ONLINE ONLY – English Worship 8.22

In-person gatherings have been temporarily suspended due the epidemic prevention and control. We will be sure to share an announcement with you here on the official account when our in-person gatherings will be able to resume.


Welcome to the season of Pentecost! This is the time where we remember when the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples with a rushing wind and what appeared as tongues of fire. His Spirit moved then and empowered them as His church to share His Gospel all across the world, and it continues to move within us as His church and empower us today.

We are glad you are here, from wherever you are – rejoicing in the hope of our Savior Jesus!

Below, please find our theme for the week, our bible readings, some songs, and a video-recorded sermon. Set some time aside today if you are able, either alone or with some friends or family, and enter into an intentional time of worship with our God. May He bless you today and may you know that Jesus is always with you! 🙂

“Submit to One Another Out of Love” Ephesians 5:21

How do you make decisions in your family?  The service of family members to one another is the model for all of society.  Just as Jesus gave himself up for his church, we are able to submit in love to our families and bless the community.

Bible Readings

Ephesians 5:20-33

20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Mark 7:1-9

 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)

5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” 6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,  but their hearts are far from me.
7 They worship me in vain;  their teachings are merely human rules.’

8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”  9 And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!

Questions and Notes from the message today:
  1. How do we know that marriage is the fundamental human relationship?
  2. What are the 4 biblical purposes for marriage?
  3. “Lordship” and “Submission” seem to be words about the use of power.  How does Jesus through his cross provide a more holy understanding of the words? 
  4. Living your vocations (Marriage, parenting, work, citizenship, etc.) in faith in Christ is a participation in sharing the Gospel.  How does this encouragement help you live better in the way God has called you?
  5. Finish your conversation by telling one another the Gospel (use the ideas from Ephesians 5:26-27 to share this Gospel)
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.

Go in peace and serve the Lord!

Bible Verses for Next Sunday, August 29, 2021

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 | Mark 7:14-23

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: Haiya Department Store or Nanshan Post Office 
公交站:海雅百货 或 南山邮局
Metro: Line 9 Nanshan Book Mall (Exit D) 
地铁:9号线 南山书城站 (D出口)

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

126 Meilin Rd., 2nd floor chapel 
梅林路126号梅林教堂二楼 

Bus: Meilin er cun 
公交站:梅林二村
Metro: Line 9 Xiameilin or Meicun 
地铁:9号线 下梅林站 或 梅村站

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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