Eugene Cho

one of the greatest sermons…

It passed quietly this year but as I’ll likely do each year, I want to share about one of the greatest sermons I’ve ever heard. It didn’t come from a pulpit but rather through the stories of about 50-60 folks from a church community that no longer technically exists continues to make an impact through their lives, legacy, stories, and friendship.

Three years ago (June 2007), a 65-year-old church named Interbay Covenant Church (our landlords for several years) chose to “die to themselves” and gift themselves and all their assets to Quest Church.

These amazing folks gave away more than property and assets worth about $5-6 million dollars. More courageously, they shared their lives, stories, and legacy.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote:

One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons…

I am so humbled and blessed to have witnessed this incredible act of obedience. Recently, the folks at Catalyst visited Quest for this video interview and I had the opportunity to share more this act of obedience and about one of the greatest sermons I have ever heard…

Thank you to the beautiful and courageous brothers and sisters of Interbay Covenant Church. Many of you are still worshipping at Quest. Several have moved on to other churches. A few have passed on to be with the Lord. But know this: your story of faith, hope, love, and courage will not be forgotten.

If you’re interested in this beautiful story, here’s some reflections I wrote several years ago – a day after Interbay’s official vote to join Quest to become ONE church. The story was so beautiful that it actually made the cover of the  Seattle PI.

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4 Responses

  1. Such a phenomenal story and unbelievable experience. Thank you, brothers and sisters from Interbay for your generosity, graciousness, love, and the joy you’ve shared. This whole process has echoed so much further than the walls of our building–even coming up in conversation with another pastor brother yesterday. It is a testament to your passion for the Kingdom and love of Christ.

    Thank you.

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  3. Jin says:

    Friends ask me how’s your church in Seattle, and this is story I like to tell them. This, especially to people like me, is an amazing story because I grew up in a church that was driven by power and money, and though I loved God, the Word, the songs we sing and the fellowship i had with good friends, i became somewhat cynical about the Church. Now I can say I live amongst this amazing story and it heals those wounds of the past.

  4. jchenwa says:

    Wow, that’s amazing, amazing grace. I’m honored to have met Ray Bartel, Ralph, and the others.

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Recently, I had a chance to speak at an event in Washington DC and it was particularly special because my 80-year-young father was able to travel with me. 
My Dad had especially wanted to see the Lincoln Memorial with his own eyes. The weather was perfect and while it wasn't part of the plans, we ended up walking 8 miles that day and eventually culminating on the final stretch through the National Mall towards the Lincoln Memorial. But as we made this walk, I had forgotten the presence of the Korean War Memorial that was just a few yards away from the Lincoln Memorial.

I had seen it several times before but I didn't anticipate the impact that it would have on my father. When he realized what it was, he just stood there and I could tell he was deep in thought and memories. Eventually, he began to share some of those memories and stories. My Dad was born in what is now called North Korea and fled south with the rise of dictatorial powers. He was 14 years old when the Korean War broke out. He shared stories of how the bridges connecting Seoul were destroyed and thousands upon thousands of people were stranded. He shared stories of poverty, suffering, and even death.

And then, he just stared at the memorial. And I could tell he was fighting back some tears. He went on to say how grateful he was for the American soldiers who fought another country's war: "I'm here because of them. We're here because of them." He was actually so moved by the memorial that he walked towards the "Park Ranger" on site and kept profusely saying, "Thank you so much for helping us." If you know anything about me, you know that I take seriously the biblical invitation to justice, peacemaking, and reconciliation. So, I'm not here to glorify war or the military. War is utterly brutal & horrible...on everybody. In an ideal world, we would have no need for wars and militaries but unfortunately, we don't live in that world. And so, I continue to do my part to sow peace...but also pause, to also express my deep gratitude to those that have given their service and even their lives for the sake of freedom - even for those they didn't know. I am a recipient of that sacrifice.

Thank you. Say hello to our mesmerizing moon. Recently met an astronomer who had his big toy telescope that allowed us to take photos using the smartphone. Desert hiking. Made it. Barely. But worth it. Such are many of life's challenges. Sabbath. Soaking in a desert sunset. A new experience and interestingly, very spiritual. Happy Earth Day. Enjoyed this epic hike through the woods last weekend with my family. "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” - Isaiah 55:12 Soaking in this view and taking a moment to pray for our nation.

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