True Love Community PodcastNov 29, 2023
Relationships with Our Brothers and Sisters - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Herbrews 5:11-6:3
1. Rhythms of Relationship Series
a. Us to God
b. God to Us
2. Today is the first of a 2 part series, regarding our Relationships with Brothers and Sisters.
a. It’s the first part because it centers on the spiritual maturity and growth of the individual first.
b. Then next week we will finish it up with how that maturity and growth ought to play out with those around us.
I. 4 Signs of Spiritual Immaturity vs 5:11-14
a. You Don’t Listen
i. Numbed to the Word of God
b. You Are Forgetful
i. Sign of Selfishness
c. You Are Unskilled
i. You’re not a student of God’s Word
d. You Are Undiscerning
i. Easily susceptible to deception
II. Strive for Growth vs 6:1-3
a. Grow from the Elementary Doctrine
b. Rhythm of Relationship
i. First spiritual immaturity is a warning sign of apostasy
1. “It’s always amazed me how people spend their lives not having time for God, being too busy for Him — but hoping to go to heaven for all eternity, and be with the God for whom they had no time for. NEWSFLASH: When you die, you will continue your same relationship with God!”
2. Partial Obedience is still Disobedience
ii. Without Maturity how can you spur one another on towards anything that is Christ-like.
Us to God - Kevin Jung
Passage: James 2:19-26, 2 Corinthians 7:8-12
Sermon in a Sentence: Make God your Lord through genuine faith and godly repentance
1. Faith is trust in the right object
2. Faith is demonstrative
3. Faith is accompanied by godly repentance
God to Us - Paul Cho
Passage: 1 John 4:7-21
Sermon in a Sentence: At the heart of Christian faith is a relationship of love with a God who is Perfect Love and who demonstrated that love for us most perfectly in His Son Jesus Christ.
1. God is Love
2. We were created for relationship with Him
3. Sin ruins our relationship with God
4. God restores our relationship in Jesus
5. We love because He first loved
Rest Because You Are Content - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Psalms 23:1-3a Sermon Notes: Review: 1. Rest is a Gift: that you may remember your identity, and the purpose of why you do what you do. 2. Rest so that you may Delight and know Him more 3. Rest so that He can prepare you to do what He has planned for you. Before God can work through you, He has to be With you. 4. Rest requires faith. The promise is that if you have the faith to rest, he can do for you in 6 days what you felt you need 7 days to do. 5. Rest requires God’s prescription not ours Intro: 1. The reason why we can’t Rest still, is because we are not content a. We are going to learn two things: i. The contentment that brings us Rest ii. How do we get it 1. The contentment that bring us rest is confidence in the Lord for our provision a. The issue of our hearts i. We are not satisfied. We are not content b. What contentment is not i. Living life denying hurt and disappointment ii. Being optimistic with everything that’s going on in life iii. Settling for things that are less than they ought to be c. What contentment is i. Confidence in the Lord for our provision d. We are able to have this contentment because the LORD is my Shepherd 2. There are two ways to get Contentment: Only one Shepherd and Eat/Drink what He gives a. Must have only One Shepherd b. Eat and Drink what he gives i. John 6:53-64: Eat and Drink of the Gospel ii. Difference between Knowing/Agreeing Belief vs Eat/Drinking Belief is “is there the fruit of obedience that comes from the belief in Jesus.
God’s Prescription for Rest - Tony Nguyen
Passage: 1 King 19:1-18
1. Rest is a Gift: that you may remember your identity, and the purpose of why you do what you do.
a. Rest so that you may Delight and know Him more
b. Rest so that He can prepare you to do what He has planned for you. Before God can work through you, He has to be With you.
c. Rest requires faith. The promise is that if you have the faith to rest, he can do for you in 6 days what you felt you need 7 days to do.
