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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.

This message was preached in 2009 and in it PC mentions several times that he loves dried mangoes. Since the message was preached PC has been inundated with an endless supply of dried mangoes. If you thought of blessing him with more dried mangoes he appreciates the thought but he would like to ask that you refrain.

Comments

  1. Eunhae Grace Han says:

    “Outdo one another by showing honor”

    Showing, giving, receiving Honor should be ingrained in my daily life! As I weave in and out from school, stores, church I need to be breathing words/actions of life that empower people around me to excellency! Even if they don’t deserve it or if I feel they are not worth it, it is a direct command from the Lord for me and the Body’s own good.

    Showing honor on a day to day basis I feel like is more easy compared to showing honor to a person on a committed basis.

  2. Joyce Ku says:

    We are royalty and an attribute of our lineage is honor. Cultivating atmospheres of honor should naturally flow from me! Because we are constantly renewed by the King, we have the fullness to release life and empowerment into the people around us- leaders, sons, and prodigals. I was particularly blessed by PC’s narrative of how his mentor is his biggest fan. I think it illustrates the beautiful freedom and pure love that flourishes with honor.

  3. Joe Chung says:

    Honoring people of authority seemed like an obstacle for me due to past scars, which caused me to scrutinize. However, as Pastor Christian states, honor is created through dignity, not control.

    Hearing this message has incredibly shifted my paradigm of how I must view others around me, especially those in a leadership position. Whether people deserve it or not, it is my responsibility as a son, as it has been mandated by God, to bless and breath life of excellency into others. As it says in Luke 14:11, “for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

    Our view of honor is not some chore where we expect something in return, but how much more we can celebrate leaders, sons, and prodigals. As royalty, it is our irrevocable calling from God to honor others flown out of our character and/or given freely with joy and love.

  4. Josh Lee says:

    Honouring people for me is normal because I always learn from many and honouring shows my gratitude. But the other flow of honouring (not just the son honouring the father but the father honours the son too) changed my view of honour. Its not just showing your gratitude physically but also expressing who they are and their value.
    Honouring can be evangelism. This really inspired me, and changed my view of honouring. Having alot of friends that aren’t Christians and those who smoke etc, it would’ve been hard for them to have a genuine relationship/friendship with me because I’m “Christian.” They would have felt distant, something different and bad. However, I should love them and honour them just for who they are, what they mean to me, and for their improvements in daily life. Not only would i build an authentic friendship but also use for evangelism.
    Honouring should be in us naturally, it should flow out from our life to many, it reveals our character. Andso becoming more like Christ, we honour people freely in joy and love.

  5. David Ha says:

    “You have nobility running through your bloodstream…God wants you to represent His kingdom here on earth. Honor is one of the biggest attributes of nobility. A king or prince will look like a fool if he has no honor.”

    The first thing/person that came to mind when I heard this was King Joffrey from Game of Thrones. The dominant view of this controversial character is of disgust and hatred. Why? Because he has no honor. He severely punishes those whom he dislikes, rules over his subjects with an iron fist, and even strikes fear in his closest allies. He feels entitled because of his nobility to rule in such a way.

    Are we living in such a way that is honorable? Or do we feel entitled because of our heritage to do as we please? Many Christians use Christianity as a crutch on which we can lean on when we’re in pain or in trouble. We do as we please because we know God will forgive us later. But this isn’t being a good representative of God’s kingdom. We are just like Joffrey, living as we please because we know we are nobility.

    It’s time to live an honorable and honoring life. Let’s live up to our titles as princes and princesses of God’s kingdom, rather than leaning on those titles to live as we please.

  6. So when I first came to Korea… I always tried to give my seat to older men and women on the train/bus so people always looked at me weird. So that was pretty great. I could really relate to that. About honor in the church…. I think we should respect leaders in the church because they deserve respect. That should not have to be taught. Everyone should get that we are not all the same. We are all at different levels. But I also believe that just because you respect or honor someone does not mean you are always going to agree with them but it does mean that you are always going to treat them like you would want someone to treat you if you were in their position. I am not about to go into someone else’s house and cause a scene. I want to build them up, help them, and treat them well. I would want them to do the same for me. I think that is what honor looks like. Maybe I’m wrong…… :)

  7. Bernadette Keating says:

    I was impacted by the idea from this sermon that honour is cyclical. I saw this in two senses, firstly with out relationship with God, we have been taken from a place of dishonour to one of honour that might now say ‘I am from royalty’ – We can honour God and he also honours us.

    Secondly in creating a culture of honour it does not just flow up to our leaders but as Pastor Christian said “honour is the corner stone of an empowering culture that eliminates the need for control.” Wow, I had not thought about that before, now I am beginning to see how much of blessing it might be to be able to say ‘my mentor is my biggest fan.’ Without honouring those under our care we can easily resort to fear and intimidation. It is important to take the gratitude and thanks we have in hearts/minds and make it physical through praise, gifts, notes, food and assignments.

    I was also struck by this “humble people have no problem honouring others.” As Pastor Christian identified that ours is a generation loosing touch with honour, I could see how it is often latched to pride. To honour another person may seem servile in an age where everyone is out to get what they want for themselves, ‘I am my own master.’ Again, I learnt how the culture of the kingdom is different from the that of the world and how I can represent his his kingdom on earth through humility in action.

  8. Jasmin Agese says:

    That was a powerful message. I have always been thought about honor from bottom up but this is the first message I am listening to that is wholesome on honor. I have tried to honor whoesomely and I am glad I now have a Christian doctrinal support of what I thought was wholly an upbringing thing.

  9. Sean Norton says:

    A few points stood out to me as I listened to this sermon…

    “I look down, become critical, then don’t honor. I have a pride issue.”
    I rarely feel like I’ve had an issue with submission to leaders, I always think that I’m a faithful… err… server. But from time to time I feel this same way. I guess this was just another quick heart check to remind myself to give up pride and humble myself… even when I think I may not be prideful…

    *Application points to honor leaders.
    ..that being said, I DO want to honor my leaders, and for the first part of the sermon I asked myself, ‘how do I honor my leaders?’ and the application points helped me solidify an answer in my head… that I have been in some ways, and that I can continue to do so in other ways.

    “Honor releases potential…”
    I remember a time when the leader of my dance team gave me the opportunity to choreograph and stage a section in one of our sets, and then again a few months later for the closer. Both times I felt extreme pressure and was so scared. But when this point about ‘honor releasing potential’ came up in the sermon, I couldn’t help but be reminded of this, and I felt like God was saying, “don’t be scared.” and pointing out to me how my team leader honored me in that way. In the future I don’t want to be scared of being given responsibility for fear of my lack of ability or whatnot… but I want to take those opportunities and try to step up into greater growth and potential. Being on praise team, sometimes I feel this way… but I want to continue to be faithful with these opportunities, and not let fear get the best of me. I want to step boldly into opportunities to grow and to be a blessing.

    “We need father to honor the sons…”
    Especially after seeing the sonship documentary, and starting to see how that’s manifested in the church, I’m seeing (and experiencing) firsthand what this looks like. And it’s really really really really cool. I see my kids growth as I honor them and their work at the hakwon. I see my own growth as pjoel and pjon honor me. I see growth in the brothers and sisters around me as they honor and honor in return. I want to be someone who honors MORE.

    yea. okay. coo.

  10. Lydia Lim says:

    i agree with PC about how Koreans actually don’t know about the culture of honouring each other. it’s not only about honouring others but how to receive honour as well. i’ve been greeting the bus driver everytime i get on the bus & thank them when i get off but they don’t respond to it at all. some do, when they respond, they replied warm heartedly. but mostly don’t respond to it at all. they can’t even receive the honour that’s given to them which is really sad. at home church, the children ministry that i was involved in, we make ourselves make birthday cards to each other among the teachers & staffs which is also a form of honouring one another. in the card, we write affirmation & appreciation to the birthday boy/ girl. honour is definitely an essential element for a body to function in the long run.

  11. Magdeline Goh Seen Hui says:

    Creating a culture of honor either in or church or society is so important. We have to recognize that leaders are the ones that God has put in our lives and have faith that they truly have something to bless us. We have to honor them even though sometimes we think that they don’t deserve it or when we don’t agree with what they said. When we honor others, they will feel that they are being valued and they will be empowered to be excellent. No matter your position, it is a must to respect and honor one another for the body to run well. I like what PC mentioned that not only that we have to learn how to honor leaders and father, but also to honor sons and other people. By doing so,we are actually learning how to humble ourselves to honor them.

  12. Tine Heenop says:

    “Honor is only honor when given freely” These words of Pastor Christian penetrated deep into my heart. It made me realize that when I honor all the people God had place in authority over me, the honor must flow out of a place of freedom and not because it is a norm I must live by but it must come freely out of love. And how I do that is by trusting God and having Faith in God that he has place these people over me for my own growth and then the honor will come naturally and freely and not something that is a religious law I am forced to do! Yes honoring the people in our lives is so important but it will bring no blessing, and it will bring no honor to anyone, if the place where it comes from is not out of love or freely! Wow Holy Spirit moved deep in my heart and I fully understand and see now that honor is not just for people God place over us but also for the people around us, the students I teach, the people we work with, not just being friendly to them but truly honor them. It doesn’t matter if they are Christians or not, the honor we give them is like a seed we plant in them “that will empower them to rise up to their full potential”. P.C such a wise wise man.

  13. Awesome revelation on what honor truly is! That honor isn’t all about showing respect to people who deserve it but also to propel others into new potentials! Funny how we often think to gain influence and power is through “overtaking” and producing results and proving your worth when in fact even more can be done through the display of honor! It is so clear that New Philly is a house cultivated through Honor, knowing the true value and power in honoring our leaders, we catapult our leaders into new levels therefore catapulting ourselves to new levels as well! Theres so much life because of honor, as we set ourselves up to receive life and blessings. But at the same time we must honor our leaders without any strings attached, we must honor freely and without reservations for we are royalty and we are from a Kingdom!
    It is so important to reinforce positive behavior and not just point out the bad in people, they will respond to that honor! “Honoring people beyond where they are can enable them to go beyond where they are.”
    Also, don’t just honor those who are easier to honor, we must learn to honor and genuinely honor the prodigals! This will not only gain a position of influence with them but also show the Father’s love and they will truly know that there is something different and special within each of us. Becoming a teacher not through words but by actions!

  14. Janice So Hyun Lim says:

    I thought honor was just a Korean thing. I thought people in Korean churches honored their pastors because that’s what Koreans do – we show respect to people above us. My mom taught me to honor church leaders, and I thought I had to because it is the right thing to do in Korean culture. I never knew that a) honor is an attribute of royal sons and daughters of God and b) the Bible clearly states that elders, preachers and leaders of a church are worthy of double honor. As God’s princess, I must show honor not only to my spiritual authorities, but also to everyone! My pride has made me choose who I want to honor, but now I am challenged to honor everyone and set a culture of honor wherever I go.

  15. Kristine Wong says:

    Honor is really so so important for relationships whether it be people who are above you but also to people who are below you. I have always felt dishonored by people because of my age. I usually thought it was because I was being prideful because I thought that I deserved being dishonored by people above me because I am younger and less experienced than them. But NO. I’m glad to hear this sermon about honor because I have never been told how God viewed honor and we as Christians or just people in general should honor people. Often times because I felt so dishonored by people that it would be so difficult to honor them back. I always had to bite my words and cut my anger because to be able to honor them the way they should because of their title. Man… it was really really difficult. But seriously… honoring is really a two-way street. A person who doesn’t show honor to people below them is not someone who is truly humble and understands what it means to honor someone. I really hope I can experience and learn soon on what it truly means to honor and be honored. I don’t want to “fake” honoring someone anymore because of how they treat me. I truly hope to be under leadership and spiritual authority that honor, encourage, love, care, and steward God’s people fully in the Holy Spirit. For the day when I do become a leader, I hope to truly know this as well and lead others the way with great honor, humbleness, and mature spiritual authority.

  16. Angela Van Gorp says:

    I’ve been learning about honor through Bethel and other churches but I really liked this message specifically because he gave so many great life examples.
    Specifically:
    1. The example he gave of a business without honor (fear controlled, without the fear the workers would have no order and it would be chaos) vs. with honor (empowerment and order) was really powerful.
    2. Talking about his experience with Apple and the change he could see within the company was also really powerful.
    3. Talking about ways he has seen honor play out in the church-empowering and giving assignments greater than what someone may deserve, giving testimonies, etc…
    4. Also the great and practical examples of honor in the Bible-specifically teh Wise Men giving Jesus gifts- it’s so true that gifts do bring so much honor.

    So much good stuff. Super blessed.

  17. Abby Brokaw says:

    This reminded me of several books and sermons that I read/listened to from Bethel Church. I always admired that they sought to foster a culture of honor– and I love that it’s an emphasis here, too. I can recognize that there were certain times earlier in my life that I disliked things that a church leader did, and felt that it was appropriate to show them less honor. I can now see that this is not beneficial to anyone in the house, and it definitely does not follow God’s principles.

    One of the biggest things I’m excited to do is maintain a lifestyle of honor wherever I go in this world. In Korea, I think one of the biggest opportunities is to simply recognize individuals and treat them in a loving and personal manner. I’ve found that, even in the expat community within Seoul, it is all too easy to acknowledge only the people you know, while ignoring everyone else. This sermon re-ignited my desire to go out of my way to honor, not only church leaders, but others in my community who may not receive any positive recognition whatsoever.

  18. Stephanie Grady says:

    “Honor is one of the attributes of nobility.” This is so good for us to remember. We are sons and daughters of the King and we are to live from a place of honor. We are to treat people the way that God sees them and show the other ‘image bearers’ who they really are in this way. Honor is amazing and it really does create a highway on which life travels. People may forget our words, but they will remember how we treat them. Disagreements with others will happen, yet the way we handle ourselves in them shows so much about the value we put on honor. We honor because we are honorable and we honor because others are honorable.

  19. Audrey Tan Ngerong says:

    Indeed there is beauty in honoring those around you regardless of ranks or age. I learnt that It is only natural for us to do so as it is one of the greatest attributes of royalties in the Kingdom of God. Often, we neglect honor in our relationship with our leaders and instead this brings forth fear and intimidation of the authorities above us, hence, hindering us from receiving life and blessings. I also see the importance of honoring sons as it is also serves as a higher form of encouragement and thus propelling one into discovering their own potentials. I was again reminded not to fall into the pattern of criticizing and labeling “prodigals” but to put them in a place of honor and value. As royalties in the Kingdom of God, we should start living like one and the first step is to learn how to show honor.

  20. Mabel Chin says:

    I had no idea the bible challenged us to “out do each other in honor” and couldn’t really fathom how honor could be the cornerstone to an empowering culture without the fear of being controlled. But as PC was talking about his experience at Apple, I started to think about all the other companies besides Apple who really honor not only their customers, but their employees as well. Other companies like Genentech or Google really know how to honor their employees and because they have created an environment where they are honored (and feel honored) with gifts, parties, bonuses and what not, the employees are more than happy to strive to do better for the sake of the company.

    Who doesn’t want to know that their mentor is their biggest fan?! It’s really amazing how you can honor not only the leaders in your life but also the sons in your life as well… the honor doesn’t really have to be an expensive gift, it can be as simple as an encouragement, praise or even an unexpected opportunity. It makes me wonder who and how I can honor that “son” in my life to have the chance to release their true potentials.

  21. AJ Cruz says:

    I’ve never had the concept of honour until New Philly.
    Everything for me was a duty and I did out of respect. I see now that my ability to fulfill duty and give respect came from feeling good or being comfortable to do so. Honour is different because it is independant of our emotions. We freely give honour because thats how it is suppose to be. We give honour because it is who God has made us to be and it is blesses God when we honour people.

    I’ve never thought honour could do so much. Honour not only empowers sons and the leaders placed above them but it really does take the need for control out of the equation in the church. Having receive various scars from church splits I see now that if there was more honour in the church the “controlling” side wouldnt be so controlling.

    To this day I still struggle with honour not so much that I dont want to give honour but just solidifying the concept in my spirit in where from the outpouring of my heart is honour. Its crazy how the bible calls us to outdo each other in honour. This message has really shifted my perspective on honouring leaders.

  22. InAi Kang says:

    Growing up in Korean household we are taught honor and respect as pretty much one in the same. I think it is because of that we forget to honor our pastors/small group leaders because we think, oh well they are placed in that position to serve us/ guide us. Respected position but we don’t engage the honor aspect. Because we are sons and will inherit honor we also need to be good examples of it. It’s disheartening the lack of honor people have for others any for themselves. Love on the prodigal.

  23. Kirstin Pak says:

    Showing honor is sooooo important!! I totally understand why we, as Christians, need to invest more time in honoring important people around us. People need to start doing things more out of their own heart showing selflessness. It’s becoming more and more evident that less people are making not as big as an effort to take that extra step of honoring. It is so important to Jesus that we take honoring very seriously and do it whole heartedly. Not only will we be blessed by what we do, but the people who received the honor will be blessed, as well.

  24. I always wondered what honour was. How do I honour people? To me I thought that honour was to be a doormat to people, doing what they want whenever they want me to do it. I never realized till now that honouring someone is to love someone, and treat them with a deep respect. After listening to this sermon, I realized that I naturally want to give people things; I naturally want to complement people. I didn’t think that this was honouring, I thought that this was just a part of being a Christian. But I held back a lot because I worried about them thinking that I just want to get them to like me. In reality, to honour someone really makes you very vulnerable. At least it does to me, because you’re choosing to love someone on purpose, and choosing to follow their leadership. It never occurred to me that loving someone, following them and doing good things for them was honour. From now on I will honour when I feel like honouring and not hold back from honouring people.

    I really like this idea of an honour driven culture. I’m from Canada and if we don’t hold the door for people or if we budge in line, it’s like social death. I mean Canadians say sorry at a drop of a hat. And everyone loves our Queen, even if she is English, we recognize her as our leader. I am so grateful that I grew up with the common wealth nation behind me so I can understand kingship. I am so grateful for this because, as pastor Christian said, the English knew how to act and honour those in leadership. I honoured people naturally because of the culture I grew up in without even knowing that I was honouring them. Wow. I think that with my upbringing, this culture comes natural to me, but there is still so much more to learn about honouring people and I think that I need to act out on honouring people more and at a deeper level. Great Sermon.

  25. Bethany Pak says:

    We are living in a generation where the term honor is being diminished! So sad. I watch my younger cousins living a life of not honoring their parents and even our grandparents! It’s just as equally important to not only honor the people in our family, but as well as in the church. So many people have different gifts on how they honor people, whether it may be giving tangible gifts, words of encouragement, or simply doing the little things in life. I watch my own mother completely honor her parents, even though her parents were completely absent emotionally and physically. I thought it was absurd that she would honor them the way she did, but I remember her telling me long ago that God commands us to honor our parents. So, watching my mom doing all she does for my grandparents, makes me want to grow up to be just like her and model after what I’ve seen her do for so many years to make them happy because I’m sure my grandparents feel so honored by just the smallest actions she does for them.

  26. Jennifer Mendez says:

    One point that specifically stuck out to me was “order when it is fostered by honor results in empowerment but order enforced through fear results in just control.” This reminds me of the leader-manager difference that I read 2 years ago in a leadership book. A manager keeps track of when you come in to work, how you did your work and rarely gives feedback; you are basically at work to just work and complete any assignments given to you. On the other hand, a leader puts trust in their employee and allows them to share any ideas they may have, they encourage you, give feedback and allow you to take charge of assignments.

