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5/19/19 How the Cross Transforms Shame VI
In today’s sermon, we continue our series on shame by asking how we make an important distinction between who we are as God’s beloved and our inconsistent behaviors. Why is it important to separate these two dependent but nevertheless distinct and separate realities? We will turn to Psalm 51 to show us how David does it and the enormously hopeful difference it makes in our lives.
5/12/19 How the Cross Transforms Shame V (Mothers Day)
In this Mother’s Day sermon, we turn to a theme in the Bible that is implied but easy to miss – the motherliness of God. Motherliness is not the same as femaleness. We will look at this aspect of God, with evidences scattered throughout the Bible to show how this side of God reveals so much of His grace. It is this grace that heals and transforms our shame.
5/5/19 How the Cross Transforms Shame IV
In this sermon we first ask if there are positive uses of shame. Next, we look at the life of Jacob from a shame perspective. It turns out that Genesis, written in a shame culture takes the trouble to spell out the qualities of shame in Jacob’s life and then shows how God redeems and reverses the causes and effects of shame.
4/28/19 How the Cross Transforms Shame III
4/21/19 Easter – How the Resurrection Transforms Shame into Honor
In this Easter message, we will look at the high standards that the Bible sets for the historical verifiability of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. We will also learn how the death and resurrection of Jesus satisfies a deep yearning in all of us to be at peace and have our honor restored in place of an unresolvable shame in our lives.
4/14/19 Palm Sunday – How the Cross Transforms Shame II
In this Palm Sunday message, as Jesus enters into Jerusalem is what is known as the triumphant entry, it turns out that Jesus does not feel triumphant. Luke 19:41 tells us that Jesus is weeping and we know why because He is beginning His descent into shame. Jesus will identify with us in our deepest shame in order that we will receive His honor. We will especially be talking about the difference between a shame culture/mindset versus a guilt culture/mindset and how Jesus solves the problem of shame and guilt in our lives.
4/7/19 Lent – How the Cross Transforms Shame I
Over the next few weeks, we will explore the phenomenon of shame in the Bible. In this introduction, we discover that shame is the intense feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging. We will learn how the cross deals directly with the problem of shame, the silent epidemic that affects all of us by restoring to all of us a reconciled and thriving relationship with God, with ourselves and with others. This in turn heals and transforms every pathology in our lives that arises from shame filters.
3/31/19 A Strong Vulnerability
We will discover in this sermon that Biblical vulnerability comes from grace and is the doorway to God’s grace. Biblical vulnerability is not false humility or victimhood but the courage and strength to see ourselves as we really are as we depend on God’s grace. Bing vulnerable in a Biblical way is borne out of spiritual strength and a deep spiritual courage.
3/24/19 Lent – Paul on Holiness and Unity – A Uniting Holiness
Today, we look at the power of the cross and resurrection to deal with a problem every religion, church or Christian leader has to face: the tension between unity and holiness. It is not easy to have both at the same time. It is easy to be holy if we do not care about unity and it is easy to preserve unity if we don’t openly engage truth and real differences. We discover that it is only in the context of the cross and sacrifice that makes possible a holiness that has the power to bring real unity to real differences.
3/17/19 Suffering to Lessen Suffering
In this sermon, the religious and grace ways of fasting and grieving sin is closely examined in the context of the season of Lent.
3/10/19 Unity in Diversity
In this sermon, Dr. Chang preaches about the nuances of how God has created us as individuals designed to be a part of the church.
3/3/19 A Biography of Paul III
Today, we will look at what happens after our initial conversion. In particular, we will look at how our new foundation and new orientation affects our daily lives and our important areas of life. I will first look at the what of Paul’s biographical history today, and then second, bring very practical application to all of our lives.
2/24/19 A Biography of Paul II
In today’s sermon, we learn that ideas of human rights and fairness of international law originate with Paul’s seven short letters. We ask how a person who destroyed his enemies would become one who would bring life to the world; how did he turn from a divider of people to a uniter of people; how did a divider of people become a uniter of people? What accounts for this radical transformation? It turns out to be his conversion. We will look in depth into the nature of conversion from a Biblical perspective.