2. In the same way, today we see the burn out of a man name Elijah and God’s prescription for Rest
I. God cares for Elijah, physically, emotionally, and Spiritually
a. Elijah’s work led him to a place of burnt out and depression
b. Our world’s way of dealing with tiredness, we are either...
i. Physical—pop a pill to feel better
ii. Emotional—talk and talk, don’t do anything but just be able to word vomit
iii. Spiritual—you blame yourself and your sin and your inability to Love the Lord
c. God’s Prescription is all 3
i. Physical healing: gave him food
ii. Emotional healing: spoke to him
iii. Spiritual healing: gave him direction to find God
II. Sabbath Plan needs to include all 3
i. Sundown to Sundown 24Hr period
b. Sheer Inactivity (Unplanned)
i. Give yourself time to do something unplanned or unstructured (play a game, watch a show, go out)
c. Intentional Activity
i. Contemplative Rest (spiritual): Prayer and the Word
ii. Recreational Rest (Physical): Do something fun that’s planned out
iii. Aesthetic Rest (Emotional): Works of God you find beautiful (hike, museum, nature etc.)
d. Things to Consider
i. Introvert or Extrovert
ii. Don’t necessarily count family time as sabbath
iii. Be accountable for specific seasons when you can’t
1. Don’t let it stretch for more than 2-3 years
2. Still have your rhythm of prayer and the word with God
III. The way you know that you have been doing this Rest well, is that you can hear His voice
The Gift and the Promise - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Exodus 20:8-11; 23:12; 34:21; 16:22| Leviticus 2
a. Rest is a Gift: that you may remember your identity, and the purpose of why you do what you do.
b. Rest so that you may Delight and know Him more
c. Rest so that He can prepare you to do what He has planned for you
2. Rest requires Faith: So today we are going to answer
a. Why does God give us this rest?
b. The amazing promise of God if we take the rest in faith
I. (Why does God give us this amazing gift? Why does God allow for us to have this one day in seven in which we do not need to do the chores of life?)
a. For our Refreshment Exodus 23: 12
i. So that when we go back to the daily chores of life, we can hit them with renewed energy and purpose.
ii. We will be invigorated. We will come back with a new zest and a new enthusiasm for the rest of life, because we had a rest day. \
b. This gift is ever so important during the busiest time of the year. Exodus 34:21
i. I give you the rest day especially in those days. (Exodus 34:21)
ii. Even when you have a limited amount of time to do it and your entire economic livelihood depends on it getting done…REST.
II. Two Problems to deal with (Is this really for us? If I follow God on Rest, I won’t get anything done…I can’t study my exams properly, I won’t get my job done, I can’t manage it)
a. Is this promise for us?
i. I thought this is Jewish law? Aren’t Christians free from the law?
ii. Yes! The 10 commandments is permanent. They traverse the centuries and never changes.
1. It’s always wrong to worship another God, to make idols for yourself.
2. It’s always going to be wrong to murder someone, to sleep with another person’s spouse.
3. These commands are permanent, they speak to the very moral reality of our soul.
iii. Christ even said, Man was not made for the Sabbath…It wasn’t like, God made a day and didn’t know what to do with it and said, okay guess I’ll make some people to observe it.
1. No, the Sabbath was made for man. God has given you a day. To step out from the chores, the burdens, the tasks, and cares of life.
2. A day to step into joy, a day to delight.
b. The second problem is, great, but I won’t get done what I need to get done.
i. The promise is this “If you will take that one day to Rest, God will see that you will accomplish what you need to do on the other six days.”
c. Where is that in the bible?
i. Exodus 16 the story of the manna
ii. Leviticus 25, the Sabbath year
iii. This is the promise of God’s gift to you.
Rest in a Restless World - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Mark 6:30-44 Sermon Notes: Intro: 1. Review a. Rest is a Gift b. Rest so that you may Delight 2. Rest creates Opportunities for God to work through you a. Before the Lord can work through you, He has to be with you 1. With you in Rest vs 30-33 a. Before the Lord can work through you, He has to be with you...in your rest i. They were about to be a part of one of the biggest miracle, they needed to be with Jesus in their Rest. b. A short time with Jesus can give you the power to do wonders 2. With you in Truth vs 34-35 a. Before the Lord can work through you, He has to be with you...in truth i. You have to know the truth and live by the truth. ii. This only happens when you spend time with God and let that truth sink into your soul iii. Rest allows for God’s truth to become a living reality and a driving force 3. With you in Power vs 36-44 a. He has to be with you...so that you would recognize His power i. Jesus does one of the biggest miracle ever, enough that they wanted him to be king after ii. But the result was a lot of them, were amazed with Jesus never WITH Jesus. iii. John 6, all of the crowd left him, only the disciples remained and Peter said, “To whom shall we go, you have the word of eternal life.”
