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Church Admin

Milpitas Adventist Church                                              Nov. 9, 2013

 

One Person At A Time!

 

Pr. Joshua Shin

 

Scripture Reading: Rom. 10:14

 

         How, then, can they call on the one they have not

         believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom

         they have not heard? And how can they hear without      

         someone preaching to them?

 

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Greetings

 

Happy Sabbath church!

What an awesome God we serve! He is our God who brought us from the corners of this globe! He is our God who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.

 

When the sky was starless

In the void of the night

(Our God is an awesome God)

                                                                                     

He spoke into the darkness

And created the light

(Our God is an awesome God)

                                                                                     

Mercy and grace

He gave us at the cross

(Our God is an awesome God)

                                                                                     

I hope that we have not

Too quickly forgotten that

Our God is an awesome God

Our God is an awesome God

He reigns from heaven above

With wisdom, power, and love

Our God is an awesome God

 

Our God is an awesome God

He reigns from heaven above

With wisdom, power, and love

Our God is an awesome God

God is an awesome God!

 

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Mother Teresa

 

Does one person have power? O yes! Why not?

Our awesome God called Abram when he was 75 years old at Haran. When his mind was still full of doubt, our awesome God brought him outside and said, "Look at the sky and count the many stars--if you can." Then he promised with to him, "So shall your offspring be."

 

George Muller, “the Father of Orphans” embraced one orphan at a time and finally raised 10,024 orphans through his life.

 

Mother Teresa approached one person at a time and served 42,000 people through her life ministry. We call this “The Power of One!”

 

Did Jesus call His disciples one by one?

Yes, his calling was personal.

Did Jesus heal the sick one by one?

O yes, mostly he healed the sick one person at a time.

He even sensed a sick lady’s personal touch on his garment.

Did Jesus approach people one by one?

Yes, he visited the person with His personal Messianic mission.

When He visited the city of Jericho, Jesus personally called Zacchaeus and saved his household.

 

Yes, Christ’s ministry on earth was very personal. Why? Because His salvation is originally personal and very special to each one of us.

 

Mother Teresa said,

           

         I never look at the masses as my responsibility;

         I look at the individual.

         I can only love one person at a time – just one, one, one.

         So you begin.

         I began - I picked up one person.

         Maybe if I didn't pick up that one person,

         I wouldn't have picked up forty-two thousand....

         The same thing goes for you,

         the same thing in your family,

         the same thing in your church, and your community.

         Just begin – one person at a time.

 

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Video Clip – One person at a time!

 

Just begin - one person at a time!  - Mother Teresa -

 

In 1858, there was a Sunday school teacher in Boston.

 

He visited and taught the Bible to his student who worked at the shoemaker.

 

He was drawn to Christ and became a Sunday school teacher.

 

His life was captured by the gospel and he became the greatest evangelist in 19th century.

 

The shoeshine boy was D. L. Moody and the teacher was Kimball.

 

After 21 years, Moody preached in London and F. Meyer attended the meeting and became Moody's evangelism partner. 

 

One day Meyer visited America and preached in a meeting, and J. Chapman accepted Jesus.

 

F. Chapman opened evangelistic meetings in major cities of America and spread the gospel. 

 

Chapman worked for YMCA for a while and he share the gospel to a major leaguer. 

 

The major leaguer accepted Jesus through F. Chapman and became an evangelist.

 

He is no other than Billy Sunday who brought 1.5 million people to Christ within 10-week evangelistic meeting in 1917, in Boston.

 

Billy Sunday invited M. Hamm to Shallotte and held 3-week evangelism meeting but got discouraged a lot.

 

12-year old boy was the only converter from the meeting.

 

This boy has preached the good news of Jesus to 2.2 billion people. And his name was Billy Graham.

 

From D. L. Moody to Billy Graham, one person shared the love of God to one person at a time.

 

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My Dissertation

 

This is my doctoral dissertation. In the 3rd chapter, page 53 to 67, I researched the “Team Ministry of great evangelists during the great awakening in the 19th and 20th centuries in America. And these great preachers showed up there in my study one by one.

 

But as I prepared my sermon, I got to realize that there was a personal linkage from Moody to Billy Graham, one person to the next by God’s awesome providence. I praise the Lord that He provided these precious evangelists for the lost!

 

Please… please… do not be critical on these evangelists but be thankful for the millions and several tens of millions people who accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior through these servants.

