Creating a Culture of Honor – NRTC 2015

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Creating a Culture of Honor
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday Service (Hillside Campus 1pm)
Speaker: Christian Lee
Passage: Luke 14:7-11
A message about honoring the leaders around you, as well as others in the community.

Since this 2009 sermon in which PC mentions that he loves dried mangoes, he has been inundated with an endless supply. If you thought of blessing him, he appreciates the thought but would like to ask that you refrain. ^^

Comments

  1. David Chong (NP Sydney) says:

    God’s kingdom is a kingdom of honour. This made sense to me considering PC aptly pointed out that we are part of royalty! I love that ‘anointing flows from the top down’ is a core value at New Philly, and that honouring and blessing our leaders can result in us being blessed right back. Blessed to be a blessing. Honouring one another has the effect of releasing the potential giftings and Christ-centric indentity in each other.

    Having said that, when PC transitioned to talking about honouring the prodigals, I did indeed feel a pang of guilt. It is something that I’ve always found difficult to do but the revelation that God honoured all of humanity, when were most NOT deserving of honour definitely humbled me and gave me fresh perspective. Especially considering that God also uses and works through those that are prima facie, not very honouarble.

  2. Linda L says:

    Creating a culture of honor was a sermon I was not expecting but it was interesting. It is applicable to the church community and to daily life. It is important to honor everyone as that is what the bible tells us to do. Honoring people also helps empower people to do better things. The example of giving people harder challenges to help them grow reminds me of teaching. As a teacher, you set higher expectations and encourage the students to help them achieve more. There are different ways to honor people such as through praises, gifts and money. In addition, it is important to honor those who are unchurched and do some with love and without an agenda. By creating a culture of honor, it has an impact on all those who come into the culture and they too begin to honor others. This is important as it was stated that leaders of any kind, from being a manager at a company or I imagine as leader at a church, you have to honor, love and respect those around you because it is something you want to do. Not because you expect something in return.

  3. Good reminder to Honor those authority. And Respect the chain of command. It’s refreshing change to here a clear and concise explanation of why this is so necessary in the church. The world has it just fine but it seems to be an anathema in within the church. God is the one who created structure so we are just using his creation. Because it works so much better within the love of the body.

  4. I realized how important it is to have a culture of honor. Listening to this sermon, I rememebered how my ex-boss’s attitude toward me empowered me to do much greater things than I imagined. I have worked in Ethiopia over one year (back and forth), and my boss gave me responsibilities that are not normally given to new workers. I gave a testimony at a church in front of 800 people, manage a cafeteria, or worked as an interpretor between Koreans and Ethiopians at the important meetings. I was very overwhelmed in the beginning but later, I actually became good at them and gained confidence. When the boss made me do them, I really hated it because I thought I cannot do them. Now I look back and appreciate his effort to show honor to me.

    I have approached people a lot with an agenda to convert them to christianity. Sometimes I succeeded and brought them to the church, but I don’t think I have established a friendship with them. I did not know how to show honor. Treating people with honor seems to require being humble, and it seems difficult to achieve only by trying. I pray for Holy Spirit’s help abd grace to be humble and show honor.

  5. Aram Lee says:

    I am royalty and a princess of the Most High, my Abba Father! The culture of the Kingdom is a culture of honor. Since we belong to, and are citizens of the Kingdon of Heaven, we are meant to be ruled by that culture.
    I confess that I also tended to look down on my leaders when I found their character flaws, and became unwilling to fully honor or respect them in my heart. And I agree with Pastor Christian that the root issue was pride. I believe I really need to listen to this sermon again, and be convicted and repent.

    ↑ My comment from last season. So thankful that this sermon has changed my attitude/heart toward my leaders!

  6. Henry Spice says:

    Honor is humility in action. It is revealed in my attitude towards others especially those with authority over me. Its been a difficult task pruning my pride and my critical spirit with trials and testing under New Philly’s remarkable leadership. . But listening this sermon once again just reminds me of how beautiful and excellent the culture of honor New Philly community carries. I feel so glad and spurred up to do better when I get honored and acknowledged at work. So I’d love to do same even here at New Philly. ^ ^

  7. Tri Thanh Nguyen says:

    I love the examples of honor found in Jesus honoring his disciples. The comment Pastor Christian made about honoring because you are honorable was really good. The way the father honored the prodigal son is full of something special. The way Daniel honored the pagan kings is something of a great encouragement for me in honoring the people that I work with and under. Honor brings about smiles. Learning to honor all people as Pastor Christian mentioned certainly is a great foundational stone. I would love to see this culture of honor spread in my workplace. Perhaps unity in the Spirit comes as we learn to honor the way God is leading us as per examples in the word and as highlighted in examples around us. Looking forward to learning how to honor as a son and father here at New Philly.

  8. Ellen Lee says:

    For me, I never really thought much about how creating a culture of honor could bring such influence not only for God’s kingdom but also in the work place. When you carry honor with you, people are able to see their potential and respond to someone who knows how to honor someone like their mother or father or God. In Pastor Christian’s sermon he states that “honor creates a highway that life travels…” This is so powerful because in that one statement it shows me the relationship between honor and life and how they are intertwined. I think the word honor itself carries so much depth in the physical action as well as the internal aspect within ourselves . In other words, honor is not something that is easily achieved. To have honor for someone you have to have a humble heart. PC explains this concept saying that if one has pride it will be hard for them to let leaders who have authority over them speak into their lives. Pride keeps people from honoring their leaders who could release potential in them. Honor is also important because the Kingdom is a culture of honor. “Wealth and honor come from God” so to have this atmosphere of honor around you shows you who God is and gives you a taste of what the kingdom is and more.

  9. I loved this sermon!! I completely agree with Pastor Christian that honor is something that is dying out in our American culture. We do still have a culture of saying thank you and please, but other things like holding doors open or pulling a chair out are just something that are almost called “old fashioned.” Since when was being honorable old fashioned? I especially loved his example that we sometimes show honor JUST to get something when these SHOULD be things that we show every day without expecting reward.

    Honor is such a powerful thing. I have always heard of course the idea of honoring your mother and father. As a child, I was always raised up to honor your parents. After all, they are the ones that shape you into who you are today. It was great though to hear of the idea of honoring even your SPIRITUAL fathers and mothers. Maybe the most interesting for me was the examples Pastor Christian gave us honoring even the prodigal son. The examples he used of David and Joseph honoring the Pagan kings just gave so much inspiration on how I can myself honor those around me at work and through life. We should never judge, we must always show sincerity to those around us.

  10. This is such a potent sermon that really resonates with me as I think about truly honoring leaders not only at church, but also in the workplace. I’m glad that Pastor Christian pointed out that it’s so important to honor your leaders by recognizing their authority and humbling yourself before them. This is definitely a challenge for me as I have seen so many abuses of authority within the Korean church back home, but it really convicted me when he talked about how it is ultimately a pride issue. I realize how prideful of a person I am and that I need to submit and honor authority. Shamefully, I’ve always felt that leaders were always the ones to pray over me and provide for me, but I realize the importance of continuing to bless them through prayer, give testimonies of how they are blessing to me, and blessing them with gifts and service. I have found that this sermon is both refreshing and challenging for me as step into my workplace every day as well as at New Philly.

  11. Tri Thanh Nguyen says:

    I love the examples of honor found in Jesus honoring his disciples. The comment Pastor Christian made about honoring because you are honorable was really good. The way the father honored the prodigal son is full of something special. The way Daniel honored the pagan kings is something of a great encouragement for me in honoring the people that I work with and under. Honor brings about smiles. Learning to honor all people as Pastor Christian mentioned certainly is a great foundational stone. I would love to see this culture of honor spread in my workplace. Perhaps unity in the Spirit comes as we learn to honor the way God is leading us as per examples in the word and as highlighted in examples around us. Looking forward to learning how to honor as a son and father here at New Philly.

  12. Choy Jun Ai says:

    The kingdom of God is always a kingdom of honor. Honoring everyone because we are all honorable and just because both of us are equal. Jesus has been an honorable one to his disciples as He loves them very much. Sometimes I got into hard time to honor my parents or non-believers but this sermon reminds me that how God has treated me as a precious princess even when I wasn’t a Christian. I always remember the scene that Jesus came to wash disciples’ feet and he was so humble and honorable. And I feel like God is challenging me to learn to be an honorable person to those who I’ve never been honoring to. God shows His heart through the sermon and asks me to look more like Him.

  13. We are called to be men and women of Honor because we are heirs of the King of Kings! The way that Apple has built a successful company is a great example of the power of showing honor to everyone, regardless of creed. we hear the cliché “show honor where honor is due” and this is true but it’s amazing to watch the kingdom breakthrough as we show honor to those whom it isn’t “due” or whom don’t expect it. God bestows honor to us as a gift and we get to share in that as we live our lives in/with/through/ and to our King!

  14. malimasinga says:

    I was particularly blessed by the part where PC spoke of the people we should ascribe honour to. Of course in our church community it is a given but I was reminded that giving honour in our workplaces makes them an even more pleasant place for everyone present. Hearing how Apple honours it’s people, even down to it’s interview candidates, made all the recent sermons PC has preached about being a blessing to the city, make even more sense in my mind and heart.

  15. Paul JS Park says:

    The sermon was very relevant to what I have been going through recently. Throughout this semester I found myself complaining a lot about my classes and professors. Whenever people asked how I was doing at school I would tell them how miserable and difficult school felt. In my heart I knew something was not right and that it needed to stop. The sermon gave me words to identify what was really going on – I had a problem with honour. It wasn’t about my situation, but it was about how prideful I have become. As God has called us a royal priesthood and heirs to His Kingdom, I ought to represent Him by showing honour to those around me. Even when I feel like they do not deserve it, they are to be honoured as that is exactly what God did for me when I was helpless in my sins. I listened to this sermon two days ago, and for these past two days I have applied it to my classes; I sat in class and honoured my professors with my heart. I am happy to share that classes have become much more enjoyable and my complaining heart is now almost nowhere to be found! As I meditate on this teaching of this sermon, I pray that God will make me a man that is known for honouring others. I desire to be someone who believes in and brings about the best of others. As God bestows favour and honour, may He establish honour in the lives of others through my life.

    • Wow! Really blessed to read how this sermon personally affected your life and how you even started to practice it right away! This is an awesome testimony of how you carrying honor changed your perspective and experience! :) ~P.Anna

  16. Sally Kim says:

    This sermon made me reflect on my life whether I am honoring those around me, and I found myself that I wasn’t.
    I go to class and do my work diligently, but I wasn’t honoring the professors. I was just listening to class merely for myself, and I haven’t been thanking them nor honoring them. Sometimes I was dishonoring them by saying bad comments on their manner of lecturing. Even for those around me, I didn’t honor those who I thought “of the world” but in God’s view, we are all sinners but we are all part of his royalty and kingdom of God. Sometimes when I see drunk old men in the street, I would be looking down on them, labeling them, and being so condescending. But now I know that as “princes and princesses” and as “sons and daughters” of the King Lord, we should be the ones creating an atmosphere of honor and love because even our God says that we will be doing greater things.

  17. Claire Ramsey says:

    Man, is honor a powerful thing or what?! I grew up with this word, but never truly understood its purpose in God’s kingdom until now. Life, blessings, anointings, they all flow from honor. When a church honors one another, you can feel it in the atmosphere. You can feel the love, encouragement, and support that flows from the top down and back up. So much potential is unlocked this way! This is turning into a personal testimony of mine. I am currently going through NRTC to become a leader here at New Philly. All my life, up until very recently, I have never associated myself with the term leader. It just did not seem possible with me. It did not seem to mesh with my personality. But as I have experienced honor from people, especially here at NP, my desire to become a leader has grown so much! It unlocked something inside of me that I had no idea was there! I am just so excited to take this journey and give back honor to my spiritual fathers and mothers.

    I am even more excited to take this culture of honor out into the world! My heart particularly breaks for students here in Korea. It really hit home with me when PC said something about one day, Korean students will be able to go home after school, or participate in extracurricular activities. I want to be a part of that influence that brings transformation to the Korean education system. Now I know what I need to do in order to do that: honor my coworkers, vice principal, principal, students, everyone! Lord thank you for this new fire! And thank you PC for your message and being faithful in following where the Spirit of the Lord leads you!

  18. Chloe Lee says:

    Honoring individual with humility is significant. As the children and royalty of God, we are called to honor people that surround us. Yet many times, I had denied this importance because of own selfish pride, especially when I compared my faith/spirituality to others’. I had tired many times to abandon that judgmental mindset, but it wasn’t easy ride. With Grace of God, I am slowly setting aside my pride and following the humility of Jesus. Through this sermon, I felt like God was once more emphasizing that aspect of Honoring people to me. Pastor Christian’s second/third points about honoring spiritual infants and prodigals, stir up my heart. I knew, I seriously lack this part inside of me. I always looked up to my leaders, but never unto my spiritual brother and sisters who were struggle with their faith. PC said that his leader honored him with all respect and really empowered PC to a new level of faith. His testimony gave a time to reflect my past. Without my leaders honoring me, I would not been where I am right now as disciple of Christ. As I am taking leadership, I also want to be part of royalty, honoring everyone with humility and truth in Jesus. I decided to take leadership for spiritual growth, but moreover for others who were struggle like I did long time.
    As Jesus said to his disciple, “You will do do much more and greater things than I did”, I want that “Honor” to flow inside of me.