Restoring Delight - Kevin Jung
Passage: Mark 1:1-15 Sermon in a Sentence: Delight in the rest bought by the finished work of Christ. 1. Reflect on the wilderness 2. Recite the Cost 3. Rejoice in the redemption
The Gift of Sabbath - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Exodus 20:8-11; Hebrews 4
Advancing the Kingdom Through Your Gifts – Paul Cho
Passage: Daniel 1:17-21
Sermon in a Sentence: The faithfulness of God allows us to remain true to Him and advance His kingdom in the midst of a world where we are exiles.
Work and Talk In The Marketplace As A Mission Field
Passage: Acts 17:16-34
Work and Faith - Tony Nguyen
Acts 18:1-4, 24-28
1. We know that work is not a negative thing, because our God worked. We know that work is not just a means to an end, but rather it’s God’s way of caring, loving and serving the world through our work.
2. However, sometimes when we think of work being spiritual, we only think of positions like pastors, and teachers and missionaries. We don’t think that our daily, ordinary work life has any big spiritual impact. Today I want to share with you that some of the greatest movement that God did in the early church was by simple ordinary individuals doing simple ordinary things
3. Today I want to share with you in this passage how ordinary people who lived lives of ordinary faithfulness, were used by God to do extraordinary things.
4. We will see how they chose to…
a. Live with Missional Intention
b. Work on Ordinary Practices
c. Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes
I. Live with Missional Intention vs 1-4
a. Paul, Aquila, and Priscilla—no matter where they go, they lived with missional intention.
b. Mission is living with intention. There’s a purposeful way which you orient your life.
c. Are you living with a missional intention for God’s Kingdom?
II. Work on Ordinary Practices vs 24-26
i. Knowing who they are in Christ, they sought to create community with all people, despite differences.
i. Opening up their homes to Paul and Apollos
ii. Aquila and Priscilla reminds us that the smallest unassuming faithful task of hospitality can advance the kingdom movement of God in ways we cannot imagine.
III. Achieving Extraordinary Outcomes vs 27-28
a. Gospel piece for Apollos
i. Ended up arguing eloquently for Jesus being the Messiah in Achaia.
Stewards of Work - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Ephesians 6:5-9 Sermon Notes: Intro: 1. Rhythm Series a. Based on the background belief that you know who your Savior is. 2. How are you sure of your salvation? Is it... a. Because you have tried your best to be a good Christian? b. Because you believe in God and tried to do His will? c. Because you believe in God with all of your heart? 3. Any of those answers reveals that Jesus is NOT your Savior. a. The only right answer to the question, “how are you sure of your salvation,” is “because I am sure of my Savior.” 4. What does this have to do with work? a. As a sign and seal of your salvation, the result is God is now working in you convicting and changing you in areas of your life, to conform you more into the image of His son. b. One of those areas is how you conduct your life with Work. I. Elephant in the Room (Slavery) vs 5 a. The bible condemns kidnapping and slave trading (1 Timothy 1:10; Deuteronomy 24) b. Slavery in the scripture is equivalent to Bankruptcy Laws i. Indentured Servants to pay back debt c. Slaves had rights d. Paul’s writing sets the stage for the eradication of chattel slavery i. Human life is made in the image of God II. Work wholeheartedly for the Lord vs 6-8 a. Without Christ, rhythm of work is for our personal identity or a personal means “...not only to win their favor when their eye is on you.” b. With Christ, rhythm of work is for God’s service “...but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart” i. You are to work wholeheartedly for the Lord because all kinds of work that are not evil is a way that God is healing, loving and serving others through you. ii. Ask yourself, “Am I approaching my work today with God’s mindset?” c. Work wholeheartedly for the Lord i. The tension you must deal with always in work is, “am I serving the LORD or am I serving myself.”