    I previously worked at a University where one of my bosses was a “manager” to me and in my belief, did not honor her employees well. I would have to call and leave her a voice message the minute I arrived at work; anytime I was talking to a friend for a few minutes she would tell me to “stop socializing” etc…. She was very controlling and gave us no freedom. I was at work to work and nothing more. I was very depressed throughout this year and decided to apply to another position because I could not take it anymore. I was always nice to this lady and honored her but after a while that feeling died down; respect and all. I remember after getting a higher position (still working on the same floor) when she finally realized that I wanted more out of my career. She also noticed the way I interacted with others and how they would always relate back with me in a positive way. After a while, I began to see a shift in her ways. I pray that my ways moved her in some way! Recently, I’ve heard that she has taken leadership classes and has become a better manager. Thank you Jesus!

  27. Saeko R says:

    First of all, I was so blessed and learned so much by this sermon. One of the eye opening things I learned is about honoring leaders with words and actions such as prayers, encouragements, and presents, not just with your heart. I have had no problem honoring and respecting my leaders with my heart, but for some reason, I’d almost never thought how important it is to act out your honor and respect. Even when I was a leader in Japan in the past, I didn’t expect much from whom I was caring for mostly because I was fully convinced that leaders are there to serve others. As PC said that “my mentor is my biggest fan,” I was also the biggest fan of all the girls I was leading. As a result, my eyes were fully focused on what I can give them. However, at the same time as I wasn’t expecting much, I did/still do know that leaders get empowered by encouragements etc from members in a great and different way from when they are empowered by their own leaders. Encouraging words and actions from them are really powerful. This sermon made me want to be better at acting out my honor and respect to my leaders in the future.

    Second eye-opening thing was about honoring prodigals. This sermon reminded me of how I was treated when I first became a Christian and what I disliked the most to be done by Christian people. I was very upset when I was treated like just “another number” that they can write down on their weekly report to tell how many people they are ministering to. I remember that I felt that they didn’t really want to know me, but they just want to teach me. I am really happy and also relieved to know that new philly sees each individual relationally first. I totally agree that when we meet non-Christians, we should see and embrace them as what they are, not just as targets to evangelize. We can influence on people more effectively when there is an actual relationship in its foundation.

  28. Donnae Shone says:

    Who doesn’t want to be honoured and encouraged? It’s incredible how much more productive and joyful people become after a simple word of praise. It’s even more incredible when this praise is given without a hidden agenda, a push for better, sweeter service. When it’s given out of a place of simply seeing someone as Heaven sees them.
    One of the things that stood out in this message: Honour the prodigals. It’s so easy to honour those who look and think and act the same way I do but to honour someone who lives a life I find difficult to digest, yes, a tough one. However, who God says this person really is, shifts things dramatically. How can I not honour the beloved of the King, his precious child, worth more than all the riches in the world?

  29. This message really blessed me! Honor is one of the essential leadership characteristics that cannot be forgotten within the community. What really stuck out to me about PC’s sermon is that honor empowers people to go beyond what they’re capable of achieving. That’s so good. Honor establishes everlasting life. It’s not only about sons honoring fathers, but also fathers freely giving honor to their sons. If I want to expand God’s kingdom here on Earth, I really need to know how to honor those above and below me.

  30. Yii Koah Kien says:

    There’s just so much to learn from this sermon. Before coming to New Philly, I even judged some of the leaders of the church that i attended in Malaysia, and that just resulted in me being blinfolded to every work and blessings that they have given to me while being shepherded by them. And during that time, culture of honor was way out of my mind as i just couldn’t open my eyes and appreciate them. Literally, I must’ve taken them for granted. The sermon reminds me of how important it is to put our leaders in our prayers and to share public testimonies of what our leaders have done in our lives. I learnt that honoring them is also similar to honoring God for placing them in our lives and ministering to us through them.

    When the second point was mentioned, what immediately came into my mind was what happened during the Emmaus “Scandalous Love” retreat that took place in spring this year. It was when PE had all the leaders honoring all the retreat participants by washing our feet, just as Jesus did to honor His disciples. The atmosphere of honor was definitely present and all of us just started to get teared up. Honestly, i attended the retreat because i wasn’t able to escape from Rona’s pushing so basically i was there without any expectations. However, being honored by the leaders this way just blessed me so much and i just felt that i also need to show some growth in the retreat in order to honor them back. Which i totally agree that when the atmosphere of honoring is present, things just get so powerful. And honoring isn’t just plainly about giving thanks and appreciate, but in some ways honoring may become a catalyst to our spiritual growth.

  31. John Lee says:

    Through this sermon I learned how important it is to honour and to be honoured as sons of Christ. I was also able to reflect on my own life and realized how much I lacked in honouring the people around me especially those who were in a higher position. Growing up in a Korean household, honouring the elders was just a manner which became a habit to me till this day. Deep inside I did not choose to properly honour them as they are supposed to be honoured. Listening to this sermon challenged me to breakout of my own understanding of honour and take little steps at a time to honour people around me.

  32. Daniel Jin says:

    Something I like to remind myself when I pray is that I am a royal priesthood, robed in righteousness. And so to be reminded that we, as Christians, are royalty immediately spoke to me. But I never considered that just because we are royal, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t behave as such. How right the sermon was to note that we would look like fools if we acted in a way not befitting royalty.
    I was also immediately challenged to apply the culture of honor beyond the church and to the workplace. Dealing with difficult bosses and coworkers is extremely hard and the last thing I want is to honor them. All I want to do is either avoid them or disagree and hold my ground against them. But then what would make differentiate myself from the rest of the world that does the same? I was challenged to continue to press on with humility, wisdom, and to bless those who I have the hardest honoring. Even the wise men honored a baby Jesus, who physically was far below them, but they knew what was right.
    Lastly, I loved how PC mentioned Daniel and Joseph and how they were stellar examples of people who honored rightly, even if they were honoring pagan kings. And to think how much blessing they received in return is inspiring and encouraging.

  33. In the book we’re reading (21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership) there is a chapter about empowerment. It was right in line with the things PC was saying about empowerment. If we are insecure about ourselves as leaders, we will then intimidate those below us when they threaten surpassing us in greatness. In doing this the leader is not only pushing others lower, but bringing himself lower-stooping down just to undignified things to ensure no one else rises. It is great to see how all these things we’re are learning connect and fall in sync.

    Honor was not something I thought to be such a big issue, but its importance and it’s place in God’s kingdom are undeniable. Having a humility that rejoices when any member is honor is a structure that can only raise people higher. PC said that good fathers seek to honor their sons and see their sons rise above them. I was so blessed hearing this. It really makes me see God differently. God is rooting for me. He is my biggest fan, and he wants to see me rise up. Our awesome Father wants to empower me not control me to follow his ways. “Honor creates order through dignity rather than through fear of punishment.” This really opened my eyes. Why have I been living the life that I am living? Why did I try to “be good” all my life? I think a lot of it was rooted in teachings that made me fear. My attitude was rarely doing something for the sole purpose of honoring God. From this point on though, I want that mentality to leave me.

    I am very thankful to have been taught the ways in which I can show honor to my leaders as well. Prayer for their blessings, which in turn flow down. Lift them up in public through testimonies. Giving them gifts to show appreciation and value. Renewing my commitments to serve under them humbly. In order to receive inheritance from our fathers we need to respect and honor that they have an inheritance to give us. .

  34. Pauline K says:

    Creating a culture of honor isn’t about control, but about empowerment. The concept of honor is so easy to distort today because of negative experiences with authority. But honor is actually just as strong an expression of love as any other way. What particularly resonated with me was the point PC made about giving public testimonies to really honor the people God placed in our lives; it made me think about my time in college ministry during our senior large group events where all the seniors and leaders were honored for their time in the ministry. As an underclassman and as a senior, I was so blessed to hear how others had been blessed by other leaders, and I remember those end-of-the-year events always left me renewed and refreshed, restoring and reinforcing the goodness of God. I’m especially challenged to instill this culture of honor and build that in my workplace to open up new doors for transformation and blessing. Honor instills humility, and that humility in turn is meant to empower and grow me.

  35. Suzie Lee says:

    Wow this message was so good. I had to check my heart from the very beginning because PC mentioned that skipping class isn’t just a laziness problem but a lack of honor to our parents. I don’t skip class anymore (ptl) because I was convicted by PC’s message on integrity a while back, but I never knew such simple things were related to honor.

    I also like how PC thorougly reinforced the fact that we are of nobility and that we come from a history of honor. I never pictured heaven to have rank and order but that shows how God himself honors his people. He doesn’t want just obedient babies but honorable sons!

    I also liked how Jesus used honor to empower Peter and that honoring/praising someone has a lot of weight. Honor can release potential in a person and prompt them to achieve greater things. This message left me to think about how to honor my leaders and fellow brothers and sisters more properly and genuinely

  36. Susanna Kim says:

    One of the first things I noticed since coming out to New Philly was how the leaders of this house honoured EVERYONE. Especially during my recent summer missions training, I was constantly being encouraged and empowered by the words of all the seminar speakers. Every moment of doubting my potential and ability to go on missions was met and overcome with empowering words of truth, love and honour. Even on the field, I was empowered to go way beyond where I was through the honour that Lisa (team leader) and P Marcus (team preacher) gave me.
    This sermon really helped in structuring my concept of honour and because I’ve experienced the power of honour that flows in this house, I am stirred to be a person that really knows how to honour everyone-especially those who may seem unworthy of honour. I need to stop judging and labeling people, and start seeing the gold and releasing potential in them.

  37. James SOng says:

    The teaching of honour could not have come at a more perfect time. Both in my spiritual and natural pursuit of excellence, I am always looking for ways to practice and demonstrate honour and integrity.

    Pastor Christian’s story about the young man and the pregnant woman on the bus was such a clear image of how this generation is living in a culture that lacks honour. While listening to that exact part of the sermon, a pregnant woman got on the subway. Everyone looked at her, saw her belly was sticking out and went back to ignoring her. It was as if she had decided to get on that exact carriage to test my heart, and of course, I immediately got up and offered her my seat. I am also grateful that the segment that followed was about humility, lest my actions go to my head and encourage boasting.

    I felt after this sermon that my understanding of honour was skewed/incomplete, especially as an educator. My school is not known to have a culture of honour and integrity. The students attitudes about commitment reflects this clearly in a saddening way. I have been trying to establish a culture of honour with my students both in their academic and everyday lives. However I now see that what I was doing was intimidating and controlling, rather than honouring these young men and women.

    That leaves me with some serious questions that I need to answer. How can I get the students to realise the utmost importance of honour, when it is so visible that they care not one bit about it? How can I teach students about leaving this lack-honour culture and embrace and internalise the core values? and all without being the controlling, intimidating, dictator-like leader?

  38. Sophie James says:

    I was really blessed by this message. It really challenged me think about how I am or am not honouring the people in my life. The things that really stood out where not operating in fear and honouring prodigals.

  39. Anastasia Tin (Seaside Campus) says:

    In Our Daily Life we tend to forget our true identity in God’s Kingdom, that we are Sons of our heaven Father and that The enemy is trying so hard to steal it from us. The thing that I like about, in this sermon is that the lesson of honoring people, not only touched a single area, about how we need to create it in our churches, but also, the need to cultivate the culture of honor in public, where we have the essence and authority to influence, and carry the vast, major responsibility of represents of God’s Kingdom.

  40. Honoring people should be a part of our daily lives. Everyone deserves to be honored and respected. Being an American, I saw so much disrespect in the States. People have little respect for each other and therefore do not uplift and uphold each other. But looking at the levels of honor in Korea has changed my heart. We must treat people equally, and respect people, especially our elders. It is important, above all, to honor our earthly mothers and fathers so that we can live a long life.

  41. Masande.G says:

    Life flows from honor! We all respond to honor, honor releases potential and enables us to do what needs to be done. We are all blessed when someone encourages us and blesses us. We therefore need to always be aware of how we can honor our spiritual fathers, employees, leaders and people in our lives. I liked how PC explained honor as the cornerstone of an empowering culture that eliminates the need for control.

    I also like how PC said God has no insecurities he wants us to prosper because he is our biggest fan!!! Sometimes we forget this truth because our reality and what we are living in that moment might not show it but at the end of the day the truth is that God is our biggest fan and wants us to prosper. W e need to honor people from our hearts, we need to show God heart for people through honoring them. We need to have a heart that genuinely honors people from a place of sincerity and through that life will flow and people will see God through us.

  42. I’ve always tried to do good things and respect others just because that’s the correct thing to do but I don’t know if it was out of honor in my heart. I knew that giving up seats for other people in need or opening doors for others is the right thing to do but I often lost respect for people in positions higher than me and especially for those under me or around me. But yes, honor is meant for everyone and with it, life flows through!

    My former small group leader once honored me by paying for the retreat fee this year. Because of his act, I was so blessed and found a clear direction that God had for me. How can I honor others? I can honor those above me, those below me, and those around me by giving and acts of service. I want to follow what Pastor Christian was preaching in this sermon and what my former small group leader did to encourage others in my life.

    Why do I want to honor those people around me? As Pastor Christian explained through his examples and analogies, I want to honor others not because it reflects well on me as a leader, follower, or friend, but it is how God interacts with us and it is the Kingdom model.

  43. Karey Park says:

    “If one member is honored, all rejoice together.” If this is so, I should examine my heart when I feel lingering pride or superiority towards those who are harder to honor. Striving for a “culture of honor” is a fascinating idea. Culture – perhaps more so for me than for others – is an incredibly loaded term. Human culture is a mixed bag, and as was pointed out in the sermon, cultures are not neutral to idea of honor. In “round table,” more democratic churches, perhaps it’s a fear of exalting man over God that puts honor on backburner. Reformed folks are less conscious of this, with heavier emphasis on Soli Deo Gloria (“Glory to God alone). Although, I don’t ultimately agree that this type of structure of leadership eliminates seats of honor. Of course, honoring God is a given but what I’ve generally seen has been erring more on the side of not honoring leaders and not recognizing that God is also honored when we honor our church leaders who are themselves honoring God.

    Showing honor both reflects as well as further pushes our desires towards God’s kingdom. As we desire more fullness of God’s kingdom, honor keeps our step in the right direction. And with it, the beauty and the shalom as it existed before the Fall. On a more basic level, a fundamental tenet of the gospel is the creation of man in God’s image. It would seem cultures in this day and age know nothing of this principle expounded here, with modern-day slavery, human trafficking, etc. In God’s eyes, people are treated and viewed differently. They are honored and respected regardless of economic standing, race, or gender. God is laying a very important foundation with honor and with it, we experience first-hand the heart of our God.

  44. Daniel L. Kim says:

    I believe that honoring those around you will lead to simultaneously honoring yourself through the process. As PC said, this is because honoring others will lead to intimacy and interaction with God, who will honor and bless you as a result of this.

    The thing with honor in Korea is that it is very surface-level and is sometimes simply demanded from our 선배’s in school and the workplace. I personally had so much trouble adjusting to this after I came back to Korea after 10 years in the States, as I was not accustomed to people forcing me to do things that a 후배 was “obligated” to do. After watching this sermon, I have realized that honor is not something that one should feel obligated to give or receive; rather, through kingdom culture, it should flow through us from person to person effortlessly.

  45. This message hit me so hard. I realized through this message that I wasn’t creating a culture of honor in my life. Not only was I failing to honor people and leaders within the church for my fear of abuse of authority because I was bitter about finding out leaders I had trusted were abusing their authority but also I was failing to honor EVERYONE in my life. I felt so called out it was ridiculous but man, I felt so grateful that God used PC to reveal something I was failing to do. As an ambassador of Christ, I am called to exhibit a character of honor and carry that in my heart, as PC said, wherever I go. I really enjoyed how PC talked about how sometimes we label people and as a result fail to genuinely honor them. This convicted me because I was also doing this. I was showing love and trying to honor only certain people who loved on me back or benefited me in a certain way. I wasn’t being the representative of God, I wasn’t exhibiting the nobility that flows through me, which comes from God. I really liked how PC said that honor is one of the greatest attributes of royalty. It made me realize that as a child of God, as royalty, I need to exhibit the characteristics of my father. This message really challenged me and inspired me to honor the people in my life (both within church and outside the church) and to think about how I can do it out of love and sincerity without just the goal of conversion and without thinking about how I can benefit.

  46. (SORRY~ The smart comment I made posted under my WordPress account name ^^: Reposting so it can have my name for record)

    This message hit me so hard. I realized through this message that I wasn’t creating a culture of honor in my life. Not only was I failing to honor people and leaders within the church for my fear of abuse of authority because I was bitter about finding out leaders I had trusted were abusing their authority but also I was failing to honor EVERYONE in my life. I felt so called out it was ridiculous but man, I felt so grateful that God used PC to reveal something I was failing to do. As an ambassador of Christ, I am called to exhibit a character of honor and carry that in my heart, as PC said, wherever I go. I really enjoyed how PC talked about how sometimes we label people and as a result fail to genuinely honor them. This convicted me because I was also doing this. I was showing love and trying to honor only certain people who loved on me back or benefited me in a certain way. I wasn’t being the representative of God, I wasn’t exhibiting the nobility that flows through me, which comes from God. I really liked how PC said that honor is one of the greatest attributes of royalty. It made me realize that as a child of God, as royalty, I need to exhibit the characteristics of my father. This message really challenged me and inspired me to honor the people in my life (both within church and outside the church) and to think about how I can do it out of love and sincerity without just the goal of conversion and without thinking about how I can benefit.

  47. Christy Ahn says:

    Creating atmosphere of honour empowers people to excellence!
    Jesus called us to honour everyone. It is easy to honour those who are honourable in our lives but honouring everyone is tough, especially those who has forced abusive authority on us. Through PC’s sermon, I was blessed by the part ‘God is our biggest fan’. It taught me when we honour people in our lives, doesn’t matter where they stand in our lives, and treat them with dignity, life will flow and God will be glorified.

  48. In the past, I had seen abuse on many different levels of leadership. From the corporate world, to the church, and even within academia, fear and intimidation tactics were used to exercise control and authority over me.

    Upon my arrival in Korea, I’ve felt that the leadership I was under did not do much to honor who I am. They didn’t seem to care about any housing concerns I had, delayed my health insurance coverage and pension and did not recognize me for my contributions.

    At one of my schools, a teacher was denied her own housing, though it had been promised before she had agreed to contract. At the last minute, during her move, they changed her contract, and she was required to move in with the male director and two male co-teachers.

    I remember how traumatized she was by this. Daily, she complained about what the men in her apartment had done to disrespect her and her privacy. One day, I went to City Hall with her to complain. A day later, the school received a call from City Hall regarding our visit. That day, she was fired. The school fired me a week later.

    Because many leaders haven’t honored me, I’ve had significant difficulty honoring them.

    When I first arrived at New Philly Church, I was invited to attend a leadership banquet. I felt many were putting on a show to honor their leaders. I thought these are just ordinary people that are capable of falling into the same sins that I fall into. I felt “Why should I hold these people in such high regard? Is this a form of patronizing for the sake of enforcing the existing leadership structure?”

    When I heard this sermon on living a life of honor, it changed my perspective as to why honor is so important. It made me think about the ways my small group leader has honored me by being a good listener and responding to my concerns and prayer requests. Pastor Caleb and Mina, during Sunday Swim this past week, called me up to the front and spoke words of blessing and encouragement. This opened up several other breakthroughs, and had broken the chains of doubt that had weighed me down for several years.