2/17/19 A Biography of Paul
We will be looking at another indirect disciple of Jesus, the apostle Paul who was not one of the 12 disciples. We discover that Jesus calls those outside of His core group (even today!) to complete the work of God. In Paul’s case, God chose someone who was skeptical and unconvinced about the Christian faith. We learn that God does not give up on anyone, even His enemies. As a result of Paul’s conversion, even his past experiences, however wrongheaded is redeemed by God and put to use for a greater purpose.
2/10/19 The Disciple of the Disciple of Jesus Called Mark
None of us are the direct disciples of Jesus like the 12 disciples. We will take a closer look at the writer of the Gospel according to Mark. We discover that he is mostly likely African who later travels more widely than Paul and becomes Africa’s first evangelist, apostle and martyr. From Mark, we learn the important difference between willingness and readiness to serve God.
2/3/19 Establishing the Foundations of Grace IV – Why and How the Mind Matters
In this final sermon on the Foundations of Grace, we will look at why we need to continually nurture our mind. We will learn this morning that truth is the food of the mind but it is not what our popular culture understands by “truth.” Biblical truth is not merely a mental activity but a lived reality. We will learn how to practically build foundations of truth from a Biblical perspective.
1/27/19 Establishing the Foundations of Grace III – What Strong Foundations Look Like in Real Life
The Bible tells us that Jesus grew in His mental life, physical life, spirituality and socio-relational foundations (Luke 2:52). This morning, we will look at how building rotating habits around these four foundations look like in real life. We will especially look at the life of Henri Nouwen as an example that speaks to all of us in our concrete existence.
1/20/19 Establishing Foundations of Grace II-Spirituality through Attention to Scripture
We continue to begin this year by establishing a roadmap that emphasizes the four foundational areas of mental, physical stature, spirituality and social-relationship growth (Luke 2:52). In this sermon, we focus on spiritual foundations through attention to Scripture. Psalm 1:1-3 shows us that the results of meditation on Scripture leads to fruitfulness and prosperity in all the different dimensions of life.
1/13/19 New Year Sermon: What Foundations are We Building for the Year Ahead?
As we look ahead to a new year of opportunities, we want to remember to build on foundational issues instead of superficial ones. Building strong foundations always flourishes us and our environment in the long term, even when the “winds” of life blow against us. Foundational issues are more difficult to measure because they easily escape external measures. We will look at what foundational areas to build on and how to make that happen through our habits and rituals.
12/30/18 Ending the Year with Our Tradition of Gratitude and Thanksgiving
We end this year following our yearly ritual of gratitude and thanksgiving. Whether it has been a great, difficult year or both, we choose to give thanks. Gratefulness is an inner recognition of having received goodness outside of ourselves that we receive while thanksgiving is gratefulness that is expressed. The habit of thanksgiving makes us spiritually strong because it requires discipline and reflection to do so. We also discover that it is not happiness that makes us thankful but thankfulness that makes us happy. Reflect with us as we choose to give thanks as a lifestyle.
12/23/18 Christmas: Jesus Does Not Avoid Darkness but Enters Into It to Transform Us
Some Christians celebrate Christmas while others don’t because it is historically related to a pagan festival. This is a mindset that reflects a dualistic Christianity that separates light and darkness, the holy from the unholy, the pure and impure. This is not a Biblical mindset because Jesus came into the darkness to transform it. Jesus came into brokenness, sinfulness and the unholy in order to bring redemption. The Christian faith is courageous and daring in the face of darkness because Christmas is a demonstration that “light has come into the darkness” and into the darkness of our lives to bring transformation.
12/16/18 Advent: Is Christian Hope the Same as General Optimism?
Is Christian hope the same as religious optimism? Both optimism and pessimism are two sides of an irrational coin. Optimism and pessimism are actually temperaments that do not require us to make real life choices. Optimism and pessimism are unreflective attitudes and subjective feelings. They choose to be blind to the nuances of reality. Biblical hope is each one of us actively choosing to make things better as well as depending on God to fulfill His promises to us.
