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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Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter

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