  19. Michael Chan (NP Sydney) says:

    Honour is definitely a key part of living life, and God has written it in the bible for us to follow. Indeed the root issue of honour is pride and refusal to be humble. I’ve struggled with this before in my previous church and it definitely stunted my growth as a Christian. I’m very glad that New Philly emphasises the importance of honour in not only our lives but especially in the church.

    The anointing definitely flows from the top down and I’ve definitely seen this with the church plant team in Sydney. We were able to honour the church plant team at the leadership banquet and man, it definitely took us to levels of intimacy with them and also acknowledging how God has not forgotten them. Honour is definitely key and the core for us to go out into our workplaces and circles to shine the light of Jesus.

  20. Lydia Kim says:

    It’s so true that showing honour to someone should be done without strings attached. No one is perfect but it is biblical for us to honour our spiritual leaders (preachers and teachers deserving double!) I believe this honour coupled with grace indeed opens the floodgates for the anointing and blessing to flow down from above. I was encouraged again to continue to pray for my leaders, share boldly about how I have been blessed by them, to submit under their leadership and show my love to them through gifts. I believe not only to leaders whom I directly submit under but also other spiritual leaders deserve to be shown the proper honour (give honour where honour is due). This will also empower them to flow in their anointing.

    I love how New Philly has such a strong culture of honour in the House and it was so fun hearing how the Annual Leadership Banquet came to be!

  21. Re-listening to this sermon made me feel as if I were in a time warp… It is quite amazing to see how far we have come as a church in understanding PC’s heart behind setting up a culture of honor at New Philly and walking this out.
    Personally, this sermon speaks to me in more ways now than it did back then. When I first heard this sermon, I felt PC’s point was pretty simple and was naive enough to think applying it would be straightforward. Since then, from the many challenges I have experienced as a leader myself and with other leaders both in and outside of the church as well as in the workplace and with family, I realize that showing honor (to imperfect leaders as an imperfect disciple) is often difficult, sometimes feeling plain impossible…especially if I am maneuvering out of the flesh just for the sake of appearances. At the same time, I am aware of the great wisdom hidden behind having an honoring attitude, including the richness and life it brings out of relationships. ‘Honor with strings attached is not honor.’ As God himself desires for us to show honor to one another, he is gracious to give us the means to be genuine and intentional about showing honor where it is due…so our asking is never in futility.

  22. Honor is so overlooked!

    “Become honorable ambassadors of the kingdom.”
    We must learn to carry honor in our hearts wherever we go, whoever we meet. #goals

    We are royalty. We are royals. Like P.C. said, we’ve got nobility flowing through our bloodstreams. I feel empowered already just picturing that – that gold blood.

    Reflecting on how I’ve been presenting myself as a Christian foremost, I realize I haven’t been the most honorable. I don’t want my honor to have strings attached, especially in evangelizing. I aim to be real, the real deal, without trying to only close the deal.

    “Humility comes before honor.” – Proverbs 15:33
    Amen to that. After graduating out of youth group, I started to let myself disagree with some of our youth pastor’s teachings. Thanks to my newly feminist self and sponge of a brain, I began to inwardly challenge his words, but pride made me kinda look down on him sometimes. I was supposed to honor him even when I disagreed. Glad I know that now. Sorry, pastor!

    The government of the kingdom of God is not a democracy, it’s a theocracy. WOAH WOAH. This was a big eye-opener. Popular or majority vote doesn’t have the final say – God does, of course. I never really figured that labeling the kingdom with political terminology would be important, but it is actually mucho importante. Heaven has rank and order! Letting that sink in. Even Jesus used the words: “least” and “greatest.” Let’s be people of honor.

  23. Yeo Kyung Yang says:

    Honor is so overlooked!!!
    and because of this mentality of mine, I was very surprised to see one of the key sermons being about “honor”. I honeslty never had a good impression of the word honor because of the people around me while growing up. They always demanded honor and rebuked me when I didn’t. I didn’t know what it meant and never fully understood and became confused and angry towards those people. I really like how PC broke down the meaning and importance, and didn’t leave us hanging by showing us examples and giving us directions on how we can apply it in our lives. He aslo didn’t end it there, but he emphasized that the fathers also needed to honor the sons as well and not reinforce their power over us. Honor truly does take us to highways in life. :)

    I love that NP has a culture of honor and I am so blessed by seeing and receiving honor by the NP leaders. Thank you for blessing us and teaching us PC!!

  24. Honoring others (especially our parents, the aged and those in authority) cannot be overlooked. I agree with PC when he says that it is slowly being forgotten in the current generation, but I believe it can change back for the better. I think that “honor” is looked upon so negatively in some western culture, but especially in Asian cultures, because of it’s negative connotations in society. I think the expression of showing honor can be easily mistaken for being a tall poppy – this is where a paradigm shift is needed.

    I agree with PC in the regards of the importance of heart when showing honor. Not having the right heart is just like the person who smiles right to your face, but the second they turn around they roll their eyes. Just like everything else we do in life, the heart has to be right before everything else.

  25. Young Ko says:

    Thank you for infusing the culture of “honor” in church. After listening to this sermon, I’ve learned how to receive and bestow honor that empowers both me and the church – and ultimately give glory/honor to God. Personally, I felt honored at New Philly during many occasions through public recognition and words of affirmation via “thank you” cards.

    Honoring = Loving. I’ve borrowed different ways to honor people from the book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman

    1. Honor via words of affirmation (verbal recognition, thank you cards)
    2. Honor via quality time (spending time together)
    3. Honor via physical touch (hug, kiss, handshake, massage, knighting)
    4. Honor via gift (flowers, chocolate, gift cards)
    5. Honor via act of service (serving food, opening door, driving)

  26. This sermon was truly refreshing and SO good! Honestly, honor is AMAZING and it is life giving! As a business major, I’ve read books and heard seminars on leadership, and the culture of honor is really the foundation of it all.

    If you shower your leaders with gifts, praise, and honor, how much more would the leader be encouraged to become a better leader? And essentially, just as our core value #5 says that the anointing flows from top down, the more encouraged the leader becomes, the more blessings that will come down to you. However, I think often times, in the church, many of us go to church just to be blessed. People often ask, “How was church today? Were you blessed?” and yes, it is good to be blessed, but we can’t forget that we ALSO can be a blessing to others and to our leaders. We often look to leaders in the church as people we can receive prayers from, which is true, but we can also pray for them and bless them too!

    And also, honoring the sons, showing honor to those who are under your authority is also very important. How else would the sons of the church feel encouraged to pray for the leaders if the leaders make the sons feel puny like they are worth nothing? As the leaders, both in the church and in the secular world, they can create a culture of honor by showing the sons honor first, building them up, affirming, and giving praise to them. In one of my internships, my boss did not show honor to my supervisor, and shut him down by telling him all the things he was doing wrong in front of me, who was under my supervisor’s authority. This really destroyed the work culture… My supervisor was just sad and discouraged at work, was not productive and did just the minimum, and that’s when I realized, truly, the leaders have to show honor to those under them.

    And lastly, my favorite point of this sermon was to show honor to the prodigals! YES finally thank you Jesus a pastor who so refreshingly preaches on showing honor and loving those outside the church! Omg… I can’t even.. It makes me SO disheartened to see people in the church who are so unloving and judgmental to those outside the church, labeling them like “Oh those are the people who smoke and party and drink.” That is just so mean! Most of them, who probably never even tried to get to know these people personally, can’t just label them, look down upon them like they are dirty people, and give mean demeaning looks at them as they walk by in the streets! That’s just not loving and just as PC said on last Sunday’s sermon on “Dining with Sinners”, JESUS dines with sinners and He loooooooves them! Especially, it makes me so sad when I see people who go on missions and evangelize to people in that nation, and then come back to their nice suburbs that they live in, and avoid reaching out to any of their non-Christian friends and goes “ew why you hanging out with those… sinners?” when they see a Christian friend spending time with those who don’t go to church… But Yes! The bible says honor EVERYONE! Not just your Christian clique, but everyone. Thank you PC for this awesome sermon and love the wisdom and the culture of honor this church carries! Mmmmm more please :)

  27. Honour is something that has been established in my life or should I say Asian lifestyle so much so, it becomes just a norm, and we do it habitually without any meaning. Just like Ps Christian mentions – the kids are just bowing their heads for money they are going to receive! We use this term honour a lot, but why are we doing it? Why is it so important to have honour? And the honest answer is: it’s usually to get something in return. For example, at work when you give respect and honour to your boss regularly – but you’re true incentive is to gain attention or! Let’s be more realistic – a promotion or a pay increase!
    This sermon rightfully argues at the start – ‘honour is not just a message, but a mandate’ that we are called to do in order to fulfil the great commission instructed by God. What personally stood out for me was when the sermon revealed that ‘order when it is fostered by honour results in empowerment, but order enforced through fear results in just control.’ DEEP. DEEP. DEEP. That just taught me that whatever, I mean WHATEVER job position or title I may carry – I must be responsible in my actions and learn to cultivate a culture of honour in every area that I am in. Period.

    Big shout out to the reference Ps Christian made to the Royal Family in England! I feel so at home! However, I have to say observing the mannerisms and traditions in London are not like that anymore, unfortunately.

    And P.S. Ps Christian! Man I love your style of preaching back then – so encouraging to see you going for it! Still love it now too! But can we bring back more charismatic movement style Amen’s and Hallelujah’s in the service?! Love it!

  28. Danielle Kang says:

    God does not employ shame or guilt to run His Kingdom, but a culture of honour!
    I’ve seen and heard a lot about honouring leaders at New Philly but honouring sons and prodigals was actually new to me.

    Listening to this sermon helped me to reflect on the relationships I hold with others and how I see the prodigals in my life. It’s so true that so many Christians (including myself) have failed to honour the prodigals in their lives and instead hold certain attitudes towards them, and although I always new this to be slightly off, I never really knew or received teaching on how to perceive/approach these people (even family) otherwise. It’s SO TRUE that people will eventually notice and sense when we come with an agenda but as we move from the heart and place of honouring one another, it is then that we can truly manifest the heart of the Father.

    I love how PC says that honour creates order through dignity instead of the fear of punishment and this can be seen through the leaders at New Philly. It’s not difficult to see that people are walking out with this embedded in their hearts. Even If you look at those leaders named by PC (6 years ago since this sermon was preached), seeing that at the time they were CG leaders, etc. but now have been empowered and established as LEGIIITTTT key core leaders of New Philly. It really blesses me to see how far they have come and it shows that this culture of honour is something that is not to be taken lightly. Just as PC preached, honour brings life and I really feel as though the leaders that are established at New Philly are the fruit of this kind of Kingdom culture.

  29. Samuel Choi (NP SYD) says:

    The first thing I liked about this sermon was the title itself -” Creating a culture of honour”.I think in our modern society, the idea of honour has been watered down significantly. I strongly believed that God loves the idea honour and doing this well especially within our church community is key to exemplifying God’s kingdom on earth.

    I also liked how PC listed the 6 different ways of showing respect and honour to those to which it is due.i.e words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch,gifts, acts of service.
    It helped me give me a clear guidance and practical framework to serving those around me.

  30. Josiah Evans says:

    What struck me as most memorable from this sermon was the point of honoring the prodigals. It is so easy to restrict honor to only people that you like, or people who you want to like you. Giving honor to the prodigals forces us to give grace to others, just like we have received grace. Just because someone has sinned or backslidden doesn’t mean we don’t have opportunities to honor them. And the funny thing is that that honor can be the most powerful tool in bringing them back.

    An example that comes to mind is the story of Jonah. He did not want to go to Ninevah and warn them of their impending destruction, but God forced Jonah to honor them with a warning, and the city repented! Giving honor in this way is so counter to culture in the world and when people see it it speaks of a higher truth than what they are so used to.

    This sermon has challenged me to honor those around me and especially above me, and I look forward to finding ways to honor the leaders of New Philly.

  31. Victoria Pai says:

    To be honest, I find it very hard, near impossible, for me to honor leaders who have hurt myself and/or other members in a church. I really struggle with this, because it is because of their actions that have driven many people away or caused people to be used. This message was a challenge for me to learn to honor despite what has happened to myself and others.

    I have never heard of honor in conversations about the seven mountains, so this point was very interesting. I think I tend to (wrongfully) view the seven mountains as a personal thing for God that I do, but hearing it in the context of honor has brought to light for me a whole other dimension. After hearing it, I think there is a lot of truth to it.

    Another new thing for me, was hearing about honoring sons. I have never thought of honor in this direction, because to me, honoring is something you do for people higher than you in a hierarchy, or a leader, or someone older. Turning the tables is something I’ve never thought of.

    I was very blessed by the part of the sermon where PC talked about mentors being a mentee’s biggest fan. I think it really does bring out the gold in mentees/disciples. So often I appreciate it when someone gives me a standard that I can exceed, or makes me feel like I can do something.

  32. “Honor with strings attached is not honor”. This is something that sticks with me. In America, many folks who do honorable things don’t often times have a pure heart when they do so. And, even when they do, they get rejected because the idea of honor is so lost. This point makes me look at my own actions, and makes me think about how I need to be more honoring.

    One of my most difficult points to have to deal with is the idea of honoring my leaders, more importantly my boss. Even if he is not a believer, there is still honor that needs to be given, and it has to be done willingly. This is a hard pill for me to swallow, because of how the business culture has portrayed itself in recent years. However, learning how to honor my boss even if I may not care for him on a personal level, that means dying to my own pride and my own ideas, giving him the due deference that is required. That’s tough stuff, and it may take a while, but learning about this is a start to renewing.