12/9/18 How to Grow in Grace with the Law
After coming off of a series of Grace, this sermon examines the role and purpose of the Law, and how we can allow the Law (rituals and God’s commands) help bring a fullness of life that is only possible through a the correct interpretation of the Law with Grace.
12/2/18 A Celebration of Grace in the Prodigals
In the Parable of the Prodigals, we take a closer look at the Father’s insistence that “we have to celebrate.” We will look at the history of why God calls us to celebrate and how through grace, celebration is further elevated and becomes a central feature of our lives.
11/25/18 Awareness of Grace in the Prodigals V
In the Parable of the Prodigals, we ask what spirituality from the perspective of the Opportunistic younger brother looks like. Opportunistic spirituality exists because we have either misunderstood the nature of the Father or don’t know how to receive and appropriate what He has already given to us.
11/18/18 Awareness of Grace in the Prodigals IV – Spiritual Awakening to be Alive Again
11/11/18 Awareness of Grace in the Prodigals III
Even in the presence of God, it is possible to be unaware of God’s extravagant presence. We already looked at the root causes of this spiritual tone-deafness in the problem of lack of awareness and false programming. Today, we will look at the third spiritual malady of false attachments. Instead of detachment, we will learn what grace-attachment is that allows us to drop the false attachments in our lives.
11/4/18 Awareness of Grace in the Prodigals II
It is possible to be in the presence of God and still be unsatisfied like the younger and older brothers in the Prodigal parable. They had no awareness of the inner program that made them miss the extravagant blessings in front of them. This sermon will help us identify the false programming that automatically regulates our lives and replace them with the Gospel of grace.
10/28/18 Awareness of Grace in the Prodigals
10/21/18 The Christian in the Workplace
How does a Christian live out his or her faith in the workplace and marketplace? Listen to Lynette Corbeil, a faculty at UCSD’s School of Medicine speak about her faith in the secular world.
10/14/18 A Deeper Look at Grace II – Good News for Those Trying Their Best
There are three ways in which to relate to God. In the story of the Prodigals, Jesus shows us three ways in which believers relate to God: The opportunistic, the religious and the way of grace. It is very important to make distinctions between them because when Christians and outsiders think about the Christian faith, it is possible to confuse the opportunistic or religious ways as what defines the Christian faith. Jesus is taking the trouble to make these important distinctions in order for understand grace clearly. It is also important to make these three distinctions because we ourselves can be living and practicing an opportunistic or religious relationship with God without even knowing it.
10/7/18 A Deeper Look at Grace I – A Currency We Don’t Know How to Spend
We return to the foundational teaching at ICCSD on the Gospel of Grace. Through the Parable of the Prodigals in Luke 15, we discover that grace is like a currency in our lives that we don’t quite know how to spend. We will unpack the life-changing message of grace that keeps getting deeper and wider every time we return to experience it, or more properly, Him.
9/30/18 Numbers XII – Conclusion (Be Lifted Up in Peace)
This sermon focuses on two things: the reason behind the Census in Numbers and the famous prayer of blessings by Aaron. It turns out that the Census was intended to “lift up the head” of each person because every individual counts. Once we realize that God calls us each by name, He then proceeds to bless us.
9/23/18 Numbers XI – Habits and Rituals as Instruments of Gods Grace
9/16/18 ICCSD Anniversary 2018 – Returning to Our Foundations
For ICCSD’s 19th Anniversary, the sermon focuses on the three foundations for our church: The Gospel of Grace, the centrality of the Bible that leads to transformation and a life of learning, and building a strong community. There is no guarantee that a local church will survive forever: none of the seven churches of the Book of Revelation exist today. However, we know that a local church will remain strong as long as the three foundations are emphasized.
9/9/18 Numbers X – The Map of Grace in the Wilderness
Today, we will take a step back to look at the big picture of Numbers. It turns out that the big picture also patterns for us the map of our spiritual lives. It is when we understand the big picture, the spiritual map of our lives that we don’t get too arrogant or too discouraged during the journey. In fact, most of us don’t even have a big picture map of the spiritual life. Or at least we might have forgotten it.
