The Unification Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Field:

As you know, during the May 19th national leaders' conference at East Garden, our True Father

asked us to produce a reference guide of 100 sermon outlines for use in nation-wide evangelical work.

You hold in your hands the fruit of Father's request.

The topically arranged sermon structures herein are particularly relevant and useful during this time of

fervent ecumenical activity. Never before in the history of our movement has there been such an

active and positive interchange with the traditional Christian community.

In keeping with this, our evangelists, many quite new to evangelical work, are being called upon to

produce sermon-type presentations of high standard day in and day out. This is not easy. I am certain

that is why Father commissioned this reference work.

You will notice that we have not chosen to write the sermons out in a word-byword fashion, but have

left them more in an idea-by-idea form. You might say that this leaves you the all-important 5% to

inject: your own thoughts, reflections and references to the immediate groups and circumstances

you find yourselves addressing. In short, this reference work will best serve you as a tool towards an

end, rather than an end in itself.

The 100 sermon structures in this Volume, though many have come out of this office, represent the

work of many of the best speakers within our movement. You will find a number of different

approaches and presentation styles. We have chosen not to blend everything down into one style in

the editing process, simply because there are needs for many kinds of representations and

approaches. Please try to read through the sermons completely. I believe they will express to you .

many good ideas, particularly in the areas of inter-Christian dialogue and co-operation, social. action,

the role of the church at this crucial time, and the daily life of following, God and Christ.

Please understand: these sermons are not intended to be Principle lectures in the strict sense. A

lecture is one thing, while a sermon is quite another.

Our True Father holds the record among all the greatest evangelists of history for the amount of time

he has spent teaching and giving guidance through his sermons.

Over two hundred volumes of sermons could be compiled from his speeches thus far! And yet he

touches our hearts so deeply whenever he speaks. Father has always delivered his sermons

extemporaneously, never referring to prepared notes. In the early days of our movement, Father told

us to give sermons in the same manner. He always emphasised that, more important than preparing

notes, we should meditate, pray, and speak based upon our deepest feelings about the experiences

of our daily lives of dedication.

I have found through my own experiences that, while giving sermons, special unexpected spiritual

inspirations will often come. Many times an audience has responded deeply when I added such

inspirations to the basic idea which I had planned in advance. Therefore, I would like to guide all

of you in your evangelical work in the same way that Father guided us. Please don't rely excessively

upon sermon outlines, but rather upon your own prayer, meditation, and deep experiences. Then

your sermons can become powerful and alive. If you become too caught up in the framework of a

sermon, you limit its vitality. Always give your audience not merely words, but life.

The most important ingredient will be your prayer, faith and confidence as you speak the Word of

God. Our Heavenly Father needs great voices at this time, and you and I have been asked by Him

and our True Parents to stand for them at this key moment in providential history.

I would like to express my gratitude to each of the speakers throughout our movement who have

contributed sermons to this reference guide. My thanks as well to David Hose and the Education

Department Staff, and to Robert Rattley for editing and producing this volume.

God bless you as you use this reference guide.

In Our True Parents' Names,

Reverend Chung Hwan Kwak





God and Creation

A1Who is God, who am I?

A2 Our Father

A3 Touching the Heart of God

A4 Does God know everything?

A5 The three blessings of God

A6 Faith in God's capability

A7 The greatness of the love of God

A8 Our destination is the world of spirit

A9 God's purpose for His people

A10 Where are we waiting for God?

A11 The distance between God and humankind

A12 O Lord, Why Hidest Thou Thyself in Times of Trouble?

A13 A Romance with the Rejected


The Fall and its Results

B1 Repentance

B2 Repentance

B3 The orphanage

B4 The law of sin

B5 The sorrow of all things

B6 Realisation and repentance


The Path of Restoration

C1 Pentecost through the three ages: the Old Testament time, the New

Testament time and the time of the Completed Testament

C2 Restoration of the sons and daughters of God

C3 What can you be proud of ?

C4 The signs of the times: the second coming of Christ

C5 On our way to the promised land

C6 Rebirth - our resurrection

C7 Salvation and the Messiah - the need for the return of the Messiah and

what His mission is

C8 A look at the last page



D1 Feed my sheep

D2 The personality of Jesus Christ

D3 Unprecedented declaration

D4 Jesus and the money changers - some lessons for temple keepers

D5 The story of Zacchaeus

D6 As I have loved you

D7 The faith of the Roman centurion

D8 The reach of the cross


Personal Path of Faith

E1 Judge not

E2 The kingdom in my brother (worshipping at the altar of my brother's temple)

E3 The value of life

E4 First aid for snakebites

E5 Love: you don't GET it, you GIVE it

E6 The key to motivation

E7 Faith and our responsibility (the Christian walk)

E8 The miracle of faith

E9 Lessons from Proverbs (I)

E10 Lessons from Proverbs (II)

E11 You eat the fruit of vineyards you did not plant

E12 Becoming a true offering on the altar of God

E13 Three dimensions of faith

E14 Job, and subjugating Satan

E15 Endurance

E16 Sacrificial love

E17 The mind of faith sees the opportunity, while the mind of unfaith

sees the difficulty

E18 Unforgettable person

E19 My brother's keeper - inner responsibility

E20 Prayer

E21 A good person

E22 The gift that keeps on giving

E23 The sacrificial heart

E24 The pathway of happiness

E25 Three types of believer

E26 The most precious relationship we have

E27 Follow the spirit of God

E28 I am my brother's keeper

E29 The four steps in the Christian life

E30 Stewardship

E31 The Self and the Kingdom


A call to Christian responsibility, social action, and ecumenism

F1 The wise investor

F2 You shall know them by their fruits

F3 The importance of hope

F4 Of times and seasons

F5 Education of the heart

F6 The courage of a prophet

F7 The-whole armour of God

F8 The mountain of the Lord

F9 Hope does not disappoint us

F10 Love and justice

F11 A mustard seed

F12 Some have entertained angels unawares

F13 There will be no poor among you

F14 The golden calf - still among us?

F15 Comm-unity building

F16 A company of one heart and soul

F17 Care in the age of narcissism

F18 Serving tables and preaching the word (1)

F19 Serving tables and preaching the word (2)

F20 Doing true love

F21 Unification through Pentecost

F22 Beyond all straining

F23 I'm never going back

F24 The new Pentecost

F25 The water of Rephidim

F26 Love in action

F27 The keys to the kingdom are in your hands

F28 Unity through co-operation



G1 America

G2 The fulfilment of the law

G3 Loving a child named America

G4 America in the last days

G5 The source of America's strength

G6 The truth shall make us free




Who is God, who am I?

Sermon Topic: Who is God, who am I?

Bible Verse: Romans 1:20

Sermon Theme: God's character is expressed in creation. We can learn of him, our relationship, and ourselves.

Main Idea: God is like an artist. When we look at a work of art we see the

nature of the artist. The same is true with God (Romans 1:20).

What do we see when we look at Gods handiwork? God created

man in his image (Gen. 1:27): male and female. Therefore we

can say that God's image is the parental form. We can also see

parental character in the way that God has expressed himself in

the creation.

1. Beauty - We see beauty in creation. Just as I relate to beauty with

my emotions, so the creation involves the investment of beauty from the emotional side of God. God is a God of emotion.

2. Order and lawfulness - Order and lawfulness in creation express

the great intellect of the creator. God is a God of intellect who is aware or conscious of me on a personal level . . . "God knows the number of hairs .... 11

3. Purposefulness - Everything has a purpose; everything is moving to

fulfil some preordained purpose. Therefore my creator is a God of will. God has a plan or purpose for creation and, therefore, for my life.

God is emotionally involved with us, he knows us better than we know ourselves, he wants our life to be of the highest potential and ideal. . . . Who is he? God is our True and Original Parent and we are his children.

Summary: God is our True Parent and I find myself through the filial

response to his unconditional, sacrificial, Parental love. We are

therefore his children and also we are therefore brothers and sisters.. One Family.



Our Father

Matthew 7: 7-12

I. Ways of viewing God: judge, distant, energy, etc. Illustrate.

II. What does the Bible say?

A. God is PARENT.

B. Man is God's child.

III. What does "parent" mean7

A. To self. (Tie in with above notions of God; illustrate.)

B. What's your desire as a parent7

1. To give life, physical and spiritual.

2. To love through everything. (Personal example.)

3. Not necessarily the same as your own parent, but the parent you want to be.

C. Why should God be any different?

1. We are made in God's image (quote Genesis).

2. Learn the heart of God, the parent, through loving others as a parent.

IV. What is your response during times of trouble?

A. Self as parent:

1. Do we kick out our children because they make a mistake?

2. We want to help.

3. Limitations: we can perhaps dominate aspects their external life, but we

cannot dominate their internal life.

B. God is in the same position:

1. People complain that God doesn't care.

a) Do we ever tell Him the problem?

b) Do we ever open our heart?

1) We are often afraid of the junk inside ourselves.

2) We are often afraid that God won't like us.

3) But God already' knows it all.

2. Put yourself in the same position: what is your response to your child?

C. Conclusion: God cares but we must receive him.

1. We must open up ourselves to let God in - share things, talk to God.

2. God is a God of love. That means he loves each of us. It's not

a generalised "them" or "mankind", but a personal "you", me.

3. God is your parent. God is my parent.

That means he loves you.



Touching the Heart of God

Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

There are three realms in which a person can live: the aesthetic, the moral or ethical, and the



A. The aesthetic realm is the realm of feeling and experience. It is the non-verbal realm of art:

dance, music, painting.

B. It is also the non-verbal realm of religion pietisrn, monasticism, the mode of the hermit.

C. Feeling is the basis of love, religion - all life. Feeling is the vehicle that takes us into the heart of

God and into the heart of others.

