Book Title Help!

Hi all!

Here’s a book update. I’m in the middle of doing some revisions as it is being formatted. I’m revisiting the title and wanted to ask for some input! I’m thinking of changing the current working title of …

Worth the Cost? Reflections on Wealth, Health, and Christian Discipleship

to…

Worth the Cost? Becoming A Christian Doctor Without Losing Your Soul

My goal is to have the readers consider the costs of medical education. And not just the cost of tuition, time commitment, and amount of work, but the cost to one’s soul if pursued for the wrong reasons. I hope to challenge readers to consider the cost of discipleship with Christ, to be willing to pay that cost first (and why it is worth paying that cost) before entertaining big ideas of serving God with medicine (or any field for that matter).

After one makes that choice to put Christ first, the next question is how can we live now in order to be effective in God’s kingdom instead of getting stuck chasing after the American Dream trying to fulfill our own desires. That’s the book in a nutshell!

Let me know your thoughts. If you have any suggestions of your own, feel free to leave a comment! Thanks and I appreciate all the prayers so far. Please continue to pray! Click if you like to learn more about the project.

Sermon Feedback/Discussion – Easter Service

Hi church!

Here’s a quick recap of my Easter sermon:

Jesus’ resurrection makes the Gospel good news. It gives credibility to all that He taught, and all that He promised. It shows that He is the Son of God and has authority to forgive sins and offer eternal life.

But why is the Gospel good news?

The Problem

We were all created to be in union with God, and living in union with God, He directs and aligns all our human capacities so we are the people we are supposed to be as God’s image bearers.

But because of sin, we are separated from the relational presence of God in our lives. As a result:

  • All our God-given capacities become corrupted (total depravity).
  • We become enslaved to idols (entertainment, job, relationships, drugs, etc) to fulfill needs only God can fill.
  • We bear God’s wrath, destined for eternal punishment in hell.

The Human Solution – Luke 15:11-32

We have tried to deal with the problem of sin apart from God in two main ways:

  1. Embracing our sinfulness by going the way of the younger son, indulging in all our sins.
  2. Living in obedience and doing good like the older brother to alleviate temporarily our guilt and shame, trying to earn our way into heaven.

Neither deals with the fundamental problem of our sins that separates us from God. We have sinned against a holy God, and the consequence is death (Romans 6:23).

The God Solution

God provided a way through His Son Jesus, who died to take the punishment of sin in our place. In Christ all my sins are put onto Him and all of Jesus’ perfect obedience is given to me so it’s as if I have obeyed perfectly all of God’s commands.

The Prodigal God*

This parable is known as the parable of the Prodigal Son. Prodigal means lavish, extravagant. The parable can also be called the Prodigal God. God is lavish in His love for us. Instead of His wrath, in Christ we are invited into God’s kingdom as His children instead. That’s the good news of the Gospel!

How have you dealt with the problem of sin apart from Jesus? If you are a Christian, have you trusted completely in the finished work of Christ on the cross, or are you still trying to earn salvation with good works?

I hope you were encouraged by the sermon. As always, please feel free to leave any feedback or how you interacted with the sermon. If you missed it, you can download the podcast in a few days.

SBECC Kairo English Ministry Podcast

*A lot of insights are from a sermon I heard by Tim Keller which later turned into a book

Sermon Feedback/Discussion – Discipleship Living in Action

Hi church family!

Again I would like to invite you to interact with the sermon this past Sunday as well as give you an opportunity to provide feedback or ask questions. I would even love to just hear how you were challenged by the sermon. If you would like the written transcript, message me and I can send it to you.

Note that if you leave a comment, it will be visible to anyone who visits so if you want to share something just with me, go ahead an email me at jacktsai@unfailingspring.com. I really want to hear from you!

Sermon Recap: Luke 16:1-13 Discipleship Living in Action

Disciples of Christ have an allegiance solely to Christ and live for kingdom purposes.

Jesus gives an example of this type of single-minded living in the parable of the shrewd manager.

The manager is commended for acting shrewdly in giving discounts to his master’s debtors, at the cost of his master.

Jesus is commending not the immoral action, but the manager’s mindset. The manager knows judgment is coming and so he does everything he can to maximize his future well-being with the remaining time and influence he has as the manager.

In the same way, judgment is coming for all and we will have to give an account for all that we have been given. Jesus’ exhortation here is that we would spend our remaining time, using to the max all that we have been given, in such a way to further God’s kingdom plan, ensuring our entrance into heaven.

Application: We are to use our worldly wealth*, our abilities, and our influence strategically and intentionally to further God’s kingdom.

*Note: The passage is mostly about how we handle worldly wealth, and in particular carrying out God’s heart by using wealth for the service of those less fortunate. Since we have talked a lot about our use of money in previous sermons, I focused more on the application of using our abilities and influence to maximize God’s kingdom.

If you missed the sermon (we missed you!) and would like to listen to it, you can look it up on our podcast below for free. It is usually uploaded within a few days.

SBECC Kairo English Ministry Podcast

Sermon Feedback/Discussion – 3 C’s of Discipleship

Hi church family!

A lot of times after I give a sermon, I’m not sure how it is received. I never really hear how the sermon impacts your lives. I want to interact with you all more about my sermons so I thought maybe I would give this a try. If you have any questions, comments, or any kind of feedback, please leave me a message and we can start a dialogue! Hopefully this will help me to connect better with where you are all at, to know how to pray for you, and to improve on future sermons. If you would like the written transcript, message me and I can send it to you.

Note that if you leave a comment, it will be visible to anyone who visits so if you want to share something just with me, go ahead an email me at jacktsai@unfailingspring.com. I really want to hear from you!

Just a quick summary of today’s points: Luke 14:25-35, The Three C’s of Discipleship with Jesus

1. The call to discipleship is universal: All believers are called to be disciples of Christ and to make disciples of Christ.

2. The cost of discipleship is all-encompassing: Jesus demands not just our outward allegiances (to parents, friends, spouse, children, etc), but also our inward allegiance to ourselves (deny ourselves, our dreams and ambitions)

3. The commitment to discipleship is life-long: Discipleship is not just a one-time decision, but a life-style change and a faithfulness until the end.

Application:

1. We need to bring the whole message: When we share the Gospel, we share the blessings and also the costs involved.

2. We need to be in it for the long haul: Maturing in Christ is a process that happens through relationships and over the span of years.

I hope you were challenged and blessed. I pray that all of us, including myself, will continue to hold fast to Christ and grow in our love for God and others.

If you missed the sermon (we missed you!) and would like to listen to it, you can look it up on our podcast below for free. It is usually uploaded within a few days.

SBECC Kairo English Ministry Podcast