Worship Service 2 September 2018
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and Laverne Wiginton
Delivered On
September 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Mark 7:14-16 
A Resurrection from Fatalism

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Obey the Lord

4 Now, Israel, listen to the rules and laws I’m going to teach you. Obey them and you will live. You will go in and take over the land. The Lordwas the God of your people of long ago. He’s giving you the land. Don’t add to what I’m commanding you. Don’t subtract from it either. Instead, obey the commands of the Lord your God that I’m giving you.

Deuteronomy 4:6-9 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Be careful to keep them. That will show the nations how wise and understanding you are. They will hear about all these rules. They’ll say, “That great nation certainly has wise and understanding people.” The Lord our God is near us every time we pray to him. What other nation is great enough to have its gods that close to them? I’m giving you the laws of the Lord today. What other nation is great enough to have rules and laws as fair as these?

Don’t be careless. Instead, be very careful. Don’t forget the things your eyes have seen. As long as you live, don’t let them slip from your mind. Teach them to your children and their children after them.

Psalm 45

For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah. A wedding song to the tune of “Lilies.”

My heart is full of beautiful words
    as I say my poem for the king.
    My tongue is like the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men.
    Your lips have been given the ability to speak gracious words.
    God has blessed you forever.

Psalm 45:7-10 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

You love what is right and hate what is evil.
    So your God has placed you above your companions.
    He has filled you with joy by pouring the sacred oil on your head.
Myrrh and aloes and cassia make all your robes smell good.
    In palaces decorated with ivory
    the music played on stringed instruments makes you glad.
Daughters of kings are among the women you honor.
    At your right hand is the royal bride dressed in gold from Ophir.

10 Royal bride, listen and pay careful attention.
    Forget about your people and the home you came from.

Ephesians 6:10-20 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

God’s Armor for Believers

10 Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans. 12 Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world. 13 So put on all of God’s armor. Evil days will come. But you will be able to stand up to anything. And after you have done everything you can, you will still be standing. 14 So remain strong in the faith. Put the belt of truth around your waist. Put the armor of godliness on your chest. 15 Wear on your feet what will prepare you to tell the good news of peace. 16 Also, pick up the shield of faith. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Put on the helmet of salvation. And take the sword of the Holy Spirit. The sword is God’s word.

18 At all times, pray by the power of the Spirit. Pray all kinds of prayers. Be watchful, so that you can pray. Always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me. Pray that whenever I speak, the right words will be given to me. Then I can be bold as I tell the mystery of the good news. 20 Because of the good news, I am being held by chains as the Lord’s messenger. So pray that I will be bold as I preach the good news. That’s what I should do.

Mark 7:1-8 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

What Makes People “Unclean”?

7 The Pharisees gathered around Jesus. So did some of the teachers of the law. All of them had come from Jerusalem. They saw some of his disciples eating food with “unclean” hands. That means they were not washed. The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands to make them “clean.” That’s what the elders teach. When they come from the market, they do not eat unless they wash. And they follow many other teachings. For example, they wash cups, pitchers, and kettles in a special way.

So the Pharisees and the teachers of the law questioned Jesus. “Why don’t your disciples live by what the elders teach?” they asked. “Why do they eat their food with ‘unclean’ hands?”

He replied, “Isaiah was right. He prophesied about you people who pretend to be good. He said,

“ ‘These people honor me by what they say.
    But their hearts are far away from me.
Their worship doesn’t mean anything to me.
    They teach nothing but human rules.’ (Isaiah 29:13)

You have let go of God’s commands. And you are holding on to teachings that people have made up.”

Mark 7:14-16 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him. He said, “Listen to me, everyone. Understand this. 15-16 Nothing outside of a person can make them ‘unclean’ by going into them. It is what comes out of them that makes them ‘unclean.’ ”

Mark 7:21-23 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

21 Evil thoughts come from the inside, from a person’s heart. So do sexual sins, stealing and murder. 22 Adultery, greed, hate and cheating come from a person’s heart too. So do desires that are not pure, and wanting what belongs to others. And so do telling lies about others and being proud and being foolish. 23 All these evil things come from inside a person and make them ‘unclean.’ ”