    Of all of the things that Pastor Christian preached about, the honoring of leaders is the biggest thing I came away with as being the frying pan on my head.

    I noticed that at the bottom of the syllabus, it says to “attend faithfully and honor your leader”. What that tells me is that honor is the biggest thing that we can do to help steward a Godly culture in our church. Honor the leader, with a clean heart, and they will honor you as well.

    This is something new that I have to work with, but it’s something that I know can be done.

  33. Stella Lee says:

    I was hoping that Pastor Christian would make a reference to Mulan’s Disney song, “Honor to Us All” but alas, it was a feeble hope.
    Honor is often undermined of significance in reality, despite it being a prominent characteristic in what makes heroes heroes in epic stories, and it is sorely underestimated. Honor has the potential to affirm, encourage, and mature people with humility and dignity. Honor makes us better people. How atrociously degrading and shameful would it be to be someone of royalty that is disrespectful, tactless, and vain? The identity of being royalty in Christ is not new to me, however it is only recently that I began to comprehend the significance of it. Cruelty begets cruelty, and as such, honor begets honor. I’ve, like many, experienced both honor and dishonor by piers and those close to me, and to be treated with dishonor does dampen ones mood (understatement). Many often complain of how “society is cruel”, how “life sucks”, because people simply do not have a sense of honor to the littlest things such as opening the door for others or being genuine in customer service.
    Personally, I’ve been taught with rigid discipline to uphold a sense of respect and honor by my parents. (atypical Korean thing but my parents were also in the military…..) That discipline was carried with me throughout high school, and the honor ingrained into me was a powerful factor in keeping me on the proper path, especially in swimming and in AFROTC. I don’t find it difficult to humble myself and honor those of higher qualified authority than me, physically, mentally, or spiritually.
    However, I do at times find it difficult to continue honoring those that I don’t believe deserve it due to some quality such as corruption, negative characteristics, or personal offenses against me. This sermon is convicting me to improve this part of my honor mentality, to be discerning in what it means to be dignified instead of proud. Humility is essential with honor, and while it can certainly coexist with dignity in harmony, with pride it is extremely tedious to maintain.
    If I can’t honor them genuinely from my own heart, I should at the least start and try with the heart for/and of God, because I am representing Christ’s royalty, these people are also cherished by God (although honestly sometimes I really struggle to see why) and to not do so to even the most difficult person to honor, is a dishonor to the House of God. Easier said than done, but what’s life without a good challenge? Challenge accepted.

  34. “Create the culture of honour!” PC has made a very clear message. I have dreamed to build his house in the business sector as my vocation as well to transform the youth as my life mission since I experienced full of holy spirit, which sometimes called baptism of holy spirit though I hesitate the term. However, the realisation of things was absolutely hard. Through the sermon, I got known why I was in a difficulty. The answer was a lack of understanding honour. At work especially my first job, I was not good even terrible. After graduation from college, I was placed as a manager who has responsibility on having Indian staffs conduct the standard procedure given by Korean head quarter. They were not satisfiable on the performance, so I got pretty much of pressure from my supervisor. I shouted a lot to my Indian staffs and showing threats such as kicking a desk, smacking table and so on. On the other hand, I was too reluctant to use my given authority as a Sunday school teacher. In God’s house, I did not want to misuse the authority so I simply greeted my teenagers in the community and had a very shallow level of sharing on life. One thing I got from the sermon, I should have engage in teaching with boldness in the biblical way. Now, I am in this house under authority. Thus, I need to make four things for the leadership; becoming a prayer for them, sharing my testimonies, showing respects by serving(customised mango maybe) and renewing the commitment. The time that I am with the honour, I trust God does not hold back something good. (Psalm 84:11)

  35. Dani Ashcraft says:

    I really like the idea that shame or guilt does not rule the kingdom, but rather honor. Since we come from a nation of royalty – as was said – I think it is only natural that honor should be a part of our lives as Christians and that we should live cloaked in honor, upholding one another. Like it is explicitly stated in New Philly’s core values, anointing flows from the top down. I completely agree that we must uphold leaders in the church; if leaders are upheld and shown reverence and respect, then the anointing and blessing they receive will naturally flow down. In perfect honesty, I don’t think I’d ever thought of there being inequality in heaven, so to hear that there will really be a least and greatest in the kingdom came as a slight shock. But in this way, I think that humility coming before honor was really important for me to hear. It is a good reminder to respect those put into authority over me. As well, I can really appreciate the aspect of honoring sons. In a way, it is just like the gold rule, that is, treating others as you would be treated. Like this, you are outpouring and blessing another. And finally, PC talked about honoring prodigals. All too often, I find myself looking condescendingly at those I would not consider Christian, and constantly I must remind myself that just because I call myself by that name I am no better. In that way, alienating them with my attitude is not uplifting or honoring and is, in fact, very un-Christian of me. So the simple reminder that honor is a part of the kingdom is, I believe, very critical for my own personal growth.

  36. Chelsea Van Eck says:

    I used to be rather scared and intimidated by leaders, especially male leaders. I was so confused by and didn’t understnad all of what I called the “lovey dovey” sensitive compliments that were going around in CG and at church. At first, I felt like this was people being “fake.” I realized that I was mistaking honor for something cheap that I had experienced by other people in the past. Going on missions and having people affirm me almost every night was extremely uncomfortable at first, but I can see my own growth and transformation because of it. Feedback and truth being spoken over me allowed for lies to be broken off. That’s why honor is so powerful. God is teaching me to honor my CG leader out of a thankful heart and desire to continue growing under her authority in my life.

  37. “Honor where honor is due”. I remember hearing this at the leadership banquet last year. One blessing that NRTC has been is hearing the philosophy behind words used at NP. Investing in a culture of honor paves the groundwork for greater things. I love this idea that lifting people up in honor actually raises the water level and everyone rises together in the process. This paradigm shift of honor opens doors and unlocks potential in people. God honored us first. Jesus comes down, dialogues with us, connects with us, and has relationship with us. That seems like a perfect expression of honor. It seems that honor is due in all of our relationships without exception — family, workplace, and friends. Extending honor where honor is due seems to be one way to let the kingdom be realized in our daily lives.

  38. Grace Ko says:

    I really didn’t think about just how much this concept of “honor” is all around us and how we, especially as heirs of His kingdom need to cultivate this culture of honor. I think in the Korean church, it is pretty blatant and obvious the demands for there to be honor going up, to leaders, to parents, to elders. But I really appreciated how PC laid out HOW we can honor our leaders, but also, that honor needs to flow down and flow OUT as well. It made me think that if church is a place where honor flows all around, it will naturally flow out of the church to those outside of the church as well. As a newcomer, I really felt this culture of honor here at NP and am so thankful for it. It has stirred and moved my heart and it is contagious!

  39. Kate Jihae Park says:

    This message reminded me of something I learned about honor a while ago. I learned that honor means “heavy”, it means “weight”, and when we choose to honor people, whether it be elders, friends or people under us, it means we choose to have an attitude to acknowledge their words, their presence as “heavy” or “weighty.” It means we will not take them lightly. So I love how P. Christian broke it down and mentioned about not only honoring your spiritual fathers and mothers, but also how we need to honor the sons as well, and how we need to create a culture of honor! That was so good!! It also reminded me of why it’s so important to treat one another with honor, and it’s because God first saw us with honor when he chose to die for us on the cross even when we were in our iniquities. He saw the glory presence in us even though we were still in our sins, and that’s an spirit of honor. We should also carry that same spirit/attitude of honor, and create a culture of honor!

  40. Keith Yang says:

    My CG kept popping into my head when I was listening to this sermon. It was at my first few weeks at CG where I learned that honor played an important role in New Philly. There was a natural flow of edifying one another. And, truth be told, I felt uncomfortable. I didn’t know why everyone was so expressive in honoring one another. It didn’t make any sense, and I didn’t know what to do. But now I know this honoring culture is from the overflow from the leaders of New Philly. Now I know that honoring one another is a culture of heaven. It’s how things roll in the Kingdom of God.

  41. John-Mark Christopher Raddatz says:

    God does not keep structure through fear but rather through honor.  I also like how PC talked about fathers honoring sons and sons honoring fathers.  It really struck a chord in me.  I think this sermon can be applied to principles of sonship since God doesn’t seek obedient babies, but rather honorable sons.  Finally I believe that jealously just might be an antithesis of honor and that it is uprooted when a culture of honor thrives because in a corporate culture where leaders are honored it is easier to rejoice when one member is honored instead of being jealous of other members when they get honored. 

  42. Ever since listening to this sermon I have noticed many circumstances of honor given and not throughout my day. Since I am really paying attention to this culture of honor now I have noticed how often we are presented with the opportunity to show honor. I am very encouraged by this sermon because it highlights the advantage we as the church have in the practice of honor, that is Jesus’ example and the Spirit’s prompting. This gives us more responsibility to show honor and also means that when we do, the effect will be even greater. I was encouraged by the way PC taught about creating a culture or environment where honor can be given and received. I understand it is important in the church as well as in a family, but I hadn’t thought about how this culture of honor can even be applied to a school until the day after I listened to the sermon. As I thought about the sermon, I realized that if I show honor to my students and then empower the best students to create an atmosphere of honor amongst their peers that it could be really good for my class structure. I remembered that my co-teacher last year gave each group of students in a class a leader and then a leader over the leaders and how this is a great example of honor in the classroom. Thank you PC for setting up New Philly in this way. As a “new recruit” it makes me encouraged to know that I am entering this sort of kingdom environment.

  43. Rebecca Kim says:

    Interesting insight into problems in leadership stemming from issues with the heart than the way the hierarchy is set. Have grown up in a church where leaders are seen as those chosen to serve and become humbled. However, realise there has to be an element of honour to allow them to further bless those around. Bless and pour our an anointing to the people they are responsible for. Further made me reflect on the reason for my lack of honour when it comes to leaders in the church. I have been hurt by past leaders and therefore to prevent myself from being hurt I stay critical from the beginning. I find it hard to honour in light of the fact that I may become disappointed. This may be the reason I have failed to gain greater blessing..

  44. As I was listening to the sermon, different situations came to my mind, when I gave honor and when I didn’t. I grew up in a home where I was taught to honor people around me. Those older or in authority especially. But it was merit-based honor and respect, something that needed to be earned through an honorable character and actions. This is why the concept of honoring those who haven’t yet earned it was unexpected. I have seen it and have practiced it, even though I called it grace or favor instead of “honor the sons”, and I can now understand the tremendous potential it has to bless, both the giver and the recipient.

  45. I felt a little conflicted the first time I listened to this message, and I feel a little different after listening a second time. Pastor Christian mentioned that we will not all be equals when we get to heaven, that this is not Biblical. Some will be honored more than others. This was so offensive to me that I had to discuss this in my CG. I really did not wish to compete with other Christians for greater honor. I heard this before from my mother, who emphasized that I should be storing up treasure in heaven, in pursuit of great rewards and honor in heaven. I feel that salvation, acceptance, and love are more than overwhelming honor for me already. I do not yet have the hunger for greater honor.

    I wish this question were answered, but one of my CG brothers has told me that you have to choose which questions to prioritize. Because I benefited from this message, and it has helped me already.

    In practical terms, creating a culture of honor seemed good, and likely to produce great fruit. There is a part of me that wants to honor those who are serving faithfully, who are speaking life to others, who are planting seeds of life into people and places that need filling. Honor seems like common sense. PC mentioned some very practical ways of honoring people that I already felt excited to start, and did begin.

    You honor your leaders, by praying for them. What a thought. Honestly I did not do this before I listened to this sermon. You pray for them! And you can, haha.

    The other great thing about honoring leaders, friends, people you know was that it helps me to focus and be greatful. I find myself often “living in the tension” (as one of my CG brothers told me), struggling between harmful and beneficial thoughts. When I think and prepare to honor those who have been faithful, I feel joy and gratitude. I feel more alive.

    Who knows, maybe I am created to be honorable, and to give honor to others. Is it natural, a part of design?

    I think I want to start honoring in the ways I am already ready to do so, and perhaps grow in the areas where I am not so instantly ready.

  46. Betty Huang says:

    As a daughter of God, feeling honorable is something i think everyone should have. I think the honor that he gave me is a pervious gift. However, I have to admit, growing up with a family that is non-religious.Talking about Christianity is sometimes hard to bring up or even feeling honorable. From this sermon, I learnt we should feel proud of god’s holy spirit. Building trust between me and him, like Pastor Christian said” honor the fathers leading in our life live long the lord God is giving u”. In the future, this honor is so helpful for preaching and teaching as a leader to other people.

  47. Elbert Hayama says:

    I really agreed with how the society today really handled the concept of honor lighlty and I felt that I myself was taking it lightly as well. This sermon is really necessary to the current generation and it pushed me to help contribute on creating a culture of honor. I also liked how PC shared the different ways we are to honor one another and it is not just being “nice” and respectful. It is an act that really requires a heart for that person and with effort. I also grasped the importance of praying for and really honoring the leaders that God has given to me in my life.

  48. Ruth Lee says:

    I’m realizing through this sermon how important honor is, whether it’s in the church, amongst family members, or even strangers. God has placed leaders and pastors in the role and to honor them is essentially honoring God and His decision. Because God is our father, more than anything, we should honor him by honoring our leaders. By honoring and trusting these people, we can further develop a strong bond and relationship. In addition, honor can be reciprocated. When members are honored as well, we can feel appreciation and confidence in our abilities.

