Eugene Cho

the most important sermon you’ll ever preach

Easter Sunday was an amazing weekend.

Not only because we celebrate the great events surround Good Friday and Easter Sunday but for us as a church, it’s usually the only Sunday each year we get to worship together in one service – in a rented facility. While we’re neither a small or large congregation, it just feels so good to be together. Every year during Easter, we celebrate the glorious news of the Resurrection and then host an amazing Feast together.

Easter is special not only for the obvious reason of “The Resurrection” but let’s be honest, there’s a certain energy and vitality that’s not always present each and every Sunday. For some pastors and preachers, they look to the Easter Sunday sermon as the most important sermon of the year. I suppose one could certainly make a case for that but I would respond that the most important sermon preachers will preach

is the next sermon.

Here are some reasons why:

1. Resurrection! So What?

You preached recently on the Resurrection. The following week, you again preach on the power of the Resurrection…and teach in response to, “So what?”

2. Let the past be the past

Preachers don’t rest on the laurels of past sermons. Nor do they allow our mishaps and missteps to decimate them in discouragement. Pick yourself up. Stay humble. Preach the word – in season and out of season.

3. Preaching for the glory of ONE

The most dangerous and difficult challenge for preachers is to preach to gain the pleasure and favor of their listeners. We can mutually manipulate or be manipulated. Ultimately, we preach – mindful of our community and context but we preach for the glory of ONE.

4. Relationship and Love

Preachers should be humbled and honored to be teaching the word of God to their community that have built trust in their pastors. What an amazing privilege! So, we teach in order to share the love of God but in that process, to also demonstrate our love and care for our community. Preachers need to stop thinking about the greener grass on the other side of the fence (aka: other churches) and preach with great love for their people.

5. Faith, Hope, and Love.

Preachers get to not only teach the Scriptures but invite people to once again…worship. In my understanding and reading of Scripture, worship equals “responding to the revelation of God.” We preach – by God’s grace – to invite them to a deeper experience and expression of Faith, Hope, and Love.

6. Reconciliation.

Preachers preach Jesus and the “enough” of Jesus. By the grace of God, we are reconciled and also invited to the work of the Mission and Kingdom of God. We are called to the ministry of reconciliation. We are called to love mercy, seek justice and walk humbly.

The humbling andamazing privilege for preachers is that we get to preach the word of God again this weekend.

Let’s pray and prepare because the next sermon you teach is the most important sermon you’ll every preach.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O God.”

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5 Responses

  1. jchenwa says:

    You guys be more excited about the risen LORD!! He is REAL! Why do you suffer? It’s part of life, as the prophet Job said, should we not accept bad with the good? But you have many good works to be proud about, and GOD sees them all. All of you can preach, not lengthy sermons, but share what you know about the power of the Christ to change lives with whoever the LORD puts around you and in your journeys (paths). Let’s do our best. Pastor Eugene is legit!

  2. dan says:

    Loved this post.

  3. Janet says:

    Hi Eugene,

    Thanks for this post and for reminding us the importance of preaching and teaching.

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
May it be so. Amen. Mount Rainier is simply epic. There's nothing like flying in and out of Seattle.

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  • Every convo with Iraqi/Syrian refugees included: 1 Have tea with us 2 We want peace 3 We hate ISIS 4 We want to go home 5 Don't forget us || 2 days ago
  • Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan to assess @OneDaysWages' partnerships & to film mini-documentary on refugee crisis. So many emotions. || 2 days ago
  • Pray for Mexico. For those mourning loved ones. For those fighting for life - even under rubbles. For rescue workers. Lord, in your mercy. || 2 days ago
  • Don't underestimate what God can do through you. God has a very long history of using foolish and broken people for His purposes and glory. || 5 days ago
  • Father, bless these Iraqi and Syrian refugee children that have already endured so much. As we pray, teach us how t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… || 6 days ago
  • Pray for Iraq. Pray for persecuted Church, minority groups (Yezidis) and Muslims alike who are suffering under ISIS: instagram.com/p/BZF2j6Ngrna/ || 6 days ago