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A Worship Guide for June 7

We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship alone or together with others.

Call to Worship

"Now I praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble" (Daniel 4:37).

Pray

King of heaven, we come humbly before you. We want to praise and extol and honor you.  We have nothing but what you have given. We are nothing but what you have made us. And all you have done is right and just. As we worship you now we thank you for showing us mercy in the middle of our brokenness. You came to us in our sin, you sent Jesus Christ to bear our punishment, and you extended the offer of forgiveness. By his work you show yourself to be both just and the justifier of those who have faith in Jesus. Give us this faith as we worship you now. Amen.

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For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. (1 Chronicles 29:10-18)

Pray

Father we come before you in prayer thankful that we come through our mediator, Jesus Christ. You alone are the creator of the universe.  You have measured the waters in the hollow of your hand and marked off the heavens with a span.  No one taught you the path of justice and taught you knowledge.  All the nations are as nothing before you and are accounted by you as less than nothing and emptiness. 

We are your creatures.  We have failed to fear you with proper reverence.  We have feared the opinions of man more than you.  We have failed to love others as we love ourselves. We have sinned in our anger.  We have been discontent with the situations you have sovereignly placed us in.  We deserve your judgement.

Yet in your love, you have condescended in the person of Jesus Christ and he has made us right before you.  We thank you that our sins are forgiven and we have been made new.  You have adopted us as your sons and daughters and we can come before you knowing that you hear our prayers. 

Father, we are grieved and overwhelmed as we try to process all of the current events.  Many have died in recent days from the virus.  Others have been killed or injured by others with little regard for the value of human life.  We have felt the weight of isolation due to quarantine and curfews.  We cry out to you in pain over all of these factors and we ask that you would have mercy on us.  We ask that you would help us cling to the joy and hope that we have in Christ.  We also ask that you would provide wisdom to those in authority positions to lead us well through these trying times. 

We thank you for the college students in our body.  We ask that you would give them wisdom as they seek to plan their way and ask that you would help them trust you to establish their steps. 

We thank you that you have provided other gospel-proclaiming churches in our area.  We pray specifically today for North Ridge Church and their pastor Sam McGarvey.  We ask that they would hold fast to your truth and that you would bring glory to yourself through their body.

We know that there are many parts of the world that do not have the number of gospel believing churches that we do.  We pray today for the Besemah of Indonesia, a group of people that are predominantly followers of Islam.  We ask that you would send your people to them to proclaim the gospel and that you would save many of them.

We thank you that you have raised up the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary.  We thank you for their work in the Middle East and pray that you would continue to give them boldness to proclaim the gospel.  We thank you that they have seen an increase in interest in learning about the true God and ask that you would bring many to faith in yourself through their work. 

Finally, we pray for your servant Tom as he proclaims your word today.  We ask that the Holy Spirit would strengthen him and utilize the Word to edify our body. We ask that you would help our body to prepare to hear the Word preached. May we receive your word well and be edified by the preaching of it. Amen. 

Read the Bible

Ephesians 5:22–24, [22] Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. [23] For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. [24] Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Watch to the Sermon

Listen to the sermon HERE.

Summary: In Ephesians 5:22-24, we see the steps to enjoying a marriage in keeping with God’s design. God has designed marriage to be where two become one flesh, as a picture of his bringing all things separated by the fall into sin back into unity again. This is done through the gospel of Jesus, his death, burial and resurrection. Last week, we saw that men are to comprehensively love their wives picturing the sacrificial and saving work of Jesus. Today we will look at the role of the woman in marriage. What instructions does Paul give? He calls the wife to submit and respect her husband just as the church submits to Christ. As the husband displays Christ, the wife displays the church in her humble yieldedness. 

Review and Apply

Explain the nature of submission in marriage as well as other relationships in your life.

How is submission defined or limited in this passage?

What are the dangers in submission and how do we avoid them?

How can submission be an act of worship?

What is godly headship? Where have you seen a godly example of headship in your life?

What is a warning and encouragement to the unmarried?