1. However, feeling can be misused.

a) When people centre upon feeling and experience, projecting them into the most important

position in their lives, then the me generation can come into existence. "Nothing matters but how I f

eel about things. If I don't feel good about doing what I'm doing then I won't do it any more."

These are the words of the person who is locked into the aesthetic realm.

b) Commercials often expertly reveal the heart of people. Recently Toyota has been using the

motto OH, WHAT A FEELING. The people of the United States, and all the developed countries

for that matter, have placed feeling and experience upon their altars as the god worthy of their


c) If the feeling were the feeling of sorrow and joy that is God's sorrow and joy then that would be

a virtue rather than a vice. However, the feeling that Toyota is exploiting and tapping is the feeling

of pleasure and comfort.

d) The feelings of pleasure and comfort are not evil in and of themselves. They are evil only when

they take the foremost place of importance in a person's life: Then they become idols and must be

cast down from their altars.

D. The aesthetic realm is the most fundamental realm of all: without feeling there cannot be love

and happiness. Without love and happiness, there cannot be a relationship with God, with

humanity, or with creation that is meaningful. But we are not meant to fixate in that realm.

1. Hippies, the Woodstock Generation, have reminded us of the importance of feeling and

experience in our technological world, but they do not do the world or themselves a service if they

fixate upon the experience of sensual pleasure.

E. Once we are in touch with love and experience as the foundation, as the cornerstone, of our

experience with God, each other, and creation, then we have to move on to the next realm, the

moral or ethical realm.




A. The moral or ethical realm is the realm of principles of rules.

1. Our feelings need a guide; our experience needs interpretation. Holy Scriptures present us with

the principles we live by.

2. Morality, or ethics, is the guide for feeling, but it does not take the place of feeling - moral

principles are the keel of the boat, not the wind in the sails.

a) The wind in the sails is the Holy Spirit the feeling of God's love within and throughout our heart,

soul, body; the feeling of God's love that binds us one with another; and the feeling of God's love

between the person and creation.


B. There is a danger inherent to being born in a moral or ethical, a "religious" family: that is the danger that doctrine or

ritual will supplant real faith.

1. That is the danger of the established religions. Those who bring new rituals and doctrines, the prophets, are

deemed to be dangerous to society by those who live strictly in the realm of morality or ethics.

2. Morality protects social welfare but its observance can become more important than what it protects: God's Love.

C. The paradox of the moral realm is that although it is essential for the proper guiding of feeling and experience (the

aesthetic), it often solidifies into ritual and doctrine, blocking the way to the next and most important realm, the religious


1. Those who are locked into the moral realm will usually oppose those who personally encounter the living God, those

who enter the religious realm.


A. The religious realm is the realm of direct experience with God.

1. It is the realm in which God speaks directly to you.

2. It is the I and Thou realm.

3. It is the realm of personal encounter with God.

B. The religious realm is reached when a person has successfully passed through and incorporates the esthetical and the moral realms. The person is living and moving freely through all three realms at the same time.

1. It is the realm in which the person who experiences love, tempered by moral principles, comes into a direct relationship

with God in which he is able to suspend the moral principles he has been taught if God directs him to

perform an act that requires it.


2. A case in point is the case of Abraham. *2

a) Abraham was a man who loved his family; he was a principled man, a moral man. Yet when God

directed him to sacrifice his only son Isaac, he was willing to do it.

b) The position in which Abraham stood was the position of fear and trembling. Fear and trembling:

What if it were not God who was commanding him to kill his own son? What if it really were Satan

in excellent disguise?

c) What if Satan, who knew that Isaac was to be the heir to many nations, was attempting to

destroy Gods providence by having Abraham kill his only son?

d) Abraham had to work through that critical assessment before he knew he had to perform the


e) Abraham finally reached the conviction that it truly was God who required him to sacrifice his


i) At that point Abraham was tested. Did he have the strength to enter into the realm of the religious

by suspending his and society's moral principle "Thou shalt not kill"?

ii) Abraham was successful and because of his success the Providence of God went forward.


A. Fortunately, most of us are not confronted with trials of the magnitude that Abraham was

confronted with.

B. But those who live in the realm of the religious may be required by God the Holy Spirit to

believe teachings that are considered heretical or perform acts which go against the grain and fibre

of the moral convictions of the society they live in.

C. To walk the path into God's heart requires a heart pure and humble enough to be willing to

fulfil whatever task He might ask.

1. It also requires a heart pure enough to discern when it is truly God whom we stand in the

presence of.

2. It is awesome to stand in the presence of God, but for the pure in heart it is a blessing,

for they shall surely see God.

1. This broad construction is taken from the work of Soren Kierkegaard,

especially his Either/Or, although most of the substance in this sermon is new material.

2. This case is wonderfully treated in Soren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling.



Does God know Everything

Sermon Topic: Does God know everything?

Bible Verse: Mark 9:21. Jesus asked the boys Father, "How long has the boy

been like this?"

Sermon Theme: Understanding the concept of Man's portion of responsibility and

the suffering of the heart of God.

Main Idea: In Mark 9:21 Jesus asks a question. But doesn't Jesus, as the son

of the almighty, already know everything, as God the Father

knows everything? The assumed understanding has always been

that knowing everything, even before the fact, was a very

important qualification of the Almighty's nature. But does this

really need to be so? Some people think that even before the

creation God knew through precognition that Adam and Eve would

disobey him. But the scripture gives us a different view.


1. Genesis 6:6-7. God grieved in his heart that he had made

man on earth. Why? Because man did not live up to God's expectation.

God did not expect, therefore, the disobedience of his children.


2. 1 Samuel 15:11. God repented that he had made Saul

king. Again, God had an expectation and it was not realised.

(There are other scriptures as well; see green book,

Predestination chapter. But we focus here on these two.)

If God knew that Adam and Eve were going to disobey him, would he have created? No!

Then is God almighty? Yes. But we need to understand what constitutes almightiness.


1. Almightiness is a matter of heart, not of intellect.


2. God, as a parent, 100% by heart expects man to have faith.

In his heart, God never anticipates man's faithlessness.


3. God created man in order to engage in a perfect love

relationship. The basis of love is trust and responsibility. God gave man responsibility, or,

rather, entrusted man with responsibility to obey and have faith in His word.


4. Entrusting man with the responsibility of faith, God believes

innocently that man will fulfil his responsibility.

Without trust and responsibility, there can be no true love.


Summary God always believes in the original goodness of man and

chooses to relate to that part of us, even in the face of real

evidence that we are not trustworthy. In spite of our history

of sin and faithlessness, God bestows his trust in us, not

because the odds are in his favour but because He is a trusting

being by nature and never changes. As a result, God's real

situation is that man is constantly receiving God's trust but

abusing and taking advantage of that trust. God is a grieving

God because of the sin and faithlessness of man.

Therefore we are compelled to be the same way. Do we

change our hearts when we are betrayed? Do we become

untrusting and cynical? The greatness of Rev. Moon is not

merely that he endured suffering, but that, in suffering, his

idealism and his belief in the goodness of man remained intact.

Jesus on the cross: "Father, forgive them.



The Three Blessings of God

Sermon Topic: The Three Blessings of God

Bible Verse: Genesis 1:28

Sermon Theme: Explanation of the Three Blessings

Main Idea: When God created man he said all things were very good. God

made no provisions for evil. God intended that there only be

goodness in this world. What was Gods expectation for man in

his world? Certainly not the present situation of the world, not

the world as it has been throughout history. Genesis 6:6-7 shows

us that God grieved because man disobeyed him. Clearly, Gods

will was not accomplished in the beginning. God expressed his

desire in Genesis 1:28 when he told Adam and Eve to be fruitful,

multiply, and have dominion.

Meaning of the Three Blessings of God:

1. Be fruitful. God wanted Adam and Eve to be one with him, or

perfect as God is perfect (Matthew 5:48). Jesus said that we are a temple of God and God's spirit should dwell in us. In the same way Jesus said he was in the Father and the Father in him. And Genesis tells us God breathed the spirit into Adam. Compare the reality of man (Romans 7:21). God

created us to be divine and to inherit His full nature, which would make sin impossible. Perfect man is one who cannot sin. Adam and Eve were not born this way, but would have achieved this ,state. Now our bodies are not temples of God but temples of sin and death.

2. Multiply. This means marriage. It is interesting to see that even

in the Garden there was a precondition to marriage: become fruitful. Individual perfection was the precondition of marriage. Gods standard of original marriage is very different from today and through history. In Genesis God says that husband and wife should become one. God created man in His image, male and female as described in Genesis 1:27. Therefore the full manifestation of the

image of God must be when a man and a woman of perfection become one as husband and wife and as, therefore, parents. If Adam and Eve had achieved this kind of marriage, then what kind of children would they have given birth to? Children without original sin. And from that family would expand the tribe, society, nation and world. That would be the kingdom of God. Gods image would have expanded to an entire world culture. Adam and Eve would by True Parents. True Parents are parents that pass on benefit, not sin, to the children. We can see that actually Adam and Eve were not True Parents; man has not had True Parents. We have all inherited sin: %. all have sinned and fallen short of the glory ...."

3. Dominion. Man and creation would have a perfect love relationship.

Man would love the creation and the creation would respond in love and beauty.


Summary: Gods original plan for the Kingdom of God was not realised in

his heart, but He has never given up on the prospects of the

kingdom. That is why God sends the messiah: to build the

kingdom and to make us True Parents who don't pass on original

sin to our children.



Faith in God's Capability

Matthew 14:25-33 and Matthew 9:20-22

1. Introduction

God is invisible, and man cannot reach God with his five physical senses.