9/2/18 Numbers IX – The Incredible Story of Balaam
To appreciate the story of Balaam, we must see it at multiple levels because our lives too are lived at multiple levels. Some of us may be living well at our relationship level but our finances are devastating us; some of us are living our occupations well but we have no meaningful relationships; some of us have great spiritual lives but our health is poor because we have been ignoring it; or some of us may live our lives materially well but our spiritual lives are dry wastelands. The story of Balaam teaches us how to pay attention to the multiple levels and
nuances of our lives. What we may not be looking at may kill us. This is a
common story of many lives today!
8/26/18 Number VIII – Authoritarian versus Authoritative
Today we look at an episode in the Book of Numbers that shows one of the big challenges to the leadership of Moses and Aaron. It was a growing rebellion. On the surface, the topic is about leadership but underneath, it is about cultivating attitudes: attitudes towards life, attitudes towards relationships, attitudes towards positions of power at home, attitudes at work, and attitudes toward people in authority.
8/19/18 Number VII – Moses and the Human Side of Our Nature
Was Moses unfairly punished by God for hitting the rock and as a result, not allowed to enter the Promise Land? Moses’ punishment seems disproportionate to his mistake. As we look carefully at the Biblical text, we discover a different picture emerging: that it was not so much a punishment but God graciously switching Moses’ role and calling even while he was dealing with his own personal struggles.
8/12/18 Number VI – Do Christians Still Believe in Holy Wars?
This sermon will deal with a question in Numbers/Bemidbar that has haunted both Jews and Christians for generations and for centuries. On the one hand, we are told to value life and love our enemies. On the other hand, God calls His people to kill their enemies as they approach the Promised Land. How does the Bible answer this very jarring contradiction that will easily challenge any simplistic answers?
8/5/18 Who Are the Nazirites?
Who are the Nazirites? They appear to be super-spiritual believers! On the one hand they are honored and on the other, they are asked to repent for denying the pleasures of life. We discover that as believers in Christ, we need both saints and regular believers to live out the diversity of the Christian life because there is no single way to express God’s fullness. From Numbers/Bemidbar, we will learn how to deal internally with the sometimes uncomfortable diversity of expressions among Christians while also dealing the diversity of beliefs outside the church.
7/29/18 Numbers IV The Spies II – Seeing with Different Eyes
Continuing with the episode of the spies, we learn that seeing is not the most reliable form of knowledge. We all experience confirmation bias where we see what we already want to see. We discover that the heart determines what the eye sees where weak hearts see a world filled with terror and strong hearts see opportunities. We have to learn to listen with our hearts to avoid confirmation bias. We also discover the paradoxical truth that the fear of failure causes us to fail while it is the willingness to fail that allows us to succeed.
7/22/18 Numbers III The Spies I – Grace and the Two Sides of Freedom
In this sermon, we look at the famous episode of the spies. How can 10 spies interpret what they see as negative while 2 spies reach the opposite conclusion from the same data? It turns out that the 10 were more fearful of success than failure. By that, they fell for a common mistake of not wanting to contaminate their religious faith by bringing it into contact with the real world. We also learn another probable view that God was allowing His children time in the wilderness to mature before the heavier responsibilities of freedom in the Promised Land.
7/15/18 Numbers II – Becoming Leaders Through Grace in the Wilderness – The Vanity of Looking for Perfect Leadership
Andre looks at a church or socio-spiritual application of life in the desert. In particular, we will learn how God wants us to understand leadership and the relationship between leaders and the people in the church.
7/8/18 Numbers I – Finding Grace in the Wilderness
In this sermon, Andre looks at the personal application of how God deals with us in the desert and wilderness.
7/1/18 What Do You See?
In this sermon, scientist Jerry Chiang speaks about perception and fear.
6/24/18 Prayer and Friendship
In this sermon, professor Minoa Chang speaks about the relationship between prayer and friendship with Jesus and others around us.
