Laying Down Your Life

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
One of my passions is raising up godly men, who will set the example of being like Christ in all that they do, especially in the area of opposite-sex relationships.

In a world where chivalry has been lost, I am trying to help men become the kind of husbands that the Apostle Paul describes in Ephesians 5:25-33. But it is not easy because it does not come naturally for us to be like Christ. It takes training and constant reinforcement.

If, at a young age, we learn the principles of honoring, respecting, serving, and protecting women, then we will be able to live it out as we get older.

This is why I was moved by this video. It demonstrates perfectly what it means to lay down your life for someone you care about. I pray that all the men in HMCC will have this kind of heart and sacrificial attitude towards the women in our lives.

This is definitely a requirement for any guy who wants to marry Karissa! :-)
 
 
 

Giving Towards Transformation

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Vision

 
The last couple of months have been filled with reconnections. Through my international travels, I have been able to meet a lot of alumni who are now in different parts of the world. Also, I have been able to reconnect with some alumni who came back to Ann Arbor to visit.

Every time I talk with the alumni, I am encouraged to hear that many of them are still walking faithfully with the Lord and they are serving diligently in their new churches.

It has always been our vision, “to transform lost people into Christ’s disciples who will then transform the world.” Therefore, when I see many of these old HMCC members who are now making an impact in different spheres of society throughout the world, it is truly inspiring.

In my conversations with former members, three questions usually come up: 1) How are things going in Ann Arbor now? 2) What are some new things that God is doing in HMCC? 3) What are some ways to help continue the work of transformation?

My response has always been the same: God is working in great ways to build up His church in spite of who we are.

We are humbled to see many people experience God for the first time as they profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (we have seen more salvations in the last few years than ever before). There have been many people who have encountered God’s healing through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit (many incredible testimonies of God’s deliverance). Many people are being challenged to live out the Gospel in radical ways so that they can transform the world (people are taking some huge steps of faith to follow God).

With all this happening in spite of our weaknesses, we excited about all the new ventures that God is opening up for us. God has given us the 2020 Vision to accomplish for His glory. I believe that the best is yet to come.

Over the years, I have learned that besides prayer and God’s anointing, there always needs to be 3 things to make things happen: 1) A clear vision; 2) People to carry out the vision; 3) Resources to fund the vision.

As people have been asking how they can help in continuing the work of transformation, I have told them that we need prayer more than anything else. Then secondly, we need resources to carry out the vision of transformation.

Throughout HMCC’s history, there have always been generous people who gave to the vision so that God’s work of transformation can be experienced by others. We are at a point where the needs are greater because there are more people to be reach with the Gospel. I want to personally invite you to join us in the great journey by prayer and by giving.

If you have been blessed and transformed through HMCC, then play a part in future transformation of lives by giving. We have provided an easy way for you to give online. If Jesus was able to multiply fives loaves and two fish to feed thousands, there is no sacrifice that is too small.

Click below and be a part of the work of transformation.

Fellowship of the Unashamed

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 
Recently at our college ministry, I shared the anonymous prayer called, “Fellowship of the Unashamed.” It is a good reminder of what it means to follow Christ and the decision that is required to live a radical life. The PROCESS of being a Christ-follower is a PASSIONATE lifelong PURSUIT. It is my prayer that we will raise up these types of Christ-followers in our generation!
 
 

I am part of the “Fellowship of the Unashamed.”
The die has been cast.
I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living,
sight walking, small planning, smooth knees,
colorless dreams, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position,
promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience,
lift by prayer, and labor by power.
My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven,
my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few,
my Guide reliable, my mission clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away,
turned back, diluted, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,
hesitate in the presence of adversity,
negotiate at the table of the enemy,
ponder at the pool of popularity,
or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I must go until Heaven returns, give until I drop,
preach until all know, and work until He comes.
And when He comes to get His own,
He will have no problem recognizing me.
My colors will be clear.