Even in the spiritual world, God is invisible.

Faith is the precious bridge between God and man. Without faith, man

cannot reach God. It is not difficult to believe in God's existence, but it is not so

easy to have faith in the real capability of the living God.


2. Bible passages

Matthew 14:25-33. Peter could walk on the water while he was looking only

at Jesus, but as soon as he became afraid of the wind and lost faith he sank. Jesus

said to him, "What little faith you have!"

Matthew 9:20-22 or Mark 5:25-34. When the woman touched Jesus' garment,

she had faith in God's capability. She had no doubt. Jesus 'said to her, 'Daughter,

your faith has saved you," and she was healed.

Which do you resemble, the woman or Peter? Which do you believe more

common sense or God? Experience, or God? Reality, or God? Faith is the

emotional force by which you can go beyond common sense, experience, or reality

- together with God.


3. How can we have faith in God's capability?

Adam lost faith. Therefore we, his descendants, could not inherit faith.

Therefore we don't have faith. In order to have faith, we have to restore our truth

level faith and gain a clear understanding of the capability of Almighty God.

a) Pray until you can feel God's affirmation: "Yes, my son (daughter). I promise

1 will do it." God says yes. God never lies; therefore it will be done, no doubt

about it. When you have this feeling of absolute surety, you are showing faith

in God's capability.

b) Challenge the human limitations. When man's responsibility is fulfilled, then

God's power is poured out, and the "impossible" becomes possible.

c) You will be sure it was not you, but God, who did it. You can then glorify

God our Lord.

If you have one experience of restoration of faith, you can challenge more, and

your faith will grow.


4. Living with faith

In the pitch darkness of the night, you are not afraid of the darkness, and you

can prepare for the next day's work because you have faith that the sun will rise

the next morning. Already you are living in the next day.

In the dead of winter, you are visualising the advent of spring: flowers are

blooming, greens are budding, and birds are singing in your heart. You are living in

the spring because you have absolute faith that the spring will come.

When you restore faith in this world of suffering and distress, you can live

beyond the world of reality. You can visualise breakthroughs and victories; and as

you are filled with hope and spirit, you can challenge any difficulty.

While others are depressed and hopeless, you are filled with hope and spirit.

When others are in panic, you can have peace in your heart (Hebrews 11:1).



The Greatness of the Love of God

Mathew 5:43-48 - Jesus' exhortation to "love your enemies", and the equating of this love with the perfect love of God.



  1. In our Bible reading, Jesus equates very clearly the love of our enemies with the perfect love of God. In a modern world where the love of enemies is almost dead and buried, many may see this as hopelessly naive and weak.
  2. Behind Jesus exhortation there is, however, a tremendous secret strength that, if put into effect in our lives today, could once and for all liberate the world from the hatred of enemies. The power is so profound that, indeed, it could free our human race from the enemy of us all, satan himself, and render him powerless.

What is the secret that makes God's Love so remarkable ?

Unconditional love


  1. To state the answer first: Because God's Love isn't given or taken away according to the actions of the object of that Love; it is not controlled by the external object, but eternally given according to God's Heart.
  2. In all history, there is no more graphic example of the statement just made than Jesus' powerful action on the cross. Luke 23:33-34 - "And when they came to the place which is called the Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
  3. Had Jesus been a person easily affected by the acceptance or rejection of the public, his last hours on the cross would have been an anthem of hate for hate, (Of course, Jesus was without sin, he was the Messiah, and it is hard for us to even consider such a thing. But we shouldn't make the mistake of easily passing Jesus' statement of forgiveness off as something we expect from the Messiah, something preprogrammed.)
  4. Loving one's enemies, forgiving them, was never intended to be exclusive to our Lord only. If we miss this point we risk the error of justifying our inability to forgive those who are our enemies by saying "I'm not Jesus" or "what did you expect from a sinner?".
  5. We are challenged by Stephen. In the book of Acts, chapter 8, as Stephen is stoned to death by those who violently opposed his defense of Christ, his last words before dying were: "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." Again, with the early Christians in Rome, we see this remarkable ability to love beyond the hatred and perversion of the Roman arena.
  6. There is an excellent example of love beyond hate in the book by David Wilkerson, "The Cross and the Switchblade." Gangleader Nicki is threatening to kill him with a knife, but Wilkerson tells him that even if he is cut into many pieces each piece will say to his slayer, I love you." The gangleader is completely disarmed, and is converted.
  7. Indeed, the logic behind God's love is diametrically opposite to the fickle, popularised "love" we find in society today.

Love never withdrawn

1. To illustrate the difference between the Love of God and the love of this

world, I'd like to tell you about a young minister. This gifted teacher has

moved many audiences expounding on the Love of God. Yet there has been a

cruel irony in this man's life. . . . He grew up with a parent who constantly

would remind him, 9f you do that 1 won't love you any more," or "Do this and

I will love you." As he matured, this young person understood love to be

something like wages for services rendered - as something that could be

turned off or on according to his actions and "co-operation." The suffering has

been long and deep as the result of those unconsidered statements by a parent

(surely the parent didn't fully realise the impact on her son). Only now is this

young clergyman recovering from the wounds of growing up thinking of God's

Love as wages for doing the "right thing," easily withdrawn in the case of

mistakes or failure.



2. Our modern society is saturated at all levels with the self-centred pragmatism withdrawn "non"-love. This love has nothing to do with the self sacrificial love of Christ; it is a largely godless form of love

bent on self satisfaction. . . . And the teachers of this love advise us to

quickly withdraw if you find your investment isn't paying off. (In fact, if our

society spent as much energy, time and money on COMMITTING as it does on

WITHDRAWING we would have Heaven among us very soon.)

3. If our churches are also eroded by this kind of ethic, it is hard to look into the

future with any hope.

Before concluding, it is important to bring out one more crucial issue.

4. In our world, there is a presence that compounds and feeds off every failure

by Christianity to mobilise the God-centred, others-centred Love mandate

given by Jesus in Matthew 5:43-48 (and again so powerfully on the cross).

That presence is God-denying Communism. This atheistic "religion" has

managed to convince an ever increasing segment of humankind that the

Christian ethic of love for hate is weak and to be despised. If 1 have been

hated, then I must hate - until my enemy is destroyed.

The good Communist also sees Christian social responsibility as a sham,

incapable of bringing the change needed.

IMPORTANT as an introduction to the conclusion: We do well to remember that it

was, in part, the failure of Christianity to mobilise the love mandate of Jesus and

to take social responsibility that helped deliver this bitter ideology from Karl

Marx. (If it seems right, read Marx poem of hatred to God.)



The poem of Karl Marx, written in 1837.

Invocation of One in Despair

So God has snatched from me my all

In the Curse and rack of destiny.

All his worlds are gone beyond recall!

Nothing but revenge is left to me!


On myself revenge I'll proudly wreak,

On that being, that enthroned Lord,

Make my strength a patchwork of what's weak

Leave my better self without reward!


I shall build my throne high overhead,

Cold, tremendous shall it's summit be.

For its bulwark - superstitious dread,

For its marshall - blackest agony.


Who looks on it with a healthy eye,

Shall turn back, struck deathly pale and dumb;

Clutched by blind and chill mortality,

May his happiness prepare its tomb.


And the Almighty's lightning shall rebound

from that massive iron giant.

If he brings my walls and towers down,

Eternity shall raise them up, defiant.




What remains, then, for our churches to do in response to both our Western moral

breakdown and the threat of Communism?

1 The first thing is to deeply reflect on whether we have taken seriously the

love-mandate of Christ, and the issue of fully committed social responsibility. Are our efforts sufficient?

2. To practice love and responsibility first in our own Christian movement until

it hurts. Can we bear the cross for our brothers and sisters in other

denominations, let alone the world?

3. To refuse absolutely to let the ebb or flow of our love (God's Love) be

determined by the response or reaction of those we serve. (This is to really

join our Lord in bearing the cross.)

4. To realise, in our response to the needs of our world, that it isn't so much a

matter of this world coming to our church, but rather our church going out to

this world.

Let these things be our testimony to God, to the living spirit of Christ among us,

and to the return of the Prince of Peace.



Our Destination is the World of Spirit

Sermon Topic: Our destination is the world of spirit

Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:44

Sermon Theme: Because Principle clearly shows that our physical life is a prestage to the life of spirit, we must understand the meaning of this short but significant time in the flesh.

Main Idea: Death is not an ending, but an open door to a new life. But if we consider the reality of eternal life, we sense that there must be an important reason for living in the physical world, a reason about which we are not clearly aware. We like to hide from the confrontation of death and its implications. Many people, so afraid of death, pretend that it will never happen. We begin this sermon, by speaking plainly about death and that it is something that we will all experience and cannot avoid. When people recognise that death is the real destination, they become much more serious about preparing for the fife after this death.

1. We may have different faiths, or no faith, but one thing is

for sure: we are all going to one day face our moment of

death. It is guaranteed by our birth.

2. With every passing moment, we draw that much closer to

our moment of death. Our "time clock" is always winding

down. No one is getting younger. It is a never-ceasing

process, this journey to our death. Even in our sleep, we

draw ever closer.

3. But also death can come unexpectedly. Death is not just

for the elderly. Death can come at a moment's notice.

Death can come as a result of a seemingly insignificant

decision (such as turning left instead of right, or catching

the wrong bus, etc.)

4. Whenever we have a brush with death we usually become

more serious about life and lasting values (there are many

examples of this tendency). Many people become very

religious after a brush with death. Think for a moment,

how your priorities would change if you knew your death

was immanent. The terror that people feel when they

know they are about to die is the realisation that all their

life they were alive, but they did not know it to the fullest

or use their life for the greatest purpose.