Redeeming Work - Kevin Jung
Passage: Isaiah 65:17-23 Sermon Notes: Sermon in a Sentence: When under pressure, redeemed people look forward to redeemed work. Point 1: Looking forward means placing joy Point 2: Looking forward means freedom Point 3: Looking forward means persisting
The God Who Works - Kevin Jung
Passage: Genesis 1:1-2 & 2:1-4 Sermon Notes: Point 1: Our work is God’s story Point 2: Our work bringing human flourishing for the glory of God
Church Discipline - Paul Cho
Passage: Matthew 18:1-20
Recognize Your King - Kevin Jung
Passage: Matthew 16:13-19
How to Evangelize to Your Buddhist Neighbors - Dr. Fletcher Tink
Passage: Psalm 24 Memory Verse: John 1:9, 1 John 1:9
Eating With Jesus - Tim Lee
Passage: Mark 2:13-17
He is Faithful and Righteous to Forgive Our Sins - David Lee
Passage: 1 John 1:5 - 2:2
The Altar-cation - David Park
Passage: Joshua 22
Prayer in the Spirit (Part Two) - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Romans 8:15 Sermon Notes: 1. Experiential a. By the Spirit, He makes the objective truth of your position more real to you b. The Spirit of God pulls us deeper and deeper into the reality of the status of our position i. Prayer makes the objective truth into experiential reality ii. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing ~ C.S. Lewis Prayer Point: Pray to the Father in a Fresh way! Seek His reality and His presence, by meditation on your position and who He says He is to you. 2. Communal a. Jesus gave us a corporate model of prayer i. When you pray say, “Our Father!” ii. Because we can never see more of God on our own. iii. God is infinite and there’s so much of God to be revealed. If I want more of God, I need more of You. Prayer Point: Maybe it’s time to pray to join a small group. And if you’re already in a small group, maybe it’s time to start praying to build deeper relationships rather than the superficial one.
Prayer in the Spirit (Part One) - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Romans 8:15 Sermon Notes: Intro: The way we pray to the Father is indicative of our spiritual relationship to Him. a. The prayer of His children i. Primal ii. Real iii. Positional 1. Primal: ‘we cry, ABBA’ a. Abba—closer to a child saying DADA i. Instinctive call of a child who just wants their Father ii. Language of wonder b. Praying in the Spirit i. As infants of God we receive a new language—a desire to speak to Him. ii. Without the spirit, our prayers are more hypocritical—we pray only when we want something. Prayer Point: Is your prayer life hypocritical or primal? Evaluate if your prayers are mechanical or is it spiritual? 2. Real: ‘we CRY, Abba’ a. Represents someone in distress calling out i. Reminder that Christians suffer like everybody else, there’s no special treatment if you’re a believer. ii. Only thing special is how we handle it b. Christians cry in the midst of the world’s sorrow, is the cry for the coming joy. i. This cry, matures you, fortifies you, shields you, solidifies your resolve, strengthen your endurance, deepens your wisdom. c. Prayer refines you Prayer Point: Evaluate whether your prayer life is about consuming things you want from God, or is it sanctifying your character in God? 3. Positional: ‘Spirit of Sonship’ a. Jesus tells us to pray to “Our Father” i. To know God as ‘Father’ is how we know our identity and have the strength to grow and be refine. b. Every Christian has the same claim as Jesus. i. Because Jesus bought you into the family by His blood
Prayer of Giving - Tony Nguyen
i: 1 Chronicles 29:1-20 Sermon Notes: Intro: Financial generosity is a key component in having a true encounter with God Three Things We will Learn: 1. What David wanted for His People 2. How David gave it to them 3. How we can have it even more 1. What David Wanted for His People a. David desire to get the presence of God into the midst of his people i. Ark Prayer Point: How far would you go, how much would you risk, how much will you work to ensure that the presence of God is in the midst of those around you? Maybe it’s time to start PRAYING for the passion and desire to have God’s presence in the midst of the people God has placed before you (colleagues, co-workers, friends, business partners, family). 2. How David Gave it to Them a. His generous gift to the building of the temple i. The amount was staggering ii. The motive behind the amount was staggering grace of God in David’s life b. Seeing David’s heart respond to the grace of God, the leaders and people were moved i. Their hearts was change ii. The power of money was broken in their lives iii. They experience God’s grace, through David’s generosity! iv. They were able to have God’s presence deeply in their heart. Prayer Point: A lot of us, our giving is out of force, compulsion, obligation. Mostly because we haven’t had the power of money broken in our lives. We need to pray that the power of money is broken in our lives so that we are able in our hearts to watch out for the sins of greed, materialism, and need of possession. 3. How we can have it even more a. Jesus i. God accomplished this by willingly sacrificing his infinite treasure, His Son. And the Father’s motive was because of love! b. If the sacrificial generosity of David moved the people into life changing heartfelt generosity and grace, what should the infinite sacrifice of our Great King, Jesus, do for us?
