English Worship 2.28

This is the day that the Lord has made – Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Lenten Theme: From Death | To Life

It is during this time of the year that we pay special attention to our need for Jesus. Without him we are lost. Without him we are in the dark. We are spiritually dead. However, with him we have life, because He gave his life for us. This is a time and a season of repentance as we reflect on our status before God. Without Jesus we would be dead, but in Him we have life. We take this time to reflect and repent as the time grows closer and closer to the death of Jesus and then to the celebration of His resurrection on Easter. 

Theme for the Week:

Jesus promises life, even as we were dead and lost. Receiving that life today in worship we take up our cross and follow him. Life in Jesus may not look how we think it should, but this is God’s good new life. 

Bible Readings

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

Romans 5:1-11

5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Mark 8:27-38

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Prayer

Spend some time in prayer with our Heavenly Father. He asks us to pray, to talk with Him. Like a father and his child. Bring to Him your problems and your difficult situations. Bring to him your hopes and desires. Praise him and give him thanks for all He’s done. Share your life with him, because He loves you.

Connection Challenge:

Pick one item that stuck out to you from today (a bible verse, a thought from the sermon, a song, something you need to pray for) and share it with one other person. Send them a wechat, video call them, find a way to connect. 

Even though we are unable to join in-person on Sundays, we can still find ways to connect and share together in our relationship with God and our relationships with each other.

Go in peace and serve the Lord!

Bible Verses for Next Sunday, March 7th

Exodus 20:1-17 | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 | John 2:13-22

Tencent Meeting Info

Sunday, February 28th: Online Conversation and Fellowship

10am-11am

Meeting ID: 659 0660 8960

(VooV Meeting / Tencent Meeting App)

Location and Address

Nanshan English Worship – 2:00pm (14:00)

2239 Nanhai Ave. New Energy Building B, 3rd Floor 

南海大道2239号新能源大厦B座3楼 

Bus: 海雅百货 (Haiya Department Store) or 南山邮局 (Nanshan Post Office)

Metro: Line 9 Nanshan Book Mall (Exit D)

Meilin English Worship – 7:00pm (19:00)

126 Meilin Rd., 2nd floor chapel 

梅林路126号梅林教堂二楼 可乘坐

Bus: Meilin er cun 

Metro: Line 9 Xiameilin or Meicun

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Nanshan Church Address:

2239 Nanhai Ave. New Energy Building B, 3rd Floor 

南海大道2239号新能源大厦B座3楼

 

Meilin Church Address:

126 Meilin Rd., 2nd floor chapel

梅林路126号梅林教堂二楼