6/17/18 Mary Poplin – My Time with Mother Theresa
Author and professor Mary Poplin speaks about her life and time she witnessed miracles doing ministry with Mother Theresa.
6/10/18 Why Healings and Miracles Happen More within a Spiritual Community that Actively Believes In Them
Healings and miracles in the Bible are almost always in the context of a believing community. Within this community, we all take turns to lose faith and become discouraged. Some days our faith in Jesus is strong and other seasons, we are very weak in our faith. The church and the body of Christ is where God designed for us to have faith on behalf of one another. It is in this context that we see more healings and miracles.
6/3/18 Post-Resurrection Grace VIII – Do Prayers Really Change Reality?
To the extent that the disciples dwelled on the resurrection of Jesus, they experienced the grace of God in a greater measure. The qualifier “great” power and “great” grace is associated and intimately connected with the resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus implies the possibility and reality of miracles in the lives of Christians.
5/20/18 Post-Resurrection Grace VII
Today, I want to do two things. I will continue to examine why many of us are hesitant, timid or suspicious about God’s miracles in our lives. And secondly, we will look at ways that we can practically invite more of God’s resurrection power, greater grace and miracles into our lives.
5/13/18 Post-Resurrection Grace VI – Why We Don’t Seem to See More Miracles Today
Over the past 5 weeks, we have been focusing on the resurrection of Jesus as the central message of the Gospel, the Good News of Grace and the disciples of Jesus who preached this as a central message. One of the implications of the resurrection is that miracles happen, so why don’t we see more spectacular miracles today?
5/6/18 Post-Resurrection Grace V – The Resurrection and the Gospel
4/29/18 Post-Resurrection Grace IV
4/22/18 Post-Resurrection Grace III
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul tells us what his personal spiritual quest is: ” I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. ” It is not the crucified but the Resurrected Jesus that He wants to know more and more of. If this was his central occupation that made him the greatest missionary in the New Testament, this is the spiritual foundation we need to understand and build our lives on.
4/15/18 Post-Resurrection Grace II – A Powerful Grace
The Bible tells us that a “powerful grace” accompanied the apostles who “continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 4:33). Is there a weaker version of grace? When we look at the Biblical evidence, God’s grace was already present prior to the resurrection in the lives of the apostles. They knew the right teachings and doctrines but their lives evidenced defeat, self-condemnation and partial victories. Post-resurrection, we cannot deny the “powerful grace” in their new found boldness and the supernatural characteristics of their lives and ministry. It is this “powerful grace” that we want to release in our lives today through the resurrection.
4/8/18 Post-Resurrection Grace
The cross is only part of the gospel story and not the complete story. The resurrection was the central focus that gave birth to the Early Church. Recall that before this, all the disciples were afraid and defeated. It was the resurrection that gave birth to the new message that gave birth to the church into what it is today.
4/1/18 Easter – A Living Hope
This sermon is about the critical importance of the Resurrection for the Christian Faith.
3/25/18 Lent – Death and Grace (Palm Sunday)
Our culture easily disowns death. Even when the church speaks about death, it is more about heaven or hell. Physical deterioration, aging and death are seen only in negative terms. However, the Bible approaches these issues in redemptive ways. Proverbs tells us that “gray hair is the splendor of the old.” Jesus says, “my death is good for you because it will bear fruit.” This sermon will end wth application about how to live redemptively even when we confront our decline in different areas of life. Grace is always available in the different seasons of life.
3/18/18 Lent – Identification and Substituion
These are the two heartbeats of the crucifixion and the resurrection. Think of this like the inhaling and exhaling of breath that keeps our heart beating. Or the two readings of our blood pressure (systolic and diastolic): they are identification and substitution. Actually there is a third: representation. In a nutshell, Jesus identified with us through His humanity, especially suffering; represent us on the cross by taking upon Himself all our weaknesses, sins and brokenness and became our substitute – in that all His perfection, righteousness, wholeness is given to us while all that wrong with us is placed on Jesus and nailed to the cross.
