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Sermons of Minemachi Christ Church. MCC delivers translated sermons from the Sunday service.

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Sermons of Minemachi Christ Church. MCC delivers translated sermons from the Sunday service.

    MCC English Sermon 2020/02/16

    MCC English Sermon 2020/02/16

    Sunday, February 16, 2020
    “I Rise Before Dawn”
    Psalm 119:145-152 (Qoph)

    1. The blessing of a life that calls out for God
    * Psalm 119:147 “before dawn” = Help is requested urgently
    * Psalm 119:145, 146, 147 “I call/cry” = Yelling out in a loud voice for help
    * Matthew 14:29-30 “’Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me’.” (NIV)
    2. The blessing of a life that is nourished by God’s Word
    * Psalm 119:148 “meditate” = pay deep attention to, think about deeply, turn over in one’s mind, savor, lost in thought
    * Franz Kafka (Jewish “absurd writer”)
    3. The blessing of a life that is with God
    * “Music is the Infrastructure” by Naoki Hayashida
    * “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo

    Thoughts to share at Mini Church:
    1. Have you ever desperately asked God for help? What happened?
    2. Have you ever been encouraged by God’s Word?
    3. When do you sense that God is with you?

    english_MCC 20200216.mp3

    MCC English Sermon 2020/02/09

    MCC English Sermon 2020/02/09

    Sunday, February 9, 2020
    “Please Just Give Me a Word”
    Matthew 5:5-13

    1. Faith that desires and expects God’s Word
    * The testimony of Cathy (Willow Creek Community Church member)
    * Psalm 119:49 “Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.” (NIV)
    * “The majority of the encouragement we receive when making extremely important decisions in our lives comes from the Holy Spirit bringing to mind Bible verses that we already know.”
    (Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church)
    * Psalm 107:20 “He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” (NIV)
    2. Two types of healing
    * (1) Physical and psychological healing
    Matthew 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (NIV)
    * (2) Spiritual healing
    1 Peter 2:24 “’He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’” (NIV)
    Romans 7:24-25 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!...” (NIV)

    Thoughts to share at Mini Church:
    1. Why is it that it is easier for us to desire things other than God’s Word?
    2. What does God’s Word bring about in you? Please share about what you have experienced.

    MCC English Sermon 20200209.mp3

    MCC English Sermon 2020/02/09

    MCC English Sermon 2020/02/09

    Sunday, February 2, 2020
    “God’s Commands Are Delight”
    Psalm 119:137-144 (Tsadhe)

    1. God’s Word is truth
    * Roman Emperor Diocletianus
    * Voltaire (French free thinker)
    * Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (NIV)
    * Psalm 119:140 “tested” = tried, investigated, analyzed
    2. God’s righteousness is everlasting
    * Romans 3:23-24 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
    * Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (NIV)
    * “Double Exposure” by Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi

    Thoughts to share at Mini Church:
    1. In history the Bible has been persecuted and criticized numerous times, but even still it is loved and believed by many people. Why do you think that is so?
    2. Those who believe in Jesus Christ are said to be “justified.” What do you think this means?
    3. What kind of impact does the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ have on you?

    MCC English Sermon 20200202.mp3

    MCC English Sermon 2020/01/26

    MCC English Sermon 2020/01/26

    Sunday, January 26, 2020
    “When the Door of God’s Word Opens”
    Psalm 119:129-136 (Pe)

    1. There is peace that conquers death
    * John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (NIV)
    * Genesis 2:17 “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (NIV)
    * John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.’” (NIV)
    2. There is someone who will walk with you in life
    * John 14:16-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.’” (NIV)
    * “Quill” (Japanese movie)
    3. There is bright hope for the future
    * John 14:28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (NIV)
    * John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (NIV)
    * John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)
    * Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (NIV)

    Thoughts to share at Mini Church:
    1. Why do you think people fear death? Do you?
    2. What does the Bible say to do in order to no longer fear death?

    english_MCC 20200126.mp3

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    MCC English Sermon 2020/01/19

    MCC English Sermon 2020/01/19

    Sunday, January 19, 2020
    “The God Who Takes Action”
    Psalm 119:121-128 (Ayin)

    1. The God who becomes our guarantor
    * “Meido Meguri” by Maki Kashimada (2012 Akutagawa award winning author)
    2. The God who handles us by grace
    * Masami Sasaki (Christian child psychiatrist)
    The importance of “confidence without grounds”
    3. The God who changes our values
    * Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (NIV)
    * Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)
    * Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (NIV)

    Thoughts to share at Mini Church:
    1. If you have ever had an experience in which God felt close to you, please share.
    2. What is “confidence with no grounds”?
    3. Have you tried “God’s economic law” (Acts 20:35, Luke 6:38, Malachi 3:10)?

    MCC English20200119.mp3

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    MCC English Sermon 2020/01/12

    MCC English Sermon 2020/01/12

    Sunday, January 12, 2020
    “The Way of Life and the Way of Death”
    Psalm 119:113-120 (Samekh)

    1. The calamity of “double-minded people”
    * Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (NIV)
    * James 1:5-8 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (NIV)
    * Deuteronomy 11:26-28 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.” (NIV)
    * “Tranquilla Trampeltreu” by Michael Ende
    2. The happiness of “those whose God is their shield”
    * The faith of Toshio Katsuma (cartoonist & illustrator)
    * Isaiah 43:4 “… you are precious and honored in my sight…and I love you…” (NIV)
    “My Armor”
    “At times there is a headwind, but my enemy is not the headwind. Neither is whomever is around me. It’s just the undaunting weakness inside me. However, it’s because I recognize that weakness, you who are the ultimate armor, whisper to me from behind. Yes, it is at those times.”
    “Sketch”
    “You washed my dirty body for me, and my cleaned body became like a new sketchbook. I get to draw what happens today in there. You unravel what to draw, so I am always filled with anticipation.”

    Thoughts to share at Mini Church:
    1. When is it that you are tempted to fall into “double mindedness”?
    2. When do you sense that “God is your hiding place”?

    MCC English20200112.mp3

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