To reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I grew up in a Christian family all my life. My father was saved when he was about 12 in North Korea before the North and South separated. After the Korean war, my father came down south and met my mom. My mom became a Christian shortly after they were married. Our family did all the Christian activities; we went to church on Sundays, we went to Sunday school, had family worship, and always gave offerings on Sundays. This tradition carried onto our immigrant status in the United States of America. Furthermore, my father was the church maintenance man at Young Nak Presbyterian Church in LA (Biggest Korean Immigrant Church in the United States). Church was very big part of our lives.
My faith was tested when I went to college. Not only was it tested but I started to have doubts and many questions. I also saw how my non-Christian friends enjoyed their lives while I was trying to be their friend but without being able to participate in many of their gatherings and activities. It didn’t take long before I started to party with my friends and getting far away from God. In fact, there was many Sundays when I didn’t want to go to church. I was tired of being a hypocrite.
All along my spiritual journey, I had this insatiable desire in my heart for more. I enjoyed partying with my friends but at the end of the day I wasn’t satisfied. I was full of emptiness in my heart. I didn’t know what it was until I really came to accept Jesus as my personal savior and Lord. I had gone to church all my life but until senior year in college, I never really accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior and Lord.
I was fortunate to be blessed with brothers and sisters in the college department of Young Nak Presbyterian church who prayed for me and discipled me. They invited me to a prayer meeting where I accepted the Holy Spirit and received the gift of tongues. For the first time in my life I felt I had real time of repentance through prayer. I cried and cried and repented of all my sins. This was a start of a wonderful prayer ministry that I became a part of. My brothers and sisters in Christ were very instrumental in me receiving true forgiveness and they showed me about the power of prayer and of true repentance.
I received Jesus Christ as my Personal Savior and as my Lord that night. I have no doubt in my heart that Jesus forgave me and came into my heart. My sins are forgiven and that is when I decided to live my life to glorify Him as much as I know how. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I believe He is the Son of God and that He and the Father are one. I believe I am a sinner and by believing in Jesus my sins are forgiven and I am saved. I prayed for Jesus to come into my heart and He is now living in me through the Holy Spirit.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. (Genesis 1) He has eternally existed in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3: 16 & 17) There three are co-equal and are one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4) Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Matthew 14: 33) He is co-equal with the Father. He was 100% Man without ceasing from being 100% God, (Colossians 2:9) as He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18) so that He could dwell amongst us and as a sinless Man. I John 3:5) He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.(I Peter2:24) He became the substitutionary sacrifice, and that we are justified by this sacrifice, which was sealed by His actual, physical, rising from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. (I Corinthians 15: 54-57) He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords. The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. (Acts 5:3&4). He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. (John 12:32) He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. (Ephesians 1:13) He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right, and He also provides us, in God’s grace, gifts to edify the body of Christ and build up the faith of the church. (John 16:13-14) Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must receive it by faith. (Ephesians 2: 8&9) We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness, can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. (John 3: 16) When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. We must confess with our mouth to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and believe that only God can save us and not ourselves nor our good deeds. (Romans 10: 9&10).Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation. By getting baptized, you are making a public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. His death and resurrection are demonstrated by going under water, in which you become dead to your old life, and then by rising out of the water, you have been given a new life in Christ. Jesus instructed us to be baptized, thus it is an outwardly sign of obedience. (Matthew 28:19 & 20) While it is not necessarily for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. Just as stated in Matthew 28, I would baptize people by saying, “I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Because our church tradition is to baptize with sprinkling of water, I would follow the same procedure. The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit.(John 14:26) It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (Matthew 5:18) It is of the utmost importance to the church that we believe in inerrancy of the Word of God because we base all of our Christian faith, values, instructions, visions, corrections, and even programs from the truth of the Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16) There is no error in the Bible. It is the Word of God to us.