Calgary Chinese Baptist Church
Sunday Worship - CCBC English - Live Stream - August 29, 2021
Call for Worship: Psalm 95:6–7 Sermon: Genesis 16 1 Peter 5:7 Genesis 16 is a three act play. In Act 1 (vv 2–6), Sarai schemes to get a child for herself through her slave Hagar, whom she gives as a wife to her husband, Abram. In Act 2 (vv 7–14), Hagar encounters the God who 'sees her' (i.e., cares for her). In Act 3 (v 15), Hagar bears a son for Abram whom he names Ishmael. Faith is not an easy journey, nor is waiting on God's timetable, but even when we act impetuously, God cares for us. Sarai acts to hasten God's promise of a son, with disastrous consequences. Abram acquiesces to Sarai's plan. Hagar is the slave woman who gets caught in the middle and suffers from their actions, but God sees her and cares for her. That's the theme I'm running with in my sermon, God cares for you. God's loving care is an appropriate theme for our worship as well.
English Sunday Worship - Live Stream - August 22, 2021
Call for Worship: Psalm 7:17 Genesis 15 Romans 4:17–25 God reaffirms and intensifies in Genesis 15 the promises he made in chapter 12 of descendants and land. Does Abram have a son through whom the promises will be realized? No. Does Abram possess land yet? No. Still, Abram believed God, he took God at his word, and God counted it to him as righteousness. Abram becomes for us a model to follow. Then God, through an enacted covenant ritual—a formalized agreement—binds himself to the certainty of the promises of blessing he has made. Themes for worship can include the faithfulness of God, the central role of faith in our relationship with God, and the importance of waiting patiently for God to act.
Sunday Worship - CCBC English - Live Stream - August 15, 2021
Call for Worship: Psalm 100 Sermon: Genesis 14 Hebrews 6:13-20 Abram and Lot find themselves caught up in international politics due to a war between opposing forces. Four kings from the east (modern day Iraq and Iran) were aligned against five kings from the west, mostly in the southern Jordan valley. Abram probably would not have gotten involved in the conflict except that his nephew Lot, who lives in Sodom, was taken captive. Abram mobilized a small fighting force of men and, with a couple of allies from near Hebron, they attacked the eastern kings, routed them, and rescued Lot and some others. Afterward, the king of Salem (probably Jerusalem), Melchizedek, blessed Abram, while Abram and the king of Sodom entered into an uneasy truce. So political conflict in vv 1–16 and subsequent interactions of Abram, Melchizedek, and the king of Sodom in vv 17–24. The thrust of the passage seems to be the clear demonstration of divine support for Abram and the resulting blessing that goes out to all the families of the earth in fulfillment of God's promise in Genesis 12:2–3. You can also look to the Hebrews 6:13–20 passage for worship ideas; for example, the certainty of our hope and security in Jesus Christ, who has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
Sunday Worship - CCBC English - Live Stream - August 8, 2021
Call for Worship: Psalm 29:9–1 Sermon: Genesis 13 Hebrews 12:14–15 Genesis 13 largely sets up the narrative of Abram's story which follows in chapters 14–19. We learn why Abram and Lot separate, why Lot ends up in Sodom, and how Abram came to live by the oaks of Mamre in Hebron. Although chapter 13 is preparatory for what follows, still we learn about Abram's character—he is generous and a peacemaker, he strengthens his resolve to worship Yahweh after his failure in Egypt, and, implicitly, he trusts God to remain true to his promises—and God, in turn, confirms his promise to Abram of blessing through descendants and land. Worship themes can include praise to God for Jesus who is our peace (Eph 2:14), the faithfulness of God who remains true to his word, and the patience and forgiveness of God who restores repentant sinners into right relationship with him. I likely will focus on the theme of the peace we enjoy with God.