Then what is our fundamental purpose in this temporal life in our


To understand the answer to that question, we can compare life in

the flesh with another temporal life that we have all experienced

before the temporal life in the physical world. That is our life in our

mother's womb. (This is a good comparison because Father referred

to physical death as the "second birth".) The purpose of our nine

month life in the "first womb" is to develop a complete, functioning

physical body. Likewise, the purpose of our physical life in the

fleshly body is to develop a fully mature spirit body. We could say

that the flesh is the womb in which the spirit body grows and

matures. When the baby has matured in the mother's womb, the birth

comes as a natural and joyous event. So, too, should the "second

birth," that is the spirit's leaving the fleshly body and passing to the

spirit world, be a natural and joyous event.

But how do we enable our spirit to grow in this physical world?

(Simple explanation based on green book, Chapter 1, Section 5,

Subsection C. Here stress the need for good spiritual environment -

God's love and truth - and the quality of our actions, living for the

sake of others, which is the fundamental spiritual purpose and is how

our spirit can grow. Living for the sake of others, or more strongly

expressed, changing the direction of my life from selfishness to


The purpose of our life is to create in ourselves a true parental heart.

But that doesn't mean just loving our own -children; it means

establishing an unconditional, unchanging, sacrificial, standard of love

as Jesus so clearly expressed in Matthew 5:38-48, and also in

Matthew 6:33.

Summary: We must live as Jesus said and develop an unchanging, unconditional

standard of love. If we have that heart, then when we pass into the

next life we can know we will go to the realm of the Heart of the

True Parent . . . that is, where God and Jesus surely dwell. Then

there is no fear of death. Death becomes our second birth.



God's Purpose for His People

Ephesians 1: 1- 14

God's purpose for us is that our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits should

radiate the love flowing out of the Gospel of Christ. He wants this love to move

beyond an inward, personal experience, and manifest itself in practical deeds

motivated by kindness and good will. Thus the glory of his grace can be returned 'to


1. God wants to reveal his purpose for our individual lives.

A. We must first commit ourselves to discovering God.

B. We must adhere to that commitment under all circumstances.

C. We must ask God to reveal his nature and purpose for our lives.

II. God's purpose is different from that of the world.

A. Education, economics, politics, etc. serve God's purpose; they don't exceed it.

B. To stand together as God's people means to be separate from Satan.

C. The church has to be the main instrument of God's purpose; it must

reject preoccupation with worldliness and burn with a passion for the

redemption of humanity.

III. God wants to reveal his universal purpose to all.

A. His purpose is infinite and eternal. There is no limit to the ways, means,

methods, and circumstances that God can use to fulfil that purpose - to

flood the universe with love.

B. For God's purpose, all things are useful, all people have value.

C. God IS. He can answer all questions, solve all problems, and bring

eternal blessings out of every situation.


The purpose of God will prevail. His will, will be done on earth as it is in

heaven. He will sweep aside all satanic opposition. The tabernacle of God will be

in the midst of his people. As we fulfil our portion of responsibility, God will

prove that all things work together for good to them that love God.



Where Are We Waiting for God?

1 Kings 19:9-14

1 Ordinary Concepts of God

God as the judge

God as the rule of the universe

God the Almighty

God who created the universe from nothing

God whom we cannot face directly


But throughout the course of creation God has worked calmly, step by step,

and in an orderly manner. His Spirit was moving upon the waters at the beginning

of the creation. How serene and gentle His voice was throughout the history of


For example:

He not only scolded Adam and Eve after the fall, but made coats of skins

for them (Genesis 3:21).

He set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him (Genesis


God guided Abraham so considerately.

God encouraged Jacob so kindly and closely.

2. Elijah's Experience (1 Kings 19:9-14)

Neither in the wind nor in the earthquake nor in the f ire was God. God comes

to us with a quiet voice. Whenever our mental state is not stable, God cannot

dwell among us and He cannot work with us. The same is true in the case of an

individual, family, nation, etc.

God cannot work where there is no harmony. He cannot stay where there is

destruction, conflict, etc. He cannot stay where there is complaint, anger,

jealousy, or envy on the individual, societal, or national level.

e.g. When Israelites complained of their situation at the time of Moses,

God could not work with them.

3. In what situation are we going to meet God?

The essence of faith is not a matter of form but of communication with God.

Where and through what events can we meet Him? Not through big events or

revival meetings! Such occasions may be helpful in providing us a first chance to

get in touch with Him, but God hopes to be with us in our everyday life, secretly,

closely, and quietly.

People tend to look for God when they have fallen into an unhappy situation or

when they cannot see their near future. But God wants to live with us in our

everyday life, not only in times of tribulation. The God who has been with us in our

everyday life must be with us in tribulation or emergency. We cannot expect God

to be with us in tribulation if we have not developed our everyday relationship with

Him. God cannot easily come to us when our minds are in a whirlwind. In order to

exterminate the prophets of Ba'al, Elijah laid a foundation, made his best effort,

and prayed. During his quiet prayer, God started working.

God visits with us in a secret voice, in the voice of mystery and harmony.

When Nathaniel came to Jesus, Jesus said to him that he had seen him beneath

the fig tree. Nathaniel did not know, but God had been working secretly.

Even though God has been whispering to us, we haven't always heard him. We

were so busy dealing with the satanic world that we did not know His mysterious

visits, His calling us in a gentle voice, etc. We could not heart Him because of our

greed, egoism, and anger.

Whoever realises God's quite working will not perish.



The Distance between God and Humankind

Genesis 3:8-10

1 . Establishing a perfect relationship with God is the ultimate goal of

Christian life. How happy we are whenever we feel God is near us and concerned

with our life! On the other hand, how uneasy we feel when we think there is a big

gap between God and us! What is the origin of such a gap?

Adam in the Garden of Eden hid behind a tree and shied away from God after

he fell. While God was unchangeable, man kept Him at a distance, which was the

result of sin committed by man. But we very often think that the gap resulted

from God:

Does God know me?

Does God know my suffering?

God does not see-n to love me.

God loves me less than before.

We should know who God is. He is the Lord of love. His motivation of

creation was love; His providence of restoration (salvation) has been based on love;

and the ultimate goal of His providence is to fulfil His ideal of love.

The nature of love is such that God cannot be happy without giving His love

to his object. But there is something God cannot love, and there is something God

can love only after a certain time period: God cannot love anything evil, and He

cannot love anything that is against the principle of creation; and since God is

perfect He cannot give His unconditional love to anything that is not yet perfect,

and in such a case His love cannot help being limited.

2. Sympathetic love and original love.

In most cases people seek the sympathetic love of God, which is related with

accepting repentance and forgiving. This is love that can be helpful to people in an

emergency; love with which God may take better care of people!

But there was no such kind of love planned in the blueprint of creation. Why

did He need to plan for a love concerned with tears, repentance, and relative

happiness, He who aimed at seeing the world of goodness, harmony, and parent-

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child relationship? His original love was supposed to be true parental love toward

true children; love that lasts forever; love which we do not need to modify in any

way; love which is not artificial; and love which He cannot help but keep giving.

3. Even though humankind has betrayed God one trillion times, He has not given

up His ideal of original love. While humankind seeks sympathetic love from God in

many different ways, God's main suffering results from situations in which He

cannot give His original love.

Original love comes to us without asking. Let us think about original love

rather than about limited, sympathetic love! After knowing original love, there

would be no gap between Him and us. That gap was caused by us, not by Him!

After we eliminate the wall between God and ourselves, we can eliminate

walls between each other, and the walls between mankind and all things. The

closer to His original love I stand, the clearer to me the meaning of my life on

earth can be.



O Lord, Why Hidest Thou Thyself in Times of Trouble?

Psalm 10

People ask: Is God alive? Where does He live? Throughout history

humankind has tried to answer these questions. How can we understand God in

view of the prevalence of injustice and prospering wickedness? Many historical

events show us the victory of the hypocrite over the pure-hearted. Why is this, if

God lives?

Because of the human fall, God cannot come directly amidst us. He, against

His desire, became deus otiosus. He hides Himself behind the wall of suffering, as

the origin of life beyond death, as the omniscient being beyond the wall of

ignorance, and as the Lord of Justice beyond the wall of sin.

We cannot meet Him without true penance, without noticing our ignorance,

without experiencing the reality of death. God who appeared to Noah, Moses,

David and Mary did so when these people emptied their minds and were ready to

receive His signals.

Jesus as the incarnation of God was ridiculed, mocked and insulted, because

God could not help hiding Himself as mentioned above.

Therefore Jesus was put to indictment. His wonderful promises were

nullified in front of the cross. Seemingly, he could not even save himself on the

cross, let alone save the world! Jesus appeared to be going the opposite way (to

hell!) from what he promised (the kingdom of God).

But was God dead?

He was beyond the reason of the fallen man, beyond morality, and beyond

fanaticism. We cannot meet Him through our customs, our traditions, our logic.

He is hiding Himself behind tribulation, behind ignorance, beyond sin. ". . . but we

glory in tribulations also. . . ." How can we be like this without becoming self

torturing psychotics? In Christian life we cannot find God if we do not face

tribulation. Without participating in tribulation our belief in Jesus will be useless.

It will be no more than a fiction.

To believe in God is to find His hiding place through fighting Satan and

overcoming tribulation. This confrontation can be won only in accordance with

God's desire, God's feeling, and God's wisdom, not with our own human desire,

feeling and wisdom.

God's sending His only son to the cross seemed to be ignoring even the basic

loving relationship between Him and Jesus, but He wanted to teach about Himself

this way, hiding against His desires.