  49. Ashley Choi says:

    I think this sermon reiterated the concept of sonship and the importance of respecting authoirity. I thought that this concept of honour was something that many of us forget or put in the back of our minds since many of us want/have the tendency to want to do what we want to do. It’s human nature to be selfish! but what God wants is us to be selfish for Him. I thought that the 7 examples stated in the beginning of the sermon was good since it helped me realize that even in our careers, when frustated or disheartened that we dont get what we want, we have to respect those in leadership. God ultimately wants to use us, and the sermon was a good reminder that without honoring God, or honoring everybody with respect was something I personally needed to be reminded of.

  50. Amanda Highsmith says:

    Growing up I was a child that wanted to honor and obey my parents, teachers, pastors, grandparents, etc. This has continued throughout my life but I’ve noticed its changed. Now that I’m an ordained minister, I’ve found myself judging those in authority and will speak openly to how they are doing things wrong. So much so that I’ve forgotten that they are in a position that deserves my honor and respect, but also they need encouragement and praise. I was also reminded that I need to be praying over those who have been given authority.

    While listening to this sermon, I was also encouraged. As another teacher’s day has come and gone without receiving as much as a “thank you” from any of my students, I have become discouraged and wonder “why am I still teaching? am I making a difference?” But God has reminded me he has put me here for a reason and also asked me “how are you honoring and encouraging your students?” I’ve been challenged to look for ways that I can honor and encourage my students more often, but I’ve also been encouraged to look up to God for honor and praise when man fails to see my worth. After all, its in God that I have worth and I am his princess.

  51. It is important for us who live in today’s culture that celebrates self-reliance and independence to have proper spiritual covering and honour the authorities God has placed above us. Through this structure, God also keeps us safe in humility lest we fall to sin. Culture of honour within church is not an unfamiliar concept for me though PC’s sermon was a reminder that we should embrace this culture all the more because it manifests the kingdom culture in heaven. Humility comes before honour.

  52. Megan Holmes says:

    Sorry for any grammar errors- I had to type this quickly :/ I agree whole-heartedly with PC that there is a lack of honour in society today and that this carries over into churches as well. He gave so many examples of this in both the States and in Korea that I have felt while living in both countries. At first, I thought that Korea was excelling in the honour department when compared to other countries, but when P.C. shed light on the difference between honouring because it is the cultural expectation and honouring because of our genuine desire to love others I realised that it is lacking here as well- especially from the “top-down.”

    When I taught elementary in the States, I noticed the same lack of honour that P.C. did. It was tempting to get frustrated at students and families who were disrespectful, but just as P.C. mentioned in the sermon, when I reacted to their dishonour with respect and honour out of a genuine love for who they are created to be in His eyes, it was amazing to see how many of them changed their attitudes towards me over time (and hopefully towards God). This aligned with what P.C. discussed regarding the prodigals! I love this!

    One area the sermon is challenging me in is my understanding of authority and leadership and its “structure” in the church. The round-vs.-rectangular table analogy is definitely causing me to spend more time in the Word studying scripture that reflects this (e.g. “some will have honour times two”). I’ve always felt strongly about treating everyone as fearfully and wonderfully made sons and daughters, which we should of course do, and I have automatically associated this with valuing, loving, and honouring everyone in the same way. While everyone does indeed deserve to be loved in these ways, I need to better understand that scripture does in fact highlight “levels” of positions/roles in the Kingdom even among men. I have always been passionate about more democratic systems and structures and I know that there is a place for them, but if the Word reflects more of a “rectangular” structure in the church then I need to reconsider! I look forward to learning more about what Father God has to say about this. Thanks for challenging my views!

  53. Daniel Dae Eun Kim (Itaewon says:

    Honor is in many if not all cultures and it comes as an essential part of our lives. If we are to live out our identity as royalty then we should know about honor and how to treat other people with honor to represent the Kingdom and faith. I’ve seen several cases of leaders abusing honor and creating a culture of distrust and dishonor which ends up harming people. I found it interesting that honor goes both up and down the chain which nobody ever really mentions in many places. Leaders tend to tell their followers to honor them without returning the honor which then creates the culture where the followers do not want to put their best foot out. Seeing how the leaders honoring can help the followers grow and develop to become better people themselves. I believe that every culture has a strong point of honor which they excel above other cultures, but with today’s cross cultural living style I believe it’s time that the people rewrite their cultures to create one with more honor rather than sticking with their old ways.

  54. Lindsey Harrison says:

    This concept of ho nor is not a new a new one for me. Fir my entire university career my pastors and leaders taught us that you honor your leaders; you sumbit to their authority, respect them, etc. However, bo one ever taughht is to honor one another, or to honor prodigals. My leadership at that time never honor those of us serving under them. I remember that my pastor at that time would only ever talk to me when i waas doing aomething he didn’t like or that he found annoying, and any time i would go to him about things he would try to feed me his agenda. In essence he tried to manipulate and control us either explicitly or implicitly through his words or actions. I developed a lit of insecurities while serving under h8s leadership and it really hard to honor him at times.
    I have been desperate for a culture of honor since i have come out from his leadership. I am desperate for a culture where everyone strives to honor one another and respect each other in the same way we want to be respected; to out do one another in honoring each other. I have been desperate for a leader who not only commands the respect and honor of his people, but one who will in turn honor those who serve him. I think this 8s at the heart of servant leadership.

  55. John Han says:

    Being used to the Korean culture of superficial honor, having studied politics and also serving in the infamous Korean military, I have been very resistant to the concept of honoring leaders and authorities just because of their ranks. Honoring without love or relationship is foolish and won’t last very long. It may result in a very twisted form of “honoring” that has plagued this country so much. I have either built relationships with the NP leaders or observed the anointing and hearts they carried for quite some time and now I can honestly say I am able to put my trust in the leadership of NP for this season of my life.

  56. Crystal Smith says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I needed to hear this! God has been leading me into a season of learning submission – and honoring those who are in authority over you is a HUGE part of submission that can be ignored (ahem…that I can ignore) . When you honor the person you are submitting to – you are moving legalism to a servant heart. I have never actually had a spiritual father – but there are still people in my life right now that deserve to be honored and my prayer is that honoring them will be a part of ushering in the chance to honor a spiritual father.

  57. Rebecca Ye says:

    Wow, a wonderful sermon about a topic that is not very commonly talked about. Honour is seen everywhere and sometimes I feel as if it has lost its value in society. Even the term itself is so widely used that it fails to encompass the deeper meaning of respect. This sermon was a good reminder to really appreciate and honour the leaders in our lives. Honour not only glorifies the Kingdom of God but also empowers the people on earth. Anointing flows from the top down, and blessings truly will follow when we honour those who were placed in authority over us. This is something that I know I have been struggling with. Like Pastor Christian said, when I see a flaw in a leader I start to look down on them and I know it is ultimately a pride issue. It is something that I have been really working on, as I know the leaders in my life are placed there by God. I was really intrigued at the idea that honour empowers people. When we honour sons, we see them grow because honour makes them go beyond what they originally thought they can do. That is very inspiring. I really enjoyed this sermon and I definitely think honour is something I constantly strive to improve on in my life.

  58. Chloe Cho says:

    I thought I already carried the culture of honor with me because I love giving encouraging words to my friends and mentors, expressing my appreciation for their influence on my life, and asking God for more blessings and his continuous guidance over their lives. Also I show honor to strangers like taxi or bus drivers, cashiers, security guards, etc. But PC’s mentioning of the need to honor everyone (1 Peter 2:17) including those who seem unworthy and/or less mature really made me think twice.

    Sometimes it is difficult for me to genuinely honor those who have flaws that I once carried. Listening to this message of PC’s I recognized that I needed a breakthrough because this issue continued to make me avoid those whom I felt uncomfortable honoring. I was cheating my way out of showing honor to everyone. The gap between how God wants us to show honor and how I had defined it was large. Honor is something that God uses to let us know more of His heart and to allow us to grow more like Him in a community. I am thankful that God has been humbling me a lot these days because the scope of my appreciation and respect for everything has been expanding very quickly. I desire to let life flow the way God designed it by honoring others.

  59. i’m so blessed by PC sermon and i also agree that culture of honor have been fading in this past modern life. People don’t know to honored people and to be honored by people. We however, as the royalty of Christ have to be concern about honoring God and other people. We have to show the difference between believer and non believer in culture of honor. I like that PC mention about the way to honor by leader by giving gift for them and pray for them. I think it’s also related with the law sowing and ripping in live. Not only we allowing the leaders sow in our lives, but also we respond by sowing in our leaders life.

  60. This sermon really spoke to me in a few areas.

    Honouring the prodigals is a powerful thought which I believe will transform the way I interact with those who don’t know God yet and how I lead them to Christ. Generally people can tell when we’re arrogant or approach them with an agenda. I will honour people even when they don’t deserve it, because that’s what God did for me.

    The second area in which God spoke to me is honouring those in authority over me. There are so many people in Churches today who are either disappointed with their Pastors or too indiferent to experience a culture of honour. Developing a trust for those whom God has set in authority over us, and praying for them will open doors for God pour His blessing into our life.

    Thirdly, in honouring the Church we fulfil the words of Christ which He said soon after washing the feet of His disciples: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34).

  61. Marius van Broekhuizen says:

    Life flows through honor. In this teaching, I have heard what I already have seen over the past 3 years at New Philly. Instead of using fear and intimidation to control people, this community uses honor to love people to their full potential. In doing so, there is lasting transformation in people’s hearts. Jesus talks about levels of honor, and in the bible we are exhorted to outdo one another in showing honor. In a city, we flourish as we seek the prosperity of the city. In the same way, as we show others honor, whether leaders, sons, pastors, or follow brothers and sisters, we also benefit from that culture we create. I am encouraged to use gifts, testimonies and prayer as ways to encourage and honor the people God has placed in my NP family!!!

  62. What a beautiful King and His kingdom are we a part of?! 😀 God’s way is honour. I feel like in the world, we’re competing with each other so then we rather need to crush others to be on top of them. But, in the kingdom we are not competing, we are in this together, we are family! We do not fight against each other for one thing. We all have a portion in the Kingdom, God loves all of us! :) When someone is being elevated/honoured, we are all getting elevated together! :) it’s good for all of us. Everyone is perfectly and uniquely designed, so we’re in the best environment when everyone is being their true (=best) self. Bringing the gold out of someone is always good. I love how PC also mentions that honour is for everyone! vs how the world says that only the no.1 gets recognised.

  63. Sarah Ahn says:

    Growing up in the church, I didn’t really see people honored. I didn’t understand why so many people were drained out from serving. But now I realized. Life wasn’t breathed into them through honor. They weren’t recognized for their hard work. The lack of recognition and encouragement caused them to run out of fuel because honor is the fuel that keeps them moving. I think sometimes, I hesitate to honor people through affirmations because I get scared of feeding their pride. I worry that my words might become a source of destruction. But I noticed that the problem with people becoming arrogant is not necessarily because of my words but because of their heart condition. If God commands us to honor, we need to honor. Honor brings life if it is done and received properly.
    Honoring the weak through trust was another thing that convicted me. How honor can bring out the potential of others was such a powerful message to me. I want to create a culture of honor not just in the church but everywhere I go so that people feel known and that this recognition might give them life – a spark that ignites them to go beyond their potentials.

  64. Esther Jeong says:

    Honor is a concept I’ve always known of, but I realize that I haven’t been an honorable person. Honor is the culture of the kingdom, and this culture should penetrate in the church, home, and every aspect of life. The foundation of honor is humility, and I realize that I am lacking in humility. Pride prevents us from honoring, which I tend to see myself struggling with. Like PC said, whenever I would see someone that I respect and honor make a mistake, I tend to get disappointed and lose respect for them. Additionally, I have seen many cases of leaders abusing their authority, and this prevents me from honoring them.

    I felt this sermon went hand in hand with the concept of Sonship. I realize that one of the reasons why I may not have the heart of a son, an open and willing heart to be fathered, may come from my unwillingness to honor certain people with humility. If there was a culture of honor that covered churches, or even a culture of true honor in my family, I think I would have been different. Honor is something that I definitely need to work on and bring light into my family as well.

  65. SpringPark says:

    It is quite interesting and unique culture of NewPhilly. I love that I am royalty and a princess of the Most High, and my Abba Father! I honor that Kingdom is first, and we are citizens of the Kingdon of Heaven,therefore we were ruled by that culture.
    I love my pastors and leaders, and I agree with PC’s saying that the dishonoring issues is about pride. I’d like to listen to this sermon again, and will be share with other friends those who are struggling with the issues and pray for them and with them. Thank you for the great message.

  66. so here are some quotes that I thought about while listening to this sermon.
    “can you be righteous unless you be just in rendering to things their due esteem? we expect more drive or dynamism or self sacrifice or creativity, but we remove the organ and expect the function”
    “But first things first and second things second”
    The first quote really had me thinking about integrity and honor and how honor is a virtue that has been forsaken in our time. Just as it said, we ask for so many of those functions, but we take out the organ or the thing that produces such functions and expect all of the functions. I know I really just restated the quote, but it really is something to think about especially in this time period where honor is something that’s lacking. For example, the amount of honor and respect we present towards the Korean army is so little compared to that of Americans with the American army. You never see a Korean soldier being saluted when he comes off a plane by a random citizen, it’s not commonplace.
    I think part of this lack of honor in today’s society is because we were never taught it. To honor something, you must have an understanding of the true value– or at least grasp a vague understanding– of whatever you’re honoring. It’s very hard to honor something when you don’t know how valuable it actually is. In the case of the soldier in Korea, I believe part of it is because it’s been forgotten that it is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. I definitely took that from a speech from someone, but yeah. We really can’t honor unless we learn what to honor.