  49. David Hong says:

    In accordance with one of New Philly’s core values – the anointing flows from the top down – the sermon emphasized the importance of honoring our spiritual leaders. As Pastor Christian said, we, as God’s children, come from a kingdom of nobility and honor is one of the greatest attributes of nobility. I am in total agreement that the government of the kingdom (church) is not an egalitarian democracy, but a theocracy with a set hierarchy – rank and order. God has ordained certain individuals with spiritual anointing and authority to lead and serve the church body. Recognizing their authority and honoring them with humility gives us access to the fresh flow of life and blessings into our lives.

    Now, this may seem pleasant and peachy within the context of church. What I found most challenging was accepting the fact that this ought to be applied outside of the church – namely, in the workplace. The act of submitting to the authority of bosses and higher-ranking co-workers whom I have a hard time respecting is extremely difficult, especially when it seems to go against every fibre of sense and reason. However, in reference to Pastor Erin’s sermon, I realized that it is important to start looking at my circumstances at work not in the flesh but in the context of the spirit. For it is God who blessed me and placed me at this company. Therefore, have the responsibility to create the atmosphere of honor in the “mountain” God has called me to. That, in itself. is an act of worship and giving thanks to God.

  50. Carol Lee says:

    I realized how I must honor people around me. I need to be humble and dont let my pride decide my attitudes. Honoring people is not a reaction. It’s not related with the people who are receiving honor. It is related with me. I just need to honor them and that’s all. I dont need to think more complicated than this. If I do that it only allows my pride to show up.

  51. Christina Parchem says:

    I was really blessed by all three points PC made in his sermon, but I was definitely most blessed by the third point ‘Honor the Prodigals’. Recently, including this morning in fact, I have been struggling with talking to my pagan friend about his beliefs, issues, etc. And I’ve definitely caught myself doing what PC said about just wanting to come into their life and fix all their problems. I’ve really been struggling with what I can say to this friend so that they’ll actually listen to what I have to say instead of feeling disrespected or that I’m not being sincere and PC just directly hit that topic. We are from a kingdom of royalty and need to behave as such. It’s our job to build others up, encourage them, and empower them. It’s not God’s heart for us just to notice people’s flaws, shortcomings, and problems. We need to honor everyone and create an environment like Apple where people feel safe and not condemned.

  52. Pingping Kan Rogers says:

    It’s a very comprehensive sermon! Yes! The culture of the Kingdom of heaven is a culture of honoring. When Jesus called his disciples, he honored each one of them, no matter they were fishermen or tax-collector. ( Though Paul was humbled as he was stricken by the Light& rebuked by Jesus, he was forever grateful that the risen Lord encountered him& used him.) Jesus came to save us who were chosen by God before the foundation of the world, not to condemn us. 
    Pastor Christian explained 3 points in the Culture of Honoring: 1) We need to honor our spiritual leaders, especially those who preach& teach; 2) We need to honor the sons of God, because Jesus Christ died for them& has a mission to send them to; 3) We need to honor all human, because each one of them is made in the image of God.
    Glad to hear all three parts of honor are in place! Praise God!

  53. ‘Life flows through honor’
    I wish I knew it earlier! I love this culture of honor in NPC and I want to apply it to my family, work, friends and more.

    I sent an email to a pastor(who is also my mom’s cousin)in the States right after listening to this sermon. I apologized that I didn’t honor him. I had no concept of honoring anyone until I came to NPC and that had a lot to deal with growing up fatherless as well.

    Since I’ve become a member of NPC and accepted my identity as a son in this April, I have tried to honor not only my spiritual leaders and pastors, but also my mom and sister(we didn’t have a good relationship). It blessed me and I understood the concept of honor better.

  54. Honour is humility in action! – this is so good. Honouring fathers/leaders I think is something that everybody realises, not that we do it that well. But honouring sons and prodigals is something that I haven’t given that much thought, yet holds so much power. I think it may be the greatest encouragement for a son when he is encouraged, likewise to “sons” mentioned here. Influence over prodigals without honour is basically impossible, not showing honour easily offends, and an offended person is harder to reach than a fortified city.
    I don’t think I’ve been the most honouring son/brother. Honouring family members/parents is more important than being right! Even when they are wrong, go about honouring them.

  55. Heidi Anna Chae says:

    Honor. Yes! I was definitely one of those students in class when one of my peers would cuss at the teacher, or say something offensive and degrading – pretty much dishonor them – I’d join in the crowd and laughed along with them (not always!!!). Looking back, I can see that I had no grid of what “honor” simply because I didn’t see it around me. If anything I thought people had to earn it to get “my honor”, kind of like when people would say “you have to earn my respect.”
    However, listening to this message reminded me of how different God’s way of honor looks like. God honors those, not because they have everything cookie-cutter perfect “Christianity”, but He honors us because we are His children. Therefore, it’s unfair to place a standard on others for them to gain it. This prevents them from being able to grow, mature and shine! Rather honoring them, and seeing not just the potential inside of them, rather in their BEING.

    I love how this message was recorded a few years ago, and seeing the house honor one another so well makes me glad of how great our influence must be when we are in our workplaces, for example, with all the hakwon teachers where they are surrounded by young children as it is injecting inside of them vision for a way of honor that is true and pure!

  56. Suzie Im says:

    Such an important message! I think the emphasis that New Philly places on honor is one of the values that attracted me most to New Philly. This house believes that honoring one another can bring each other up. It’s not just about seeing people where they are, but honoring them to bring them to their full potential. It really does facilitate an atmosphere where God’s heart is in recognition.

    I definitely didn’t equate honoring people to be as powerful as evangelizing to them, but I understand how now. Sometimes the people we evangelize to don’t trust the ones who bring the good news because at times the are strangers or just people with a goal in mind–to convert them. But, honoring them encourages them, helps them trust you, and helps them believe in themselves to go higher. I like that, especially because I have the hardest time with evangelizing. I mean, just thinking about it stresses me out, but I love that I can still be as powerful through honoring the people I interact with.

  57. Samuel Choi says:

    I love the teaching in this sermon. I think that this is a practical application of the life of faith for believers to abide by. It takes faith to understand that we are royalty and to bestow honor upon others as well, trusting that God, who takes care of even the sparrow, will clothe us and even vindicate us. If control stems from fear, then honor bubbles up in response to the worry-free attitude that should be the lens through which we see all situations a la Matthew 6:25-34. From a secular point of view, giving honor is only worthwhile if it benefits us in the long run. It touches on the question of whether true altruism can exist: why would we ever make someone else look good if it could possibly hurt us? This is where the Christian can practice his faith: though we may do something that may seem like folly through secular eyes, we can give honor knowing that the ruler of the universe will indeed vindicate us and we have no fear or worry of giving honor.

    There is one thing that I’m still not quite sold on: the idea that “life flows through honor.” This is one of those statements that people at church tend to throw around and it has lost meaning for me. I’m trying to unpack that statement and I’m not sure I can concede to it without either some explanation or further meditation on it. I can comply with the idea that it is an essential element in the body of Christ. I see how important honor is. It is certainly Biblical that there are hierarchies in heaven and that some will be more honored than others. But I’m not sure if such a universal statement as “life flows through honor” is completely accurate. I would imagine something like the Hebrew word “ruah” or “the Word” as in John 1 being what life flows through.

    Anyway, I really love the culture of honor at NPC. I had the joy of experiencing this firsthand with “affirmations” while we were on the mission field in Jakarta. This is indeed something that people from New Philly are very good at. Sometimes there are conniving or underhanded compliments that we may face, but people here don’t do that. They are very genuine and there is almost an art to it. There is a thriving culture of honor here and I appreciate it. In that sense though, there seems to be life flowing through the honor that people give through words and other means.

  58. Natalie Cheung says:

    The kingdom of God has rank and order. Theocracy in which God is the head where he ordains spiritual authority to lead and guide His people is something I’ve always known about, but never quite lived out. Fully putting myself under the authority of a pastor, and trusting that what he says is representative of God is something I haven’t done before. Yes, I do respect and give him honor, but in the back of my mind, I always had this thought that the pastor was a human being as well, so he will have times where he falters and may not fully represent the voice of God. But I also think it’s because I haven’t met one that I would completely trust either, most of the pastors I meet and respect leave after 2 – 3 years of serving, and I haven’t had a father-son relationship with any of them. The church should be modeled after heaven (which involves predestined rank) rather than having than following the earthly trend of autonomy/democracy. Our world is so focused on having our own say and right, that we often forget how to accept the spiritual authority that God has ordained in our life. The concept of sonship is quite new to me, and I realized that I missed out on its blessing. I also really liked how PC emphasized that we as sons need to honor and appreciate our leaders while at the same time, leaders need to offer encouragement and even humble themselves to ask their disciples for prayer and blessings. A relationship like that, with humble leaders, and disciples that truly know how to honor and submit will surely produce fruit and manifest the adoption as sons in Christ Jesus.

  59. Janis Pok says:

    As I was listening to this sermon, it was as if my dad was talking to me. Last semester in my freshman year of college, I cut classes like crazy. I still cared about my grades so I handed in all my homework and did well on my tests, but when my grades came out at the end of the semester, I was confused with the negative results. I asked all my professors why I got such a grade, and they told me it was because I never attended or participated. My dad, as a professor, got really mad when I told him this as I justified myself for my poor grades. He told me it wasn’t just an issue about getting poor grades, but an issue about my poor attitude. I needed to learn how to respect and honor my professors and those in authority over me. It’s not just in school, but in my daily life, that i have to know how to honor people and respect them. It’s definitely something I struggle with, but it is through honor that there is life, like PC said.

    I really appreciate how PC talks about honoring sons. I don’t really know a lot of pastors or people in leadership roles that really take time to consider honoring those under them. However, i have mad respect for PC’s humility, and it makes me feel kinda ashamed that I, as someone not even in any kind of leadership role, don’t even think of or want to honor those above me.

  60. Narai Bai says:

    I love this word!! Show honor! Wow I love how PC begins with the idea that honor is foundational- it is a key to ruling the seven mountains of influence. Thank you for the practical ways to honor someone. I really want to learn how to show more honor- I have been so blessed and encouraged by many people, and I gotta give honor where it is due :) I particularly liked the use of the verb “shower”- as in I can shower my leaders with gifts, encouragements, testimonies, prayers. I have been learning more about honor through the writings of Kris Vallotton, but I am so happy I can also receive the teaching from my own house :)

    I was convicted by your exhortation to honor prodigals as well- I had fallen into the mindset that I should just “love” them- without the honoring aspect. The result was a hazy understanding of how I should interact with them, and an awareness of our differences. But honor is really a key here- when I honor them for being made in the image of God and thus build up their identity, then we will be able to establish a bond that goes beyond “being on friendly terms.”

  61. Massive!
    Wow. I learned from this message that:
    1. Honor empowers people. When God honors us, or when Jesus gives the woman at the well honor, he doesn’t lose his own honor. He can give her and us honor because He is secure in who He is.
    2. There are practical ways how I can show honor: Pray for leaders; Share what I have received and how I have been blessed; Giving gifts; Staying committed.
    3. I don’t want to have an outer shell of honor, but have a heart of dishonor. I desire honor to flow out of a heart and character that gives freely what I have freely received.
    4. I want to honor my unsaved friends enough, to not speak to them like sub-humans. I want to get to know them more, love them and speak to them with no agenda but to LOVE them.
    5. God is my biggest fan! Amen!
    – Thanks PC!

  62. I love that New Philly has a way of making plane the principals of life. Looking back now, I can see how this makes soooo much sense. There are lots of people in my life who are necessarily super awesome geniuses, but they always go far in whatever they do, because of honour. some of the best work I’ve ever done was because someone challenged me to live up to the honour they gave me in assigning me the task. Kim is often happiest when I have just honoured her, and I feel my best, not when I feel accepted, but honoured. Honour isn’t an extra-biblical principle we use in the church, it’s a real God thing, that others use too. I’m excited to see this one acted out in my life.

  63. Julie Byun says:

    I think this sermon is crucial because it really helps us to understand the culture that New Phily is striving for. As a relatively new comer(??) of New Phily,I used to get confused when people used words such as ‘DNA of New Phily’, ‘share the same DNA’ but this sermon really brought me a step closer in understanding the culture/the DNA of the house, which is very adequate for a new recruit like myself. By verbally encapturing honor as being a culture of this house, the sermon will definetly influence in the way I interact and treat brothers and sisters around me at church. I mean . . maybe words and actions may not change drastically, but I will always be reminded of honor/respect having to be at the core of my actions towards them.

  64. Della Collins says:

    PC first mentioning how there is already honor established in our culture helped my mind easily connect it to establishing honor within the church. I hadn’t noticed all the phrases we use with honor in them- honor roll in school, code of honor in class, maid of honor in weddings, there’s even a scout’s honor. So it makes sense for us to honor each other in church. I was glad that PC gave some practical ways to do that as well. I always wondered what it really meant to honor my father and mother, since it seems to be different from respect. Although I still need some clarity on it, I have a couple tangible ways now that I can honor my leaders. The only excuse for not honoring them would be laziness. I believe it is very true that those who have pride in their hearts find it harder to give honor. I related with PC in that its easy for me to judge others when they make mistakes, and this alters my view of them, yet I always continue showing respect for them. And although I have yet to fully experience it, I am sure life will flow through an atmosphere of honor. I am reminded again how I can apply this in my classroom with making sure I praise my kids more than rebuke them, and awarding them for their hard work. When PC mentioned that there were 3 groups of people we should give honor to, I didn’t expect prodigals to be one of them. However, I can see how horning them would encourage them greatly and help them continuing following God. I think a change in mindset is really important in all of this, and also sincere love. I think if we strive to love each other sincerely then honor will flow more easily and freely. I think love causes us to see that we are all worthy of honor.

  65. Vicky Lee says:

    This sermon was impactful in guiding me to reconstruct my former definition of honor. It unveiled the importance and true value of what honoring meant. A part that stood out to me was the first step in honor: to pray FOR your leaders. It had never occurred to me that blessing your leaders by praying for them was considered an act of honor. Finally, I agreed with PC that it IS “important to create a culture of honor” because in the end, I believe the act of honoring falls into Jesus’ culture.

  66. Andres Park says:

    Honor is an element in the Church that has been forgotten. It is pretty obvious that we are meant to love and honor God. Yet, it seems as if we have forgotten that we are called to honor each other. Although the focus purely on honoring someone may be a bad approach in any kind of relationship, it is definitely an essential element. In New Philly, I believe that honor flows with all honesty, and that the words and acts of honor that are spoken over leaders are not thoughts of simple people but people filled with the love and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. We are called to live a life that exudes love, and in the same way that the God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit interact with one another, we are called to do the same for each other.

  67. Joyce Lee says:

    The heart issues involved with not giving honor should be brought to the surface so that they can be healed. If not dealt with, it can also prevent one from receiving the blessings that come from honor. Honoring others is setting ourselves up to receive blessings. I am surprised at how important this is, that this is something that is truly forgotten to the point that I was surprised by the bible saying “outdo one another in honor.” I want this pure form of honoring one another to be a part of my life.

  68. Grace Lim says:

    Honor is humility in action. I’ve always looked up to leaders and believed that they had the biggest authority in our mentor/mentee relationship. I believed that the extent of my abilities to bless them were through prayer and wherever my personal growth in God was benchmarked… but I never realized that I could actively bless them by honoring them. Before listening to this message, I was definitely one of those people who believed that leaders should be the ones praying for me, not the other way around, but my paradigm has been shifted! It’s so true that the more they are blessed, the more blessings come back to me, how could I have not known this before? Haha. And there is no fear of vulnerability in honoring my leaders because just as I honor them, they are called to honor me too! “Honor eliminates the need for control—it creates order through dignity instead of the fear of punishment.”

  69. Paul Moon says:

    In today’s society, honor has become more of a thoughtless action, a muscle memory ingrained into us as a child but we don’t realize how important it really is. Honor today has shifted from freely being given to a calculated action for gain (I myself being guilty of this…)
    However, we Christians are of royal priesthood and honoring others is essential in our walk with Christ. Recognizing that, we must honor our Fathers (our leaders) and honor those God has placed under us. And the last being, honoring prodigals.

    Honor is humility in action…[and such we must walk in accordance]

  70. Honoring one another certainly has power and an act upon God’s love that has given to us. I love how New Philly practices this through leadership banquet or small events like NRTC group missions. This culture of honor makes me feel safe and beloved, and also makes me expect what to come in the future far beyond what I see now in my shoes. I remember the first time I came to new philly that I was surprised to see how pastors and leaders in this house interact with people coming in so friendly. It was so clear that God’s abundant love was flowing through them in such organic way. That was the moment I felt this place is something different, and ever since then I love to find myself pursuing this culture of Heaven at NPC more and more. To whomever, or whenever, there is always a way to “outdo one another by showing honor.” in our daily lives.

    I have seen church leaders trying to control over the members with their authority in church.
    So I also liked what PC said in this sermon that “Honor eliminates the need of control, but brings dignity to one another” along with the example of “Having all leaders on the same table with equally distributed power and authority is not a structural issue but a heart issue coming out from fear of abuse of authority.” Secure leaders have no fear to lift up others up to the point where they are, but rather than, by doing so, they encourage them to be built up so that they can come up to an upper level and grow in faith. Honor is the key to bring His kingdom on this land. This just came up to my mind from the book “The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership”; to push people down, you have to go down. It’s like if you put your hands on someone’s shoulder and push it, then you go down with him. but it you lift them up, you gain another company to go upper level together.

    sorry for late commenting!

  71. The one of the impressive points is “Honoring is regarded as a culture”. I came across my school days. I was a amenable girl to my parents and teacher. I followed their order without any defiance. but it was difficult to have real honoring to them for me. Long time ago, as a kids, I expected something from adult like a kindness, warm caring, wisdom and so on. But I could rarely see the adult who seems to have these personality around me. So in my mind, I ignored almost adults thinking like this “you’re all the same, I don’t have any special expectation to you. I just follow your order because you’re in the role and position” so Honoring is the issue to need to recover for me. and I think many people who went through school in korea may be able to sympathize this.
    Listening this preach, I realized I’ve been longing for finding someone who I can really honor in my life. also I can feel honoring for many leaders in NP. This is differ from familiar honoring I experienced, this is not from position, but from own the way of thinking and acting. and in my work, I’m learning honoring is a kind of dynamic interactions. Sometimes I see superior’s leadership can be exposed differently depending on how each staff interact with him. and when I recognize my boss and colleague’s strengths and focus on that. the interaction have more positive power which can influence each other.

  72. Ji In Kim says:

    “outdo honor by showing one another honor,” I feel like I should really honor this by applying it to my own life. Instead of empty words; much like what society has been embedding in my life throughout the first months of being in Korea I definately feel convicted in checking my own heart. I feel the urge and sudden need to recontruct my original understanding of true honor; I have been noticing the immense amount of blessings I get in return for the respect and honor I show to those around me.Not that I expect something in return for the things I do but, ironic how I noticed this recently and after listening to this sermon everything has definately become clearer. Those same people around me who have amazing success stories, have all been great influences in honoring others!

  73. Jihyun Roh says:

    This sermon greatly broadened my view on what honor can do for people around us. Honoring someone from a sincere heart can heal, encourage and empower the person to do great. If we start truly honoring our leaders and sons at church, they will get empowered to do great things for God’s kingdom. The culture of honor we are creating at church will make a huge impact on people in the world as well. I also learned that honoring someone should be the first step to love the person because honor takes both love and appreciation of the person.