If we do not understand such a situation, then we tend to be idol worshippers,

always soliciting visible happiness from God. And we may want to go our own way

into the heathen world, abandoning the 3udeo-Christian God.

God hides Himself whenever we are in tribulation, not because He wants to

avoid us but because He wants us to overcome our problems and to find Him beyond

them. If we evade the tribulations, we cannot meet the living God even if we live

for a thousand years on earth.



A Romance with the Rejected

Luke 4:16-21


We are often overwhelmed by a sense of meaninglessness and despair,

completely out of touch with the secure feeling of being loved and accepted just as

we are. God sent Christ to f ill our emptiness with his infinite fullness.

I. God's love is unexpected

(A) Hidden in the familiar

(B) Expressed through the commonplace

(C) Extended to the world's unwanted

11. God's love is unaccepted

(A) by the spiritually proud - they know how it is to come

(B) by the socially proud - they know to whom it won't come

(C) by the personally proud - they know they deserve it

Ill. God's love is vindicated

(A) by the Scriptures - they testify to Him

(B) by the steadfastness of his church - it still endures

(C) by His people - changed lives are indisputable


The greatest power of all is the power of God's love. God will prevail, through that love.




Acts 9:3-5

1. Introduction

The most difficult thing in the world is to change myself. Nothing can be

more difficult than this. If you can change yourself, you can change the world.

However, we sinners cannot change ourselves; we need Christ. In order to receive

Christ, we need to repent. But without the work of the spirit of God, we cannot


2. Experience of Moses and St. Paul

When God called Moses in the wilderness, God asked him to take off his shoes

because his shoes were defiled by Satan. God is pure, and a pure God cannot

receive impurity. Which should be changed, purity or impurity? God or man? If

impurity should be changed and not purity, then it's not God who needs to change,

but man. Fallen ---man's direction must be changed. This changing of direction of

life is called repentance

There has been no one whose life has not changed when they met with God.

St. Paul's experience was a dramatic conversion. When he was struck by the light

of God, his life changed completely, 180 degrees, and he became the most powerful

disciple of Jesus. However, this kind of dramatic conversion rarely occurs.

3. Our Repentance

Our conversion or repentance is a gradual one, usually brought about by the

truth of God. By the truth of God, we realise our own sin, and repentance starts.

a. Realisation of sin

We can understand sin by the word of God, but in order to realise our

own sin (what an impure person 1 am!!) we must pray. Only prayer will let us

realise our sin.

b. Denial of sin

We cannot stand to see our own sin. We can hate sin.


Sometimes, the next moment after we ask forgiveness, we burst into

tears of repentance: "Heavenly Father, please forgive me in the name of

Christ our Lord!"

d. Confession

No matter how many times you shed tears with God, until you open your

heart to an elder and tell everything, you are not free.

e. Commitment

You must resolve never to repeat that sin again, and show it through

your actions.

4. New Life

When you really repent, and talk to and pray together with an elder, you feel

so free. Many months or even many years of burden and guilt disappear. You feel

so free, so refreshed, so revitalised and very strong. You have to be pure,

otherwise you cannot be strong. You can be more confident in yourself, and you

can now see the pure and beautiful aspects of your own nature - the image of God.

Because God forgave you, God will not judge you, and Jesus will not judge

you. Then Satan cannot say anything. Other brothers and sisters are not qualified

to judge you, and most important, you are totally unqualified to judge yourself

You are free and your conscience will release you.

You will feel like a tree budding in the spring season, filled with new life and

hope. You can now challenge new life!




Matthew 4:17

A. Matthew 4:17 - "From that time, Jesus began to preach and to say, repent,

for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."

1. As sinners we need to be cleansed.

B. There are basically four kinds of sins which call us to repentance.

1. Original Sin: The root of all sin which every person is a part of.

2. Collective Sin: The sin for which everyone is responsible even though

they might not have been directly involved: racism, slavery, religious

persecution, etc.

3. Personal Sin: The individual acts we commit which separate us from


4. Hereditary Sin The ten commandments state that the sin of the parents

will be conveyed through several generations (Exodus 20:5). These are

sins inherited through the blood lineage.

At various times in biblical history, God called his people to repentance for

individual and collective sins.

1. Elijah spoke about repentance to the Israelites:

a. People in government were accepting bribes (Isaiah 1:23).

b. The populace, filled with pride and haughtiness, were focusing their

faith on idols (Isaiah 2:17-18).

c. The children were subject over the parents and women were ruling

the household (Isaiah 3:12), drawing attention to themselves in the

streets with gawdy ornamentation (Isaiah 3:18).

d. The harvest of the poor was given to the rich (Isaiah 3:14).

e. The wealthy used up the best land for living and left little ground

for planting (Isaiah 5:8).

2. Repentance brings freedom from accusation by Satan. It brings freedom

from guilt, and peace and freedom in the soul.

3. Helps find the true relationship with brothers and sisters in Christ.

4. Rekindles the perception of God's love, and response in glorifying God in

daily life.

5. The power of repentance establishes the base for the kingdom of

goodness, i.e., the kingdom of Heaven.

F. How to repent: what to do

I. Maintain a strong prayer life, centred on our hope: "Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done. . . ." (Matthew 6:10).

2. Come to a receptive state of Heart to receive Christ.

The result of repentance is the release from the bondage of Satan, the oxen s

yoke is, removed. We can stand again before God as adopted sons and

daughters, adopted families, and adopted congregations, and the spirit of God

may descend to lead us through Christ in our daily life.

H. Are we among those Christians who have failed to implement Jesus' teaching,

or taken the gospels merely as devotional material rather than words to be

lived and used as a basis for social interaction? If we are, we need to restore

our position in a relationship to God and Christ to be able to restore Matthew

5:48 where Jesus said, "You therefore must be perfect as your Heavenly

Father is perfect." These words were not advice, but practical instruction,

which is substantiated in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5 to 7.

I. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. . . . So all of

mankind must return to God as the perfect body of Christ to meet Him at His


J. This day is near. The last days are now. We must prepare ourselves to meet


K. As at the time of Pentecost when 120 people were gathered together in

prayer and longing for Christ, so we as Christians today, disregarding

theological differences, must stand together as one family to receive Christ

when he returns.

L. Let's all prepare our hearts to cleanse ourselves with repentance that we may

be able to unite with him at His coming.



The Orphanage

Isaiah 43:5-7


1. The saddest thing on earth is when children lose their parents. Whether the

home has been destroyed by the untimely death of a parent, or whether it had

been broken by the failure of a marriage, it is the children who suffer the


2. Perhaps this tragedy has never touched your life. But if we think for a

moment, actually we've all been touched by the tragedy of the fall of man,

the failure of our first parents, Adam and Eve. HISTORY'S FIRST BROKEN


3. What person on the face of this earth has not been influenced by the painful

disease of sin? Even we who sit here in celebration of Gods love still, if we

admit it, have to struggle with the fallen nature that attached itself to thati

first father and mother in the Garden through their relation with Lucifer.

4. Adam and Eve failed to set a true, loving tradition for their descendents to

follow. Look at the tragedy of their two boys, Cain and Abel. Eden was,

indeed, turned into a sadly broken home.

5. With the loss of the original and sinless relationship with our Heavenly

Father, and with the loss of our first parents, HUMAN HISTORY HAS, IN A



Today I'd like to reflect on this "orphanage", and on Christ as a parent returned.

Life in the Orphanage

I had a good friend in college who had been raised in an orphanage. One day sitting

at lunch he shared with me about life in that institution.

- The rule of the orphanage was every man for himself. It was foolish, he said,

to trust any relationship because everyone was out to get what little they

could, whether cigarettes, drugs, a pair of socks, or loving.

Groups would form around the strongest individuals. The place was full of

rival gangs, tougher than the streets outside, often divided by race. And as

long as there was selfish ambition in the name of an individual or a gang,

peace was unheard of. People survived more by toughness than by brotherly


But he did say that love was important there, in fact desperately sought! He

told me that those young people, deprived of the love of parents, spent days

and nights trying to get love from one another. It wasn't the love of brother

and brother or brother and sister in the sense we seek here in the church. It

was an almost violent sexual society that existed in that institution, with

perversions of very kind. (Ironically and sadly, my friend told me, even the

staff members had their lovers among the children.)

- Finally, my friend mentioned loneliness, cold loneliness deep in the heart,

loneliness that he was afraid to admit, loneliness for something the orphanage

could never provide: true parental love.

Where are our Parents?

Saint Paul says, in Romans 8:19-23:

For the creation waits with eager longing for the

revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was

subjected to futility, not of its own will by of the will

of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation

itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and

obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We

know that the whole creation has been groaning in

travail together until now: and not only the creation,

but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the

Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons,

the redemption of our bodies."

Paul speaks for all of mankind and history as he shares his hope for adoption as a

son of God.

- Someone may say, why do you speak of this world as an orphanage? God is

with us, and Jesus already came two thousand years ago. That's true, but

there is one factor that cannot be overlooked: the presence in this world of

one that Jesus called the "prince" of this world, someone that I might call, in

this sermon today, the "chief of staff" in the orphanage, Satan.

Along with our elder brother Paul, we await for adoption as sons (and

daughters), the redemption of our bodies. We wait for the coming of Christ

and the kingdom, and we wait for the end of a satanic world born of Eden so

long ago.

As we reflect back on the story I told earlier of the orphanage, what more

fitting image is there as we look at the world around us today?

- Without God, it is every man for himself. As we walk our city streets it

is so hard to trust. And not just on the individual level: great nations

live in constant fear and insecurity for the lack of trust. (Evangelist:

there may be more that you want to say here.)