  67. Louise Kim says:

    As God’s people we are of the Spirit and not of the flesh – the fact that we have died with Christ and risen within him into our new nature is a truth that cannot be changed. And so we need to live by the Spirit.

    The example of Paul and Silas singing hymns to God in prison is such a powerful illustration of what the Spirit-filled and Spirit-led life looks like. I can imagine that in addition to the dire physicial circumstances they were in, both men would have had many unanswered questions in there minds towards God. Yet they chose to first acknowledge the unchanging truth that God is worthy of praise at all times, over the temporary “reality” that they were in. And it was when they did this that God’s supernatural power broken in.

    This is the order we need to learn and live. We cannot wait for circumstances or emotions to change before we acknowledge God because spiritual truths are the ones that do not change.

  68. Louise Kim says:

    Honour is a largely forgotten virtue in today’s society. Oftentimes, every high expectation needs to be met before one will show honour – respect and esteem – to another person. Yet our God is a god of honour, which means that the church needs to cultivate a culture of honour.

    At a practical level, we should commit to honouring our leaders, honouring one another, and honouring the prodigals (the unbelieving or wayward). Sometimes this requires us to honour even where it seems like honour is not due. And by doing this we exercise faith and demonstrate God’s heart – because he sees beyond the physical reality of our limitations/ inability. Honour can unlock hidden potential. Honour lifts up. Life flows through honour.

  69. Rebecca Park says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with PC that honor has potential to empower. Therefore, I will strive to honor the fathers by showering them with gifts, food/meals, encouraging words, and even money! I will strive to honor the sons by creating dignity, giving praise generously and believing in them. I will strive to honor the prodigals by loving them sincerely and not just with the agenda of converting them.
    As NP Busan continues to create the culture of honor (like Apple stores), I pray that Josephs & Daniels would be raised up so that we can be the honorable ambassadors who bring life to Busan and reform to Korea!

  70. Caleb Lee says:

    This is Anja Heenop’s Comment. It was on the sermons under the Campus Pastor Page. Anja says:
    May 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm
    From I was little I would have respect for people that is above me. I never knew the importance to honor those above you until I listen to this sermon. Now I know way some people are rank higher than me because they have something I need. Reading Prov 15:31 made me realized that sometimes we are afraid to be discipline because we have pride. We need to break down the pride to honor those above us. We need constructive criticism to grow in understanding. We need to celebrate honor, by receiving honor I need to submit under honor.If i reject honor i only harm my myself. I can now see the importance of giving praise to the people at my work even if our values and believes are different.

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  71. Galaxy Cho says:

    I was also blessed that PC spent a lot of time emphasizing the need to honor sons and become their biggest fans, as well as honoring everyone. I was so blessed by his testimony of his experience with brother Michael and I realized this is a new concept to me. I have always been told about honoring elders, leaders, but not the other way around. But man, I agree. When honored, that’s when people are propelled and potential can be tapped. No one ever moves to new heights by not being trusted and ignored. Honor is powerful!

  72. Jake Murphy says:

    I thought that it was important reminder on honoring our leaders and honoring those around us. This sermon really reminded me of the importance of the Church’s values of The anointing flows from the top down and be faithful in the small things. I think what was most interesting to me was the importance of honoring those who are not Christians and how through honoring them we can show Christ. Not just trying to manipulate a friendship for a point of conversion but the real purpose of developing a relationship where honor is at the core so you can truly show Christ.

  73. Emil Bredahl lavsen says:

    Another sermon that really meant a lot to me, and that I needed to listen too. There are so many key points in this sermon that caught me eyes, and as I was listening, could I see how wrong I have been in my thoughts on honor and what it was all about

    The first thing that has to happen, is that we must learn the basics of honor. This message of honor is new for me, and I have never had the chance to dig deep into honor to discover the truths that God wants His children to grasp. God Himself is the source of all honor, and therefore should we also practice honor between one another. The problem though is that the world has lost honor, and it is a long forgotten practice that many misunderstand. There are so many people who think they are honoring one another, but it is not practiced the way that God desires for honor to be practiced. The sad truth is that we live in a honor less society, and for example in Denmark are kids taught that they only should listen to themselves and many times there are so sad fights between teachers and students. The truth is that we are all a kingdom of royalty, and therefore we must as well honor people.
    The three ways that honor must be practiced is
    Nr 1: In the form of showing great honor to Father (Leaders) in my life and work place
    Especially here we need to look at Exodus 20 and the commandment to honor our fathers.
    Where there are no honor, there is no life at all, and that is another reason why we MUST practice honor at all time

    Even though at first it was not easy to admit, was the rectangle model really powerful and it is truth
    All are not equal in the kingdom of God when we talk about positions in the church. This is so hard to accept for a Danish “Happy together” guy like me, but nevertheless is it true and I accept it.
    I may not forget that when I do not honor my leader, will I automatically block the blessings that God desires to send upon me. Again should I never forget that Life is flowing through me honoring leaders in my life.
    The practical ways of honoring my leaders is a powerful list, and loved it because I can take this list and bring it out in real life. The leaders that are speaking into my life in New Philly are all powerful people and they deserved this honor that pastor Christian is describing in this sermon.

    Nr 2: Honoring the sons is the second powerful truth that I found fascinating. Honoring empowers other people to raise up and live powerfully. Fear is not the way that one should go about communicating with people. The truth is that honor truly empowers us all to excellence.
    The cool truth is that, Honor will also make me happy and give me joy. It is a powerful circle of honor and joy that is being passed around

    Nr 3: Honor the prodigals that is in my life
    Right here I must say that I never thought on the fact that Evangelism and Honor is linked, but it is yet so powerful and as Pastor Christian mentioned it, could I only say “Amen”
    1 Peter 2:17 is the main focus verse right here, and it makes this point so powerful and needed. When I honor people, they will come to Jesus Christ, because I am not looking at them anymore as an object of evangelism, but I look at them as a person that God has made. All people deserve to be honored, and I meet them without an agenda, then I am living out this last principle fully. Daniel is a perfect example of a person who honored the pagan king, and God blessed him for this sort of attitude “Amen”
    As we are honoring the prodigals, then not just life will flow, but also everlasting life will start to flow.

    Another powerful sermon on honor

  74. Clive Poh says:

    The message of learning the culture of honor from Apple store was just so apt! If such a business are able to carry this culture of honor, why can’t the church – the house of God carry it as well and do it even Better!! and before anything changes, the first thing has got to be radically purged, cleansed and transformed is me.

    The Third point – Honoring the prodigals – spoke right into my current condition. It pinned down the common and distasteful behaviors and attitudes of many which has turned away so many pre-believers. The “them” and “us” attitude is evil. Even in church, such attitude can be applied to the brothers and sisters in Christ. Indeed a honorable man is one who honors other! It has the power to change people, churches, businesses, government – the world!
    This message points me to Jesus. “Love one another” – It does not dishonor others. (1 Cor 13:5) Honoring one another is an expression of loving one with utmost respect. Oh Lord, I need your grace to empower me to do this!

  75. Kyla Hoggard says:

    After listening to Pastor Christian call out so many different people that demonstrated honor I felt like the key was humility. We wouldn’t be afraid to honor people, even when PC talked about Brother Michael, because we are humble and we know that those that are “followers” of us can still bless us. And as we honor one another and operate in humility we really get to experience the unity and love that the Trinity experience. We can cheer one another on and honor one another in such a way that the bring the Lord closer and store up together His truths

    I also noticed that we need to honor others in a way that it can touch their hearts. It needs to be sincere. PC talked about false honor in the society and within the church. And so being wise and truly from our hearts seeking to honor leaders, sons, and prodigals, we need to personalize the honor. Some people can really benefit from words of affirmation. Others respond and feel honored by gifts. Especially, we can honor others by prayer both in our private time, but also with them in person, showing them the concern and love that God has for them.

  76. Heather Smith says:

    I was really struck by the point PC made when he said, “Honor creates order through dignity instead of the fear of punishment” and the quote “order fostered by honor results in empowerment, order enforced by fear result in control”. That concept is really blessing me in how I look at the role of authority figures in my life and ultimately how I look at God. I have such a natural loathing of being controlled and I think I have even unknowingly projected that fear-mongering, controlling image onto God (and authority figures in my life) rather than receiving honor from Him. There have been times that in my pride I have thought that it is “humble” not to accept honor, but that choice has been to rob me of the empowerment that God wanted to give me and to adopt a wrong picture of who God is. He is completely secure in his authority so much so that He is happy to honor His children and by doing so empower us into the higher callings He has for us. Praise God for He is no fear-mongering, controlling dictator but He is simultaneously the all-powerful master of the universe and also a loving father who is our “biggest fans”.

  77. Isabel Syers (Hongdae A) says:

    What a convicting and eye opening message.
    Definitely an area I need God’s grace to grow in, and obey!

    I especially liked the part that honor is humility in action. For sure, honor/humility is not an action of choice, not something that comes naturally or that I would enjoy haha it takes humbling.

    But it is an area where I know I need to grow. In relationship with friends that I mentor, I feel convicted did I really share how excited, blessed and proud I am of their progress? Or am I constantly correcting?? & giving them the gift of honor makes them feel free to open up more and I can EARN a place of influence.

    In past friends lives who are Christian, those who are not, and even family that are unsaved, I want to honor them instead.I want to honor them with my words, and actions, and be hospitable, have a heart for them… not just focusing on their salvation (which is good & loving from a Kingdom mindset like you said, but if they don’t have this mindset, how would they feel the love?! Plus, before I was saved, I certainly didn’t appreciate a Christian who was overly pushy or had a holier than thou attitude. Glory to God I was saved from my snobbery lol. BUT I could appreciate those who seemed to genuinely care about me, and just wanted to SPEND TIME WITH ME, Listen to me, Speak to me.) I want to be that, to those around me.

    So convicted in failing to honor the prodigals, and some apologies are in order. I tend to have a big mouth, when it comes to telling of all the wonderful things God has done into my life, and lately I’ve been feeling as though I may be giving away my pearls, or pushing people away. Specifically to a friend I felt the Lord singling me out, who I felt lacks knowing the Lords Fatherly characteristics and needs a friend. But as I ask her questions about her faith, and tell her about my own, I realize how she may feel like a “project”, and she even asked that… man I had no idea how to respond that “yes, I did feel lead to share with her because I care for her and that she is missing out, but not tot make her a project.”
    But how much blessed was our conversation simply when we were getting to know each other and getting to the deep stuff vs nearly debating about beliefs. I know she needs a friend, and I want to be that to her. And I definitely don’t want her to feel looked down upon, dis-valued or dishonored, because in the Lords eyes, she’s none of those things. And I should be an ambassador for Christ in that way, by honoring her.

    I’m sure my comment made little sense, there’s so much for me to process from this sermon. But I hope that I can receive it fully and then act.

    BTW I was reminded of how PC Honors us when he takes attendance. It sounds silly, but I enjoy (and I’m sure others do too) when he asks us questions individually, highlighting us. It’s honoring.

  78. Sohjeong Maeng says:

    I am so glad to hear this sermon at this hour, because I was just having hard time honouring my bosses and the company. I think my mind was too focused on myself, my own comfort, so I complained and did not respect them. But after hearing this sermon, I realised that I was the one who supposed to create ‘culture of honour’ within the company, not joining the atmosphere. It is so true when we are honoured, that really encourages us, and really bring us to where we couldn’t imagine us to be. So glad to hear this sermon, I want to be the one carries honour, and bring life wherever I go.

    I was also reminded of myself in those times when I did not honour leaders who may not appear as ‘worthy’ in my eyes and criticise them. But just how PC said in this sermon, God has chosen them to be the leader and we can encourage them by praying for them, praising them and yes gifts too! (lol dried mangoes..I love them too. )

    When I wasn’t Christian God chose me to be the leader of youth ministry, I was totally dumb and immature, but still all the sisters and brothers and pastors and other leaders patiently led me to Christ, by not discouraging me but by honouring with little things I did and loving on me. ( I was so foolish). By becoming the leader, when I was so not ready, I really opened my heart and gradually encountered God! So yes, honouring bosses regardless of anything, leaders and friends is really what God wants and it is also honouring God. Mann praise the Lord. So glad to hear this sermon! God spoke so powerfully….

  79. Deborah Kang says:

    Although I have been getting to know more and more about the importance of the culture of honor through New Philly, this sermon truly challenged me to set my heart in pursuing a lifestyle of honor. As I come from “a nation of royalty,” my heart responded to this sermon wholeheartedly and began to desire to not only live but also to carry the culture of honor to wherever I go. There are two things that particularly stood out to me. First, it was the revelation that abusive authority has to do with the heart issue rather than the structure. Due to my experience with abusive authority, I have tended to dislike and resist structure. Yet, witnessing how beautiful it is to have honor being celebrated in New Philly, I began to understand that the enemy’s strategy is to attack this very order or structure that God has in store for us. I now came to see that this structure and the culture of honor that results from it are true gifts of God.
    In addition, it appeared revolutionary to hear that God wants to honor everyone, including the nonbelievers. I always thought it was much more important to honor God above man. Although there’s also some truth in this statement, I never thought that honoring (although not losing my identity or faith) even those who do not yet know or even despise Him could be an act of honoring God. I come to see it as God really caring more for how we position our hearts and how we behave to everyone than us judging others based on their faith.

