2022-05-15 Preaching: The basis for tithing.

 The basis for tithing

Hebrews 7:1-28; 5/15/2022; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

 Introduction

Tithing becomes a contentious issue, closely related to history, theology, and truth.  In my past pastoral experience, I have also discussed this truth with some brothers and sisters who hold different opinions. Today, we will explore and restate the biblical basis for tithing from Hebrews chapter 7. Let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “2022-05-15 Preaching: The basis for tithing.”

2022-05-08 Preaching: Do not depart from the truth

Do not depart from the truth 

Hebrews 6:1-20; 5/8/2022; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

Introduction

This is a question of theology, a question of truth, and more importantly, a question of our daily life. Even if you believe in God, will you still backtrack?  Sometimes this type of discussion may be moot, because not to apostasy is the commandment of the Lord and the invitation of His love. Let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “2022-05-08 Preaching: Do not depart from the truth”

2022-05-01 Preaching: The order of Melchizedek

The order of Melchizedek

  Hebrews 5:1-14; 5/1/2022; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

  Introduction

To fully understand Melchizedek itself is an impossible mission.  Melchizedek and patriarch Abraham first met after Abraham defeated Chedorlaomer and his three allies.  Melchizedek came out with bread and wine to meet Abraham and his 318 servants,  expressing God’s grace and friendship with him.  He even blessed Abraham in the name of the Most High,  praising God for the victory (Genesis 14:18-20).  So, who is he? What is his rank?  Let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “2022-05-01 Preaching: The order of Melchizedek”

2022-04-24 Preaching: Preparation for rest

  Preparation for rest

4/24/2022, Hebrews 4:1-16; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

  Introduction

There are two different expressions of rest in the Bible,  one refers to rest, and the other refers to the condition and state of being in Christ.  The rest we are talking about today refers to the second kind of rest, which God has prepared for His people.  Let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “2022-04-24 Preaching: Preparation for rest”

2022-04-17 Preaching: The Choice Of Life

The choice of life

4/17/2022, Hebrews 3:1-19; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

Introduction

To understand Hebrews, one must have an Old Testament background.  In the eyes of the elect, Moses can be said to be their highest example in the world.  Paul challenges the Jews here,    So what is your choice before Moses and Christ?  Let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “2022-04-17 Preaching: The Choice Of Life”

2022-04-10 Preaching: Wonderful Christ

Wonderful Christ

4/10/2022, Hebrews 2:1-18; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

Introduction

When we speak of the glorious Christ, we mean the transcendence of His being,   including all things, morality, and eternity! Today when we talk about the wonderful Christ, we mean the traces of His glory sprinkled in our lives, including testimony, authority, and redemptive power.  Let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “2022-04-10 Preaching: Wonderful Christ”

2022-04-03 Preaching: Glorious Christ

Glorious Christ

4/3/2022, Hebrews 1:1-14; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

  Introduction

The book of Habakkuk brought tears to my eyes as I saw Russia bombing Ukraine wildly, causing the lives of Ukrainians to be devastated. I am deeply heartbroken and unbearable. I am well aware of the ugliness and cruelty of war, and life falls and disappears like a mustard! Thank the Lord, starting today, God will bring us comfort and hope through Hebrews, starting from knowing Christ.  Glorious Christ,  let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “2022-04-03 Preaching: Glorious Christ”

2022-03-27 Preaching: The hope of prayer

 The hope of prayer

 Habakkuk 3:1-19; BCBC/IOUC; 3/27/2022; Rev. Paul Wang

 Introduction

In the face of the loss and destruction of the country and the displacement of the people, the prayers of the prophet Habakkuk were changed to songs of displacement.   In the Bible, in addition to the seventh Psalm when David was persecuted by King Saul,   it is here that Habakkuk used the tune of wandering when he prayed for Jerusalem.  Shiggaion means “confused, wandering”, and it may express the impermanence and unpredictability of life.  It can also refer to the content and style of poetry,   which is characterized by twists and turns, sadness, excitement and ups and downs.  Habakkuk is pointing out that when life encounters despair, prayer is the only way out.  Let’s look at the first point:

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2022-03-20 Preaching: Not leaving the guilty unpunished

 Not leaving the guilty unpunished

 Habakkuk 2:5-20; BCBC/IOUC; 3/20/2022; Rev. Paul Wang

 Introduction

When I planned this year’s sermons,  it never occurred to me that we would actually see war.  We may also be accustomed to the law of the jungle where the strong eat the weak, and we have been taught since childhood that we will be beaten when we fall behind.  After thinking about it, I never thought that Russia, which looks powerful, would invade Ukraine because of her ignorance, barbarism and evil. Perhaps the great Mr. Putin has forgotten the most important thing, that God is righteous!  God will not leave the guilty unpunished!  Let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “2022-03-20 Preaching: Not leaving the guilty unpunished”

2022-03-13 Preaching: What to do when encountering injustice?

 What to do when encountering injustice? 

 

 Habakkuk 1:12-17, 2:1-4; BCBC/IOUC; 3/13/2022; Rev. Paul Wang

 Introduction

When we encounter injustice in life, what should we do?  When you encounter bullies bullying women and children on the street, can you turn a blind eye and see death?  When Ukraine is invaded by Russia,   is it not okay to express condemnation?  As for the Xuzhou Iron Chain woman, can you express sympathy?  Even anger, sadness?  If you go on,   you will inevitably encounter the ultimate concern of life,  which is “God, where are you?”  Let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “2022-03-13 Preaching: What to do when encountering injustice?”