- The orphanage of my friend was full of rival gangs or groups. There is

much beauty in the many cultures, races and nations of our earth. But

there is no beauty in racism or culturism. Nationalism is no longer

acceptable in a world which is shrinking, a world that demands global

minds and hearts. As long as there is selfish ambition, whether in the

name of one person, a group, or an ideology, there can never be true

peace. (Here is an important question: What is the difference between

the heart of Christ and religionism? Religious people too are divided

into so many opposing groups. Is that what Jesus intended?)

The point is not which person or gang will rule in the orphanage, but who can

come to take us out of the orphanage. Where are our parents?

- Love was at a premium in my friend's orphanage. Need I say more about our

world today? There wasn't one perversion in that orphanage that couldn't be

found on our city streets today. Times Square in New York City (evangelist:

you may want to use a local example) at this moment is full of pimps,

hookers, dope sellers, and upstanding businessmen shoving quarters in machines

that portray grown men sexually abusing little kids. Yes, a violent sexual

society. But, in truth, aren't all those desperate lives in Times Square, or

anywhere for that matter, simply searching for someone to love them, and to

love? (Evangelist: this, of course, is not to justify the crimes of those in

Times Square.)

- Finally, behind all the pushing and shoving for things, for power, for love,

there is the quiet and seldom admitted loneliness of the heart. "Who will

liberate me? Who will love?" THE IMAGE OF THE ORPHANAGE FITS OUR



What is our responsibility as Christians in the orphanage of the world today?

First, to challenge our own "orphanage mentality." Our world has suffered

too long from groupism. We must break our barriers down, to the world and

between ourselves. Otherwise, sadly, we aren't that different than any other


Second, to realise that God's Heart aches for the liberation of every orphan

in the orphanage as we face the time of Christ's arrival. What virtue is there in

simply waiting for "my own adoption" when our Heavenly Father cries for even the

most hateful orphan, the one we've condemned.

Third, to seek out the Heart of God for His whole human family, the family

that He lost in Eden.

Fourth, to give our lives for that family of God even though we may be hated

for a while by those we serve.

Last, to recognise that when Christ returns he returns as a Parent, or, as

Paul said, as "the last Adam," to bring all of Gods children out of the orphanage of

history, and to end the rule of the "chief of staff," Satan, forever. He may already

be on the porch.



The Law of Sin

Sermon Topic: The Law of Sin

Bible Verse: Romans 7:21-23

Sermon Theme: Defining and examining our fallen nature and the contradictions

in our life.

Main Idea: First, describe the origin of the contradiction in man (as in the

beginning of the Consummation lecture). The original fall is

ultimately the cause of the battle that Paul refers to in Romans

7:21. But how can we describe this "law of sin!' or nature of sin?

1. Self interest (actually fallen nature number one, but

simpler wording is better). Give example of self

interest. For instance, we only love those who do

good to use, but Jesus said to love your enemy; or

we have a tendency to become So' righteous about

things that affect us directly. We must overcome

this sir-ful nature by doing as Jesus exemplified on

the cross. Unconditional love: love neighbor, love

enemy, pray for those who do evil to you.

2. Self glorification (fallen nature number two). We

replace GocPs love with false gods. Letting other

things define me, or seeking my self identity from

things other than my relationship with God. Things

such as fad, fashion, power, money, fame, praise, or

what people think about me. We must maintain a

relationship with God to find the unchanging source

of our identity.

3. Self gratification (fallen nature number three). Our

flesh priorities outweigh our spirit priorities. There

are many examples!

4. Self justification (fallen nature number 4). Sin

increases by transferring blame as Adam and Eve

did in the garden. Sin is the beginning of bad habit.

Summary: The life of Jesus is the model for overcoming the law of sin

and purifying ourselves. Or you could use the story of lob as

an example of a man who subjugated fallen nature.



The Sorrow of All Things

Romans 8:18-23

I. Introduction

At the time of the Last Supper, there was the happiest bread in the world and

the most unhappy bread in the world, in the same dish. One was the bread eaten by

Jesus, and the other was the bread eaten by Judas Iscariot.

2. Nostalgia

Everyone has the feeling of nostalgia. Man misses the place where he was

born, and where his parents are living. Mankind wants to come back to the Garden

of Eden, where Adam and Eve were born. Man came from God, and therefore man

wants to go back to the bosom of God. That is the true nostalgia of man. Not only

man, but also the creation's desire is to go back to God.

3. Man, as lord over the creation

Man, as a child of God, is the only being that can understand God's words, and

communicate with God. Therefore man can represent God on this earthly plane.

Man is the Lord over the creation. Other parts of the creation cannot communi-

cate with God directly. Animals cannot understand the truth of God, or pray in

tears. In order for them to connect with God, they must go through man. Man is

the master. The stars, the sun, the rnoon, mountains, rivers, oceans, flowers, trees9

butterflies, and birds - they are calling out to man, "Our master, please take us to


4. The sorrow of the creation

However man is fallen and he is under Satan. Therefore the creation is

suffering under Satan. It is used not for the sake of God, but for an evil purpose.

Creation is crying and suffering. When the bread at the Last Supper was eaten by

Judas Iscariot, it was serving Satan's purposes. That bread was crying and


Every part of creation is looking for higher value and higher purpose.

Creation can't sacrifice itself for the sake of a lower being, but it is willing to

sacrifice for the sake of a higher purpose or being. If a man sacrifices his life for

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the sake of animals, people are not so inspired, not moved much. But when a man

dies for the sake of others or for the sake of God, people are really moved. That

man's value is exalted and he can become one with God.

5. Conclusion

The fulfilment of the purpose of creation, the true happiness of creation,

depends on whether or not man is connected with God. If man is not with God, but

is against God, then creation suffers. If man is one with God, then creation also

becomes one wit h God, and can feel true joy and happiness.

Whatever you do, or eat, or use, is not the question. The question is: For

what purpose do you do something, or eat, or use anything? Is it for Gods will or

not? Therefore the Bible says in Romans 8: 18- 23:

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth

comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the

creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of

God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will

but by the will of him who subjected it in hope., because the

creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and

obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that

the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until




Realisation and Repentance

Sermon Topic: Realisation and repentance

Bible Verse: Luke 13:5

Sermon Theme: How can sinners deal with sin

Main Idea: Paul tells us in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin are death.

That means when we sin we are giving up a portion of our life.

Jesus tells us in Luke 13:5 that there is a way to escape this

death, and that is through our repentance.

What is sin? The Divine Principle defines sin as any thought or

action in violation of Heavenly Law, which makes a base for

Satan to have give and take with me. More simply put, sin is

anything I use to replace the love of God. All desire for sin

begins with the desire for love (including the original sin), which

is not wrong. The problem is that we try to fill our need for love

with false love or self gratification.

There. are two ways that we will deal with our sin, once we've

come to the realisation point. One is the right way, the other

the wrong way.

First, the wrong way to deal with sin.

1. Realisation of sin, but without the simultaneous

realisation of the extent of Gods unchanging love

for the sinner. This is the foundation of unresolved

guilt and accusation.

2. Guilt. I am convicted by the realisation of my sin.

1 am wrong, I have done bad. My conscience comes

to life, exposing me in the most painful manner. It

is like a throbbing toothache or a splinter in my


3. Accusation. Once we've been convicted, we sen-

tence ourselves to a course of accusation. Accusa-

tion makes us feel not only guilty, but also that we

are essentially evil and have nothing to do with God.

Accusation makes us feel that we can never change,

and that in that in the final analysis we are not the

son or daughter of God. No one can endure accusa-

tion for a long period of time, and so we must

resolve it. We do so, erroneously, by....

4. Self justification and repression. We feel guilt and

accusation because we have allowed Satan to use

the truth against us outside the context of God's

forgiving heart. Therefore, Satan leaves us no

recourse but to disengage ourselves from the truth

that is making us so guilty. (Guilt is the problem,

not sin: that's what Satan whispers in our ear.) This

leads us to a life of constantly justifying our sinful

actions. We justify by replacement "truths" that

tell me my sinful action is OK. Examples: oh, once

won't hurt; or everybody is doing it now; or it's not

really all that bad. To do this, we must also repress

the part of our original mind that tells us the sin is

wrong. That means we bury the sin inside ourselves

and pretend it isn't there. But we then begin to live

a lie and the suppressed sin works on us from within.

The result is....

5. Sin multiplies rapidly. Once we have appeased our

conscience and suppressed our sin, it becomes so

easy to sin and sin again. We become a slave to

Satan, we lose our f reedom and as a result our

ability to love and to feel love. Without the ability

to love and feel love, we are DEAD! And as our

feeling of lack of love increases with the extent of

our sin, the desire for more sin (the replacement of

love) will dramatically increase. We are in hell.

Now, the right way to deal with sin.

1. Realisation of sin. But this time first we must

realise the extent of God's forgiving love. If we

don't understand the forgiving nature of God, we

have no place to take our sin. If we don't let God

deal with our sin then Satan will deal with it, and

will surely use it against us to destroy us.

2. Guilt. True guilt leads us to the strong desire to

take responsibility for our sins. We have realised

how our sins have hurt God, how our sins have hurt

others, and how our sins have hurt ourself. Guilt

gives us the strength to handle the course of restitu

tion under God's love and forgiveness. Guilt brings

us into submission, humbly before God. It brings us

to the place where God can deal with us.

3. Repentance. Now we can repent with all our heart!

Why does repentance free the sinner from Satan?

Because it is one thing that Satan cannot do! He is

the father of false pride. Satan hates to hear the

voice of the repenter, just as God rejoices (Luke

15:7) over the repentance of even one sinner.

