Shanghai CC&TSPM organized a thematic event on preaching with the aim of translating the achievements of sinicized Christianity into practical teachings.
On September 16th, at Fitch Memorial Church in Hongkou District, approximately 350 participants, including staff members of CC&TSPMs in diverse districts, the theological thought construction workgroup, pastors, and key volunteers from across the city, gathered for this activity titled "Preaching in Shanghai: Patriotism and Faith, Progress, and Contribution."
The event aligned with six themes, including strict governance of religions, standardized management of places of worship, promotion of traditional culture, international exchanges, fostering social harmony, and talent development.
Six pastors delivered sermons on topics such as "Strict Church Governance: The Discipline Every Christian Should Know," "Life and Order," "The Patriotism of Moses," "Loving One Another and Engaging Internationally," "Examining How the Church Can Contribute to Social Harmony Through the Parable of the Good Samaritan," and "The Responsibilities and Mission of Pastors in the New Era."
The speakers elucidated the doctrines and rules of the church in a language that was accessible to the congregation while also incorporating elements of Chinese traditional culture, church experience, and practice. They applied theoretical interpretations of information from the Bible that were conducive to social harmony, in line with contemporary progress requirements, and in harmony with the spirit of excellent Chinese traditional culture.
During the worship service, the church choir performed "The Miraculous Pen of Divine Work," a hymn infused with Chinese cultural elements, expressing the emotions of Chinese Christians and their blessings for the country through their own cultural expressions.
Shanghai CC&TSPM organized this "Discourse on the Scriptures" thematic event through theological preaching and exchange. Shanghai CC&TSPM has been conducting essay competitions for the event over the years. This year, the city's pastoral workers submitted more than 150 essays, reflecting their efforts in the practice and exploration of sinicizing Christianity in Shanghai.
- Translated by Abigail Wu