“Why Do We Give Tithes and Offerings?” Why Do We Do That Pt. 3 (September 10, 2017)

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Why Do We Give Tithes and Offerings? | Why Do We Do That Pt. 3 (September 10, 2017)

Why is giving tithes and offering so important, and why does it have to happen during a worship service? What is held in the power of giving that provides an experience that otherwise can’t be experienced in worship? Pastor James Lee of Conklin United Methodist Church continues the message series “Why Do We Do That?” in this sermon given on September 10, 2017. During this series, we will revisit why we do “this or that,” to deepen our experience of the full worship service.

We read from 2 Corinthians, where Paul was writing to the church in Corinth and taking up an offering for the Christian church in Jerusalem. Chapter 9 and chapter 8 before it are one of the most extensive passages on giving one can find in the Bible. Specifically, we learn that:

Tithing and generous giving…
1. … honors God.
2. … empowers the church.
3. … matures your faith.

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9 As it is written,
“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness[a] endures forever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.[b] 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12 for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

“Why Do We Listen to Sermons?” Why Do We Do That Pt. 2 (September 3, 2017)

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Why Do We Listen to Sermons? | Why Do We Do That Pt. 2 (September 3, 2017)

Why do we preach sermons in worship? Why is it an essential part of our worship? Why is it so important that we open up the Bible and someone talks for a couple minutes – in some churches hours – each Sunday? What is in the act of preaching and listening to sermons that we cannot get in any other act of worship? What is it about the SPOKEN WORD, what is IN the SPOKEN WORD that we cannot find in other acts of worship? Pastor James explores scientific and scriptural evidence to argue the following:
WORDS ARE POWERFUL. Specifically,
1. Words have the power to change
2. Words have the power to make things real
3. Words have the power to carry grace

Genesis 1:1-3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

1 In the beginning when God created[a] the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God[b] swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Romans 10:8-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 But what does it say?
“The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart”
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);
9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

“Why Do We Sing In Church?” Why Do We Do That Pt. 1 (August 27, 2017)

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Why Do We Sing In Church? | Why Do We Do That Pt. 1 (August 27, 2017)

The most holy ritual done week-after-week can become a mindless routine, and it’s easy to forget why we do what we do in worship. The singing, praying, and listening to sermons – what does all that mean? If a non-Christian were to walk into our service and ask us why we do one of these rituals, could we answer them? Pastor James Lee of Conklin United Methodist Church begins the message series “Why Do We Do That?” in this sermon given on August 27, 2017. During this series, we will revisit why we do “this or that,” to deepen our experience of the full worship service.

Why is singing hymns and songs of praise so important in a worship service? What is held in the power of music that provides an experience that otherwise can’t be experienced in worship?

Psalm 96:1-6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
1 O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Colossians 3:15-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ[a] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.[b] 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

“The End of the Story” Your Story Matters Pt. 6 (August 20, 2017)

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The End of the Story | Your Story Matters Pt. 6 (August 20, 2017)
Summary: What does the Bible say about the end of the world? Scripture says “The Day of the Lord” will come like a thief in the night, and compares the waiting period we are in for Christ’s return to that of a pregnant woman. We too are waiting eagerly for the return of Christ, and therefore our lives inevitably look very different than before.

Pastor James Lee of Conklin United Methodist Church concludes the series “Your Story Matters” in this sermon given on August 20, 2017.

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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4 But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5 for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7 for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

“You Are Change Makers” Your Story Matters Pt. 5 (August 13, 2017)

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You Are Change Makers | Your Story Matters Pt. 5 (August 13, 2017)
Summary: After Jesus ascended to heaven, his disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and began preaching about Jesus’ death, resurrection, and his return. We too are called to be his disciples and share the good news and continue the radical movement of hope that changed/s the world.

Pastor James Lee of Conklin United Methodist Church continue with the series “Your Story Matters” in this sermon given on August 13, 2017.

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Acts 2:1-12, 36-41 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

36 Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah,[a] this Jesus whom you crucified.”
The First Converts
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers,[b] what should we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.