4. New determination. Take up the cross and f ollow.

Go and sin no more. (Based on their understanding,

some explanation of the need to lay an indemnity

condition or Tang Gam.) Now we must go the

reverse way of sin. Instead of replacing the love of

God with self gratification, we become the second

self of God and Jesus by sacrificing ourselves for

the sake and benefit of others. We connect to the

true source of love by becoming a temple of God

and letting his spirit dwell in us. As we connect to

the true source of love, then our desire for false

love (sin) will decrease. We are free and have LIFE!

Summary: Let's become the second self of God and Christ, by taking up

the cross and following him, finding his real love in the life of

service to others. GO AND SIN NO MORE



Pentecost through the Three Ages:

the Old Testament rime, the New Testament Time,

and the Time of the Completed Testament

Acts 2:1 (Day of Pentecost) and Leviticus 23:15 (Feast of Pentecost)


We can find two passages concerning the Pentecost in the Bible, one in the

Old Testament and one in the New Testament.

1. Report from the Old Testament about Pentecost.

The Israelite priesthood was drawn from the tribe of Levi. Leviticus is

the third of five books known as the Law of Moses; it is the most strict book,

demanding man's strict adherence to the Law of God.

God commands obedience and promises blessings upon the obedient: to

the disobedient come curses and strong warnings.

2. Report from the New Testament about Pentecost.

'The Day of Pentecost marks the birthday of the Christian Church of

which the risen and exalted Christ is head.

It was an altogether supernatural event as evidenced by the suddenness

of its occurrence. There was a sound like a rushing, mighty wind, revealing

the presence of the Holy Spirit. There were tongues of fire. Christ's

message was proclaimed in rnany different languages, as a token of the

ultimate preaching of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

The fire was a symbol of the holy zeal with which the appointed would

speak forth the divine message.

Pentecost was celebrated 50 days after the Passover.

Now is the fulfillment of Pentecost

Through the revelation of Divine Principle we can see that the moment of

Pentecost is not yet fulfilled in the ultimate sense. The third appearance of

Pentecost will take place at a time of the greatest activity of God on earth. This

means the time when God will end the history of the evil world.

This will be the time when the very last days come. God will send his Son

again to this earth, to bring His heart and His truth, but also His judgement. The

third time Pentecost occurs, God will fulfil His promise of the Three Blessings for

the first time here on this earth.

Jesus promised that he would return "soon" (Revelations 22:20 or Matthew

10:23). Consequently, many Christians in every age have believed that their time

was the time of the last days. With an overall view of God's dispensation of

restoration we can see that we are living in the actual age of the Second Coming.

What kind of spiritual phenomena are occurring in the Last Days? The Last

Days is when men restore on a world-wide scale the level just before the Fall. For

this reason there will be many people who develop their ability to communicate

with the spiritual world. God promises to pour out His spirit on all flesh (Acts


Many people in the last days will receive the message "You are the Lord."

This does not mean that they are the Lord of the Second Coming; it means that

they are re-established in the position of Lord over the creation, the position which

man lost because of the Fall.

Just as John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Jesus, there will be

many people with various missions who are to prepare the way for the Lords

second coming.

Spiritual leaders, holy people, and many others already recognise the unusual

phenomena of our time. Twentieth Century people who are aware know that a new

Pentecost is already at the door.

in order to bring it about, we have to listen and to study and pray about this

new revelation which came from God in our time, the Divine Principle. The

Israelites had to live up to certain laws. People of the Twentieth Century have to

live up to much more advanced laws given by God, in order to be ready for the

great Pentecost to come.


The fulfilment of God's will is now. Divine Principle is the greatest

guideline to the fulfilment of the Old Testament and the New Testament, and

leads us to the Pentecostal accomplishment. The Messianic Age has arrived.

Christianity should be the leader in welcoming and fulfilling Gods expectation and

command for our time.



Restoration of the Sons and Daughters of God

A. Originally, God created all mankind as one family with Him at the centre.

B. Through the fall of mankind, man and creation became separated from God,

man from man, and man from creation.

Man was cut off from God, the source of energy and life. The result was

loneliness, insecurity, powerlessness, and lack of fulfilment of purpose

and happiness.

C. All things in creation, especially man, were created for a definite purpose.

1. (Explain purpose.)

2. The purpose of the individual can only be fulfilled through realising the

purpose of the whole.

a. Each person can be considered as a cell of a gigantic body,

Humanity. As an integral part of the whole, each one has inherent

value with certain responsibility and rights.

D. God has been working throughout history for the restoration of mankind,

trying to restore all interrelationships so as to re-establish the original "cell"

situation of this body, and reactivate the give and take process between

ourselves and all entities.

E. God wants to reunite man with Himself, the source of love, joy, energy, and

unite man and man, and people and societies, to let them fulfil their purpose

of creation. It is man's obligation to participate in this give and take process.

F. Deprivation of love is the greatest sin. Therefore we are obligated to restore

all interhuman relationships in order that the love of God can flow in each relationship.

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G. The family is the nucleus of human society. God wanted it to be His

expression of love.

1. Throughout recent decades we have witnessed the disintegration of the

family unit, etc.

H. Evidenced in history are wars and strife caused by the separation of God and

man, and human societies, races, and religions. To bring peace and heal this

situation, to overcome animosity, one must start at home, by bringing God

back into the families and becoming exemplary to others to live the will of

God. Then we can bring God back into our society, nation, etc.

1. In the family we must learn the respect and love of all age groups -

grandparents, uncles and aunts, parents, brothers and sisters, and young

children - and to relate to others outside the family as an extension of

these relationships.

2. We need to practice the love of God as an extended family and then go

to the world. In this sense, the family unit is the basis for the Heavenly


I. In order to create harmony in this world, we need to be able to love and

forgive all others and practice the gospel that Jesus brought, and to sacrifice

for the greater purpose. Faith without works is dead (games, chapter 3).

J. In order for the love of God to flow throughout human societies, all peoples

have to be interconnected with each other and have harmonious give and take

with God centred on Christ.



What Can You Be Proud Of!

1. Introduction

Man needs something to be proud of. People display their beautiful houses,

expensive cars, prizes won in sports, big ranches, nice families, etc. They expect

to be admired. But what can you be proud of in a true sense? -

In order to be proud of something, you must have something good, or you

must do something good. It is easy to be proud of something good; you cannot

really be proud of something bad. Man cannot be proud of his crimes, sins, miseries

and poverty. You may be able to be proud of the things I mentioned above, but can

you be proud of those things forever? How long does a beautiful car last? How

long does a beautiful house last? Also, who can guarantee that a nice f amily will

last forever?

2. Testimony (use own testimony)

Last year 1 spent so-ne time in a country in Africa. I met a missionary frorn

the neighboring country. He had laid the foundation' id'that country, but many dif

f icult situations occur red and he had to leave the country he was working in, unable

to re-enter it. He didn't have any money, but he decided to go to the borderline of

his country, to keep in contact with his people across the river. Even though he

couldn't get into his own mission country, his people came to see him from across

the river by canoes. He had to build a mud house for his wife and newborn baby in

the deep and thick African forest, hundreds of miles from the civilized city

There was danger of malaria, and a visit took two to three weeks by river plus an

additional two to three days by truck. 1 was deeply moved by this brother, because

he wasn't thinking of his own situation but was only thinking of his people and the

salvation of his mission country. He was determined to accomplish this.

3. Rev. Moon and the African missionaries

One day, Rev. Moon was talking to the African missionaries from the

Unification Church. He knew how hard the missionaries were working for God, but

he didn't like to praise them. Instead, he wanted to push them more and more. He

said that he didn't like to give them financial support, and wanted to send them back to

their mission countries to suffer more. The time would come when he

would be invited to their country. Then he would invite his own missionaries to sit

beside him, and let each one give their tearful testimony in front of heads of state

and dignitaries, of how they suffered for the sake of the nation, shedding tears and

sweat. He would say, 1f you suffer now, not for the sake of yourselves but for the

sake of the nation, then even if they persecute you you are making the stories by

which the whole nation will cry. Am I a cruel leader?"

4. Conclusion

It is not the temporary beauty of a car or 'house, but the tears, sweat, and if

necessary blood, shed for the sake of others, that you can be proud of forever. The

stories you will proudly tell are the stories of how you suffered for the sake of




The Signs of the Times: the Second Coming of Christ

Sermon Topic: The signs of the times: the second coming of Christ

Bible Verse: Matthew chapter 24

Sermon Theme: Explaining from the standpoint of biblical reference that Christ

is to come in the twentieth century

Main Idea: Jesus spoke clearly of the signs of the times that would indicate

the time of his return (Matthew 24). By examining those signs,

we can see Jesus was referring to the present time.

Signs that Jesus foretold in Matthew 24.

1. Many false Christs (Matthew 24:5). Today over 600

reported "Christs".

2. Wars and rumours of war (Matthew 24:6-7). Many

examples to draw from daily newspaper. But also

mention three worlds wars in the 20th century.

3. Famines in diverse places Matthew 24:7). More

people starving today than at any time in history (a

lot of statistical information available).

4. Diseases and pestilence Matthew 24:7). Cancer,

the rise of venereal disease, suicide, etc. (again, a

lot of statistical information is available).

5. Earthquakes and unusual weather patterns (Matthew

24:7) (research; much information available).

Daniel 12:4 - even to the time of the end, many shall run to

and fro and knowledge shall increase.

Based on this prophecy from the book of Daniel, a

description of the uniqueness of the 20th century from

the standpoint of the rise of science, technology, communi-

cation and travel is very effective and powerful.

E.g., 99% of all scientists who ever lived in history are

alive today.

Summary We must be prayerful because it is the time of Christ's return.

We must be ready to receive him when and how he appears.



