018.10.07
설교자 : Rev. Se Jin Bae
본문말씀 : John 3:1-8

October 7, 2018

 

‘Must be born again to enter the kingdom of God’

John 3:1-8

 

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

 

 

I want to begin today’s sermon by asking you a question; “Do you know what it means to be a ‘Methodist’ as we are members of the United Methodist Church?”

 

Rev. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, and the members of his ‘Holy Club’ met at regular times, prayed, fasted and studied the Bible methodically according to a very strictly regulated schedule, and those who used to watch their ways began to call them ‘the Methodists’.

 

This Methodist movement, started by Rev. Wesley in 1730s in England, gradually began to take shape in two ways. The first was Calvinistic Methodists who followed the stricter principles of Calvin and the second was Arminianistic Methodists who were like today’s Methodists.

 

In the early 20th century, Rev. Martin Lloyd-Jones, a renowned evangelist in England, had been an early Calvinistic Methodist and later served as a pastor for a Congregational Church in Wales.

 

Rev. Lloyd-Jones called the testimonies of celebrities at Protestant churches ‘Religious Entertainment’ and was strongly against those pastors customizing their sermons to satisfy the palates of the congregation and pointed out that sermons should be only the proclamation of the Word of God.

 

In his lecture for pastors on the subject of ‘Sermons and sermon gives’, he points out the following.

 

“Among those invited to give testimonies at church are professional people like admirals in the Navy or generals in the Army, or famous celebrities like baseball players, drama and movie actors, or popular singers. People put more value in their testimonies than any sermon that explains the Gospel. I consider these testimonies as ‘entertainment’, but churches are more interested in this kind of entertainment than good sermons.”

 

And he advises the pastors to pay more attention to the matter of salvation in their sermons.

 

“You as a pastor should give sermon about heaven and hell at your church at least once every three months, so that all the members of your congregation do not end up in hell.”

 

Generally, we call those who attend church regularly and live faithful life as ‘the believers in Christianity’, but there are two kinds of believers in church; those who are ‘born again’ and those who are ‘not born again yet’.

 

These two groups look alike and they participate in all the worship services and activities in the church together, but there is one basic difference between the two groups. Those who are not born again yet are under the false impression that they are born again, as they have been coming to church for a long time and know a lot about the church, Lord Jesus and the Bible, so they believe they must have been saved.

 

Let us go to today’s passage and read the verse 1 together.

 

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.

 

Who is making an appearance here? It is Nicodemus, a man of the Pharisees. Pharisees are known to be proud of being ‘the separatists’ who believe are more ‘loyal to God’ than others.

 

Nicodemus is also a member of the Jewish ruling council; therefore, he is presumed to be a leader. On top of that, he seems to be very knowledgeable about the Scriptures and declares that he knows who Lord Jesus is. Let us read verse 2 together.

 

He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

 

He is saying that he knows Jesus has been sent by God and that Jesus has been performing miraculous signs.

 

Then, out of the blue, Lord Jesus says the following to Nicodemus. This is the verse 3.

 

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again!”

 

Without any consistency, Jesus was declaring to Nicodemus, “You are not born again!”

 

Dear congregation, how would you have reacted to this statement? I am certain Nicodemus was shocked to hear the words of Jesus and fell into a panic. Let us read verse 5 together.

 

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and Spirit.”

 

Let us ponder over this situation. Here is Nicodemus, a religious leader in the Jewish society who is also a member of the ruling council and is thought to have the ticket already to enter the kingdom of God when the time comes. But Jesus declares to Nicodemus definitely that

 

“You cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

 

Why did Jesus say this to Nicodemus who may have thought he had already earned the ticket to the kingdom of God? This makes us wonder if we are also going to be told by Lord Jesus that we cannot enter the kingdom of God and we want to examine the current status of our faithful life.

 

I want to ask you a question; “What has made you come to church this morning?” Was it to meet with Lord Jesus or with someone else? Was it for some emotional experience from the worship service which is different from any worldly activities?  

 

The reason for us being here should be so that we will be able to enter the kingdom of God by the grace of the Gospel. As we are all sinners, we are destined to end up in hell for eternal condemnation without the grace.