3/11/18 Fanning the Flames – Truth in the Heart (The Original Social Media)
Whatever rules our hearts rules our lives. Whatever we put into our hearts begins to control everything else in our lives. In whichever way we process what goes into our hearts regulates all the issues of our lives. Over the past few weeks, we have looked at various aspects of our hearts. Today, we will look at truth in the heart.
I. How our heart is shaped
II. How God shapes our hearts and minds
III. How do we let God shape our hearts and minds
3/4/18 Fanning the Flames – The Journey of Freedom
Last week, we looked at the broad overview of Biblical freedom. In short, freedom is living fully according to our design. Today, we will look at another aspect of freedom – the big journey towards freedom so that we have a map we can use towards that end.
2/25/18 Fanning the Flames – Freedom in the Heart
Now that we have spent the past 5 weeks covering the components of the heart, I want to look at a different aspect of the heart. It is the freedom in the heart. Why – because an inner freedom is one of the indicators of how our heart is doing, the same way we measure a person’s temperature to find out if they have a fever.
2/18/18 Fanning the Flames – Feeding the Heart III
Feeding the Heart in Direct and Indirect Ways
God has shown us very specific ways to feed and nurture our heart, the main spiritual indicator of our lives. We have previously looked at how to feed the emotional, rational and relational components of our heart. This sermon looks at how rituals and habits feed and strengthen the heart.
2/11/18 Fanning the Flames – Feeding the Heart II
Feeding the Heart in Direct and Indirect Ways
Last week, we spoke about two ways to feed our hearts: by investing in a spiritual community as well as choosing to express our emotions to God through worship. Today, we will focus on the third way to feed our hearts, through our rationality and mind.
2/4/18 Fanning the Flames – Feeding the Heart I
Feeding the Heart in Direct and Indirect Ways
This sermon continues where we left off last Sunday where we now want to be practical: how do we feed our hearts? How can we position our hearts and minds to be a posture to grow? How do we practically elevate
our spiritual baseline? How can we practically shift our priorities in our busy schedules that puts us on a path of spiritual growth?
1/28/18 Fanning the Flames – Circumcision of the Heart
This sermon focuses on what circumcision of the heart is.
1/21/18 Fanning the Flames – Guarding the Heart and Guiding the Heart
This sermon focuses on a spiritual indicator in our lives. It is an indicator that cuts through the superficiality on the surface of our lives. Over the next two weeks, I want to focus on the right heart to increase our
spiritual baseline and spiritual satisfaction.
1/14/18 Fanning the Flames for 2018 – Fire In Our Hearts
Starting today and over the next few weeks, Andre will be doing a series that increases our spiritual baseline and foundations.
12/31/17 2017 Year-End – Looking Back in Gratitude, Looking Forward in Hope
Praying through 2017 and for 2018.
12/24/17 Christmas – The Son is Given
What it means to have direct access to God.
12/17/17 Advent – Mighty God
Jesus demonstrates true power.
12/10/17 Advent – Everlasting Father
Today, I want to focus on another aspect of Isaiah’s prophecy – the child as Everlasting Father. Is Jesus the Father? Isn’t Jesus supposed to be the Son? So how can He be both Father and Son at the same time?
12/3/17 Advent – Jesus Prince of Peace
Finding peace in Jesus’ righteousness.
11/26/17 Encounters with Jesus – The Crowds
How Jesus encountered the crowds and related to them.
11/19/17 Encounters with Jesus – Women in the Crowds
How Jesus encounters women in the gospels.
11/12/17 Encounters with Jesus – Mary the Mother of Jesus II
This is a continuation of the previous Sunday’s sermon. This sermon looks at Mary and…
1. How her struggle to understand her son is our struggle
2. Her relationship with Jesus holds her together even though her
theology about Him is inaccurate and mistaken. All of us are in that
3. Jesus is deeply faithful to us even while we are trying to catch up
our understanding of Him
11/5/17 Encounters with Jesus – Mary the Mother of Jesus
In this sermon, Andre takes a look at the relationship between Jesus and His mother, Mary and how that continuous encounter reveals how Jesus relates to us.