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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.