Sex Slavery Highlight

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Victories, Vision, Visuals

 
I am always encouraged when people in all our HMCC churches are making a difference for Christ around the world, especially when they use their passions and gifts to communicate some aspects of the message of Christ.

God has been putting our church in a journey to address the issue of human slavery. We have to remember that a movement always starts small, but then it picks up momentum when lots of people get involved with the same vision and cause.

One of our students in HMCC of Chicago, where Pastor Jimmy Roh is the lead pastor, did a documentary on the sex slavery issue in Chicago. The problem with sex slavery is not just in Asia, but it is right here in the United States, particularly in the larger cities.

She did a great job of highlighting the issue in her documentary (which by the way has been nominated for College Emmy’s Awards). We need more abolitionists to rise up from our churches and to join the greater movement around the world. God is definitely up to something.

Check it out the video.
 
 
 

#trending Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 

Picture by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
This coming Sunday we are going to start a new 3-part series called, #trending. For those of you who are not very versed in social media, Twitter uses the hashtag (#) to track various words or topics that are trending. Anything that trends is something that is being talked about a lot in the Twitter world.

In the same way, there are topics that are trending in the Church; but the problem is that we are not addressing them head on. The Church either ignores it or hopes that it will go away. The reality is that it will not go away.

In the midst of the cultural milieu, biblical standards are being push aside so that personal preferences can guide a person’s life. This is affecting how people in the Church are dealing with some of these issues in a Christ-centered way.

Usually, when sensitive topics come up, the Church has a tendency to lean towards an unclear and unloving approach. Through this series, we want to find a good balance of speaking the truth unequivocally and unapologetically, while at the same time offering the hope of the Gospel. When the Church speaks the truth in love (Eph 4:15), people will experience freedom and they will begin to grow.

Don’t forget to invite a friend!

Nefarious

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Vision

 

 
 
 
As part of our Missions Week, we are showing the highly acclaimed documentary, “Nefarious” to bring awareness to the human slavery situation around the world. One of the first steps in being part of the solution is to bring awareness and then to take action. The evil of sex slavery has infiltrated into the fabric of society and we cannot stay silent.

This is something that breaks the heart of God. If the Church does not speak against this evil, then we have lost our credibility as a people who are commanded “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God” (Mic 6:8). We want to be a voice for the voiceless.

It is my prayer that through this documentary and other initiatives, we can raise up a generation of abolitionists who will fight for justice and live for God’s glory.

Here is a trailer of the documentary:
 
 

We Cry Out

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Vision

 

Picture by HMCC-AA Publications Team
 
 
 
We are in the middle of our Missions Week. Ever since HMCC got started back in 1996, we always had a vision that our church will participate in God’s mission regardless of the cost. It is too easy to make church about going to a service on Sunday and hanging out with people that we feel comfortable with, but Christ has called us to something greater.

In fact, the command that Jesus gave was, “therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). This is the reason why every week we try to remind ourselves the reason why we exist as a church. This is also the reason why every year, we try to out extra focus and attention on the God’s mission.

This year the theme is, “We Cry Out.”

There are billions of people around the world that are crying out because of their pain and hopelessness. We, as the people of God want to hear their cry and cry out for them through intercession. I believe that God will hear our cry as we humble ourselves and pray (2 Chr 7:14).

Join us!

Our Mission Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Vision

 

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One of the hardest things about doing ministry on a university campus is the high turnover rate that we see every year. Students come and go. Sometimes students will graduate and stick around because of the church; but many will move on to different parts of the world. With every new academic year, the pressing need is to reiterate the vision and mission of our church. I am reminded of what the writer of Proverbs said when it comes to vision – “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Pr 29:18 KJV).

We are starting a 3-part series called, “Our Mission” in order to: 1) REINFORCE the reasons for why we do what we do; 2) RENEW our commitment to God’s calling for our church. I’m looking forward to sharing the mission that our church has had for the last 16+ years with unapologetic and unwavering devotion. Our mission is simply, “to transform lost people into Christ’s disciples who will then transform the world.”

Succinctly, “TRANSFORMING LIVES. TRANSFORMING THE WORLD.”