  80. Jenny Han (Hongdae-Omega) says:

    It punched my gut when Pastor Christian said, “honor the prodigals.” It’s difficult; Especially last week, when my dad stumbled through the doorway intoxicated multiple times throughout the week, I just wanted to leave. I wanted to sprout up a wall between us, hide and just criticize how pathetic he was to turn to alcohol to fill up his holes and loneliness. I’m just like him though. I have my own dressed-up version of alcohol. Until I listened to Pastor Christian’s sermon, I didn’t realize how much pride coated my view of believers and non-believers alike. I realized I find it much easier to give people the Christian-ese answer, “I’ll pray for you” or dismiss all of my dad’s opinions as invalid and short-coming just because he didn’t follow Jesus. Asking me to see and get to know those around me as people is a bit terrifying, actually. It opens up a two-way exchange of vulnerability, initiative, and faith. Celebrate authority, celebrate the leaders that God has placed in my life – whether it be my community group leader or my dad. The word celebrate feels so untainted/pure/childlike/faithful. When I say that word outloud I feel like grumpy, muddy, twig-encrusted slug blurting out, “…puppies.” After listening to Pastor Christian, I feel a twinge of excitement. I want to learn more, I want to learn how to roll up my sleeves and wash another’s feet out of JOY (plus maybe toe-massage). Thanks for the message PC! Still much to process.

  81. Deborah Kim says:

    Hierarchical structures (not just in church settings, but societal structures in general) have always triggered cynicism and resentment for me because of the entitlement and inequality that goes unaddressed. But PC so clearly pointed out that such matters are not due to structural issues but issues of the heart. The avoidance of such structures, or the pursuit of ’round-table’ leadership, comes from the fear that authority will be abused – but merely changing the structural shape does not address the insecurities behind why authority is used as a mechanism to gain control or to feed greed. Reciprocated honor (as a principle of character, not as obligated behaviour) between fathers and sons creates order through dignity rather than the fear of punishment. Listening to PC connect honor with inheritance and that “fathers want their sons to outgrow them” plus understanding the ‘my ceiling your floor’ mentality felt really empowering and somehow relieving. I think that when leaders honor down in a setting where a culture of fear and self-defense presides, they may first be considered weak, but with consistency are ultimately able to pull through and cultivate a culture of honor. To truly honor others without an agenda is crucial, as evidenced by Daniel and Joseph transforming nations because they knew how to honor pagan kings. Man…Mighty is He who can use structure and order to nurture growth and health through relationships.

  82. It really hit me when PC said that honour is a highway for long life & that it is humility in action. Honour is something that’s not really popular or practiced in today’s culture, but learning why honouring is important & what honouring yields in this sermon challenged me to start a culture of honour in my life again.

    I first heard about the importance of honouring back in my previous church, and since then, I tried to apply it in my life, but I confess that it wasn’t always easy. We’re so immersed in a culture where we are quick to judge & criticize, and although there are times when we need discerning criticisms, honouring & accepting a person can do far greater things than just criticizing. Just like PC said in the sermon, in order to honour someone, I first need to be humble to do so because honouring is an action of uplifting someone. Without humility, it’s hard to uplift someone.

  83. Nick R. Pack says:

    Showing honor is like giving someone a sweater that’s too big. They may look a little awkward and feel strange but soon they will grow into it, and hopefully grow past it further. I love this thought from the sermon. PC talked about a mentor who asked him to do assignments that seemed past his level. But it was this honoring that propelled PC further into spiritual growth and maturity. This is a great thought and I want to think about it more. I definitely want to understand honor and put it into practice!

  84. Conner Eriksen (Hongdae-Omega) says:

    The main point that I took away from this message is that we, as Christian individuals, need to constantly bring ourselves lower in honoring other people around us, whether they have high responsibilities or not. Not only are we called to honor our leaders, but also our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as non-believers.

    True honor consists of being selfless. One element of the sermon that struck me was how we should support our leaders. Because honor is a two-way street, we need to show our leaders that their dedication and love for us is appreciated. This was a reminder of how important it is to simply ‘pray for them’, instead of just expecting them to pour into us every week. In addition, we should at some point tell them how their teaching has enriched our walk with the Lord. This is because “life flows through honor.” We want those in authority to continually be spiritually healthy; showing our love and support for them is encouraging and mutually beneficial.

    One final point was that we need to honor the prodigals and non-believers. Frankly, we have too many overly pious Christians (at least in the States) who do not properly portray the love of God through their interactions with other people. While we should be firm in our beliefs, we shouldn’t be condescending. Instead, we should honor them by not treating them with indifference.

  85. Greg Salvo says:

    I have heard about the culture of honor before and have read about it from Danny Silk, but it is largely a foreign concept for me. I am an infant in my understanding of honor. Thankfully I don’t have to lean on my own understanding, and by God’s grace I can implement honor in my dealings with people and learn about it through application. I have started to understand honor by teaching my second grade students. No matter how young or old everyone deserves respect and honor.
    I liked when PC said that seats of honor are celebrated it brings anointing and life. It is far better to have a culture of honor verses a culture of timidity and fear, as is the case with a round table leadership structure.

    I have a long way to go in understanding the culture of honor. The hard part of honor is learning to honor people I disagree with. However as I have been learning in recent weeks to separate ideas people hold from the person, the idea of honoring the person no matter what ideas they hold comes into focus. I want to learn more about honor, and how to give it. Where I can give joy, honor, respect, and affirmation to others, I will experience the great joy, respect, honor, and affirmation of God for myself as well.

  86. Sheila Moh says:

    This message really speaks to me how I am the representation of His Kingdom on Earth, and to be a princess of God, it is important to have one of the greatest attribute of nobility – Honor.

    Cultivating a culture of honor will allow me to shine for God’s kingdom, especially to prodigals. Some of my closed ones are yet to be saved, and it is sometimes difficult to honor their religion- for what they are believing in. However, to think about it, if I do not honor their beliefs of religion, in return, they will not honor mine as well. Therefore, the first step in wanting the prodigals to know about Christ and believe in Jesus, is to show honor to them by showing the act of love and respect. I pray that I could show love to the prodigals, like how God’s love has showered upon me. And I believe and cling onto the hope upon the Lord that one day they will be saved as well. For in the scripture it says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”

  87. Jessie Behrman says:

    This sermon reminded me a lot of Tim Keller’s “Every Good Endeavor” and how we should respect and treat our leaders. The word humility really stuck out to me from this sermon and how respecting our leaders requires humbleness. Like PC said, we need to renew our commitment to honor and humble ourselves. After reading this book it is something I constantly focused on to try to improve. I think honor is something lost in our culture and not equally seen. It is easy to criticize and to judge. I loved hearing this message and reapplying to honor those around me. Not just honoring those above us but those equal to us, younger, or at a lower position.

    I liked the visual of the tables, and how the round tables shows that everyone is equal at a workspace rather than having leaders. We are living in a culture in fear of leadership and destroying a culture of honor.

    This sermon really made me realize how well leadership positions at New Philly are carried out and how important their roles are. I am tremendously thankful for the leaders that have invested in me at New Philly and this gave me an extra appreciation for them and my CG 1&2!^^

    I loved the part when PC said that God doesn’t have any insecurities. When He sees you stepping up, He’s your biggest fan. Like the story of PC and his mentor in college.
    I also have always loved remembering that we are sons and daughters of God, but PC says in this sermon that we are royalty. I love that reference, we should become honorable ambassadors of the Kingdom.

  88. This message is a good reminder to honor everyone, and I need to get back to that mindset. My favorite line this time around is, “God doesn’t have any insecurities.” How true! And remembering that true fathers are able to honor their sons is powerful. As I prepare my heart to leave for Melbourne I want to take honoring to a new level, and make sure NPMel begins with the same culture New Philly has created, the ceiling is our floor- am I right? :)

  89. Emily Pack says:

    This message convicted me of the fact that I do not honor others often or well. I encourage people a lot and think kind thoughts in abundance, but this sermon had me thinking: “How often do I truly honor others?” I am thankful PC noted the three types of people we need to honor (leaders, sons, and prodigals). How often do I think wonderful thoughts about my CG leaders and find myself so thankful for them, but do nothing to honor them? Not even with words? But the point that really stuck with me was honoring prodigals. Isn’t it easy to honor brothers and sisters in Christ and those who treat us well? But what about those who don’t know Christ? Who may not treat us exactly how we desire? I walked away from listening to this sermon with the words “honor everyone!” stuck in my head. (And am thankful PC gave a list of ways we can honor others, such as praying for others, giving public testimonies, showering them with gifts, giving someone a task they may not be ready for, etc.)

    I am excited to apply this sermon practically to my life, especially in my workplace where many of my co-workers are not Christians. I even hope to apply this message of honoring others to how I treat (and honor) my students: “Sometimes honoring people beyond where they are can help them get beyond where they are.”

  90. I have to repent for not prioritizing, not carrying the mantle of honor that Pastor Christian preached about. I feel like we can go through many motions or emotions that seem to us to have honor embedded in them, but, fundamentally, lack it. How can we gain and keep this great gift? By turning with all our hearts to the Lord, and seeking His grace, I believe.

  91. Max Park says:

    Numerous adults told me that honor is an essential aspect of my life and told me that I must honor my leaders and elders. At first, I believed that they demanded honor to satisfy themselves. Through this sermon, however, I realized that retaining honor is an essential part of Christian walk. With honor, it leads to a selflessness because you can understand and honor other people’s decisions or thoughts. By understanding others, you can further honor them by implementing selfless deeds for them. By being selfless, you are already fulfilling one of God’s commandment of loving others like I love myself. Whether I am to honor my leaders, subordinates, or elders, it is the root of Christian walk that leads to selfless deeds toward others and it keeps your spiritual life healthy.

  92. Valentina Kim says:

    I really liked the examples that PC gave about the Korean culture. How their honoring actions are just mere reflection of habits learned instead of being genuine out of their understanding. Young people really don’t know how to honor others without the recompense in between. It made me think what level of monkey I am being nowadays performing out of learned customs. It also made me think about how I lacked of genuine honor toward other believers and unbelievers. It is a command to honor and Jesus himself taught it through examples. I would love to embrace my identity as the nation of royalty through practicing honor toward others in my life.
    He spoke about three types or ways of honor:
    1) Honor the leaders/father/mother.
    Honoring the leaders that God appointed in our lives is walking in humility and faith.
    2) Honor the sons.
    Honoring the sons that God has given you to nourish. Honor creates empowering in the sons instead of making them react in fear.
    3) Honor the prodigal sons.
    Life flows through honor. Learn to honor the people without labeling them by their lifestyle or preferences.

  93. Sujin Lee says:

    I have been discipled by so many good leaders at New Philly and the sermon empowers me to honor them more. I have my former leaders and there were moment when I didn’t follow their teachings wholeheartedly. I should have honored some of my former leaders in a more proper and sincere way. I think I need to repent it and pray for them. Personally, honoring my leaders is good because it makes me humble and get more inheritance and impartations. It is my first time joining CG (I only joined SGs before) and I feel like I have already gotten so many things from my CG leaders. I honor them as my leaders and I got to learn how to honor them more. In addition, I really liked the part that PC mentioned about the importance of honoring everyone. I should learn how to honor people at church, non-beilevers, my co-workers, and even my kids that I am teaching this semester.

  94. Isaac Yi says:

    I truly felt a conviction and a connection from this message because I see a culture of real honor bestowed ingrained in New Philly currently. After listening to this message, it has become apparent and clear how honor has been simplified and lost in both world and even in many churches. As PC listed the three kinds of people we need to honor more and/or begin to do (Leaders, Sons, and Prodigals). I feel challenged to be more encouraging and standing firm for many father figures of my life such as my church pastors, older godly men and my own father. They have collectively watched over me and my growth as a young boy and they are also people who can benefit greatly from affirmation. I feel very guilty for my lack of encouragement and thankfulness towards these men over my life. I also felt very encouraged to honor the prodigal who have yet to turn their ways and see the glory for living for Christ. I believe that all Christians inwardly feel shame for our hypocrisy to share the Gospel in a compassionate way that Christ has shown to the Israelites during his life time.

    This topic is something I need to continue to reflect on as I want to become a pastor in the future. Thank you for this passionate and heartfelt sermon PC.

  95. The culture of the kingdom is a culture of honor. 1 Cor 29:12 says that all wealth and honor comes from God. There is a relationship between honor and life. If you want that life to flow into your own life, you have to be willing to release honor. Since the seesaw of pride and humility continues to sway back and forth in our lives as we grow in Christ, I believe we are always in need of recommitting ourselves to honor. As mentioned in the sermon, proverbs says that humility comes before honor. When we are willing to show humility, we are able to honor. I would think the opposite is also true; if we refuse to show humility, then the passage to releasing honor gets blocked. This is the key to outdoing one another in honor.

  96. Jennifer Choi says:

    Honor reveals and builds character into our Christian lives. I related deeply when Pastor Christian talked about how people aren’t used to receiving honor because they weren’t exposed to it. By the grace of God, my church leaders, brothers and sisters, would speak words of affirmation and encouraged me to grow into a leader myself. A lot of my leaders would tell me that they desire me to be a better leader than they were because that shows them that they did their role well. Personally, when a Christian acts in humility and in honor, it shows that they are confident they are heirs to the Kingdom of God. I have learned and have been humbled by such great leaders. I have still to learn more from other great leaders here. God has called all of us to become leaders at one point or another to someone. It is an honor to be committing to a community who brings honor to the Kingdom of God through their actions.