On Our Way to the Promised Land

Sermon Topic On our way to the promised land

Bible Verse: Numbers 14:22-23

Sermon Theme: The Israelites, on their way to the promised land, faced many

challenges. Their course to the promised land is similar to the

walk of faith we all go in our personal journey to the 11prornised

land." We can compare their plight with our own and, hopefully,

learn from their failures and mistakes, of which we are equally


Main Idea: When God called Moses to lead the people out of Egypt, He was not

just calling them to change their address, but their entire way of

life. If you read*the book of Leviticus, you can begin to understand

how much God was expecting them to change their life, even to the

smallest detail. Changing our life and putting God first is, of

course, the most challenging matter. The journey of the Israelites

to the promised land is a visual symbol of our personal course in

changing our life from me-centred to God-centred.

Challenges in the journey to the promised land:

1. Going back to Egypt. Whenever things got tough on the

course to the promised land, going back to Egypt always

seemed such an attractive alternative. But it is im-

portant to remember that in Egypt the Israelites were

slaves! They had been so unhappy and mistreated there.

But how easily they forgot whenever the challenge to the

promised land became difficult. In our walk of faith it is

no different. Always our past life is there, enticing us to

return. We also can forget so easily that our past life

never gave us a lasting joy, but gave us many sorrows.

When we choose to walk with God, WE'VE GOT TO CLOSE


2. Fear of the unknown. God was always leading the

Israelites into the unTnown, and sometimes, it seemed,

into disaster. In those moments the Israelites com

pounded their difficulty by focusing on their problems and

the risks involved rather than on their goal. Their goal

was that which God had promised. In our walk, many

times God is leading us into uncharted waters, areas we

would never go by our own choice. It is at those times,

when we have to stand on our faith alone, that we get

shaky. Walking through the unknown is like a filter

between ourselves and God: all that can remain is our

faith in Him.

3. Giving up past habits and concepts. When Moses went up

Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, the

Israelites were placed in a position to have faith until

Moses returned. It was in this period that the old ways

began to creep back into their consciousness. The prac

tice of idolatry was probably chief among their bad

habits. Likewise, when God puts us in a position to have

faith, it is there that the "old ways" can find their way

into our life again. Bad habits, of course, means SIN.

4. Complaining against God. God cites the Israelites for

complaining at least ten times (Exodus 14:11-12; 15:23-24;

16:2; 16:20; 16:27; 17:1-3; 32:1-10; Numbers 11:1; 11:4;

14:2). What is the culmination of complaining? That you

realise the very thing of which you complained! God tells

Moses (Numbers 14:28) that all the complaint of the

Israelites will be realised. What were the kinds of things

they complained about (examine above-listed scripture)?

Usually about things of the flesh - what to cat and what

to drink - and about the quality of the leadership. M1

complaints reflect a doubt in God and self. Man is a co

creator with God, and therefore the direction of our

thinking and speaking has a strong tendency to sub-

stantiate. That's why, for instance, we can chant in order

to gain some desired result, because it works! The power

of positive thinking, and so forth. .

5. Giving up at the crucial moment. The Israelites were

always attacked with faithlessness, just at the moment

before the breakthrough. For instance, they rebelled at

the very border of the promised land; they could even see

it, they were so close. They rebelled right before the

parting of the Red Sea. They rebelled just before Moses

returned with the Ten Commandments. Satan always

attacks in the crucial moment. There are many examples

of this in the contemporary life of faith.

Summary In order to get the the promised land, we must close the door to our

past life, trust God in our journey through the unknown, give up our

past habits (sin), stop complaining and start believing in God and

myself, and never give up until we are residing in the Promised




Rebirth - Our Resurrection

John 3:3

Jesus told Nicodemus, "Truly, truly 1 say to you, unless one is born anew, he

cannot see the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God is where God and man live together as one family. No

one else can come. Satan cannot come. The Kingdom of God is where there is no

sin. Therefore, no sinner is qualified to see the Kingdom of God. We inherited sin

from our own ancestors. Therefore, unless we change the lineage we cannot live in

the Kingdom of God. In order to change lineage, we must be born anew from

different parents who have no sin. They are the Messiah. This is the reason we

need the Messiah. The Messiah comes as parents.

Jesus came as our Father, and the Holy Spirit as our Mother. By the word of

Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they are as our parents. When we realise

our sin, and repent and accept Jesus as Savior, we receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit

(Father and Mother). We can be born again. We are the children of Jesus and the

Holy Spirit. Jesus has not sin, and the Holy Spirit has no sin. Therefore, we are

born again without sin. What GRACE! This is our rebirth. This is our resurrection.

We thought that Jesus is our Lord. If Jesus is just the Lord, then we

Christians are just the servants. However, our relationship with. Jesus is even much

deeper than we thought: that of children to parents.

We were born of the spirit of God. That which is born of the spirit is spirit.

The wind blows where it will and you bear the sound of it, but you don't know

whence it comes or whither it goes. Our spirits were redeemed, but our body and

flesh is still under the force of evil. The greater our faith in Jesus becomes, the

more the forces of evil come against us, as long as we are living on the earthly

plane. Our original mind is still crying for the redemption of our flesh. Romans

8:23 - 11. . . and not only creation but we ourselves who have the first fruits of the

spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our


To do this, Jesus will come back again. He made a promise to come back,

and he will never fail to fulfil it. He will come back. On that day, we will be free

from sin, not only spiritually but also physically. On that day, there will be no

sinners, not only in Heaven, but also on earth. The Kingdom of God on earth will

come! There will be no war, no bloodshed, no crime and no immorality.

Everyone can inherit the nature of the Messiah, because everyone can be

reborn through the Lord of the Second Coming. There will be eternal peace and

happiness on this earth.



Salvation and the Messiah

The need for the return of the Messiah

and what His mission is

A. What would the Messiah need to do if He came back today?

B. Today the world is in turmoil:

1. War, moral decay

2. Disintegration of Christian culture and family life, permissiveness,


3. Threat of nuclear war

4. Free world versus Communist world: confrontation between good and

evil on the world-wide level

C. If Christ returned today, how would He deal with these situations in the

world? Would He deal just with the spiritual aspects of the above problems?

D. God created the universe as man's environment to be the Kingdom of Heaven

on earth. This ideal was lost through the f all of our first human ancestors,

and must be restored through the process of restoration. Restoration has

occurred in part through Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, and will be

completed at the time of the Second Advent.

1 . Restoration = salvation. Salvation has two aspects:

a. Salvation of the soul or spirit of man, i.e., becoming one in heart

with God and Christ.

b. Restoration of the physical self, overcoming the law of the f lesh

(Romans 7) as well as the restoration of all things in God's creation.

2. Therefore Jesus did not intend just to bring spiritual salvation, but also

wanted to create a Godly society on earth (as he said in His Sermon on

the Mount (Matthew 5)

E. Since the crucifixion of Jesus, Satan became even more aggressive, expanding

his kingdom on earth as Jesus had intended to bring the Kingdom of God on


F. Throughout history a greater magnitude of confrontation between good and

evil has come about, and greater separation from God.

1. As Christianity came to its greatest manifestations, meanwhile Satan

also appeared in a strong way through the communist ideology.

2. Today is the greatest confrontation between good and evil in people's

minds to serve either God or Satan.

3. If Christ returned today, He would face these situations.

G. When Christ comes, He will also bring the Kingdom of Heaven, and solutions

to the presence of evil within man and his society. He will inspire the unity

of all mankind to do the will of God and create the Kingdom of Heaven on

earth by uniting all nations and religions, sorting out their differences.

1. To do this, He will bring the.absolute truth, to fulfil the Will of God by

which the world government with Christ at the center could be erected.

2. He would need full co-operation from mankind, especially Christianity,

which was prepared to receive Christ at His coming and proclaim the

eternal gospel of true love, explaining the purpose of creation, of

mankind, and of all things, bringing perfection. Through the discipleship

of Christianity, God and men could be reunited as Father and children.

H. Therefore, Christ at his return cannot just appear spiritually, but has to bring

social reform through the love of God as the central element and, reuniting

man and God, create one universal family beyond the borders of race,

culture, colour, etc.

I. Under these auspices we must prepare our heart and mind to be able to

receive the Messiah, recognise Him and co-operate with him, to build together

the Kingdom of God in Heaven and in the physical world.



A Look at the Last Page

Luke 12:22-34


These words of Jesus urge us to trust God completely, to look for the coming

Kingdom, to allow God to enthrone Himself in our hearts, to let Him be our heart.

Such a trusting reliance brings great blessings, and fulfills our deepest needs.

I. The Kingdom is at hand. Where?

A. In the common experiences of life, in positive give and take, in the

nurturing warmth of selfless love.

B. In the life of the Son of God, in the spirit, not only the letter, of the

Word of God, in a God-centred Principled life.

Il. The Kingdom is "God with us." How do we know this?

A. When our spiritual vision remains clear despite persecution and struggle.

B. When our lifestyle and the way of the world conflict, and we gladly

choose to be rejected by the world.

III. The Kingdom is a gift. Why do we have to seek for it?

A. The effort involved in seeking develops gratitude and spiritual depth.

B. The effort involved in seeking helps keep the physical and spiritual world

in proper perspective.


IV. The Kingdom is fulfilled in Christ

A. The course of restoration in history points to Christ.

B. In Christ we see the one True Man, the reflection of the fatherhood and

motherhood of God.

C. In Christ we see what is possible for all of creation to be - a "sneak

preview," a look at the last page of the Book of Life.


The promises of God are the same as fulfilled reality. We can, must, and

shall be all that God purposes for us: "It does not yet appear what we shall be, but

we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."