 

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Dear church members,

 

It is very true that you and I are here today because of somebody. That somebody could be your father, mother, friend, evangelist Taj, Pr. Ivor Myers, or Pr. Doug Bachelor. Whosoever introduced Jesus to you, give your praise to the Lord for your personal salvation! Amen!

 

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Invite Joel Mautray to the pulpit

 

Dear my friend, Joel! Please come up to the pulpit and share any inspiring story of saving a person through GLOW track.

 

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Moody Evangelized Kimball’s Son

Quite some number of pastors and theology students personally approached me and expressed their special thanks to me; telling me that they made their minds to be pastors, the preachers for the Good News of Jesus as they listened to my sermons during their week of prayers or evangelistic meetings. Praise to the name of the Lord!

 

Then I clearly told them back, “Some time later you will feel and understand my joy and happiness as someone approaches you and tells you that you are the one who offered the gospel of Jesus to him. So be the next person!”  

 

Please carefully listen to this marvelous story of Pr. Moody!

 

A number of years after his own conversion, Mr. Moody found a young man after the worship service in Boston. The young man came to Mr. Moody and introduced himself as a son of Mr. Kimball, Moody’s Sunday school teacher long long years ago. "What? O man, I'm so glad to meet you" said Pr. Moody. Then Moody looked at him and asked, "Are you a Christian?" The young man said, “Well, I’m sorry. I am not a Christian.” Then Moody grabbed him and inquired of his age. "I am 17," was the reply. "O my dear son, that was just my age when your father led me to the Lord," said Mr. Moody, "and now I want to repay him by leading his son to Christ."

 

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Thank You

 

One of my favorite gospel songs is “Thank You” written and composed by Ray Boltz.

 

Thank You

 

Words and Music by Ray Boltz

 

I dreamed I went to heaven

And you were there with me

We walked upon the streets of gold

Beside the crystal sea

We heard the angels singing

Then someone called your name

You turned and saw this young man

And he was smiling as he came

 

And he said, Friend

You may not know me now

And then he said, But wait

You used to teach my Sunday School

When I was only eight

And every week you would say a prayer

Before the class would start

And one day when you said that prayer

I asked Jesus in my heart

 

CHORUS:

Thank you for giving to the Lord

I am a life that was changed

Thank you for giving to the Lord

I am so glad you gave

 

Video Clip Starts from here

Then another man stood before you

And said remember the time

A missionary came to your church

And his pictures made you cry

You didn't have much money

But you gave it anyway

Jesus took the gift you gave

And that's why I am here today

 

CHORUS

 

One by one they came

Far as the eye could see

Each life somehow touched

By your generosity

Little things that you had done

Sacrifices made

Unnoticed on the earth

In heaven now proclaimed

 

And I know up in heaven

You're not supposed to cry

But I am almost sure

There were tears in your eyes

As Jesus took your hand

And you stood before the Lord

He said, My child look around you

Great is your reward

 

CHORUS (repeat)

 

I am so glad you gave

 

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Conclusion

 

One day, Philip, a chosen deacon in the early church, captured by the Holy Spirit and brought to a man who had come to Jerusalem to worship God of Israel from Ethiopia and is now sitting on the chariot running toward back his country. 

Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading the book of Isaiah. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked.      

"How can I, unless someone explains it to me?"

 

Do you believe that this Acts chapter 8 happens every day in this Bay Area? Are you captured by the Holy Spirit and ran up to the chariot and ask, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

 

O God, please open our spiritual eyes so that we can offer them the Gospel of Jesus!

 

I want you to read our Scripture Reading one more time with me as I conclude my sermon this morning!

 

Rom. 8:13-15

 

         For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be         saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not

         believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom

         they have not heard? And how can they hear without         someone preaching to them? And how can they preach       unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the   feet of those who bring good news!"

 

 

 

 

One Step Taken in Advance

Church Admin

Milpitas Adventist Church                                                                                                                                                                April 27, 2013

 

One Step Taken in Advance

 

Pr. Joshua Shin

 

The Scripture Reading: Joshua 3:5

 

            Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD

            will do amazing things among you."

 

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The 40 Years in the Wilderness

                                                                       

The 40 years of wilderness life had almost come to an end. Moses had known how accurately God’s promise would be achieved, and he realized that the there would be only two more months remaining.

 

On the first day of the 11th month in the 40th year, (Deut. 1:3) Moses began to preach his last sermon in Arabah to the Israelites where he can see Kadesh Barnea and the land of Canaan. This famous sermon is the whole book of Deuteronomy.