  74. Nina Park says:

    Learning about the importance of the culture of honor was eye opening and full of insight. I learned about honoring my leader and that honoring comes from humility. Respecting and empowering through honor is something I will apply in my life, at work and with my nonbelieving friends. Thank you so much for this spiritual insight pastor C!

  75. Kayla Black says:

    While listening to this podcast there were a lot of things that stood out to me. :)

    Honour versus control, respect over discipline. By having a culture of honour and respect you get more than just obedience, you build up and encourage them while giving them a sense of their value.

    “No one wants to be just a worker” really reminded me to be aware and to remember to pray for our leaders, we cannot be so passive and expect to only receive, but it’s important to hold up our leaders and encourage them. I also realized I need to show more respect to my earthly parents, especially my father. The sonship message reminded me of this too.

    I also enjoyed the calling out on ‘stereotyping’ or ‘looking down’ on our non-Christian friends.

    Thank you for this message :) and for reminding me that God is my biggest fan and that what Christ did, he said we would do even greater things!

  76. This sermon really spoke to me because I used to apply the definition of ‘honor’ very narrowly. I mainly understood it to mean respecting the leaders and the elderly and recognizing their maturity and their wisdom, but did not think it was applicable when it came to my relationship with my subordinates at work or my relationship with those who were younger than me. I thought the idea of honor reinforced the idea of hierarchy and of structure, but after listening to the sermon, I’m starting to associate it more with encouraging others, respecting them and really increasing their potential and speaking life into them regardless of where they stand in the hierarchy in the workplace or just in social circles. As someone who is climbing up the business mountain, this sermon challenged me to really honor not only my leaders but also my subordinates at work and to work on releasing God’s love and His heart in the workplace. I shouldn’t just treat it as a place where I need to simply manage my work well and complete all the tasks I am assigned, but really look at my coworkers and look at my projects with God’s heart.

    The Apple example really spoke to me too because it showed how important the leaders are when it comes to setting the tone and the foundation for the work culture. My company is very goal-oriented and work-focused to a point where people are not relational and don’t make an effort to get to know other people outside of their two-, three-person teams. But the sermon actually challenges me to be the one that brings the change to my workplace, so that people will start to appreciate and honor each other, which I believe in the end will help us become more efficient and productive.

  77. Shin Young Park says:

    Focusing on creating a culture of honor to occupy seven mountains was very interesting and understandable.
    Growing up in Korean family and having living experience in western culture country, I know how to honor elders and have manners to the others. But instead of just knowing and doing, I figured I need to understand my identity & status to know the reason and motivation behind honoring others. The message reminded me of the book “Ambassador of God” wrote by Kim Ha Joong, who was the South Korea’s ambassador to China. I do want to live a life like an ambassador who came from a nation of loyalty to represent his Kingdom on earth.
    Sometimes I criticize people from my high expectations for them. I’m continuously learning how to show respect to the authorities of leaders, pastors, professors, etc. that God has settled up. I really liked the point 2 & 3 among 4 which was giving public testimonies and showering them with their language of love. I realized there were actually more practical things that I could act out in order to show my honor to others. I’ll try one by one giving gifts, hugs, encouragements, even money… to bless others.

  78. Caitlyn Kavan says:

    Growing up I was taught that I should always show honor not only to elders but to everyone.I can agree with Pastor Christian when he said that we live in a culture where honor is lost. People may show acts of honor but have no real principles of honor in their hearts. In today’s society, we do things to receive things back instead of just doing it freely. We have honor in our blood, we need to show honor because we are children of the Kingdom. How honor should be shown is through gifts, affirmations, and actions should be done with a loving heart. A very important point that Pastor Christian made was that honor creates order through dignity instead of through the fear of being punished.

  79. Eunhye Cho says:

    I really love this sermon! through this message, I learned how to honor not only people who are above me but also people who are less experienced than me. Yeah. we have to honor each other. I think showing others honor is the one of the ways of respecting others. And when P.C talked about that we can honor our leaders with a gift even though it is a just small thing, suddenly, my small group leader came to my mind. I tried to think how many times I gave her honor with gifts or words. It was just few times. PC made me realize that I need to honor the people surrounded me. Like PC said, honoring others is really culture thing. It flows from the top down. It looks simple fact, but it really hit me! and I felt so good to be in this house which I can feel culture of honor.

  80. Jina Nam says:

    This sermon has really taught me a lot. I didn’t realize until now that the reason I had a problem with honoring not only my leaders but those around me, is because I may have an issue with my pride. I thought I was better than them, and criticized them and thought them unworthy of my honor.

    And until now, it didn’t occur to me that honor could bless me in return as well; especially honoring my leaders. By blessing them, it’s obvious I get blessed in return as well. And it’s a cycle, a relationship.

    I see now how honor can be the driving force behind teamwork, fruitful work and also related to love. I’d like to apply what I’ve learned about honoring sons and each other to my own teams/clubs at school, and see the effects for myself :) Of how much more respect we’ll start showing each other, and out of that how much more we can work together to do more.

  81. Tony R says:

    “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” “My mentor is my biggest fan!” It seems like a basic idea but it has really blessed me to think about how our leaders really want to see us succeed and grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and as leaders of the house. I couldn’t agree more about honoring our leaders! I think it is such a powerful blessing to give rather than receive. I believe we can honor our leaders even more by knowing what their love language is! I love the fact that New Philly puts all of the head leaders love languages right on the website! I think we should really honor and bless our leaders blessing them with gifts, quality time, service, words of affirmation, touch what ever is their love language!

  82. Seungwon Lee says:

    I have been blessed with amazing parents who have poured love on me unconditionally. However, the faults were I was raised very spoiled where I didn’t know how to honor or respect my parents. I was used to always receiving and poured on to but I didn’t know how to give or appreciate what I received. Upon coming to New Philly, I was assigned to a small group and became under discipleship from my small group leader. My small group leader was very nice and caring, but at first I didn’t know how to honor her and appreciate what she was pouring on to me. I was so used to receiving care with no cost. However, as I progressed with New Philly, I realized honoring and respecting your authority figures are necessary. I did’t only get to submit to and honor my small group leader, but I started feeling the same way toward my parents. I receive, but I know how to respect. I’m sure soon from now I will learn how to give and pour out to people!

  83. Jamie Yoo says:

    I especially appreciate PC drawing out the truth that even “the prodigals had enough honor not to eat what the pigs were eating.” It echoes the truth of the imago Dei. Every man and woman is made in the image of God, and therefore, we ought to treat one another with dignity that honors the image of God! It’s beautiful when we can approach evangelism with the heart and attitude that seeks to love and honor the person rather than being merely driven by our agenda to convert souls.

  84. Kim MacDonald says:

    I love how practical things are when PC teaches. Honor is something that is a bit of a foreign concept to me. I mean I love my leaders and bless them but to call it “honor” is something new. I love that he gave practical ways to show honor to those above us and even to our peers.

    “True fathers want their sons to outgrow them.” Wow! This was a new perspective as well. Fathers who are truly loving and going for their sons best want them to out grow them and they honor them. God is the same with us. Although we can never out grow him, he is not insecure about our success. He wants it! He is setting us up for it! He honor our obedience as we honor and love him. My goodness, God is a good God!

    This message really brought to light the “mystery” I was feeling about how to honors others and why. My heart is into this and my spirit is ready to start honoring!

  85. Kanyanta says:

    “There is an apostolic grace and power to rule the seven mountains” This means that ruling theing the seven mountains should not be an end in itself but a medium through which we can influence the world. To me this shows why Christians must really “dream big”. We should “Shape the culture and change the history of nations”, as Pastor Christian said. It makes me think about my objectives in different way and changes the way I look at my career.
    I agree the “Honor has to flow out of a person’s character and has to be given freely.” What I had not really given much thought and consideration is the fact that “Honor is an attribute of nobility”, and that there is a relationship between honour and life. This opens up the Word in a new way and changes how I view the vision of God for His church.

  86. Paul Yoo says:

    The culture of honor that New Philly is cultivating is very evident, and it is life-giving. It permeates the life and organization of the church. And I see the salubrious effects that is has: creates dignity, empowers people and releases their potential. I am also intrigued by how it eliminates the fear of punishment as a means of control. Honor is the kingdom alternative to creating order in the church. May the Lord instill in me the character of honoring others, that I would seek to outdo others in showing honor.

  87. Hanna Hong says:

    After listening to this sermon, I can better understand why and how NPC is the church it is today. In a world where honor is declining more and more each generation, honor can be seen amongst brothers and sisters in this church.

    This is still a bit new to me, the truth: that as God’s children, we are royalty. I’m glad PC starts with the sermon placing that line to set the foundation for the rest of sermon; that as we have inherited the kingdom of royalty and as nobles, we are to honor and be honored.

    Additionally, as CG’s, membership class, and leadership classes have started, it was great to learn ways that we can honor all of our leaders that NYC places during this time of growth.

    I understand that as I work through leadership training that I am called to me an honorable ambassador, and that I need to carry that honor to all people.

  88. Oscar Sun says:

    To honor everybody. I would like to say that i’ve been the type of person who honors everybody, but one thing that PC said that hit me was that we look at a person and associate them with a particular clique or group of people. I would look at a party person, put them into the party clique, and look down on them instead of honoring them. We are all royalty, so I should treat everybody as such, even if they don’t have the same views as me. I feel like with my background it is easy to honor those who are older, my age, or even younger than me, but to honor those who I disagree with is something difficult. Perhaps it was because I would think that by honoring them, I am supporting what they do and what they represent. But I should honor them, because they are sons of gods as well.

  89. I loved all the stories about Brother Michael. I especially loved when Pastor Christian said, “My mentor is my biggest fan.” Just hearing about the way that Michael got excited about PC’s testimonies and how he would exclaim ‘hallelujah!!’ at everything PC prayed over him, man, it made ME excited. I felt affirmed and I wasn’t even the one receiving the affirmation! His spirit (even as a character in a story) just felt so contagious and it inspired me to think about the great impact that honour and celebration can have on people. I want to be someone’s greatest fan too!

  90. Sophia Sitorus says:

    Being brought up in an environment that highly upholds honor, I have no problem to show honor and being polite. However, from this sermon I learned an aspect of honor that I have not learned before: to honor people by getting to know them. For me, it is easy to be polite to leaders, it is also easy to show good manners. But God wants His children to outdo one another in showing honor. Take the extra miles in showing other by getting to know people for who they are, what they like, what they do; not just by getting to know their problems so they we can help to solve them. This really spoke a lot to me.

  91. Sharon Shin says:

    Listening to this sermon made me realize just how important honor is, not only in a social environment, but with God too. I realized that I too had to evaluate how I acted when Pastor Christian said that “when honor has strings attached, it is no longer honor.” How many times do we only do things to receive, and think that we are honoring that person? I also loved the part where Pastor Christian said that honor is humility. I had never thought of that before, and after listening to him I realized how much it made sense, but that I had simply been unaware of it. Learning how to honor someone, and learning that there was more than one way to do it, also was good to me. I would have guessed prayer and gifts, but I never would have thought that giving a public testimony could be considered honor too. I had always thought that testimony was where you just showed how God had honored us and touched our lives, but I realize now after listening to this sermon that we can also honor those people around us who leave such an impression on us by our testimony. After hearing that honor has the great ability to release potential in people, and that God is our biggest fan, I feel even more excited to honor God and those around me as well! :)

  92. Henry Spice Ikhimiukor says:

    Pride and criticism had made it difficult for me to honor others especially leaders who try to manipulate their others. But from this sermon, i realize that that honoring them & praying for them instead with a humble heart will be more edifying. People are usually encouraged and inspired to do more when they are honored with words & actions. For me, I feel so loved, encouraged and motivated when I’m being honored. So I have chosen to do likewise.

  93. Although I have always understood honor as a way of showing gratitude and respect, when PC said “Honor creates a highway on which life travels,” it hit me in a new way. Not only does honoring those above you bring life back to you, but it brings life to those you honor. When PC said that, I immediately thought about how showing others honor can bring people out of the place they are currently. It’s a way to bring people up out of the dust for them to see who God calls them to be and can therefore be a powerful way to reveal identity as well. A life creating a culture of honor is one where everyone rises to their full potential. However, this can only be done when we humble ourselves and remove judgement and pride. I had never thought about connecting pride and honor before, so that was a very helpful revelation as well to cultivate giving honor.

  94. Jessie Lee says:

    This message made me realize that I was lacking in honoring my parents and leaders. I realized that I have been proud and not expecting anything from them. I have not been recognizing that many blessings can flow from them, and that it is God’s purpose to put them as my leaders. It made also very clear to me that I have to honor all people, leaders or sons, Christians or not.

  95. Grace Yoon says:

    First of all, I want to thank God for guiding me to this church where I met so many humble loving leaders and friends who shared and showed love and honor to me when I first arrived. It was a true genuine welcoming that made me feel that I was in the right community. It’s only been a month plus in New Philly but I am glad I’m taking this time to be in this covenant where I feel so blessed as well as being nurtured and taught in a loving and gentle way where I need to change and learn.
    Honor has always been a big thing in Korean culture when I was growing up but the flow or direction of honor has always been upwards, from bottom to top, young people must honor the elders. However, this sermon made me realize that God’s presepctive of honor has so many directions, so many different ways to flow, but most importantly it must flow all the time no matter who you are with.
    I thought honoring leaders was hard but that was because I was honoring them with a wrong heart. But now, I have learned how Jesus demonstrated honor to his people and how he wants us to create life in this world through his culture of honoring so I’m excited to go out today and make people feel valued and see beyond what they thought they were capable of!
    Praise the Lord!

  96. Taylor Herman says:

    The point about honoring your sons as well your father is a very good point that I think a lot of leaders do not really consider. It’s obvious that we should honor our fathers/leaders, even though sometimes we slack in this area, but it seems that a lot of people either do not consider honoring their sons, or their own ego prevents them from doing so. It’s true, when you encourage people, it pushes them to shine even brighter and break out of their shell. It gives them a new sense of honor, and responsibility. It’s like if you are on a basketball team, and you are new to the team, but the captain keeps cheering you on, helping you, and honoring you. You will feel like even though you may be new or may not be as good as everyone else, you are still worthy of being on the team, and feel more responsible to try hard to help and honor the rest of your teammates. The same goes for evangelizing and witnessing, as PC mentioned. If someone is new to the faith or does not even know God, we should not be judgmental against them, or only try to love them just so they can find God. Through constantly honoring them, loving them, and guiding them, they too will really feel like part of God’s team, and hunger to really know God and serve God like the leaders and fathers over him/her do. Loving and honoring those around us can really do amazing things.

  97. Rebekah Kim says:

    I never thought before about a father honoring a son, or someone honoring one who is “lower”, such as an employee… or even granting more honor than is deserved! I wonder how I can honor my kindergarten students this week. I am really attracted to the idea of honoring others, but I don’t think I fully understand what it looks like on a daily basis. Does honor go beyond recognition? A few more examples would be helpful!

  98. leaders have the power to create an atmosphere of honor in their work place.

    I think this is a very true statement, and can be the difference in productivity, those who value honor and provide the atmosphere can see the positive results of this. Empowering individuals to strive for greatness through honor and developing these habits, so that they may be accustomed to it also, in turn they would pass on this idea of positiveness through praise and honor, in their own lives. Taking the time to honor those around us also provides positive vibes, sometimes people question praise, thinking they are not worthy of our praise. When in fact they are due for so much more, although they are surprised they feel great later maybe not straight away but they do feel that they have done something good for others, which is an amazing feeling that God has blessed us with once we understand the cultures of honor

  99. HyeJoo Lee says:

    I had never thought about being “royal.” But it’s true! We are from the kingdom of God and that makes us princes and princesses. This is another facet of how we are ambassadors for Christ, how we should carry honor just as royals do. In a way this is challenging and gives us more to live up to (“a prince looks like a fool if he doesn’t know honor”), but it also brings out the confidence we have in God and the confidence we have in being God’s children. I want to bring my Father a good name, and honor is another way in which I can.
    I also loved 1 Peter 2:17. In the NIV it says “show proper respect to everyone” and in the ESV it says “honor everyone”. It was a new way in which I saw the meaning of respect–from next time, I should probably think, ‘Am I honoring this person or not?’ Honor is such an elegant, graceful concept. I’m excited to see things anew in this light.

  100. Felix Baumer says:

    The other day I went to my favorite cafeteria with an empty stomach as well as a desire and expectation for amazing food. While uncomplainingly queuing to have lunch, the older man in front of me stopped moving forward and unexpectedly stepped two steps out of the line. He was obviously waiting for someone. Since it seemed to me that he intended to wait until the one he was waiting for to come, I moved forward and past him. However, shortly after I moved on, his friend or probably wife came and they both looked first at the food and then towards the end of the queue. That moment I thought that they are probably as hungry as I am, but they probably had a much rougher morning full of work and a lag of sleep compared to me. The sermon is about showing honor, respect and gratitude and in my mind I asked myself how would I feel honored and how can I show respect and gratitude. I took a step back, smiled and allowed them to take the place in front of me again. It wasn’t a big gesture or anything, but it felt so good. The best part was to see him smiling back and saying 감사합니다. Honoring people with even little gestures in everyday life can be so beautiful and make God smile too

  101. Alina Cho says:

    I never realized how important a culture of honor is. I have observed how Koreans emphasize the importance of honor in their culture, but I do see that many times it is a honoring heart is lacking. Many Korean students also lack honor for teachers and many times disrespect them because their understanding of honor is only superficial. But PC has given me a better understanding that creating an atmosphere of honor will soon enough rub off onto my students. Also, I learned that I need to pray for a better understanding of honor and how to spread that throughout all aspects of my life and not just where I have problems. But to also lift people up and be encouraging to the many amazing leaders around me!

  102. Pastor Christian’s sermon “Creating a Culture of Honor” reminded me of things that I haven’t paid great attention to. They are 1. I can honor people who blessed me in settings of family, friendship, mentoring, and spiritual guidance by offering gifts. 2. I can honor those people by paying respect and follow guidances.

    For #1, I’d like to honor my parents with some pocket money in monthly basis, friends with periodic emails and visits, mentors with gifts and calls, and spiritual leaders with thank-you’s and words of encouragements.

    For #2, I’d like to submit to spiritual fathers who love and care for me.

  103. JoAngela Jimenez says:

    Creating a culture of honor is so important in any setting or environment. It is so important that we respect others and take moments out to give thanks to those who are impacting our everyday lives. When we honor people it encourages them to continue to impact others lives and be confidant of the work they are doing for the Kingdom of God. My favorite part of the sermon is when PC talks about honoring leaders with testimony. Testimonies are so powerful and i really feel like testimonies are a priceless gift you can give to people that are so impacting to people’s lives.

  104. Wow… honor. I grew up learning that if you wanted people to respect you, then you got to do the same and show them some respect. In terms of honor, it is such a very similar word, but the powerful connotation and impact it has in getting someone to recognize that they mean so much more just leaves me in awe. Coming to Korea, I never knew how much honor meant until I was not receiving it anymore and did not see it being given. I now have so much respect for customer service in America and will appreciate the people there more. If honor is already so important in our relationship to others, having it within the church is even more important. It is hard at times when the leader is younger than me or older but not so wise. What I was blessed with is that giving honor in respect to the position of authority that they are in is enough to encourage them to continue striving and serving for God. Furthermore, what PC said about honoring the prodigal son was what convicted my heart the most. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to know someone just to evangelize to them, but I also have never gotten to know someone just for who they are and investing into their lives that way.

