New Life Talk

New Life Talk

Weekly Sermons from the New Life Covenant Church in Palatine, IL led by Rev. Joon Hwang.

Episodes

July 31, 2022 29 min

After learning from Pastors Sam & Pat Boswell, who taught the church for the 10th Anniversary Revival Service last weekend, Pastor Joon Hwang received a vision what God is calling New Life Covenant Church to focus on next 10 years. Even though this message is directly relevant to those who call the New Life Covenant Church their home, but others would also benefit from the message: Challenging the Christ followers to take the o...

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What is Psalm 27 about? Pastor Joon argues that it is about worshipping God no matter what the circumstances, even when everything seems to fall apart. No matter what is going on in our world, we worship God through prayer and being faithful to Him because we trust that He alone is our refuge and protector. 

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June 21, 2022 33 min

On Father's day, Pastor Joon is sharing one of the best advice he learned from Paul Tripp's book, Parenting which stated, "You do not have to fear being exposed as less than perfect because there is nothing that could ever be known or exposed about you as a parent that hasn’t already been covered by the blood of Jesus!” (Tripp, p.40). Pastor Joon shares his story of how he began the journey of healing his relationship w...

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June 21, 2022 29 min

The book of Acts is for today and Pentecost is also for today. God has given the New Life Covenant Church a calling of providing an atmosphere for people to encounter the power of the Holy Spirit when the church began. Pastor Joon Hwang reminds that the calling God has given us continues and we ought to be faithful, especially when we are engaged in many of the outreach opportunities in the summer. 

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May 24, 2022 19 min

What does Jesus meant when he said to his disciples, "Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosen heaven" in Matthew 16:19? Pastor Joon explains this verse by learning from what Biblical scholars like Michael Heiser. Once we understand this passage, we will understand what Jesus wants the church to do for the Kingdom of God. 

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Matthew 16:13-20 is one of the most debated passages among the Roman Catholics and the Protestants for hundreds of years. However, in order to understand this passage better, we need to understand why Jesus brought his disciples to Caesarea Philippi. Pastor Joon Hwang is going to explain the background information of this place and what Jesus meant when He  told the disciples that He is going to build His church on this rock and &#...

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May 10, 2022 31 min

Today is Mother's Day. We celebrate moms today. On this special day, we can learn from one or the mothers in the Bible, Jochebed. She was the mother of Moses. Even though we only know a little about her, Pastor Joon Hwang argues from studying Exodus 2:1-10 and Hebrews 11:23-26  that Jochebed not only raised Moses, but also taught him to know who he was and whose God he belonged before he was sent to Pharaoh's daughter. Past...

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April 26, 2022 28 min

For many churches and pastors, the Sunday after Easter is very disappointing. More than usual number of people show up on Easter. Not only that, churches work extra hard to invite their neighbors and friends to church for Easter. However, the Sunday after Easter tends to have a low attendance and people are so exhausted from Easter that they often go off to a vacation.  However, this is very unbiblical since Jesus tells us to do wh...

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April 24, 2022 19 min

When Jesus died and resurrected, he has given us this brand new life. Life with Jesus is filled with peace. Jesus says in John 14:27 that He brings peace that the world cannot. We need peace today more than ever. The real source of peace is Jesus. He is the only one who gives us peace we are looking and longing for. When you have Jesus, you have peace in your life. 

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The blood of Jesus is the key to understanding our salvation. However, what did exactly the blood of Jesus do? Pastor Joon explains the blood of Jesus in relation to the Old Testament usage of the blood in the tabernacle/temple in Hebrews 9:22 and Leviticus 17:11. 

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God is calling the New Life Covenant Church to be a Spirit-led interceding church. We are committed to praying for what the Holy Spirit is praying to God the Father on behalf of us.  We want to be known for not just praying but an interceding church for the revival and the transformation of our city, regions, and the nations. 

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March 26, 2022 22 min

God has called the New Life Covenant Church to be a praying church, since the church started 10 years ago. As a corporate body, when  the church prays, there is a power God releases to do the work of the Kingdom like what happened in the book of Acts, chapter 4. 

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Pastor Joon Hwang argues that Barnabas in the book of Acts raised Paul as one of the most influential church leaders in the first century. He raised Paul as a leader relationally by bringing him to meet the leaders from the Jerusalem church, bringing him to Antioch to teach the believers there together, and then going on a first missionary journey together. We ought to learn from Barnabas that we raise up leaders relationally.  

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How are we making disciples? 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 teaches us that Paul made disciples relationally with the church at Thessalonica. Discipleship cannot be done just by programs or classes. It has to be done in the context of a relationship. Without a relationship, you cannot make a follower of Christ who is in love with Jesus, obeys the word of God, and resembles Jesus. 

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February 22, 2022 20 min

As the New Life Covenant Church is reflecting its 10th anniversary, we have been reflecting some of the callings God has given our church to focus on. One of the callings is to make disciples, not consumers or spectators. According to Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus is clear that we need to make disciples, period. We need to share the gospel with people so they can get baptized. But, many churches stop there. Jesus told us to teach new dis...

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February 8, 2022 25 min

Do you want a church to be a museum or the hospital? Jesus said in Matthew 9:9-13 that he came for the sick, not for the healthy. He came for the broken, weak, and those who are desperately in need of the healer, the savior, the deliverer. Jesus still came for those who are broken because of sin. We all need Jesus. Are we as a church attracting these broken people or driving them away? 

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Can God move the young people and bring a revival in that generation like He did in 1968 with the Jesus People Movement? Pastor Joon believes Yes because God loves every generation and wants them to encounter and follow Jesus. What are churches going to do when the young people show up? We need to provide intercession and a safe place for them to experience God, His love and power in a safe place.  

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January 11, 2022 30 min

When we are faithful to what God has called us to do, even if it does not make sense or even illogical, God will provide. We learn that from Genesis 22:1-19. Our job is to be faithful to what God has entrusted to us, no matter what it is, however we might feel about it, or even if we think it makes no sense. Then we will experience God's provision.  

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As we are celebrating a brand new year, it is also good to hear what God has speaking to us for this new year. Pastor Joon is convicted to share a sermon from the parable of Talents from Matthew 25:14-30 to really look back and honestly ask ourselves, "Have we been faithful to what God has entrusted to us in 2021?" If not, God is challenging us to be faithful what God has given us, whether it is our health, wealth, resource...

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December 28, 2021 13 min

As we reflect the 2021, we need to evaluate how we have lived our lives past year. In 2 Timothy 4:6-8, Paul tells his disciple, Timothy that he fought the good fight, finished the race, and remained faithful to the Lord. The followers of Christ should ask, have e fought the spiritual battle well? Have we finished the race God has called us to run? Have we been faithful to the Lord no matter what happened to our lives? When we hones...

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