 

I want to say it again. The reason for us being here in this worship service is so that we will be able to enter the kingdom of God by the grace of the Gospel. If you agree, say ‘Amen’ now. This should be the only reason for us being here.

 

Now, I want to ask another question; “Do you believe you will enter the kingdom of God automatically because of your attendance at worship?” I know your answer will be “No”, as none of you thinks that attending the worship service will automatically allow anyone to enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

For someone who is attending the worship service for the first time, this may be a little bit hard to understand, but, most of you who have been attending the worship services for some time will understand what I am saying. No one can enter the kingdom of heaven by just attending the worship services in church.

 

Then, how can we enter the kingdom of heaven? Let us read the verse 5 again.

 

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and Spirit.”

 

What is Jesus saying? He says we have to be born again to be able to enter the kingdom of God. But, what does it mean? What do we have to do to be born-again Christians?

The first thing for us to do is to ask ourselves if we are born again. Some of you will answer that you are convinced of being saved.

 

Having the conviction that you are saved is very important, but are you born again? Lord Jesus is saying clearly in today’s passage that only those who are born again can enter the kingdom of God.

 

Therefore, we have to make sure if we are born again or not. Let us read 2 Corinthians 13:5 together.

 

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?”

 

(Interpretation of 2 Corinthians 13:5)

 

As stated in 2 Corinthians 13:5, we should examine ourselves whether we are born again. I want to point out three distinct things that those who are born again do without any exception.

 

The first thing born-again believers do; They confess that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. Remember Jesus’ disciple Thomas in John chapter 20?

 

(Interpretation of John 20:24-29)

 

I think the confession of Thomas is the truest form of confession. He said, “You are my Lord and my God!”

 

The second thing born-again believers do; They repent their sins genuinely. A true repentance is followed by a complete change of direction. Remember Zacchaeus in Luke chapter 19?

 

(Interpretation of Luke 19:1-8)

 

Zacchaeus’ repentance was genuine. A true repentance should be followed by the person’s actions and the change of direction in the person’s life.

 

The third and final thing born-again believers do; Their lives must be led by the Spirit. Let us go to Galatians chapter 5.

 

(Interpretation of Galatians 5:16-26)

 

My beloved congregation! Let us get out of the sins and live by the Spirit and bear the fruits of the Spirit.

 

We are approaching the end of the world and it is not easy to live as a born-again Christian in this age. Satan and devil are tempting us and trying their best to topple us. Lord Jesus has warned us and shown us what path we should take. Let us read Matthew 7:13-14 together.

 

7:13  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

7:14  But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

 

Dear congregation, I hope and pray that as born-again believers, all of us should take the small gate and narrow road that leads to life!

 

[Closing hymn: ‘We are gathered before His throne’]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

총 게시물 502건, 최근 2 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
502 2018.10.14  Plan G!! Matthew 16:21-27 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
501 2018.10.14  Plan G!! 마태복음 16:21-27 신경림 목사
500 2018.10.07  'Must be born again to enter the kingdom of God' John 3:1-8 Rev. Se Jin Bae
499 2018.10.07  거듭남과 하나님 나라 요한 복음 3:1-8 배세진 목사
498 2018.09.30  'The Actively Working Faith' Luke 24:13-27 Rev. Sun Hyung Jo
497 2018.09.30  '작동하는 믿음' 누가 복음 24:13-27 조선형 목사
496 2018.09.23  "Be Patient" James 5:7-11 Rev. Taegyu Shin
495 2018.09.23  "인내 하라" 야고보서 5:7-11 신태규 목사
494 2018.09.16  The people who lowered a paralytic through the roof Luke 5:17-26 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
493 2018.09.16  지붕을 뚫은 사람들 누가복음 5:17-26 신경림 목사
492 2018.09.09  'In the midst of our sufferings' John 9:1-7 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
491 2018.09.09  고통 가운데에서 요한 복음 9:1-7 신경림 목사
490 2018.09.02  'The Living Hope' Psalms 39:1-7 Rev. Tae Hong Kwon
489 2018.08.26  Enlarge Our Territories! Luke 10:25-37 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
488 2018.08.26  우리의 지경을 넓혀 주소서 누가복음 10장 25~37절 신경림 목사
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제목 : Plan G!!
설교일 : 2018.10.14
본문말씀 : Matthew 16:21-27
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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