answered by Pastor Sungho Lee (for July Newsletter, Concord Connection)
- What is your favorite Bible passage?
It is the 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Why this passage? Well, I like it because it gives me answers to three important questions that we have to answer:
(1) Who am I?
The Bible says that I am a chosen race, not just anybody who was born accidentally. God has chosen me to do God’s work! It also says that I am a royal priesthood. I cannot waste my life if I am a royal priesthood. I have to have a holy life. The word of God says that I am a holy nation. I have to show other nations how a holy nation should live! It also proclaims that I am God’s own people. Who can destroy my life if God claims God’s ownership over my life? I belong to God. I found my identity here. I pray that all our members find their identity here also.
(2) Who is God?
It clearly says that my God is the one who called me out of darkness into his marvelous light through the mighty acts. I still vividly remember how dark my darkness was. I was wandering around, complaining about everything, and competing with everybody. Now I was saved by the might acts of God shown on the cross and in the empty tomb. Now I appreciate everybody and give thanks to everything. My life is full of joy and songs of praise!
(3) What does God want me to do in my life?
The Bible passage also defines my life-long mission. I live to proclaim the mighty acts of God who saved me and who will save many other people on earth! That is what I will do for the rest of my life! Once I know who I am and who my God is, it is really clear for me what to do in my life. I pray that all my church members find the clear purpose in their lives too. I will help them to find such noble mission and purpose in their lives.
- Why did you become a pastor?
(1) My story.
I was born in 1959 in a Christian home. My parents and grand-parents were sincere Christians. I was brought up in Sunday School and was an active member of UMYF and college group. I was a student of a law school in Seoul and trying to be a lawyer. However, when I was 25 years old, when I finished all my college education and mandatory military service in Korea, I had an opportunity to visit my mother’s church in the Jesu Island. She started a small church there and I did not visit her church till then. I went there and saw what she was doing as a pastor of a small church. She taught them the Bible and took care of them with the conviction that someday they would grow to be the leaders of the country, Korea. At that time, I compare my life-style with her life. I always compete with others to be the first one in the line. My mother served the little ones to make Jesus first and others second and her last. I was shocked and reflected on my life. I finally found true meaning in serving and sharing life. I wanted to be a pastor like my mother.
(2) My Prayer
Mothers, Fathers, Grand-Parents! Would you be somebody that your children want to follow? Would you be a role model for your grand-children? I will pray for that.
- What do you want to happen here?
(1) My Vision
I want to raise the next generation leaders of our country and of the Kingdom of God. Our country is the strongest country in the world. We have both great power and great responsibility. If we are doing it right, the world will be in peace. If we are not doing the right things, the world will be in trouble. In this wonderful country, we have heavy burdens to produce the right leaders, who fear the Lord and practice the Biblical teachings in their lives. Peace, justice, and the works of mercy will be delivered to others through our saved leaders.
(2) My Suggestions
I believe that the only way to produce great leaders is to be a role model for them. We have to practice the biblical teachings first in our lives. We have to live out what we believe before we teach them to our followers. So, I want to have small groups who gather around the sermon messages and discuss the ways how to apply them to their daily lives so that our children and grand-children can learn by copying them.
If we are doing it right, we will see changes in 3 V (value system, view-point, and vision in life). Then people will find 3 P in church (Purpose of life, Plan to achieve the purpose, and partner who are going to achieve the goal together). And the final fruit will be 3 S (Serving life, and Sharing life and Simple life, that throw away all the unnecessary things that have nothing to do with serving and sharing). I pray to see that happening in our church members’ homes and work places.