 

The first chapter of Deuteronomy starts with the recalling of an incident that happened 38 years ago. Although Moses was 120 years old, his physical strength was still powerful and his eyes were still bright. In reminiscing about the days in the wilderness, he remembered God’s wonderful guidance throughout their sojourn.

 

Departing from Goshen in Egypt via Sinai Peninsula to the Mount Horeb, the Mount of God, the journey took two months. The Israelites stayed at the foot of Mount Sinai for a year and received new instructions and training from the Lord on how to live in the land of Canaan.

 

In order to demonstrate HIS divine presence with HIS own people on earth, in order to teach them the mission of the Messiah—forgiveness and atonement through animal sacrifice, and in order to present the clear mission to the people of God on earth, the God of heaven requested Moses to build a tabernacle.

 

Through the daily supply of Manna, God showed Himself as the caring Father and taught them why, when, and how to keep the Sabbath day holy—a practice which would be a great blessing to the Israelites.

 

The pillar of fire and the pillar of clouds, hovering over the vast and formidable desert, the water from the hard rocks in an arid and dry land, the protection from the venomous snakes and scorpions in the desert were strong evidences of God’s power to guide and protect in such ever-dangerous environments. (Deut. 8:15)

 

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Sinai to Kadesh Barnea / New Leadership System

 

After about two years of spiritual training for the Israelites under the shadow of Mount Sinai, God told Moses it was time to leave for the land of promise.

 

However, just before this great move, Moses was visited by his father-in-law Jethro who advised Moses to structure a leadership system for the millions of people. The effective leadership system of having commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and tribal officials was introduced to the Israelites

 

I personally understand the reason God positioned one commander over 1,000 people and  three commanders over 100 people was to minimize the governing power but maximizing the serving man power for God’s administration. I believe we really need to think about this wisdom.

 

With the help of the commanders, the Israelites set out from Horeb and moving in perfect order, reached Kadesh Barnea of Canaan just within eleven days.

 

Moses was so excited and confident that God was with them, so he ordered the people of Israel, saying:

 

         You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the

         LORD our God is giving us. See, the LORD your God has given

         you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the

         God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be

         discouraged. (Deut. 1:20-21)

                                                     

But then, all the leaders and the people of Israel came to Moses and suggested,

                                   

         Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring

         back a report about the route we are to take and the towns

         we will come to. (Deut. 1:22)

 

The idea seemed good to Moses, and he accepted the idea and chose 12 leaders from the 12 tribes.  (Num. 13:11-16)

         From Ephraim – Hosea: “God is Salvation,” “He saves”

         From Judah – Caleb: “faith, devotion, wholehearted”

        

         Moses renamed Hosea to Joshua: giving him a different name with

         the same meaning => “YAHWEH is Salvation”

 

To me, it was Moses’ understanding of the Messiah Jesus, which is the Greek translation of Aramaic form of Yeshua, the name of the Messiah.

 

We know these two leaders were only people who entered the Promised-land because of their great faith in the Lord! The combination of these two names—to have the wholehearted faith in the Lord, WHO is our salvation—this should be our identity.

 

Now Moses commanded the spies,

 

         Go up and see what the land is like and whether the people who live

         there are strong or weak, few or many. What kind of land do they live

         in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they

         unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there

         trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the

         land. (Num. 13:17-20)

 

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Analysis vs Faith

 

My dear church members, please listen to me carefully.

The command of Moses to scout the land would be okay for precise analysis, but it shouldn’t be the focus of the report, for it robbed people of their faith when their focus was on the actual situation only. We Christians need to see more than the actual things such as living conditions, the size of the land, the number of trees, or the quality of soil, for God is much bigger than all those conditions.

 

Each individual, each family, and each church can have its own Canaan from the Lord. Job, marriage, living place, working conditions, church size, church location, and church finance can be some of them. But the Almighty God stands behind or in front or within these many issue, and He wants us to see HIM through them.

 

So what, if the land isn’t that fertile, if there are not that many trees, if the people are living in the fortified city? What is your problem? Are you able to handle these issues? No way. You have just come out of the wilderness after 40 years of nomadic life.

You are not able to fight against the enemies or conquer the land without God’s help!

It shouldn’t be your main focus!

 

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Church Administrative Leadership Style

 

But let me tell you the truth.  So many church leaders, pastors, including me of course, church elders, and denominational officers are not bold enough to move forward with faith alone. Rather, the passive and conservative and dubious attitude of the administrative leadership is well accepted, respected, and recognized as one of the best leadership qualities in our church.