  105. Paul Paik says:

    Having grown up in a Korean family, “honor” is not a foreign idea for me, but listening to this sermon challenged me to show true honor that flows out my spirit and not just mannerisms or Korean procedures. And at the same time, I believe I was reminded again of how important it is to show honor, especially to those under us and those we evangelize to. I feel that sometimes we deceive ourselves into thinking that honor is something we can turn on and off depending on our mood and our attitude toward the recipient, but that should not be so. It is essential to “honor everyone.” And lastly, something else that really hit me personally was the challenge to “become your sons’ biggest fans.” The idea to show sincere trust and encouragement to those under me and that doing so would bring out empowerment and their full potential was something new to me and something I believe will need to keep in mind if ever I rise to a leadership position. For it is essential that honor flows not just from the bottom up but the other way as well.

  106. Pastor Christian’s sermon “Creating a Culture of Honor” reminded me of things that I haven’t paid great attention to. They are 1. I can honor people who blessed me in settings of family, friendship, mentoring, and spiritual guidance by offering gifts. 2. I can honor those people by paying respect and follow guidances.

    For #1, I’d like to honor my parents with some pocket money in monthly basis, friends with periodic emails and visits, mentors with gifts and calls, and spiritual leaders with thank-you’s and words of encouragements.

    For #2, I’d like to submit to spiritual fathers who love and care for me.

  107. Jessica Kim says:

    Honor is something that I have always heard of and know of because it is so highly valued in Korean families. Although, as PC said, they dont always show honor, they continually drill it into their kids. So it is something that I always tried to do and when I think back, PC is right in saying that ‘life flows through honor’. Examining my life now and wondering why there is not much life, I realize that its because I have not been honoring those around me as much as I had. Another thing that I have heard of but it did not really stick with me is praying for praying for leaders to show them honor. I knew that praying for leaders sometimes when they are going through something is good but praying for them just to bless them is not something that came to my mind that it shows them honor. One thing that really stuck out to me was when PC briefly talked about loving and honoring someone just to have them be converted to Christian. I know I did have that mindset for a brief time and although I honored them and showed them love to have them know Jesus, that was not the only reason for doing so. Showing honor to everyone, especially cliques that we have labeled is something that may be difficult but I know that it will be for the best.

  108. Eunbi Lee says:

    I liked how Pastor Christian started off by first explaining how honor applies to our daily lives and how we carry out the act of honoring to the people in our lives. But I really liked when he started talking about how honor in the Body of Christ looks like and how we as Christians need to be living with honor in our characters and it needs to flow out freely.

    When Pastor Christian mentioned the first kind of people we need to honor which is our leaders, I realized when I came into New Philly, I didn’t do that with my full heart (at first!). It wasn’t because of what the leaders did or who they were, it was because of what leaders in the church looked like to me in the past. Like how Pastor Christian mentioned, I had trouble honoring my leaders because of the abuse I experienced from leaders in the past. It was really difficult for me to show full honor that flows from my heart because I had a lot of doubts but from listening to this sermon and also the sermon ‘Who Will Shepherd Your Soul’ I learned that I really need to trust God first. He chose the leaders with His wisdom and appointed them to shepherd me and for me to not understand that, it meant I’m actually telling God that I disagree with His choices. Now even though at certain times it is still difficult, I found myself opening up to the leaders more and now my heart is fully honoring them and thanking God that He chose such amazing leaders filled with His wisdom and love to be a leader in my life.I also learned a lot when Pastor Christian gave us specific ways to honor our leaders. The second one about giving public testimonies was something I related to not because I gave a testimony about how a leader blessed me but because I was blessed through somebody’s testimony when they shared about a leader that blessed them. Listening to the person’s testimony gave me hope that God will place leaders in my life that won’t abuse their authority but carry out the leadership that God put in their hearts.
    Listening to this sermon changed my mindset on what truly honoring means. It really needs to flow out from our heart and not only externally. I know now as Christians we need to create a culture of honor.

  109. Joseph Lee says:

    Not only should I honor but, empower others. I gotta up my honor game up. I need to reach out to everyone and really live the culture of honor. Boom.

  110. Lisa Young says:

    Two things stood out to me particularly: the brief comment about honoring spiritual leaders despite having doctrinal differences and the section about honoring “prodigals”.
    I was glad to hear the first one because it made me think about how disagreeing with someone doesn’t mean I’m dishonoring them. I tend to think that showing respect for someone means doing anything they say and always agreeing with them, so I felt that if I disagreed with them I didn’t respect them. Or, like Pastor Christian said, if I found out one thing about their way of thinking that I didn’t support, it would taint my whole view of them. But honoring a leader actually means that even if I don’t think they have the right view of everything I still choose to respect the authority God has given them and treat them as a valuable and loved person.
    The part about honoring prodigals just reinforced things that I’ve been learning that I’m so glad to hear preached. When I was a kid I felt pressure to evangelize people but I always hated that because I hated the fakeness it created. I would never ever be able to work on a sales floor because I hate the feeling of trying to sell someone on something. I hate coming into a conversation with any sort of agenda or gimmick, but I felt like that’s what being a good Christian required. I was almost always too afraid to do that, so I pretty much never talked to anyone who wasn’t a Christian. Realizing that God wants me to just genuinely love everyone and not be fake to them brings so much freedom to actually have relationships without worrying about whether I’m doing the right churchy things in the way I talk to a person. And it takes away any fear or awkwardness about telling non-Christians that I’m a Christian because I know now that when I say that I’m not saying I have to treat them differently. Even if they think that’s what it means at first, I’m not scared of that any more because I’m confident that that’s not how I act and that they’ll realize quickly that I’m not interested in making a project out of them.

  111. Rose Balais says:

    The part where Pastor Christian said that we should also honor prodigals definitely convicted me. I remember a few years ago when I was having a casual conversation with a friend of mine. As we were talking, I happened to discover that he was Jewish. Not knowing much about Judaism at that time, I initially started asking him questions about his faith just out of curiosity, but as he continued to share, that curiosity slowly turned to a desire to share the word of God hoping that something will shift in his heart and he’ll convert to Christianity. However, as I simply forced the Gospel to my friend without ever actually taking some time to show him God’s love through me and without ever honoring him, my attempt to convert him, obviously failed. That day, the supposedly “casual” conversation with my friend, unfortunately turned into a heated debate instead. If only I listened to this sermon earlier then I wouldn’t have acted foolishly back then. Wow, this sermon definitely gave me fresh revelations.

  112. Soojin Sou says:

    It’s cool to hear this message that was preached in 2009 and to see such a solid culture of honor today at New Philly! I definitely agree that honoring people is a way to empower them, especially when they don’t seem deserving of it. And I need to work on honoring those around me. I believe I have difficulty in doing so because of the hurt I’ve received from leaders in the past. But I’m ready to cultivate honor back into my life!

    On a side note, it’s a great time to honor our mothers this Mother’s Day!! (May 11)

  113. Gon Kim says:

    This message was a great reminder of our identity as sons and heirs of the utmost royalty, and therefore, should be treated as such with honor. The ways in which we treat each other needs to flow from a place of acknowledgment of this identity. It’s easy for some people to treat someone nicely, but without acknowledging this identity, the said person’s actions are not completely honorable. What really struck me was how I need to externally and expressively honor my leaders, instead of internally honoring them with my heart. The internal honor and the acts flowing from honor should go hand in hand and I realized I need to be better about this.

  114. Jane Cho says:

    As the title indicates, we must approach honor as a way of life. It is rare to see a church demonstrate a culture of honor, let alone an individual who internally digests this concept in relation to themselves, God, and others. Few and far between have I seen a body of Christ come in unison to honor all people as God’s beloved. Like Joseph and Daniel, the leaders of our house very vividly honor people without having to provide a disclaimer for their actions. I never felt the need to explain to leaders like Chris Prasad or Solnae my background or that my friend coming along is not a believer because they continually pay attention and create an atmosphere of safety that show they care above all else. It is evident that this comes from the hidden place of reverence and humility before God, so much so that the honor they (and many others) give is never showy or a one-time episode but a natural flow from the state of their hearts. I pray that I can multiply what they have done for me.

  115. Bethany Joy Tweeten says:

    “God is a god of honor.” We want to be a people that honors God and honors each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. This sounds so simple, yet is a message I don’t hear often spoken about in church these days. “If one member is honored, we all rejoice together. This sets us up to receive blessing.” Creating a culture of honor is a powerful ministry to those outside of the church as well! I need to pray about how I can create a culture of honor at my workplace, and grow in my ability to honor leaders, sons, and all people, we are made in the image of God!

  116. Hye Ryoung Rhee says:

    Although I was born and raised Christian, this was my first time ever hearing a message on honor. Normally, when I hear the word “honor,” I associate it with a kind of “one-sided respect” from a subordinate or a younger person to his or her superior or an older person. So I’d expected the message to be entirely about PC’s first point, the need to honor our spiritual leaders. I was surprised, however, when he went on to talk about the need for spiritual leaders to honor their disciples and for us to honor each other as well. The part where he talked about how Jesus honored certain people such as the demoniac and the woman at the well and thereby empowered them particularly stood out to me, as I had never really thought of these events as Jesus’ show of honor towards them. It’s crazy how Jesus, who is perfect and wholly God, honored such ostracized and “lowly” individuals; and to think that the almighty God honors ME, as in the verse from Psalms that PC read toward the end, in spite of all my failures and how little I think of myself, is both overwhelming and empowering.

  117. I thank God for this teaching on creating a culture of honor. God expects us to honor everyone, including our leaders. We need to honor them with respect, our gifts and public acknowledgement which makes them feel appreciated. Honoring should be part of our lifestyle because it helps to bring out the best in others and also prolongs our life according to the promise in the word of God. I pray God helps me to be humble enough to honor everyone around me according to His will, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  118. Teng Jo Ee says:

    WOW!
    It’s my first time seeing a church working in a culture of honor, which makes NP so different from other churches. I have been in NP for a year and I am truly amazed and impressed by the way NP recognizes and honors the leaders through thanksgiving banquet, Emmaus banquet and other events. Throughout my one year experience in NP, the message that PC mentioned ‘when one member is honored, all rejoice together’ is undeniable as you receive blessings when you honor someone at the same time. I also love the way PC mentioned on how to honor someone through testimony, gifts, notes and etc. ‘Humility comes before honor’ through this message, I started to constantly remind myself the importance of being humble and to honor someone wholeheartedly.

  119. Christy Lin says:

    I realize honor is often times used very loosely, because its definition varies across cultures, occupations, and context. What Korea considers to be honoring America may scoff at as unnecessary and irrelevant, and vice versa. Pastor Christian shares his experiences of being a Korean American in Korea some years ago, appearing to look Korean but distinctly bringing his own vibe and flavor to Seoul interactions and lifestyles. He talks about what I can break down to be two types of honor: honor via position and honor via acts. These two are distinct but flow together in kingdom living. He also speaks about the attitude of the one who honors, which at the heart is intent on lifting one another up, celebrating the good in people, which is meant not to build up pride but calls people higher. I would like to add that honoring also allows people to be themselves in the way God designed them. We are all so uniquely gifted and still looking for ways to work together as a body due to differences that seemingly clash due to our human limitations. believe at its best a culture of honor is nestled in Kingdom culture, which is actually rid of worldly cultures. God’s kingdom includes every tongue and tribe, where no nation exalts itself higher in any way. The beauty of culture of honor is then also the celebration of diversity. The need for it comes because we are to work together in the field and toil for something. That requires us to first see each other in the way we are known in Heaven. And from a heavenly perspective, everyone has something quite precious and admirable about them.

  120. Susan Min says:

    This sermon humbled me so so much. I came to this country because I felt that God was calling me here and wanted me to serve the Korean people. I have lived in Korea briefly in college, so I know how the people here are. They didn’t bother me at the time, but I have been struggling a lot with how rude everyone is. I notice myself judging and being annoyed by people I encounter on the streets. I know they are strangers, but it shows what’s deeply in my heart. I say verbally that I want to serve this nation, but I am approaching it the wrong way. I wasn’t sure how God would be using me here and am searching for what He has in store for me. I need to first start by honoring the nation and the people. The message challenged me to humble myself and to strive to love and honor even the strangers I may come across on a daily basis.

  121. Emily Tregelles says:

    It’s one thing to grow up hearing “honor your father and mother” in Sunday school and another to hear the revelation of what it looks like and what the impact is fleshed out. For so long, honor to me has been a concept of respecting and obeying my parents and other authorities, but through this sermon I’ve learned it’s so much more!
    I was particularly blessed as PC talked about Proverbs 15:33 “humility comes before honor.” When judgement is left behind, room for celebration can takes place. By recognizing the annointing and grace on my leaders to walk in their callings, I can release celebration that empowers, inspires excellence, and releases potential! What a powerful way to build up the kingdom and family of God! When we choose to value others and celebrate those around us, leaders, sons, and prodigals, there is an overflow of blessing, life, and growth for everyone. It’s such a beautiful act of love to set myself aside in humility and seek to honor and encourage others. There’s so much power in coming into agreement and God’s truth about people and their lives. Honor is a catalyst that can spur growth and unity within the church and is a testimony that reveals the love and grace of God to others. Creating a culture honor is so goooood! :)

  122. Annie Weiss says:

    When honor has strings attached it is not honor. It is only honor when you give it freely. I love that a New Philly, we are a place that really emphasizes to “outdo each other with showing honor.” The explanation that in order to honor people must first come out of a place of humility and that we do not honor others because we are proud is so true. When we see ourselves as better in some way than the people around us, we lose sight of the identity that God gave them and we do not honor them as is due. Honoring our leaders with prayer and public testimony will lift them up and the blessings that they receive will be multiplied and passed back. This house is a house of honor.

  123. Jeremiah Silvey says:

    I love how Pastor Christian gave such a great definition of honor followed by practical examples of what it looks like to live honor out. Honor is not just an outward expression, but genuine honor flows from the heart. Most importantly God’s kingdom is all about honor. Success in leadership starts by giving honor freely which is a hard concept to understand sometimes. Wow, do I have a long ways to go in understanding the full magnitude of giving honor freely. With that said, I am so joyful to know that God has revealed this weakness to me through this message. There is only room to improve now and grow in giving honor freely to all. From a business perspective, I was intrigued to hear how apple runs there company with such honor. Without honor in a company it is easy to see know why companies can fail when there leadership structure does not have true honor. Thank you pastor Christian for giving me a new biblical insight on how to practically understand and apply true honor in my life!

  124. Shifting and changing cultures in society to resemble those of the Kingdom has always been pressed upon my heart. Hearing this message about creating a culture of honor and understanding why it is that honor is so important has been so gooood! “Honor has the ability to release potential in others.” This revelation is amazing! It is through honor that we will encourage and bring out the gold in others. It is through honor that we will be able to lovingly and effectively evangelize to those around us. I pray for an increase measure of knowing what it means to live out honoring others!

  125. Jinny Kim says:

    This message really convicted my heart because I think I have been over looking honoring many people around me who really should be honored. It really spoke to me when Pastor Christian said honor is for everyone and you got to honor those who are lost. For sometime I’ve thought honor was for the few who EARNED it, hence in my arragance, I was very reluctant to first show honor to someone untill I felt that person would value me first. I realised how proud I was to act in that way. I should humble my self and I really want to make a habbit of step out to genuinely honor others regardless. Though its going to be a hard habbit to make for me initially I think it would be so beautiful to see life flowing through honor.
    I also learnt that honor has got to be expressed through prayer, public testimony and gifts. I am so ready to shower people around me with honor they all deserve!

  126. Chris Han says:

    I’m reminded once again the importance of honoring as a way and part of loving people. Honoring people cannot always be spelled out but when we love someone, honoring follows. We must honor our leadership because God has put them over us to love us and pastor us. We must not only honor them by expressing our appreciation to them like Pastor Christian described, but also by honoring and submitting to them even when disagree with them on certain things. We must also honor our spiritual children n nonbelievers. I strongly agree that our attitude toward nonbelievers must be to love and honor them, part of which is to evangelize them.

  127. Kirby Beneventi says:

    When I consider the word honor it’s typical for me to associate that word with authority figures. However I appreciated the other types of people PC included: sons and prodigals. I felt convicted. Particularly when he mentioned how honor can be a powerful tool in evangelism. I recognize in my own life a need to love as Christ loves them, meeting people where they are at and not pushing an agenda.
    Secondly, honoring those who have been entrusted to me despite their age or maturity. As a kindergarten teaching I was considering how I can honor my kids and foster their personalities/gifts in such a way that they may- one day- surpass me. I liked again how PC tapped on how some leaders have insecurities and feel threatened when their mentees experience blessings, influence, etc. Proverbs 15:33 Humility comes before honor. If I am having a difficult time submitting to or honoring others I need to check my heart and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal/uproot any pride issues buried there.

  128. Seoyoung Yoon says:

    Through NPC, I am blessed so much in everyway, and I tried to honor my pastors and leaders. But after listening to this sermon, I realized that I loved by my parents a lot, but I didn’t honor them much. I tended to take my parents’ love for granted, I wasn’t creating a culture of honor outside of church. I need to honor everyone in my life.

  129. Hyeji Lee says:

    I think honoring is easier said than done. I haven’t contemplate on the word ‘honor’ before I listened to this sermon, and it’s a revelation to me that honoring is to do with humility. In retrospect, there were some moments that I had hard time honoring some people but that was maybe because I thought I was better than them or above them. That kind of arrogance definitely hinders me from honoring them. Also, I learned how important it is to honor leaders, fathers, and other people while listening to this sermon. I will definitely cultivate a culture of honor in and out of church, with a sincere mind.

  130. Keketso Makape says:

    I loved that PC spoke about the heart with which we honour. In my own culture, honour and respect are so important but when you grow up that way it’s so easy to lose the genuine heart behind it. There’s just so much joy in giving honour with no strings attached, and even (as PC mentioned) in our interactions with friends and family that don’t know the Lord yet. Another point I found so refreshing was that encouragement and praise is a form of honour, and I have definitely seen how getting that from a senior/parent/boss can really give you that boost when you need it most. I’m so glad that this is a value New Philly takes seriously :)

  131. God bless PC for this powerful sermon for revealing to us the wholistic nature of honor. The conventional honor I’ve always known has been the bottom to top honor. I now understand that honor is a culture of the kingdom of God and we as royals should live our lives honoring one another irrespective of our class difference.

  132. Eddie Mun says:

    It really hit the point home for me when PC said we must honor others because we come from a royal bloodline. We are nobility of the kingdom of Heaven, so it pleases the Lord when we honor others. I learned that honor builds a highway to life, which is why Jesus relates honoring one’s parents to longevity. I often asked God what it means to live humbly. I need to put humility into action!

  133. I began to think about the way I act towards non-Christians and it made me realize I recently have been failing to genuinely honor others outside of the church because the main thing I recognize about them is that they don’t know Jesus. There are so many people outside of the church that I love dearly and would rejoice when I see the day they are converted. But even though it’s a good thing that I want to see them alongside me in the Kingdom of God, it may be pushing them away because they see my love as fake. So to become an honorable ambassador of the Kingdom, I know I must alter my way of interaction with certain people in my life to love them for who they are and how they are now, not what they lack or what I want to see them gain.