Prayer for the City - Kevin Jung
Passage: Genesis 18:16-33 Sermon Notes: Sermon in a Sentence: As friends of God, intercede for your city Point 1: A friend of God knows God’s heart Point 2: A friend of God prays for his enemies Point 3: A Friend of God intercedes for the nations
Prayer for the Church- Tony Nguyen
Ephesians 1:15-23 Sermon Notes: Intro: Do you pray for our church? 1. How have you prayed for our church and its people, it’s leaders, it’s work? How have you pray for the people you minister to? How have you prayed for your Salt? I want us to look at when Paul is passionately praying for his church, and notice how He is praying. 2. He prays that they would know the riches of what they already have in Christ Context: 1. Paul never prays about the church’s circumstances 2. He almost always pray that they might know the richest of what they have in Jesus Prayer Point: Maybe it’s time that we pray differently for the people we are leading. Instead of primarily praying for their circumstances to change so life can be more comfortable, maybe our primary prayer should be that our people grasp the reality of the riches that they have in Christ. Who are the riches for? vs 15 1.Those who have faith in the Lord a. Faith in Jesus is what saves you b. Faith will always lead to a life of change. Prayer Point: Maybe some of you leaders, salt, ministry, teams, small group leaders, members of the church—should be praying for the change to happen in the life of those in your community that claim faith in the Lord Jesus. You should pray, Lord I love them, you love them, they proclaim faith in you…Lord let their lives grow in maturity in YOU. 2. Those who have Love for all the Saints a. Saint’s never mean super Christian in the bible b. The way you know you’re a Christian is that you have deep love for ALL the saints Prayer Point: Maybe some of you guys need to pray for your heart, when it comes to the brothers and sister here at our church. We are called to LOVE ALL the Saints! We need to look deep and ask ourselves, if I love Jesus, am I really loving the Saints here, or am I merely tolerating them. What are the riches that are deposited for you? Vs 17-19 1. Hope of His calling 2. Riches of His Glorious Inheritance 3. Incomparable power of God How do you draw upon these riches? Vs 17-18 1. Pray Paul’s prayer for yourself a. That you will have the revelation of this reality everyday! 2. Meditate on these truths a. Meditate on the question, “how will I act different, how will I be different if I know these things to the depths of my soul?” b. Write down 20-30 things 3. Think of Jesus Christ Praying this prayer twice a. Jesus prays (c.f. John 15), “I want You to call them a people for Yourself, to envelop them in your power, to make them your great inheritance and treasure. b. Therefore, reject me, cast me away as worthless, and break me with your power
Prayer for Family - Tony Nguyen
Passage: 1 Samuel 1:4-11, 17-20 Sermon Notes: Intro: 1. Rhythm of prayer is to dive into deeper intimacy with God in prayer and then responding to it towards the various areas of our lives. 2. We will dive into the area of prayer for our family, through Hannah’s prayer a. Understanding Hannah’s Pain b. Seeing the Change in Her Heart Understanding Hannah’s Pain vs 4-8 1. Hannah’s Pain came from her oppressive culture a. Having Children was a matter of life and death b. Therefore, the pressure on a woman to conceive was enormous c. We still live in an oppressive culture i. Maybe it’s not as family oppressive as it once was, but it’s more individualistically oppressive. 2. The only way to escape the cultural idol system of your particular culture is by having God more important to your heart. Prayer Point: 1. Some of us need to be hearing from God at this moment. For a lot of us comes from collective family culture that puts unbelievable amount of pressure on us. Maybe instead of hating and unforgiving we should be empathetic and forgiving—knowing that they are a product of their culture. 