 

As for Joshua’s and Caleb’s attitude in facing the challenge with wholehearted faith in the Lord is considered as unreasonable, too aggressive, and very reckless in the leadership of the church. Why?

 

It is because of our faith in the Lord. Actually it is not the matter of the strength of our faith, but it is a matter of the existence of our faith in the Lord. Please understand it, for if someone has faith as small as a mustard seed, it will move the mountain from one side to the other. One step taken to venture out will bring God’s miracle!

 

Soon we will be choosing the leaders of our church for the fiscal year of 2013-2014. I pray, I really pray that the chosen people will be acting as Joshua and Caleb for this church of God. I pray that their faith, devotion, and wholehearted faith in God’s salvation will lead us to the Promised-land.

 

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Moses’ Death

 

Soon after his long sermon, Moses went up to the Mt. Nebo and reached top of the Mt. Pisgah, looked at the Promised-land from a distance and went to his rest. Then the young leader, Joshua succeeded Moses’ position and the leadership

                 

         Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of

         Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—

         from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh,

         all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the

         whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar.

         Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham,    

         Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let

         you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” (Deut. 34:1-5)           

 

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From Shittim to Jordan

Joshua also counted the days of God’s prophecy, and he knew that only 5 more days were left from the 40 years in the wilderness. (Jos. 3:1-5)

                                                     

The command of God was given to Joshua. It should be the last move from one place to another. Why? For the time had come. The command of God was to move from Shittim to the shores of the Jordan River. (Jos. 3:1)

 

Behind the Jordan, a fortified city was seen. That was the city of Jericho, and it looked like an impenetrable fortress in the sight of the Israelites.

 

The Israelites stood up, packed up their tents, and moved on to the Jordan.

They stayed there for three days. And on the 4th day, Joshua sent the officials throughout the camp, giving orders to the people:

 

         When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God carried by Levites,       

         you are to move out from your positions and follow it. (Jos. 3:3-4)

 

Joshua visited the Levites personally and told them while the officials visited camps:

 

         Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people. (Jos. 3:6)

         When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river. (Jos. 3:8)

 

And Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” (Jos. 3:5)

 

Finally the consecration day was over, and the D-day had come. It was the day of God’s promise over 600 years ago—from Abraham through Issac and Jacob, and 430 years in the land of Egypt and 40 years in the wilderness.

 

The Levites put the ark of the covenant of the Lord on their shoulders. The 12 tribes lined up with their tribal flags.

                                                     

Dear church members,

Just try to imagine this strange scenery. Over three million people lined up with their livestock against the water of Jordan!

 

Imagine yourself as one of the people in the city of Jericho carefully watching the movement of the Israelites from Shittim to Jordan.  They were getting uncomfortably close and stayed around quietly for three days.  Then the people started moving around here and there on the 4th day, and then they all stood up, took down their tents, and lined up… lined up against the Jordan River … for what? What are they going to do now? Don’t you think they were terrified?

 

Finally Joshua commanded the Levites to move forward to the edge of the Jordan. Now the Jordan was at flood stage during the harvest. All eyes were fully focused, and all lips were totally silent.

 

The priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan, and their feet touched the water's edge. The Bible says,

                                                     

         The water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great

         distance away, while the water flowing was completely cut off. So the

         people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of

         the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the

         Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed

         the crossing on dry ground. (Jos. 3:15-17)

 

O my dear church members!

I am so excited and thrilled whenever I read this story.

To me, it is not a 4000-year old antique story from the Old Testament, but it is the real story of my church and my people and my life in this 21st century. How about you?

 

I ask myself. “Joshua, what is your life mission? Where are you now? Are you ready to move from Shittim to Jordan, for soon you will have to cross the river? Pr. Joshua, are you ready to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord in front of God’s people? Are you ready to stand in the middle of the Jordan, taking the risk till all your church members will be have completed crossing river and entered the kingdom of God?

 

I personally sense God’s prophetic time, and I know that the end will come very soon. So for me it is time to move nearer to the Jordan and get ready to cross the river. But it is also true that the miracle here at Jordan was performed by God when the Levites, tribal officials, and the people of God all worked together!

 

So my dear church members and leaders,

I want to keep this sense of urgency continually before you, and I hope that all church leaders and you feel it together with me. This is my prayer for you this morning!