  134. Ahreum Kim says:

    I am so much thankful for this powerful message about honoring each other. That’s God’s way of building us up and encouraging us. First honoring the leaders and pastors God placed in my life with his authority. I think I have pride issue. If I see some flaws and mistakes I them I used to start to neglect them. I want to walk in God’s way! Also what really struck me was that how I treat non-chsistians. Just having empathy and giving kind of impressions that you are lost and saved isn’t proper! I need to honor them and treat them with whole genuine heart! This is so good!

  135. Halima Dodo says:

    This sermon really changed my understanding of honor and how it works as a part of God’s plan. In the past I would try to honor others extravagantly but would feel dejected when honor was not reciprocated or appropriately received. However, here I have been reminded that the culture of the Kingdom corresponds to upholding a culture of honor. Pastor Christian says that God is the source of all honor and that honor with strings attached is not honor at all. To honor freely without obligatory strings attached is real honor. I also learned that as princes and princesses of God’s Kingdom, honor is key in representing who He is in heaven on earth. Life can not flow without honor and humility, and if we feel unable to honor the people in our lives then we are holding on too closely to pride. To be honest, halfway through the sermon I thought “ah, so this is true honor” but then I also thought “ok, so what do I do now?” As I listened to the podcast I felt that God was challenging me to step up and honor the people in my domain. Whether it is amongst my school peers, family, or church leaders it is my responsibility to create an atmosphere of honor for the kingdom to be well represented on Earth. I’m not very keen on common sense or intuition when interacting with the people around me but I received the revelation that I needed when Pastor Christian gave clear points on how to honor the mothers, fathers, and leaders in our lives. If we pray, publicly testify, and shower with gifts or encouragement we can empower and honor our leaders and friends.

  136. Kevin Choi says:

    Honouring everyone. Father and mother. Family and friends. Leaders and members. Employers and colleagues. Believers or not. Everyone around us. This message has put a new light into the way honouring those around us will propel and manifest his kingdom. Through our actions and hearts.

  137. Yery Reyna Yoon says:

    Honor is an attribute of nobility. That really stood out to me! Listening to new philly sermons the past few years I was challenged to become more generous not for the sake of hearing thanks or expecting God to reward me more but because I knew that the riches I enjoy and the breakthroughs I experience are God’s blessing and challenge to go love others the same. There is nothing humiliating or difficult about acknowledging the coverings and blessings we receive from our spiritual leaders! I am thankful PC gives us practical measures to express our gratitude and to show honor where it is due. That is kingdom culture and we are prospering in our inheritance by doing so.

  138. Katt Gao says:

    The idea of honouring people is powerful. To honour someone speaks volumes into their identity and worth as a person, as well as a leader (in context of honouring your leaders). Although we as Christians are not perfect, New Philly has really taught me that honour is a choice. Much like when we choose to love someone and look past their flaws, when we choose to honour someone as a spiritual leader it also goes beyond their weaknesses. Rather than being critical and challenging, PC has really emphasised the importance of submission and trust when it comes to honouring those who are placed in positions of authority in your life. It is still something that I am learning to do wholeheartedly but I believe in the power of creating this culture of honour in every sphere of your life.

  139. Alex Quach says:

    When honour has strings attached it ceases to be honour. True honour is an overflow of a persons character and is given freely. If there’s not honour in your life you aren’t going to experience much life. God wants to empower you and we need to honour others without witchcraft that controls through manipulation and domination even honouring those who we don’t think deserve it. Honour created through dignity instead fear of punishment results in order and eliminates control. God doesn’t want obedient babies he wants honorable sons who will mature and grow.

    We must learn to honour 3 kinds of people including 1. leaders/fathers in our life both inside and outside of the church 2. sons including brothers and sisters in Christ & 3. the prodigals that are lost or have wandered away from God.

  140. David Kim says:

    I was always taught to honour leaders, elders, superiors etc whether at church, home or work, but I found it challenging when PC mentioned the power of honour for those you are influencing (whether at work, church home). I loved the example that was given of how Jesus empowered the demoniac to be the head evangelist of his city and the quote by Bill Johnson “Honouring people beyond where they are will enable them to go beyond where they are”. Through this sermon it really helped me to understand the true power of honour and how through honour you can release and empower the potential in others

  141. Simon Cha says:

    Pastor Christian really spoke to my heart when he said, if you are a humble person you have no problem honouring people. I have been turning a blind eye to this aspect of myself for a long time, but just like PC, I have been struggling with genuinely honouring people and when I find the smallest flaw in them, I secretly look down on them subconsciously. This is related to my strong pride and not being able to admit that someone else is honourable. I would like to break out of the shell, and listening to this sermon was the first step.
    The kingdom of God works through honour and seeing that God wants me to humble myself tonight and “honour everyone” is a true conviction.Praise the Lord.

  142. Helen Kim says:

    YES! We are part of a royal kingdom, so we should act like one too!

    In our society today, not many of us know what “honour” means and what it really looks like. The idea of honour has been twisted and misused with hidden agendas, insecurities or people showcasing external acts of honour, for the sake of appearing humble/holy. The culture of true and genuine honour has been lost and it is sad to admit that we are strangers to honour!

    PC’s sermon was a great reminder for me to really sit down and think about every action and word I should say… so that I use honour to empower those around me. To create a culture that empowers one another, bring out the potential (within us) and to transform nations by showing honour. I feel so safe and blessed, knowing that I am growing and committing to a New Philly who values and practices honour and showcases healthy submission (both in leadership and as a whole church).

  143. We are called to honor our fathers/leaders, because they have been appointed over us by God because of their special gifts and anointing. We are called to honor our sons because this culture of honor empowers them to grow and take charge of their own spiritual faith. (I was really touched when Pastor Christian said that God isn’t insecure, and when He sees us prosper He becomes our biggest fans. It was convicting because I can become very insecure and compare myself with others and want to be better than them, but I want to honor them.) And we are also called to honor the prodigals. Not just to gain influence, but to really be an honorable person. It’s important to catch the way we speak about them, because it shows that our love for them is shallow because we only want them to know God. This is convicting because I’ve been bringing a friend to church and I’ve been really wanting her to have an encounter with God, but honoring her and loving her for her is we are called to do. It’s so important to remember to love without an agenda.

  144. I like the idea that honor is meant to flow in both directions from those under authority to those over them as well as the other way around. We’ve all been in both positions, and it’s a lot easier on all sides when those receiving the honor are gracious in it.
    I also liked how Pastor Christian took the time in the middle of the message to practice what he was preaching (even while he was preaching it) to honor Pastor Marcus and give him a hug in front of everyone. It shows a good example of honor flowing in both ways.

  145. Pricilla Jin Chung says:

    Such a fresh sermon! It really opened my eyes to the power and importance of honour. A word that, I do also feel, is not given a lot of value in the generation we live in. But yet has so much power when one shows it to another. I used to think that honour was something that you only showed to your elders, but am realising more in my day to day life that there is so much healing and breakthrough in relationships when you show honour to a friend.
    I loved the quote, “sometimes honouring people beyond where they are will enable them to go beyond where they are“. I had to say Amen out loud to that in the subway…something in me really clicked with that quote. The kingdom seems so opposite to what we are taught in this world and just hearing that part of the sermon really released so much hope!
    I also loved the fact where it says `honour everyone!` It challenged me to really get practical with it but yet also spoke about the heart behind honouring others! That perfect balance! And also I felt that part of Pastor Christians sermon lifted that burden off my shoulders; the burden that you have to do something or be the peacemaker between your non christian friends. But instead he said to simply honour them for who they are, anything else can be an act of pride. I felt ashamed that I had that heart and now realised that it is something that I have to consistently lift up to God.
    So many revelations, so many things to meditate on! Thank you!

  146. Michelle Euperio says:

    I love how New Philly has created such a beautiful culture of honor. I think my third time coming to New Philly was the leadership banquet and by that time I was actually trying to decide if I wanted to attend New Philly or somewhere a bit closer. At the leadership banquet, I was overwhelmed by the love that everyone had for each other. I remember leaving and thinking, “Wow they really honor and love each other here well.” Seeing that love with people I had barely known made me want to commit and really plug into New Philly. This was a great and encouraging sermon. One part that really tugged on a heart string was “Honor the Prodigals.” I know there have been opportunities where I failed to genuinely honor and love due to pride and fear. I let thoughts of “what if they think I’m weird?” or “What if they think i’m too nice?” take precedence over honor. This was a great reminder that honor is just as powerful and needed.

    I was also greatly blessed by “creating an atmosphere of honor in your domain.” This reminded me of when I became a buyer for a shoe store (which by the favor of the Lord, my boss had greatly honored me by giving me a job I knew nothing about). I was at a convention in Las Vegas and an older man came up to me and asked me what I thought about a certain shoe. Unbeknownst to me, he was the designer. I told him my opinions and we bantered back and forth. The next week at work, there was a pair of shoes waiting for me from him. He said that my critiques were full of love and joy and felt that someone like me was desperately needed in the fashion industry. Hearing that honor is a big key to occupying the seven mountains inspired me and reminded me that the Lord is doing huge things.

  147. Michelle Kwak says:

    I appreciate the point about the government of God being a theocracy and not a democracy. It is indeed by God’s wisdom, sovereignty, and justification that positions and roles in the Kingdom are assigned, and that levels/types of honor are bestowed accordingly. This reminded me how influential the modern, secular society has been in my thinking- i.e. fairness is the basis for designating rights and roles. I loved the reminder that the Kingdom of God does have rank and order, but that honor should still be extended to all. I believe much humility comes from knowing how to appropriately honor those in all positions around you. As PC mentioned that honor results in empowerment, I realized that empowerment also leads to further honor– so as they feed off each other, it’s encouraging to know that this can only be a good thing!

  148. It’s so neat to hear older messages and realize that the house has been actively living out what is preached for so long. It’s also neat to hear people’s names called out in messages and hear the legacy of leadership as those leaders have been called to serve in other campuses. That’s a powerful testimony to this very theme! “An empowering culture eliminates the need for control,” “Honor creates order through dignity,” “Order fostered by honor results in empowerment,” and “Honor releases people to their full potential.” I’ve seen this in just the past few months as leaders have been activated and achieve new levels. The culture of honor is very apparent.

  149. This message blessed me so much! At times, we forget our identity in God and this sermon reminded me exactly who I am. A daughter of a King. While listening to this sermon, I was reminded of a worship song ” There’s a King in You ” by Donald Lawrence. “We come from royalty. A aristocratic dynasty.” It`s so true. I believe everyone should give and recieve honor. It shows as an act of respect but also shows one`s selflessness, sincerity, humbleness towards others. We are all created in the image of God. Life truly does flow through honor.

  150. Kymberly Riggins says:

    Listening to this message reminded me of the basic tenet of the Golden Rule, “Treat people how you want to be treated”. Although honoring people in positions of authority is common to me, I was educated from the message why it is difficult for people to honor others. I know firsthand about the unexpected benefits of honoring people that God has placed in your life.

  151. Sooky Park says:

    This message made me think and surprised me greatly at the same time. I realized i have issues with honoring fathers also. I thought I did not, but I realized I have the tiniest bit of reserve in respecting and submitting to leaders. Also, “honoring the prodigals” was really new to me. I realized I should not look down on prodigals. They are potential? or regular? sons of God just as we are. They show honor for each other, whether they’re Christian or not. I think Honor creates synergy.Anyhow Praise be the LORD that we were once children of wrath but are now children of glory and once dishonored but now honored! Hallelujah!

  152. Suzy Shin says:

    This message made me realize that I am not humble as I think I am. Its a new perspective that honoring comes from humility. And I agree. If I can’t honor a leader that God has put in my life it would have a lot to do with my pride.I don’t think it just applies to leaders in the church but to everyone around me. Honoring someone is kind of like serving and loving your neighbor I think…The best part about this sermon for me is to honor my parents. It is written clearly in the bible to do so but I feel like I fall short on this matter. I love my parents and have a deep relationship with but sometimes I just feel like we are friends and talk as if I am the parent when I am not. I think this can bring side effects like me talking to God as if I am right and he is wrong. I really need to reflect on my attitude towards God and see if I am truly honoring him and living out a biblical life or am I just pretending to so people won’t judge me.

  153. Ann Lee says:

    Yes, honor is often forgotten in today’s society. It was interesting PC compared the round table model and rectangular table model used in churchs, and how the round table model reflects a mistrust in leaders to prevent an abuse in authority. In relating to my personal experience, I was a little uncomfortable and offended at first by the New Philly leadership style. It kept emphasizing to honor and submit to your leaders, and I wasn’t used to that whole concept especially in churches. I guess I was more used to the round table model, where everyone has an equal say. But eventually I got to realize that New Philly movement is powerful, as a result of their leadership style that reflects that of God’s Kingdom. I now got to understand and agree with the culture of honor. Yes, we are all royalty that gives and recieves honor.

  154. It’s amazing to see how much Western culture has really overlooked the importance of honor. Especially in the church. Biggest take away- give honor- even when leaders have led imperfectly. I relate to what PC says about being critical whenever a spiritual leader’s theology, practice, preachig, life, were, in my own view, substandard. It’s something that I did a lot when I was a college student. Spiritual leaders, while not perfect, are worthy of our honor. In the end of the day it is the grace of God that allows any person to lead.

  155. Emilie Boivin says:

    The concept of nobility is inherently lodge within the concept of honor. As believers we are also royalty through Christ and to behave grossly, or in a nanner that dishonors anyone is unbecoming to our true identity.
    Through this sermon, I have learned that cultivating honor is the way of the Kingdom, as the ones we honor feel valued as individuals, and they are then empowered to rise to their full potential and manifest excellence. A culture of honor brings blessing, anointing and life to the house, so therefore as leaders, as sons, we should do everything in our powerful to shower our spiritual fathers, leaders, our brothers and sisters and all non-believers with gifts, love and eeven money, to honir and celebrate who they are and bring glory to our Father in heaven.

  156. Amanda Hawkins says:

    I really love how the Apple Store was used to show how honor is important. I agree that customer service is such a great and often difficult way to show honor to leaders, sons and prodigal sons. I’ve worked in several customer service positions and people, no matter how they are dressed or how they look or what income level want to be respected and valued for using that particular product. It’s so easy to make a snap decision based on appearance. It’s also easy to shut people out when they are demanding and rude. Being humble before God is not only honorable but spills over into our life outside of church as well. For me not always an easy task, thanks for the reminder PC.

  157. Jorie Bonham says:

    Honor and respect are two of my biggest rules in my classroom. I think that since my parents raised me to respect and honor others, especially elders, that it bothers me when I don’t see it carried out. The example about the kid on the bus was a good example of that. However I never thought of it in the people of higher authority giving honor to people ‘below’ them. I think that is very powerful. Jesus did show honor to the woman at the well and so many others in the Bible. Why should we not show honor to others just as Jesus showed honor? That is one way that non-believers would be attracted to Christians. I think being honorable and showing honor to others in all areas of our life is more important than we give it credit for. Awesome reminder and message!

  158. Andrew Cho says:

    I always struggled to see where honor fits in my life and how it can be heartfelt. Being a Korean American, its so easy to “honor” but be so passive aggressive our whole lives and not put our whole heart behind our actions. To hear PC talking about honoring everyone and the actual need for it and its power, is just refreshing.

    Everyone deserves honor and even the prodigals. To notice the unsung actions of everyday leaders or to notice that the sons returning to God can step away from pig’s food is something that we neglect everyday. Not only do we neglect, but we don’t affirm and encourage these good things that glorify God daily. We need to build a strong environment on honor so that we might actually honor God in a new way and the way he is working in our lives.

  159. This was a really powerful words! I was so convicted…
    It’s easy to honor people outside, it’s very easy to honor people in our church but I feel very hard to honor the people in my workplace, I don’t treat all of my customers equally in my heart. I will still be nice and honor them but there’s different level of niceness and honor that I give to different customers. I have to honor them equally… And not to mention my manager. She just don’t want to see other people to be happy, because I think that she want to discipline us, if she gives us what we want then we’ll get used to it and will ask for more. So she just decline everything. I always feel like she’s in need of a lot of prayer but I find myself rarely praying for her and her life.

    I was so amazed by PC’s statement, honoring is regarded as a culture. After listening to this sermon, I feel like I need healing and and also prayer to be able to honor my workplace and the people within it. I understand that I have to fight, to ask God for a honoring heart.

  160. PC mentioned we are all royalty. As such, we ought to view and treat each other with honor. This holds true regardless of that person’s age, job status, educational, and religious background, etc. I like how PC towards the end used Joseph and Daniel’s example to illustrate how they honored foreign kings who had very different values. In my workplace, I had more than few occasions where I wanted to quit or challenge my supervisor because of the way she treated me. However, when I honored the one-year contract and started to view her as another royalty, beloved daughter of God (although she is not a christian), God opened up our hearts to talk about our personal life, where I shared my testimony of how I got saved. It is really hard to honor certain people, but life really does flow out from honoring not only spiritual authorities but secular authorities. I hope the culture of honor gets established more in Korean workplace, school, and society.

  161. Albert Lee says:

    As I was listening to the message I couldn’t stop asking myself the question. ‘Why can’t I accept any of the honors and compliments from people?’ And I realized that from my own family members I have never felt accepted nor honored. You see I agree to every single thing that P.Christian mentioned and they are the things that I already knew. But even though I wanted to live it out, it always felt like something was missing. Through this message God made me realize that there is a deeper root issue in me that needs to be solved.

    • Albert Lee says:

      What pointed out to me the most was the part where PC mentioned about honoring the prodigals. As a christian who is madly in love with Jesus and know how good he is I’ve always thought that introducing Jesus to a non believer would be the best thing to do and so never was I interested in other things but their salvation. But PC totally shifted my perspective when he said that for a non believer who does not understand grace yet, a person not being interested in anything else but his salvation could be disrespectful. Just as paul with respect approached the gentiles by learning their interests, and our ultimate example Jesus using peter’s language(fishers of man) and for the samaritan woman her language(living water) to connect to them and honor them, I decide to follow that example.

  162. After hearing this message i feel challenged by PC to honor the ones that i don’t like. After all we have to honor them equally with our attitudes, action and even our hearts (heart is the hardest part for me). Also being raised in a chinese family and chinese community, I don’t feel comfortable to praise someone and even being praised by someone. We can respect and honor the authority and elders well, but to praise somebody else? It could be our hardest part. I feel so thankful i could meet awesome leaders and friends in NP who show me how to honor other people properly. They teach me how to see others potential and being thankful just who they are and never compare someone to others. I also feel inspired when PC said we can honor people with many easy ways to do even just giving them a few simple words of encouragement!

  163. Establishing a culture of honor is important not only for the church within the body of Christ, but also within each individual as honor flows from a persons character and life flows through honor. On an individual level, recognizing authority and submitting to them is showing and acting out in humility. While honor creates order without the indignity of punishment, showing honor also empowers and encourages the recipient as pc explained with his example of Brother Michael receiving prayer from pc.

  164. Amen! I agree that we live in a dynamic time of history where the structures of authority (political, professional, spiritual and relational) are perhaps more highly scrutinized and negatively thought upon by a greater amount of people than ever before. People are losing touch with the concept of honor. It is encouraging to be reminded that God’s alternative supersedes the limitations of worldly authority and deals with hesitation on the part of those who submit to authority. A Godly culture where honor permeates the actions and thoughts of people at all levels of authority and rank is one that is comforting. It is attractive. It points to the result joy and blessing to everyone and everything around us. It is a culture where honor spurs love and love spurs more honor.