  97. Somyoung choi says:

    Honor is a form of humility, and we should honor our leaders, because they are appointed to be our leaders by God, and honoring them, ultimately is honoring Gods authority. Honoring leaders is something that is expected of most people, but fathers honoring sons was a new concept for me. Especially the part about how honoring sons can make the best come out of them. I was challenged by how Pc’s mentor was so blessed to hear of Pc’s ministry and was so humble that he made him put his hands on his head and pray for him. It really shows how honor in a relationship can strengthen both the father and son simultaneously. I beleive that honor plays a key role in strengthening the church and am looking forward to honoring my brothers and sisters.

  98. This message reminded me to Matthew 25:40 (‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’). Honoring people is related to honoring the Lord. And I agree with the message that people with true humility have no problem with honor. Lastly, listening to this message from PC I realize that you cannot understand NP’s culture if you don’t understand the culture of honor.

  99. Joen Lee says:

    I loved how PC reminded us that we are royalty! And as representatives of His kingdom, we need to show honor to all. For all that our leaders do at New Philly, sowing into our lives, I think we naturally become humbled and want to bless them. I had never imagined the power of honoring sons…but it can have such a big impact. As encouraging it is having my mentor be my biggest fan and my biggest motivator, it is that much more empowering to be reminded that God is my biggest fan and that He loves seeing me prosper. We often forget about honoring prodigals, but I think this is something so key to our faith. It is so easy to judge, but as part of honoring all, we need to be sincere and just love–love them for who they are and because we genuinely care for them. Honor is so vital to have in the house and outside of it, so I am thankful that it is held with such high regard at New Philly.

  100. Bekah Cho says:

    Wow, praise the Lord that He honors us! I love when P. Christian reminded us that we are royalty and so we need to act accordingly. I think… wow… this sermon just really shifted my perspective on how I think about interacting with people. Its so true that life comes from honoring others and being honored. I realize now how important it is to honor my leaders as well as my brothers and sisters, not just because its the nice thing to do, but because it brings life, empowerment, blessing for both me and the person I’m honoring! And also its so true for honoring that prodigals that when we do that, it creates a space for influence in that person’s life. God literally revealed that to me earlier today, so hearing this message several hours later is so crazy timely!! Thank you for the message, PC!

  101. This message reminded me to Matthew 25:40 (‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one

    of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’). Honoring people is

    related to honoring the Lord. And I agree with the message that people with true humility

    have no problem with honor. Lastly, listening to this message from PC I realize that you

    cannot understand NP’s culture if you don’t understand the culture of honor.

  102. Judy Choi says:

    Wow, even after 6 years, I hear this message and am empowered to create an atmosphere of honor–in the church as well as in my workplace, and in my household. Honoring others, both fathers and sons is a physical manifestation of faith. It declares faith for what God has created that person to be. This is a crucial part in the leadership of New Philadelphia Church because we are setting people free from false identities, and sin patterns. We are calling those as Sons, and proclaiming dignity over the Church. No matter what the world has said, no matter what family members have said, no matter what they say over themselves. Our words and actions have power, and we are called to change culture, by setting a culture of honor.

  103. Pak Tanya says:

    Culture of the Kingdom is a Culture of Honor. Through this sermon, I realized how it’s important to honor others. As we are army of God, we have to create a culture of honor in every single place that we are staying in. And there are three kinds of people that we have to honor: we honor the church leaders; honor the sons and we honor the prodigals. When PC talked about honoring prodigals I realized how sometimes I can judge people, just because they’re not Christian. It made me think that because I call myself Christian it doesn’t mean that I always better than other people, so I have to learn more how to honor everyone and everywhere because the culture of Honor is the culture of the Kingdom.

  104. Honor our God, Honor your leaders, Honor your parents, Honor your siblings, honor.. So many Honors list ongoing. In our lives, lots of honorable people have helped us through hardships, trials: they have been with us through ups and downs. Wealth and honors come from God, and we have to establish a platform for us to really know how to honor them without feeling irritated and arrogant. Sometimes because of the pride that runs in our mind, we find it hard to really do this kind of stuff. As for me, back then, I was thinking of “everyone is supposed to be helping one another, and it is believed that we have to help someone without expecting anything in return. -Everyone is the same”. Well, that’s true in some perspectives, but when you try to honor someone without thinking like “after I honor them, they have to do this and do that for me. They have to be good to me”, it turns out to be another way round. I mean honoring people is our job, but about people who will be honoring us is God’s timing. We don’t predict and expect, we just have to be humble enough to honor our leaders, our parents, our elders, even those who are younger than us. Life indeed flows though honor, and we have to honor people without labeling, without judging, and honors them, as for God has called us to walk with Him in humanity and faith.

    Wealth and Honors come from God.

  105. CK Tong says:

    This sermon is about the importance of honor in empowering everyone to have the life that Jesus wants all to have. One key point from the sermon is that honor is not only reserved for those who are “perfect,” but for everyone, and the inability for a person to honor those around them is not because of the flaws in others but because of the pride and/or fear in the individual. The three kinds of people that we must learn to honor are the leaders put in authority above us, the sons put under our care, and the prodigals who do not yet know God. All three kinds of people are deserving of honor, and different people will receive different levels of honor based on where they are in God’s authority structure. In order to properly, freely, and sincerely honor leaders, we must humble ourselves and recognize that they have something that we need and that they have been put in the positions that they occupy for a reason. Honoring sons is also important because it empowers sons to reach their full potential; in fact, honor empowers sons to do more than anyone, including fathers, may believe they can, which is great news for everyone. One way to honor sons is to praise them and recognize them for their accomplishments. And honoring prodigals is important because it demonstrates a sincere love that anyone can appreciate, instead of a love with an ulterior motive or a love that judges and labels. A culture of honor can spread in any place and is not only limited to the church.

  106. Thank you for a good reminder of honoring fathers, mothers, elders and the Father. As I grew up in Daegu for 14 years of my life (until I left to Australia and America), culture of honor is something so important to me. It was something so innate from my childhood brought-up and experience. When I became a leader and saw the word about honoring fathers and mothers and God in the Bible, I thought ohhhhh that’s interesting. I wonder what God is essentially conveying in that but now I see a deeper meaning in it. God wants us to honor the leaders who is there to guide and help you grow spiritually, in this case pastors. By doing so, we are able to receive ALL that God has for us, blessings through obedience and shared testimonies to people around us. The ways we show honor to one another and to God may vary from person to person but, all of them leads to God’s goodness and faithfulness. I want to know more of what God has for His household and live it out with His children.

  107. Jennifer Kim says:

    PC’s sermon was powerful in showing that we need to honor those in leadership, and honor each other. Honor is something that is so lost in America. I’m guilty of not being honorable to the people of authority as well sometimes. I agree with PC, that we need a culture of honor that encourages everybody to lift each other up, and even more so with the leader. I feel like sometimes I have trouble honoring somebody because I’m shy or I feel self-conscious. However, whenever somebody encourages and honors me the potential I have inside, I feel very motivated to do well. We need to honor someone just because we have to do it, we have to honor with all our heart. Jesus was the epitome of honoring the Father, and his disciples although Peter has betrayed him three times.

  108. Tae Eun Kim says:

    In the sermon, P. Christian talked about honoring the fathers, sons and the prodigals. I agree with P.C that a culture that honors empowers people and thrives when compared to a culture that doesn’t. When someone is honored beyond his /her capacity, he/she can really go beyond. I believe in this and also have experienced it myself. I was reminded of the importance of honoring, and the sermon encouraged me to honor in greater measures. It also stood out to me when P.C mentioned that order fostered by honor results in empowerment but order fostered by fear results in control. A true father honors his son and desires the best for his child. This helped me to trust my leaders more and to be in greater submission.

  109. Diane Yoon says:

    I love how God is a loving father who does not use shame or guilt but rather honor to run his kingdom. I was very convicted by the part where PC talks about honoring the prodigals. Having been a relatively goody-goody person all my life, I always labeled people who were secular (those who drink, smoke, party, etc.) as pagans who are fundamentally different from me. To be honest, I judged them. But I can’t show them Christ’s love if I stigmatize them in that way; I need to stop judging, and start honoring them as special people that God created, because ultimately we are fellow human beings that are fallen who need Jesus. I heartily agree with PC when he says we Christians need to create an atmosphere of honor wherever we go, so that we can empower people to rise up to their full potential. If we don’t, who will?
    God, you have shown us what true honor is by sending us your son Jesus to die on the cross for us. Now let us go create a culture of honor in this world by your example.

  110. Grace Cho says:

    – Honour is only honour when it is given freely, with no strings attached – Honour is humility in action – Humble people have no problem giving honour to others.

    These words spoke to me of my need to learn to lay down my pride, not be so judgmental and give honour where it’s due, even to those who are flawed or who I think are not necessarily deserving of it.

  111. David Kimball says:

    Pride is the king that rules over us that struggle with honoring and upholding our leaders. It is a wonderful message about submitting and humbling before our leaders no matter what level they may be. It’s not a new message for my life but, an excellent one. Pastor Christian is so real and direct with the objections so many of us may place in the way of honoring our leaders. Excuses why we in all our experience outside of the community has put you in should be elevated beyond the relationship and life share with them. Honoring one another vital in building love amongst our brothers and sisters as well as welcoming the lost, where we all use to be into community.

  112. Mary Jung says:

    The amounts of love, dedication and selflessness that I have seen in the leaders that have sowed into my life have really brought me to where I am today. I feel that one key aspect that allowed such intimate relationships and what encouraged me to open my heart to God, was the honour that they held for me. In this way, when we honour our friends, family and leaders we bring kingdom culture to where we are at, whether it be in the workplace, family or church.

  113. Jenny Shi says:

    There is a Chinese saying from Confucius “Amongst three people walking, one can certainly be my teacher or mentor.”
    I think I am a bit of perfectionist so my standard of humbleness or honor might a little higher than the normal standard. Recalled the memory of our retreat, I refused to take shower with my familia leader, for showing my respect and leave her some more private personal space.=)

    It is important to show your respect and honouring people who pass you the wisdom and lead you impact your life in a holy way. But you don’t only say that but also do it and honor them from deep your heart. I have seen many people act the opposite way as they said(christians do that too) and thats even worse. Bible teaches us “let your word be your word. ” let us don’t be double minded, do what as we said and respect as we honored.
    Being grace humble lovely; not only applies to your leaders but also to your brother sisters, family friends or strangers; and let Father guard our heart, for it is the wellspring of our life.
    Matt 12;35 says the good man brings good things out of the god stored up in him..
    Therefore, honor to you leaders, as you will be honored from others.
    amen.

    • Jenny Shi says:

      God has called us a royal priesthood and heirs to His Kingdom, as Sons and daughters of this house, it is important to show your respect and honor people who pass you the wisdom and lead you impact your life in a holy way. It is also important that you don’t only say that but also do it and honor them from depth of your heart.
      Personally I have valued honor as highly in my life and have practiced higher standard of honor to those around me. Through this sermon I was reminded once again that we are to show grace (like how God showed us grace to us who didn’t deserve it) and humbly honor not only our leaders but also to our brothers and sisters, family friends and even strangers; Matt 12;35 says the good man brings good things out of the God stored up in him.

  114. James Song says:

    The moment where PC called up PM to hug him and to tell him he’s proud of him was such a powerful moment. I loved the follow up too – my mentor is my biggest fan. When someone chooses to mentor/disciple someone, it’s entirely out of honour and the desire to see that disciple achieve the best that they can be. Having someone like that who’ll go out of their way to root for you is an incredibly empowering thing. What I love about Kingdom culture is that God shows us honour, even though all is owed to Him. He is our mentor and our biggest fan, and there is no better thing than to have God rooting for us to achieve His will.

  115. What struck to me the most is the way Daniel honored the pagan Kings. To be honest, I’ve been hearing a tons of time that we should honor our leaders in church. But 1 Peter2:17 says, “Honor everyone” I overlooked those principle. Even I read that verse before and I may have heard of that from other sermons, my ears were closed to hear.
    So it’s sort of easy for me to respect people in church but not in other places such as home, workplace or random places that I can see rude people.
    PC pointed out what I easily overlooked and gave me much inspiration on how I can honor those around me at work/home. He presents that Father’s heart when He sees us growing, stepping up position of leadership, setting a job, graduating college, He sees us prospering. He’s biggest fan of us. That’s showing God is so gracious to give us the true meaning of honor what is meant to be.

  116. Natalie Weaver says:

    There is no denying that expressing honor is something that is dying out in the U.S. And I will say that I found the part about holding open doors for people quite funny simply because it’s also a natural response of mine to hold open doors. In Korea, I’ve had people avoid walking through the door I’m clearly holding open for them to go open their own door, which just causes me to shake my head a little bit. But this sermon as a whole was a very rich sermon with quite a bit to take in (trying to condense my notes for a comment is always a struggle). One quote that I left an impression was that “When honor has strings attached it ceases to be honor.” I’d never thought to put it in that manner before, but the truth of the statement rings so clearly. We can’t go into honoring someone with selfish intent of what it will do for us, but rather we should only expect to honor and bless the other person and Christ. The call to honor everyone is a tall order. And the concept of honoring prodigals and that honor bringing out their potential is something that I had never really considered before. I’d always been under the impression that you should seek a personal connection with all people, but honor had never been a word that would have crossed my mind before.