2. Some of us needs to start hearing from God on whether our attitudes and actions towards our family is just another response to a new individualistic culture that’s driving and oppressing us now. Seeing the Change in Her heart vs 9-11 1. Hannah Stood Up a. The word carries with it the connotation, “to take action” b. She wasn’t going to be passive anymore—she rejected what her culture was giving her and turned to the one above the culture. Prayer Point 1. Some of us need to start getting into the rhythm of seeing some of these cultural traps in our home. We need to start hearing what God is saying and start standing up and take some actions in response to God! Hannah’s Prayer 1. Begins by remembering God’s sovereignty and majesty. She’s remembering the goodness of God. 2. Her heart changes 3. She offers her child to the service of the Lord a. The focus of this child was not for her identity but rather for God’s mission. b. She made God’s heart the center of her reason for the child. Prayer Point 1. Maybe today God is telling some of you, your prayers for your family has been too me-centered! 2. Maybe your prayer for your family needs to be where God’s mission is the end goal. Conclusion 1. Jesus’ act of salvation was not a mirror of the forefathers (David, Samuel, Samson etc), it was a mirror of the fore-mothers (Sarah, Leah, Rahab, Ruth). 2. The women showed that Jesus was not just coming King but suffering servant! a. If we are willing to step into suffering for the name and mission of Christ, we have in Jesus the promise of Salvation to a lot of people!
Wanting God - Tony Nguyen
Note: We'd like to apologize for the absence of the full sermon. Due to connectivity issues, we were unable to livestream the complete message. Passage: Exodus 33:12-23, 34:1-8 Sermon Notes: Do you want God? Three things today: 1. Moses’ Prayer for Our Glory 2. Moses’ Prayer for God’s Glory 3. God’s answers to all the Prayer I. Moses’ Prayer for Our Glory a. God offers the people all the identity markers of glory minus Himself b. Big Idea: Unless our identity is in God, all other glory will fade II. Moses’s Prayer for God’s Glory a. Moses wants to experience God’s Glory b. God’s Glory is to find God beautiful, not just useful c. But our nature and God’s nature makes it impossible for us to experience His Glory III. God’s Answer to All the Prayers a. God’s glory is His goodness b. God’s complete goodness is both Love and Justice c. Jesus Christ on the Cross is how God’s goodness is completely played out d. In Christ we can have God! We can behold His beauty without being consumed
Enter His Rest - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Hebrews 4:1-11
The Rest Touchstone - Kevin Jung
Passage: Hebrew 4: 7-19
The New Commandment - KJ
John 1:5-7; 2:7-12
Cultivating the Tree of Life Tony Nguyen
The Dignity of Work - Tony Nguyen
Isaiah 60:1-11, 18-21 Tune in to discover why we need to develop a rhythm with Christ!
Redeeming the Toil of Life - Kevin Jung
Hidden Treasure - Tony Nguyen
Soul Thirst - Kevin Jung
Hope for the Future - Pastor Suk Hoa
Passage: Luke 1:5-25
Rhythms of Christ - Pastor Tony
Passage: Matthew 11:12-24
Tune in to discover why we need to develop a rhythm with Christ!
Sunday Service Notes: https://wearetruelove.com/sunday
Life of Fruitfulness - Pastor Tony
February 05, 2023
Discipleship: A Long Obedience - Elder Hoang Nguyen
Passage: 1 John 2:3-6
Mission: God's Heart Cry - Paul Cho
Passage: Luke 24:44-53
1. Missions is God's heart cry revealed in Scripture.
2. Missions is the answer to humanity's greatest need.
3. Missions begins and ends with worship.
Life of the Community - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Ephesians 4:1-16
Worship in the Ordinary - Kevin Jung
Passage: Luke 2:22-38
Sermon In A Sentence: True worship is obedience and allowing God to color your everyday perception and actions.
1. True worship is obedience
2. True worship is allowing God to color your everyday perception
3. True worship is allowing God to color your actions
Love God, Love People, Serve the World - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
1. God gave His people instructions for the coming new stage of their lives and today’s message He’s giving us instructions to remember for the coming stage of our lives.