  165. Ilze Botha says:

    Such a good message. A reminded that humility is the way forward and recognize the pride in our own hearts. I believe it is important to honor people inside and outside of the church. ThNx for sharing.

  166. Honoring our spiritual fathers, sons, and the prodigals is central to the values set forth by Pastor Christian.

    Pastor Christian, I want to thank you for being so honest about your personal journey and how your relationship with Michael and even your professional experience at Apple helped you to establish this value as a foundational principle for leadership at New Philly.

    What touched me most about this teaching is that “God is not insecure” – He often gives us more honor than we deserve so that we can arrive at that potential. In honoring our “sons” and the “prodigals”, we should reflect that same attitude and humility.

    I pray that I would be instilled with the level of generosity and honor that reflects Christ’s love in a secure way. This teaching is stirring up repentance in my heart. Praise God that with His help, we can do all this and more.

  167. PC brought forth many great insights on the significance of honor and how it impacts our life journey as a son or daughter of God. What resonated in my heart most, was the significance of honoring leaders in our life. From the Leadership NRTC Orientation, one of the three essential points of a leader is humility. When we honor the leaders in our lives, we are also demonstrating humility, submission, and obedience. With the leaders in our life, we must have the mindset that there’s a specific reason to why they were sent before us and that they have something to give and we have something to receive from. What PC said was true, when we honor our leaders, not only do they get blessed, but blessings flow down upon us, as well.

  168. Sharon Ahn says:

    Although honoring and respecting our leaders should also be in our hearts and minds, SHOWING that honor and gratitude through actions is very important! Whether it’s through encouraging words, confirming truths over them, prayers, offering help when they need it (even in the littlest things), appreciation gifts, etc., I believe that all leaders do need encouragement from time to time (they are human as well!). I feel like we often forget that leaders have their ‘human moments’ and see them as a superhuman who never gets discouraged and is always on top of things. Through what I have also seen in New Philly is how the leaders honor their disciples as well. This attitude of having honor comes from seeing people with the eyes of Jesus. Seeing the person not at their current state (no matter how low), but seeing them the way Jesus would see them – everyone’s true potential and believing that God has begun a GOOD work in them and will bring it to completion in His perfect timing! I feel like this helps the person in seeing the truth that is spoken over them to tap into their real potential! The anointing flows from the top down and it’s important to acknowledge the leaders of our church with honor.

  169. Honor. I have been asking myself when I am listening to the sermon. “Have I ever honored other people including my leaders, friends and family this far?” Honor is not just being humble and showing respect to other people. It’s an act of showing your appreciations and encouragement towards other people. I like what Pastor Christian said, honor is not just giving to pastors, leaders, but also to son and friends without considering your position. Everyone need to be honored. It is not just a form of respect, but rather it is to empower other people and bring out their potential. Pastor Christian has given a lot of examples of way of honor, praying, giving testimony, gifting, submitting to their authority and etc. These ways of honor can be practiced out in daily life, easily. Pastor Christian emphasized the importance of creating an atmosphere of culture of honor not even in church but everywhere else including workplace, school etc. Honor can be considered as a basic of leadership and key to success according to PC. I have been so ignorant of honor, I wouldnt show my honor to someone unless he first shows his honor to me. It is so important to acknowledge people with honor, to create an atmosphere of honor. Even an encouraging word can be an act of honor towards someone else in right timing. So these are what I learned from the sermon and from this moment on, I will try to create an atmosphere of honor around me!

  170. young rae kim says:

    Through this message I realized that in the past, while in the past I showed may have showed honor and respect to my leaders outwardly, on the inside my heart wasn’t there. Looking back I could see that it was due to my pride and me not submitting to them. Also, PC laid out ways in which I could show honor to my leaders. One thing that really stood out to be, was that praying for my leaders is one way to honor them. Instead of always receiving from my leaders, I need to pray for them and encourage them so that they can be blessed. In doing so, I am also helping them be a better and more effective leader. And if I am in the position of leadership I need to be humble enough to receive from the people I am discipline. There is no need for insecurity, I need to be the biggest fan.

  171. Hannah Chong says:

    If honour is a virtue that is highly valued and displayed in the secular realm, then surely it must also be displayed within the church – not because it is merely an earthly principle, but because it is a biblical principle. We are commanded by God to practise honour. “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.” – Romans 12:10. We are to show honour in three different ways: We are to honour our spiritual leaders, honour sons, and honour the prodigals.

    I want to learn how to show honour to the people God has placed in my life. Life flows through honour! I no longer want to have an independent spirit, seeking to do things on my own. I no longer want fear to hinder me from being blessed in my relationships. I want to have a greater understanding of the power and impact that honour has in shaping our lives.

  172. First thing, It’s a great thing to see in New Philly that there’s a good order from the top to bottom.
    I believe in the importance of honoring and submitting under the leadership, because God is a God of order.
    Pastor know that it would be very dangerous to raise a mighty warrior with great prophetic gift and anointing without knowing how to honour and submit under the leadership because then, the warrior might become conceited and judgmental towards the leader, causing disorder and divisions in the church.

    I agree with the words, honor those whom honor is due, especially those who work hard for the kingdom, those who preach and teach the words.
    I want to do my best to honour the leadership here in New Philly Hongdae.

    Secondly when I heard about the Pastors experience of being empowered and feeling honoured by his own Spiritual father, I’ve come to desire such empowerment in order to live out my full potential to minister in the spirit of sonship.

    Thanks be to God who loves to honour his sons through the Spiritual fathers

  173. tokokim says:

    “Honor” is such an important concept like P.C explains throughout his sermon that as Christians or non-Christians, we should all understand to the full extend of the meaning and embrace it as a part of us. One of the main reasons for this is because the culture of the kingdom is a culture of honor. This should feel natural like when we breathe, we usually don’t think about every breath we take each time or whenever we blinking every few seconds, is an automated-thoughtless process. That’s how honor should be engraved in our core as Christians.

    Something that really stood out for me from P.C’s sermon was when he says honoring goes both ways. We must honor our leaders and spiritual father with food, money, notes or testimony but we must also learn how to honor the sons of the church. This stood out so much for me because I grew up going to a Korean church and from what I remember, the pastor always expected respect and honor from the members but I never saw him reciprocating back to the members of the church so I grew up thinking that the honoring system was only a one way thing. That is why I believe that honoring the sons is so important within the church. An example of this is when you honor a son, you are empowering him in a way that you might not see and sometimes without even realizing it the son becomes stronger and might show a hidden potential or anointment that wouldn’t have come out otherwise. Honor everyone!

  174. Toko Kim says:

    “Honor” is such an important concept like P.C explains throughout his sermon that as Christians or non-Christians, we should all understand to the full extend of the meaning and embrace it as a part of us. One of the main reasons for this is because the culture of the kingdom is a culture of honor. This should feel natural like when we breathe, we usually don’t think about every breath we take each time or whenever we blinking every few seconds, is an automated-thoughtless process. That’s how honor should be engraved in our core as Christians.

    Something that really stood out for me from P.C’s sermon was when he says honoring goes both ways. We must honor our leaders and spiritual father with food, money, notes or testimony but we must also learn how to honor the sons of the church. This stood out so much for me because I grew up going to a Korean church and from what I remember, the pastor always expected respect and honor from the members but I never saw him reciprocating back to the members of the church so I grew up thinking that the honoring system was only a one way thing. That is why I believe that honoring the sons is so important within the church. An example of this is when you honor a son, you are empowering him in a way that you might not see and sometimes without even realizing it the son becomes stronger and might show a hidden potential or anointment that wouldn’t have come out otherwise.
    Honor everyone!

  175. This was such an encouraging message to hear. I realized that it may be possible to love without fully honoring the other person. For example, when we converse and interact with friends who are non-Christian, it is easy to talk to them with only one motive, which is to evangelize. Even though this is not inherently wrong (as mentioned by PC as well), if our only motive towards non-Christians is to convert them, they will never experience the genuine and personal love of the Father through us. That is why it is important for us interact with them in a way that is honoring as it is loving. I love the concept of all Christians being a part of a family of royalty. Just as honor is an integral part of royal families here on earth (for example, the British royal family), we as heirs of the Heavenly Kingdom, should be able to fully walk out honor in our everyday lives. It is not only a one-way honor where we honor our elders and leaders above us but also honor those God has put under our responsibility. As we begin to honor people around us, it will naturally create an environment and culture of honor that may have not existed in the workplace before (I liked the phrase PC used with this example: that honor will ultimately create a highway in which life travels). I don’t know where I will end up working in the future but I was most definitely challenged to create such a culture of honor wherever God places me in – I mean if secular companies, like Apple, are able to do it, then how much more can we, as sons and daughters of the Kingdom, walk out this culture of honor? I believe that God will pour out more of His grace as we make a commitment in our hearts to honor those around us. Thank you PC for this refreshing message!

  176. Ra Hyun Ha says:

    “humility comes before honor. ”
    It was not until I became a christian That I realized the true meaning of Humility. I used to believe I can save myself. I tried and failed many times. After encountering Christ, I knew I can’t save myself and there is no need to strife for that because Christ already had done everything for me. I realized My savior is God not me, I learned how tiny I was and it made to feel more of His greatness. This revelation gave me the signification of humility.
    But God did not made me to stay on this stage, God led me to become more mature and helped me to grow continuously through His words and sermons. When I was listening to this sermon, i rerealized the wisdom comes from top down.
    “Honor others as how we received from Jesus”
    Jesus honored people who don’t deserved to be honored.
    I’m one of them. When I was a sinner, he died on the cross for me. God honor me not because of what i have or what I do, but because he decided to love me. Because I have received this honor from Him, I can honor others. That is the identity of ‘son of God’.
    But at my work, it is not easy to honor my boss. HIs character and leadership doesn’t go well with me; i believe every leader can rise up when God allows them to take their place. Even if the leader does’t give me trust, I still need to honor the person. Because i trust God and His mighty plan for using right leader by putting them on the position. This is my trust for God, not in that person who is in leadership position. Also every leader has power to influence whether it’s small or big. so i need to pray for my boss that he can have wisdom and a good influence in my work place.

  177. “When honor has strings attached, it ceases to be honor….it needs to flow out of a person’s character or given freely”. Made me think of my parents. Back at home, my parents always asked me to work for them- high school, college, weekends, holidays, vacations, etc. Most of these times I said yes without much complaint because I was the first child and felt it was my duty to work for them out of honor. However, I’m now questioning whether it was really out of honor…. because when I worked for them, I used to calculate WHEN I worked and WHEN I can deny their request to play with my friends. “Since I worked for you 7-11am, I will play after lunch!!” Things like that. So was that really honor? I don’t think so… me saying yes to them came with strings attached, and when those attached strings were not allowed, I got angry and bitter towards them. To me, it was unfair because I’ve said yes so many times because I was being nice to my parents, but in reality I was never doing it out of humility and love without expecting anything back. Great way for me to look back and rethink about how my view of honor has been.

    PC said the first thing we should do for our fathers/leaders is pray for them. Since being in my first CG this season, I’ve been praying for my fellow brothers and sisters in the CG, but I’ve also been praying for my CG leaders. I think it really does make a difference when we pray for our leaders. Why wouldn’t we pray over the people who are supposed to be leading us and blessing us week after week? I don’t know why but this concept wasn’t clear to me before CG- maybe because I didn’t have such a great relationship with leaders in the past and I didn’t have the desire to pray for them… But now it’s clearer to me how important it is to pray for our leaders (church, school, work, family, etc) for God to continually pour into them and protect them physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. By praying over them I think it also gives me comfort knowing God is protecting them and therefore protecting me.

    “Order enforced through fear is just control”-I really need to think about this when I teach in my classroom. For me, it’s been especially hard to NOT try and control my kids because they’re so young and so crazy. As kindergarteners, they don’t seem to logically understand why rules are in the classroom, so most of the time I catch myself enforcing the rules through fear. Though kindergarteners may not be old enough to act with “honor”, it still reminded me to not resort to fear to have disciplined students. “God doesn’t want obedient babies…He wants honorable sons”. I need to see my situation at work as the practicing grounds for my future when I have children of my own. Because when I have children, I want them to be honorable sons, not obedient babies.
    This was a great message to listen to in this season of my life. Being a teacher- having authority and “fathers” over me but also having “sons” under me.

  178. Thank you Pastor Christian for this wonderful sermon. Before proceeding to what I really gained from “honoring”, I’d first like to state out the verse that I like the most in this chapter: Luke Chapter 14-Verse 11:”For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” It’s all about honoring not only those who are older than you but those who are younger, poorer as well. I have 3 sisters in my family, and previously they were like, having a burning heart and desire, trying to guide me the right way to live, to strive and to receive. As for me, I thought that I knew everything before them, and I behaved like a little boy who was arrogant and stubborn. I denied to follow their words, I denied to respect them, I denied to honor them as well. All I did was solely based on the way that I wanted something to go for, and I ended up like, being as mess and I was so depressed and so down. It was all the arrogance in my heart that prevented me from really honoring other people- I looked down on those who were dumb, who couldn’t do the things I can do, who couldn’t sing etc. Pastor Christian sermon hit straight into my heart, and it was like a film showing the past times when I was looking down on my 3 sisters, dishonoring them back in 2007. And now I realize how strong an honoring is. Also, we have to really honor those who are older than us, but if they do not do the right thing, still, we have to honor them, as everyone does no perfect things and keep on reminding ourselves that, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Honoring does not only show that you are a might son/daughter of God, but it gives you a great reward too as for eternity, if you honor everyone regardless of status, age, races.

  179. Great sermon. I learned a lot! This really helps me to learn how to respect and honor leadership well. On a side note I have new respect for how my mother raised me to always act like a “lady”. I had no idea at the time she was rooting with in me a sense of honor. Thanks Mom!

  180. Minah Kim says:

    Honor everyone!
    Thanks to this sermon, I was able to organize my wandering thoughts. I haven’t had any problem honoring and respecting my leaders, but for some reason, I thought that indiscreet honoring is risky. So, naturally I began to think whether the person deserved to be honored. Judging people was not pleasant but I did not want to get disappointed.
    After listening to this sermon, I was reminded that honoring is an issue of my attitude. I like what PC mentioned. “Humility comes before honor.” “Humble people have no problem honoring others.” Yes, honoring comes from humility! The problem was not their behavior but my mind. I will stop judging people and remember that people is not the subject of judging.
    I want to honor and be honored. Thank you for this message PC.

  181. Youngha Park says:

    I consider honor as one of the most important thing not just in life but in Christianity. I love how the New Philadelphia Church is creating a culture of honor and exercising this honor through leadership. It doesn’t matter how gifted a person is or how anointed that person is by God, you still have to honor your church members and your leaders of the church. Without that honor, the church would fall in chaos and lose its order. Also, the sermon said that there is life and anointing that flows through honoring the leaders and each other, which I thought was so important in spiritual walk in God as well.

    I always honor my leaders and try to show my honor by trying my best to submit to them. However, by listening to the sermon, I think that my show of honor may not have been enough as Pastor Christian mentioned that to honor your leaders, you should pray for your leaders, give public testimony and shower them with gifts, encouragements, presentations, etc. I realize that I wasn’t verbal enough to show honor and I plan on praying upon that and fixing it. I hope I will be able to express my honor for my leaders more to be a blessing to them as they are blessings to me, already. The idea of outdoing in showing honor is great to exercise because honor creates order and empowerment of the leaders, which also helps the blessing and anointing to flow from top down.

    Also, what hit me was that we should honor the prodigals. I always thought this should be done because through my experience in a few churches, people in churches tend to make their own circles and exclude themselves from the secular world because they are too “holy” for the world. As Christians, I think we should always be approaching and reaching out to non-Christians not to just convert them to Christians but just to show them honor through Christ, which in turn would convert them to Christianity, hopefully. Honor rubs off on to others and I hope to be able to show honor to be a blessing to many people and to show that I am a son of God.

  182. Tiffany Maxwell says:

    I feel so inspired and excited by this message. It’s so awesome that honor has such an amazing ability to bring out potential in people. It’s something I’ve noticed in my classroom, but hearing it articulated so well here, my spirit says AMEN! I am excited for this renewed perspective, and inspired to go out and honor everyone!

  183. David Haram Kim says:

    One of the highlights of this sermon that was emphasized by Pastor Christian was “Honor creates order through dignity instead of the fear of punishment.” And in today’s society, there tends to be order through punishment or control. When looking at Korea and the whole “Sunbae/Hoobae (superior/subordinate)” system, it seems to be organized through fear and control. A great example of this is in the Korean army bases where many of the new recruits have to submit to the higher ranks and have to be forced to go through so much hardship.
    Pastor Christian also stressed how not only should we honor leaders, but also the sons who are our brothers and sisters. We also should honor others outside the church, and that includes even our enemies.
    When we honor people, it demonstrates to them how much we are blessed by them and how grateful we are for their service. Another interesting quote from the sermon was that no matter how royal someone can be as a king/prince/queen/president, without honor, they are no different than the vagabonds or the commoners.
    Thus, we should honor everyone in our lives no matter who they are.

  184. Jason Yang says:

    Honor the leaders.
    Honor the sons.
    Honor the prodigals.

    Honor is something I think about every now and then. Thanks to this sermon, I’ll be sure to think about it a lot more. Just as PC mentioned, there is a lack of honor in delivering and receiving in Korea. Just starting college, I could see certain gestures and small verbal communication among Korean students that truly lacks honor. Honestly, I feel embarrassed at times that I’m a Korean, because the generation today is rather disappointing and pitiful. That’s not to say that I am the perfect, well-mannered person, but I could really sense the honor-less culture here. I can definitely agree to the part when PC mentions how Koreans use honor as a mean to get something else such as money and favors.

    Growing up and learning the values honor and integrity, I have the mentality to always remain truthful. I know that even if others lie to get to a better position, I’d rather commit to the truth. This is because I know that even if no one acknowledges my firmness to integrity, God knows it all and that’s enough to do justice.

    What I didn’t know before listening to this sermon is about how honoring my parents would promise me a long life as well as giving gifts as a way to bless others. I also took into heart the messages about creating an atmosphere of culture of honor for success and to value every individual regardless of their religious stance (Christian or not).

  185. Raymond Seo says:

    Culture of honor sometimes is not found where it should be. It’s absent in businesses, families, and even in churches today unfortunately. This message encourages to honor regardless of position, age, ethnicity, religion, etc. It reminds us how we are royal priesthoods and we ought to honor everyone around us. It also teaches us the importance of honoring leaders for sowing into your life, to give honor where it’s due. I really liked how PC used his experience from Apple in this message to show the importance of honoring one another and how that lead to change in culture. It helped me to realize how one can go much beyond than they ever previously thought, through the empowerment of honor.

  186. Lydia Ju says:

    I was really blessed by this sermon in many ways, but it just really helped me to see the power in honor. I know honor is important, but sometimes I think I just knew the meaning of honor but didnt think too deeply into it. This sermon helped me to just meditate upon the importance of honoring leaders and what empowerment comes from honoring leaders as well as everyone. When we meet non Christians or people that sin I think sometimes people see them as people to just convert and not get to know them…converting like pc said isnt bad but really treating people with love and dignity is so important. I feel when we start seeing these people as less or dirty thats when we may become too prideful, selfish and unloving. It definitely just reminds me how I want to be someone that would honor peiple the way Jesus would and I want my Father in Heaven to be proud of me his daughter! I want to genuinely honor people more through prayer as well as gifts.