    I also really liked the statement that we are royalty. I believe one reason royalty has such a strong ability to honor is that they are so confident and certain of themselves in their place and identity. They are so founded in that identity that they can express that honor freely. They are grounded in their identity, and I think this is something that we need as well if that type of honor is to flow naturally from us.

  117. Jess Kim says:

    The part that spoke to me the most was the part about how creating order through the fear of punishment is control where as creating order through dignity is empowerment. It makes me wonder how great this world would be if this sense of empowerment and honor was all around us at work, school, etc.This message also made me realize I need to adjust my heart so that I not only honor the leaders at church but those at work and in the secular world as well. I find it easier to submit to leaders at church but harder to fully honor those leaders outside of church that I may not always agree with. Will pray on this.

  118. Christopher Ju says:

    This message really goes in line with the teaching on sonship and New Philadelphia Church’s core value of anointing flows from the top down. The power of honoring one another cannot be underestimated; there are both emotional and spiritual ramifications. Not only do we learn to build one another up, but we truly also bless ourselves in return. As anointing flows from the top down, when we honor our leaders by praying for them and publicly praising them, we only set ourselves up to receive more blessings and life from them. As a son of this house, I am excited to put this teaching into practice by honoring my campus and CG leaders.

  119. Jae Hee Suh says:

    This was a hilarious message and I found myself laughing out loud throughout the podcast. Life flows through honor. This is a key teaching that represents an important aspect of our house: honor. I love that we emphasize this and get to experience the rich life that flows through honor in this house. As sons and daughters of God, we come from a world of royalty. As foreign as it may sound, we are princes and princesses in God’s kingdom. There is rank and order in the kingdom of God; it is not a round table system. We need to recognize that there are people who have been elevated above us. Just as Elisha put a demand on the anointing of his spiritual father, Elijah, in order to receive an inheritance and impartation from our fathers, we need to stop being critical of them—which is so easy to do—and humble ourselves to receive from them. We do this by showing honor. Just as there is order and ranking in heaven, we have order and ranking in our house. Churches that don’t have such leadership structure miss out on the blessings that come with it. It’s also important to note that honor flows both ways. Just as we honor our fathers, we need to honor sons. As we choose to honor each other, we empower one another to reach our full potential.

  120. Brittany Mickell says:

    The Idea of having a heart that honors others without being selfish or insincere was an important aspect of the message to me. A heart that has humility and is not prideful when it comes to giving respect and expressing gratitude. This also ties into the message about Sonship a bit. In the message about Sonship we can see how there is a clear order of authority that is passed down and ordained. If we take our personal feelings /judgments out of the equation and truly give honor to those who are leading/guiding us; we are respecting that authority and learning also how to honor God’s will and his authority. We are learning how to let God lead our decisions and not what we feel is right or justified.

  121. It truly hit me when Pastor Christian said that we are royalty and we are princesses and princes. As a royalty, we should live up to honorable traits and express that honor to others. Growing up in a Korean family, I was always taught to show honor to elders. Just as Pastor Christian mentioned, I also followed by a similar “rule” of having to wait until my father picked up his spoon/chopstick and start eating at the dining table. It’s the small things in life that show honor to others. God truly revealed to me how it’s not just elders who you honor; you honor your friends, your siblings, and more importantly, the leaders at the church. Often times, you take the leaders so much for granted that you forget to pour out your true thankfulness toward them. As much as honor is a vital trait in the NP church, I am glad to be within this community that holds strong value to a strong trait and explicitly show that to other leaders and members of the church.

    • Hi Jessica! Thank you for your thoughtful smart comment. Could you post as a reply your full name? We have a few Jessicas in each campus. Thank you!

  122. Jamie Dugger says:

    Honor :high respect; esteem.
    Humility: a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.

    Honoring our leaders is very beneficial too the congregation. I love how PC said honor flows out of a persons character but has to be given freely. Since we all come form a nation of royalty (The Kingdom of God) we all need to understand the importance of honoring someone. By honoring a person you display humility. That is one of NRTC’s training main points. That’s why I loved how PC tied humility in with the concept of honor. By honoring someone you create a culture of valuing honor through out a generation.

  123. Julian Cheung says:

    A culture of honour is an essential part of a healthy church, so that people can serve and be served not with guilt and shame but with love and humility.
    I related to PC’s comment about how he used to find faults in leaders and inwardly lose some respect for them. However, this is not productive and not of God as He has placed leaders above me in every season for a reason.
    Honour not only your leaders but your sons and non-Christians as well. A relationship of honour with sons is empowering and enables the growth of the kingdom.

  124. Yoon Han says:

    I agree with Pastor Christian in that honour is something that is needed in the church and we have a role to play to create a culture of honour. I also agree that honour is needed outside the church in the workplace, honouring the leaders appointed at your company and line managers.

    I feel like I had a lot of pride in my heart and it was difficult to honour other people, even if they had higher authority. I feel like it is because of seeing the abuse of this kind of authority in the Sydney Korean community that I started to reject the idea of honouring these kinds of people as PC pointed out in the sermon. However, reflecting on that God honours us, as His children, and that he is our biggest fan, it inspires me to be more like Him and practice this culture of honour to the community around me and especially at NP Sydney.

    I had experienced the NP Leadership Banquet for the first time and had not experienced something like this at a church before (I was never involved with church, only to attend and listen to the sermon). It felt really good that we as members to contribute to this NP Sydney community back to the leaders here. I had the honour to speak to the church about how Pastor ‘Diddy’ had blessed our community through this church plant. I would not have appreciated the leadership that he carries if it wasn’t for preparing for this speech. However, pondering on what great works he had put in my spiritual walk, it really highlights the power of honouring others and especially leaders of the house.

    I definitely agree with the point that honour has power, and that it empowers people to reach their potential and would like the church to practise this as a whole and “all rejoice together” to recognise and honour our leaders today.

  125. This sermon has shown me how the living water can flow into my life, how the anointing flows from the top down. I have always struggled with honouring leaders who have been placed in my life, especially in school and the workplace. I was super critical of minor flaws of people and I often carried a spirit of bitterness and pride everywhere i went. I sometimes would find it difficult to rejoice in other people’s achievements too.

    The strong culture of honour at NPC has taught me how I can bless my leaders and how I am able to receive blessings because of that. This honour is displayed weekly at church, my cg and events such as the leadership banquet. It’s so awesome how a culture of honour can really lift and build up the faith of others. I like how PC emphasizes the need to eliminate control when leading others and how we can create order through dignity instead of through the fear of punishment.

    The need to honour those who aren’t Christians or those who have drifted from the path is something that is incredibly challenging yet close to my heart. It is important that as we carry and show the father’s heart to others, that we do so out of love and only act out of love. If we have an agenda just like how PC states, the love that we show will soon feel fake. I hope i can further apply these principles to all areas of my life.

  126. Lindsay Costello says:

    I loved this sermon! I was really struck by the examples that PC gave of everyday actions communicating honor and I was left accessing my own actions to identify what I’m communicating to those around me and evaluating the motives behind my actions. I liked his three points on Honoring Leaders, Sons, and Prodigals. I’ve never thought of honoring prodigals, but his comment on the fruit of Joseph and Daniel’s honor really struck me and how God used it. I also was struck when he talked about the relationship between honor and humility. I had heard growing up that God honors and gives graces to the humble, but never made the connection about God being the source of all honor and honor coming before humility and being humility in action. It makes sense then that the other side of the verse talking about Pride would also be the root issue when there is a lack of honor.

  127. joshua kim says:

    I was listening the message while I was on my way to work and PC made me cry when he was giving a hug to his spiritual son, and saying that we need to honor the prodigals.

    This was so good and i needed to listen. It was the best message I’ve listened from New Philly. That’s it.

    Do i have to leave a long comment?

  128. JKim(busan) says:

    i’ve been struggling and fighting about honoring a leader who’s been rude and crucial to me in my work place. Seemed like he didnt deserve honoring at all. But PC’s message reminded me how the Lord’s been treating me as a beloved son even when i was sinning. I must honor my leaders not because they are perfect but  they also are God’s beloved. When you honor a leader seemed like not honorable, you bring unity and blessing into community where you belong.

  129. Michelle Hwang says:

    Listening to this sermon evoked diverse emotions in me. I was convicted by the idea that honour should not have strings attached – it must be given freely, if it has strings attached, it is no longer honour. I really was convicted by that and realised that sometimes I have expectations – be it for more blessings, for more commitment from the person I am honouring etc. However, I was challenged in my understanding of honour.

    I then really related to PC’s experience – that when a leader or someone reveals a flaw, I begin to ‘look down’ on that person. In my personal experience, my tendency is to distance myself from the person and build up walls again. I begin to doubt that person’s wisdom, discernment etc. and I just begin to distance myself. I don’t know where this is rooted for me – if it perhaps is pride, or potentially something else. Either, I feel that as PC said, it’s a heart issue, and addressing that is something that is important.

    I was particularly challenged however about the idea of a ‘rank and order in heaven’. I find it difficult to reconcile this in my paradigm – shaped by worldly emphasis on equality. I have always been someone who found that a ’round table’ approach was more indicative or respect and honour. I personally interpreted such ’round table’ approaches as ‘giving the little guy a voice’ rather than fear of abuses of power. So, listening to this challenged that perception and really gave me an alternative view to this kind of approach. It was interesting and insightful.

    Finally, I really appreciated the idea that honour is not only for leaders but from leaders to sons too. I have struggled with the fact that I was rarely complimented or praised for achievements or maturation. I received a lot of criticism and any achievements were taken for granted. I think this fostered bitterness, unforgiveness and shook my self-confidence. So I couldn’t agree more that growth and maturation requires honour. The absence of honour may act as a ceiling or hindrance to growth. So it is just as important for leaders to honour sons as it is for sons to honour leaders.

  130. Myko Okada says:

    This sermon is so enjoyable and powerful. It reminds me that creating an atmosphere of honor wherever I go is beneficial and encouraging to others. I noticed when the leaders from New Philly came here to Australia, they have always been trying to do their best to honor fellow leaders. Like when PC mentioned “if one member is honored, we all rejoice together”, I find it so empowering when applied over “7 mountains”. When dealing with friends from multicultural backgrounds, I feel that they find it hard to honor others due to pride and superiority. That’s why this sermon is timely, because if Christians will get into the habit of cultivating a culture of honor,then more will be drawn closer to God our source of all honor.When PC included the prodigals to the kinds of people we need to honor,I appreciate his heart for a welcoming and loving community which is needed by the nation so badly.For the leaders who invest so much on us, I am convicted to bless them more, specially to the NP team who sacrificially dedicated their life in serving and building our very own NP Sydney.

  131. Kathleen An says:

    It’s so amazing to hear this message and to see 6 years later how far our church has come. Through honoring one another I have seen transformation and breakthroughs come from so many people, and deep covenant relationships birthed. I like how PC mentions also how to honor our sons (discples). When fathers honor their sons, it releases their potential. There is no jealousy that arises from inadequacy, but a true desire to see their sons prosper and go beyond them. This is what kingdom family looks like!

  132. Ashleigh Kwak says:

    God’s kingdom is based on HONOUR – not shame or guilt. By creating a culture of honour, is the way christians ‘occupy’ and dispose of the ‘strong man’ in the world’s 7 mountains. It goes against the culture that the world enforces. Honour is a forsaken virtue in many parts of the world (P Christian highlighted America). People know about honour in their heads, but very few carry the principle of honour in their hearts. But it is through honour that God establishes His kingdom culture.

    We are called to live out this culture of honour because we are Royalty – His Royalty.
    We must learn to honour specific people in our lives such as the leaders in our Church, our work place and other areas of our lives. Those who cannot honour others struggle with heart issues, mostly their own pride, which prevents them from honouring others. But God wants us to learn to honour those around us, as this also unlocks the blessings He has in store for us, and is essential to the operation of His Kingdom.

  133. David Chong says:

    When you initially think about the concept of honour in the church, your mind tends to place emphasis on honouring the leaders and giving honour where honour is due. Practising honour in this way is undoubtedly essential. If I refuse to lay down my pride and give honor where honor is due, then I’m potentially cutting myself off from the anoininting and life that flows from the top down. At the same time, when leaders honour the people they lead, it empowers and releases potential in those people. I guess in the latter context, honor isn’t necessarily being given where its visibly due or deserved. But I love how PC used the example of Jesus honouring Peter in this way, which released the potential inside of him, but also broke off the shame and condemnation that he cast over himself for having denied Jesus earlier.

    Honour is such a powerful tool that we have to learn how to wield regularly, naturally and effectively. Especially if the church is to be relevant and effective in the world.

  134. Martin Kang - Sydney says:

    First off, this message was a time capsule. I had forgotten when Mina was admin and Caleb was working the tech booth. Thanks for the excellent message about creating a culture of honour wherever you go.

    Man honour IS greater than fear as a motivator. And I say that as an employee who has experienced work cultures based on fear and honour. One company had so much turnover, they could have installed a revolving door at the main entrance. The other can boast having employees for 15-20 years. The difference was night and day

    I hope to take this message to heart and the apply the framework you provide in my position of leadership at NPC-Sydney and in the workplace.

  135. Tina Kang - Sydney says:

    In the past I think I was pretty negative about showing someone or receiving honour because of the abuse of it seen in the Korean culture that I was raised up in. It took me a while to understand what it really meant to honour someone and also embrace this kind of culture. It’s such a blessing to see the fruit of creating this culture of honour. It is so helpful in building up, encouraging and edifying the people and church. I love it!

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