I. Love God vs 4-5
a. What we love directs what we do
b. How do we cultivate our love for Jesus?
i. Spend time in His word
ii. Spend time in Prayer
II. Love People vs 6-8
a. Love people by sharing the greatest love of your life
iii. Closest people to start loving is your family
a. How do we love people
i. By diligently talking about God
1. When you are at home, when you are driving, when you are laying down and when you are getting up.
III. Serve the World vs 8-9
a. Show the world the God you believe
i. The world around us should receive the blessing of the Lord through our lives
a. When we forget to serve those in need, it’s an indication that we have forgotten God.
1. Let 2023 be a year, where we return to our first Love! Jesus Christ
2. Let 2023 be a year, where we create a rhythm of God’s Love to the people he has placed in our lives
3. Let 2023 be a year, where we are generous in our service to those who need!
The Heart of Christmas - Tony Nguyen
Passage: Isaiah 9:1-6
Sermon Notes: wearetruelove.com/sunday
Do Not Fret - David Lee
1. From the sermon or your direct reading of Psalm 37:1-11, share something that surprises, encourages, or challenges you.
2. Do you feel like you are under constant worry all the time? Do you find yourself more easily irritated and impatient with people around you specially your loved ones?
3. What concerns do you have about our country these days?
4. What concerns do you have about your family these days?
5. What concerns do you have about your future these days?
6. What worries you most personally these days?
7. What are some ways that you delight in God on a regular basis? If you have not been able to delight in God these days what are some changes that you can make to your schedule to prioritize delighting in God.
Leadership and Humility - Tony Nguyen
1 Peter 5:1-12
1. We have learned that Living Holy lives in a hostile world requires
- You embody holiness by taking in God’s Word (Good nutrition)
- You epitomize holiness with your submission
- You exemplify holiness in your marriage
- You express holiness by living righteously
- You encompass holiness by choosing Suffering
- You exhibit holiness with eyes on Eternity
- You embrace holiness through Suffering
- You endear to holiness through Leadership and Humility
2. When the world is hostile to believers and crisis are arising, we are called to navigate it in Holiness
I. By Being a leader vs 1-4
a. Principles of leaders
i. Build the house
ii. Care for the family in the house
b. Character of Leader
i. Exercise oversight
ii. Serve willingly
iv. Example to those in their charge
v. Serve for eternal reward, not earthly ones
vi. Not for shame gains
vii. Not overbearing/domineering
II. By leading with Humility vs 5-7
a. Finding older mentors to learn from
b. Pride vs Humility in leadership
III. By waiting for our Chief Shepherd vs 8-12
Suffering Like Christ - Kevin Jung
1 Peter 4:12-19
Becoming like Christ means suffering like Christ
Point 1: Suffer like Christ today
Point 2: Suffer like Christ for tomorrow
Living with Eternity in Mind - Tony Nguyen
1. We have learned that Living Holy lives in a hostile world requires
a. You embody holiness by taking in God’s Word (Good nutrition)
b. You epitomize holiness with your submission
c. You exemplify holiness in your marriage
d. You express holiness by living righteously
e. You encompass Holiness through suffering
f. You exhibit holiness with Eyes set on Eternity
I. The End is Near vs 7
a. Its been a long time, is the end really near?
b. If it’s near, we need to think about the way we live
II. If your Eyes are set on Eternity you will... vs 7-11
a. Live with great Prayer
b. Live with great Love
c. Live with great Hospitality
d. Live with great Service to Others
Undeserved Suffering - Kevin Jung
Passage: 1 Peter 3:8-22
Familiarity breeds contempt
Sermon in a Sentence: Live righteously for you are not your own because you have died
Point 1: Live righteously (8 - 12)
-Love and bless our enemies
-Purpose is to live out our inheritance with God
Point 2: For you are not your own (13 - 17)
-We represent our God
-Nothing is as weird as being a Christian
-Apologetics is defense, love, testimony, and hospitality is offense
Point 3: Because you have died (18 - 22)
-Baptism and giving your life to Christ means the death of your former desires and self
-We live for Christ alone
-Like Noah, we are sinners who deserved to die in those waters.
-In a way, we have died, but we rise with Christ as a new creation and a new heart
-God is victorious so we shall be victorious