  187. Michelle Chaewon Kim says:

    I’ve read the Bible verses about honoring our authority numerous times, but it wasn’t until I came to New Philly that I really learned what it means to do so and how I should do it. I started to grasp a vague picture through what preachers mentioned here and there throughout different sermons and the way the leaders of this house honor and submit to PC and PE. But it wasn’t until I listened to this sermon that I realized WHY we should honor: we are people of royalty. This was a refreshing revelation to me.

    Another truth that really hit me as I was listening to this sermon was that we should not only honor one another within the church, but also honor the “protocols”. I realized consciously for the first time that I have tendency to see non-Christians around me merely as people who don’t know God, rather than seeing them as people who have just as much feelings as I do and people whom God had designed fearfully wonderfully. My prayer is that I would be able to honor non-Christian friends and family around me by seeing them as who they are and loving them for who they are.

  188. Atembe Fonge says:

    As I was listening to this sermon I thought to myself, “Honor sounds a lot like respect.” But as I kept listening I realized that respect is an aspect of honor, and you can respect someone without honoring them, which was evident in some of the examples PC gave in the beginning. Honor sounds like it’s actually a step up from respect because there is more care and love invested into honoring someone. I know that in the past I may have taken some leaders for granted because I assumed their role was to look after me and all I was responsible for was doing what they said or not making them look bad or feel upset; I also know that I probably didn’t show leaders as much honor as I could have. I like to think I’ve always honored role models in my life, by not getting in trouble or embarrassing them and by working hard to excel and make them proud, but I know I could have done more, such as pray for them and just exalt them more. When it comes to “honoring everyone” though, I know that is something that I can always improve on.
    I think this sermon had a second message to it, which is identity. There’s something about being secure in who you are and knowing who you are, especially in relation to Christ, that affects how you treat others, including how you honor them…and how you assign identities to others. As PC said in this sermon and past ones, we are all royalty, and we are all sons of God…I think once we are secure in our identities being humble is much easier, and honoring others becomes less of a task and more of a blessing…honoring others can be an honor in itself.

  189. (Dilys efesoa) while growing up the aspect of honor was rarely preached about. We knew that we were expected to honor God, the elderly, as well as my parents but i found that i often honored others on the outside but it wasnt because i respected them but it was because i felt that i was obligated to. That obligation made me loose sight of what true honor is. By showing honor to someone we are showing that we are grateful to them and we love them just as christ loved us.

  190. Michelle Kim says:

    “God is the source of all honor and I am royalty as well.” Also, the leaders He placed over us deserve honor. So many leaders at New Philly have encouraged me, prayed for me, and have blessed me in so many ways. I feel challenged now to honor them more through prayer, words of affirmation, gifts, etc.
    Also, we need to learn to honor the prodigals instead of viewing them in a different way. By honoring them, we’re showing them God’s love as well.

  191. Yong Shu Hua says:

    I like how this sermon emphasizes the importance of practicing the culture of honor, not only within the house of God, but also in our dealings with people outside of the church. Honor is not honor unless it flows out of a person’s character, and is given freely, without strings attached. To be able to honor others, it takes one to have humility first.

    When we honor the leaders in the house of God, we are in fact setting ourselves up for blessing. We can pray for them, give public testimonies about how they have impacted our lives, or sow into their lives with money. To me, honoring my leaders is also giving weight to their words and acknowledging them as someone whom I can trust and help me develop and grow in my spiritual walk with God.

    As a leader however, it is important to honor those who are placed under our care as well. Honor is empowering, and eliminates the need for control. It creates control through dignity instead of the fear of punishment. When we honor our “sheep”, we are not only earning their respect, we are setting an example for them to follow as well. It reminds me of saying, “If you want to build culture, BE the culture.” In addition, we are giving them the platform for their inner potential to be released; when you honor them at where they are, you enable them to go beyond where they are.

    Last but not least, honor the prodigals and love the unloved and/or unlovable. That to me includes those perceived as the “lowly” people in society i.e. the cleaners, the homeless, the elderly etc. It is important to treat these people with respect because Jesus loves them. It is also important to love them without an agenda, to just be genuine with them.

    A common thread from the above is that honor can only be manifested in a relationship. It is relational. A relationship has to be built between both parties before honor can be practiced. Even as we give our honor to God, it will all be empty talk if we do not first have a relationship with Him. As we honor those around us, we do it as unto the Lord.

  192. “honor is the cornerstone of an empowering culture that eliminates need for control”
    “honor has the ability to release potential in people…”
    “honor is humility in action”

    These things PC said gave me a renewed perspective of honor. Honor is not something to be understood one dimensionally as paying respect or placing someone on a pedestal. Honor goes deeper than that. A culture of honor breeds humility and empowerment.

  193. humility comes before honor. i learned that humility is important when we honor. as i listened to this sermon, I saw myself judging others and deciding whom i could honor. as pc pointed out, the root issue was my pride. humble people have no problem honoring everyone. like the example of daniel and joseph’s demonstration of honor even to pagan kings, i hope to honor everyone (not just the people whom i think deserve to be honored) and to empower people to rise up by honoring. humble myself before the Lord and honor everyone because i am an honorable person. :)

  194. I was so blessed by this message! “The culture of the Kingdom is a culture of honor.” We are called to honor our parents, leaders, those who receive from us and the prodigals. The part about honoring prodigals also shifted my perspective when it comes to evangelism and to view my relationships in life through different eyes. When we humbly serve and love those who are lost or backslidden, we allow the Holy Spirit to draw them back home to the Father. I can honestly say that I’ve been experiencing healing through the unconditional love and honor shown to me by my New Philly leaders!

  195. Words are so powerful. They have the power to lift up or destroy. This is especially true if those words com from a man or woman of God. Being part of Gods royal family we hold the highest honor of all, and we have power when we speak out things in the our Father’s name because we carry that inheritance. This message is a good reminder of how what we say to someone can really embolden them to go out in power and enable them to believe it for themselves. Also how we act as sons of the almighty God should reflect the that title.
    I admittedly have had the same problem of not being able to submit to someone if I think I am at a higher level of some sort, in some area, or if they have some character flaw that is visibly noticeable. I had to realize that finding someone who is perfect is dang near impossible, and that I have to believe in them, and through honoring them they are more empowered to be elevated themselves to an greater level.

    • I think another way of articulating what you said is that to honor authorities requires greater level of faith and maturity. Good stuff, Zach!

  196. Anne Hong says:

    A church that not only acknowledges and knows the Word, but abides in it and puts it into action is powerful! I love how PC talked about a topic that can be overlooked many times.

    Honor is such a wonderful thing, it brings life, as the Word says, it also helps you to take the focus off yourself and it builds up gratification in your heart. It makes you appreciate people more and become more aware of the person they are as well as what they do. It also creates unity. Honor is an intentional choice.

    PC talked about honoring prodigals and a way that you can honor them is not treating them like a project. I liked how PC talked about honor in a different area. I mean this happens in the body of the church, as well. People are used for selfish or wrong motives, intentionally and unintentionally. It is important to have heart checks to see what our motives and intenions are regularly.

    This message gave a greater sense of how important unity is and it encouraged me to be more intentional with it.

  197. Ericka L. Mack-Andrew says:

    Sometimes it amazes me how the Spirit knows exactly which word you need to hear and guides you to it. Just this past week I found myself becoming curious about the word ‘honor’ and its true meaning. In the natural, I felt the desire to just honor my natural father as the bible tells us too. However, I realized that I really didn’t know how to honor him and a feeling of inadequacy as a daughter began to plague my heart.

    I now have some action steps that I can put into practice in my desire to honor my natural father as well as my spiritual father.

    What I really love about this message is that it also challenged me to reconsider how I honor my leaders. In my discussions with my familia leader/ connection coach, I didn’t really understand the significance of her asking me to pray for her. I of course accepted the request as a Christian thing to do but I didn’t really understand that by offering up my prayers on her behalf I was also showing her the honor that she deserves.

    I also felt some conviction in my spirit as the need to really evaluate my life consumed me. I came to the realization that I was only partially living a lifestyle of honor and that, like the lazy american princesses, I really wasn’t trying hard enough in other areas. However, now that I have been reminded of my true identity as royalty I find that I have a new commitment to really walking out this lifestyle of honor.

  198. Shine Jang says:

    I really loved how honor was stated as a culture of the kingdom.

    Simply performing external behavior of honor is very different and from carrying the principle of honor in the heart. God is the one and only source of true honor. He honored us even when we did not deserve to be honored, and it’s just like he first loved us when we did not deserve to be loved. For this reason (because God honored us), we must honor others as well. What was freely given to us, we also have to give freely. Moreover, knowing how to receive honor is also important. Those who know how to give also know how to receive.

    I remember, at my church back home, we had these moments (mostly during prayer meetings) when we just went around and honored every single member who were present there. Those times were definitely so powerful, and so many people were felt loved, healed, got restored, encouraged, and transformed. Power of honor is definitely real!

  199. Amy Loi says:

    Thank you PC for this sermon. I am so amazed by how honoring people can change everything, and realize how important it is to honor our leaders, sons and prodigal. I am thankful for the structure in New Philly which everyone is placed under cover all the times while honor will always flow there, both from top down and from bottom up so naturally and lovingly. It helps so much that I don’t feel like I am a slave but I am willingly to submit ourselves to the church because of the culture of honoring. Also, the teaching about reaching to prodigal by first honoring them speaks to me so powerfully. Honoring others indeed forms a healthy community. Again, thanks for the message!

  200. Esther says:

    “Outdo one another in honour”!! Wow, i was very blessed by this message. Thank you so much Pastor Christian! I never realised that the Bible even says that we need to honour each other. I grew up in a place where “Christian” leaders had been very controlling and manipulative and this message made me very aware that I tend to still bottle leaders up in this perspective. I really related to what you shared about your own experiences- I need to stop being critical about others but humble myself and recognise that they have something for me too. Thank The Lord for opening my eyes. I was so so encouraged by this and am motivated to bless and honour those who have blessed me. Hallelujah!! :))

  201. Mariyah Gonzales says:

    When we understand our identity in the church as first sons, servants then friends, honour will naturally bubble up in our hearts and force its way out of all our senses. We will honour our brothers, teachers, and pastors in the way we see them, in the way we speak to them, how we hold their instruction or teaching or in what we hear them say. It will be something we will want to do, delight in doing! Something we will find organically surfacing from thanksgiving. Exactly as PC said, cultivating a culture of honour is key to eliminate the need for control. Understanding covering and covenant is necessary to living in cheerful obedience. I love the structure at New Philadelphia. Everyone is very clear on their current roles in the body and have chosen to be faithful in the small things. It’s accepting and believing that everyone has something to give and receive. We needn’t depend on solely our spiritual fathers for warmth or direction. With this structure and culture of honour, we know PC’s heart through our community group leaders, ministry leaders, other teachers and campus pastors.

    I love PC’s illustration of honour and nobility. With NP being an army of mighty warriors, I understood this in the context of knights. We are bold warrior princes and princesses!

  202. Winnie Chan Wei Ling says:

    We are the royalty that represents God’s kingdom on earth!! Royalty knows how to honor!!
    The point that Pastor Christian speaks that the culture of honor creates life and brings out potential from people really awakened me. I realised how important for us to create this culture of honor despite status so that people feel appreciated. Often times instead of honoring people of their good, we see the imperfect side of them. But through proper honoring, it brings life and dignity. In order to prospher in the six mountain, honor is the key.

  203. Charles Ting says:

    Seriously, I didn’t have much honor to the people back in my hometown. And just I finished listening to this sermon, God highlighted something to me– Honor your parents. I love my parents so much but during the secondary school time, I was a rebellious child. I didn’t listen to what my parents told me to do and this led to the relationship with my dad became distant. I didn’t like to talk to my dad anymore as he always said something that I felt like it was so irritating and now I found that he was good to me always and his loving heart won’t be changed. After coming to Korea, the culture of honor had pushed me into the atmosphere of culture of honor that I could often humble myself in the front of people.

    Back in my hometown, I used to being dishonor to the pagans because I thought that they had nothing do with me. This selfish thought brought me to disobeying God’s commandment in Matthew 22;39 (And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.) I found that the key to love one another is first to honor them, honor everyone including the pagans. Honor should not be ended up in the church. This message is very powerful to me as it speaks into my life, teaching me how to love my pagan friends in the way of honoring them.

  204. Gina Park says:

    I can’t honor the people I think who are not deserve to be honored..
    But I really want to become a person who can bring the honouring culture, who can empower people by honouring, even for the prodigals. “The culture of the Kingdom is a culture of honor.” Everything that is Awesome is from God. I love it!

  205. Yeana Kim says:

    Danbi would always greet and thank people around the school and those working in the restaurants, to a point where it made me feel awkward standing there not greeting them as well. I asked Danbi why she greets strangers and she said, “Because I think that is what Jesus would do.” After listening to PC’s sermon, I understood what it means to honor people. and how important it is to honor my leaders, sons and prodigals. I also understood what Danbi meant when she said these things, and that there are so many other leaders in NP who are setting a good example.
    What most touched me in this podcast was the third point, honoring the prodigals. Recently, I invited my old friend to New Philly, who has been struggling to get back to church. I was losing hope in her until I heard this podcast. I realized that my goal should not be just to get my friend back to church. I definitely do not want her to feel like I am a fake or a person with agenda. Rather, I should wait patiently by honoring her and praying for her – and this is what I am taking out from PC’s message.
    Also, I was really blessed by what PC said towards the end about the Korean kids studying in Korea. As someone aspiring to be a teacher, I was very blessed when PC said that people would influence public education systems and allow all of the kids to enjoy extra-curricular activities! I pray that God would work powerfully in people today, and that we would be able to reform by carrying a culture of honor.

  206. I like how Pastor Christian talks about “honoring everyone”, not just influential or fellow Christians. Genuine honor requires actual sincerity and humility. If the only thing you recognize about a person is the fact that they are non-Christians, not only is it apparent to that person, but it is treating them like a missions/charity work. It is not bad to want to share the heart of God and the Gospel, but having such mindset of wanting to “befriend” others for the sake of evangelizing and “saving them”, is dehumanizing. Life flows through honor, not pity or self-gratification. With the excuse of “there’s a Christian heart behind this”, you are seeing others in a condenscending way. I remember there was a quote “See others how God sees them.” This means, despite if a particular friend is a smoker and prefers clubbing than reading books, or not, still treat them with honor. Because the same honor was handed to me unconditionally, even if I am a flawed person. Positivity is spread to reinforcement of positive acts and the belief of goodness in the specific people. This sermon was and is so revelant as a current university student. Although most of my friends are non-believers, they are amazing people from all kinds of backgrounds and quirks. My heart sees them as friends first. This “ministering” alot of Christians have in mind, doesn’t have to be missionary work, ‘You need Jesus in your life’, or church flyers, but just being the intentional sincere self in a deep relationship with those friends is doing my part. I might never live to see them encounter God, or ever encounter God, but I am doing my part of being God’s daughter and expressing the love given to me. My intention of befriending someone should be out of genuine heart of first, never “missionary work”. They are people too, and people feel insincerity and shallow encounters.

  207. 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 find character flaws, and become 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 needed to hear this sermon (again), and be convicted and repent.

  208. Good topic to address PC. I enjoyed the stories on how you learnt honour in your family. I do feel that even though honour is rejected by people in Korea, I will still practice it. I love the line, ‘honour needs to flow out of your character and be given freely.’
    *”Honour is humility in action” – this is something I will think on, as I have looked down on people with character flaws in the past and have distanced myself from them.. esp people who are show selfishness and arrogance.
    I must admit I am honoured to be part of a family that listens and takes heart to what you preach- the fact that you have been showered with dried mangoes shows that we are an honourable body, ready to practice what we learn :)

    The line, “people that climb to the top have a culture of honour” was highlighted to me and I want to be part of that.

  209. Kimberly Ahn says:

    The culture of honoring people has been something that was engrained within my natural demeanor. Growing up in a traditional Korean household, my definition of honor is definitely different as to what PC discusses here. Growing up, honor was synonymous to obedience. As PC states, there are different motivations as to what spurs on an individual to honor someone.

    We are to honor our leaders, other sons, and prodigals. As mentioned before, I spent a lot of my time “honoring” others out of and through fear. But PC says that honor through fear only creates fear and manipulation, which is not genuine honor.

    My time here at NP, I am so glad to say that I fully honor my CG leaders because they truly set an atmosphere for me to feel safe and empowered.

  210. Arielle Arn says:

    This culture of Honor like many other things is an extension of sonship. We are sons and daughters of the King and with this we are expected to act differently. We are royal. When our leadership is set up it is through God. We must honor that by honoring the authority that is set up above us for it is really His authority we are under. We see this in the old testament when David still submitted to Saul and refused to harm him because he respected the anointing of his leader even though his actions did not match. Now that does not mean to follow in blindness, but it is a powerful example of how we are to respect our leaders that God has set before us. It is humbling and it is trusting him! I feel I am blessed even just witnessing the culture of honor here at NP and I can tell that everyone in leadership has heard this sermon. It is evident in their lives in how they treat those above them and those they teach. What a testimony!

  211. Hye R. Song says:

    This sermon present me the Principle of Honor from a new perspective. As a grown up from a conservative, Confucian culture, I am so used to the submissions but probably with a “fake” honor. This society lack in the true honor and has a craving for that. Thanks, PC for setting the tone. Indeed, I believe that the true honor will guide me to climb up the Mountain.

  212. David Chong 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.

  213. 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.

  214. Marius van Broekhuizen says:

    “Honor creates order through dignity instead of through fear of punishment.”

    God doesn’t use shame and fear to control people. God uses wealth and honor.People are empowered when you treat them with dignity and you see them as bigger than they see themselves. God loves it when we are prospering! Jesus and our church is not intimidated by our success and growth. But that growth is not inspired by a spirit of fear. We need to learn how to honor prodigal sons, leaders and sons. When we treat people who are lost with honor, the community starts flourishing. We can honor people with testimonies of how they have blessed us, with gifts and by praying for them. I love the fact that God commands us to outdo others when it comes to honor. I have personally experienced that New Philly honors and loves people out of their depravity. Life flows through honor.
    I am inspired to carry a spirit of honor in what I do. I was reminded in this sermon to see that honor is life-giving. A culture of honor rubs off on others too. I work with New Philly members and I can testify that they treat others in a way that is genuinely full of honor.
    How did I miss this teaching earlier in my life? Thank God for a church that lives out this culture.

  215. 3 quotes come to mind while listening to this passage.

    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 within our modern culture but we remove the organ–honor– and we expect the function.

    Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first and we lose both first and second things.

    These quotes are something to ponder about when it comes to the virtue of honor. Honor is really all about understanding the true value of a given object–be it animate or inanimate– and responding to it with a proper response/respect. At least…that’s going to be my take. I think in modern times it’s hard for us to honor properly because we have an odd way of appreciating things. We look to society to give us our values, yet society is made up of a bunch of other people looking towards it to give some meaningful value. We’re stuck in this post-modern culture where valuation is whatever I deem fit for myself and the other person whatever they deem fit. this relative valuation makes it hard for us to really give proper value and when things are not properly valued you cannot act upon or give response properly.

    Honor is something that is not inherent in us. It’s not built in–it’s something that we are taught. I really like where the sermon was going with it, but I really was wanting more out of it. Honor isn’t something you can cover in just an hour session. There’s so many topics that come off of it too, but once again going back to one of the quotes i kept thinking about, first things first and second things second. If we get how to honor properly right, then everything else follows suit.

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