Installation Service for Pastor Mark Kernan
Text: Selected Passages
Leaving Behind a Church but Looking Forward to Its Future
Text: Acts 20:17-32 In Acts 20, the Apostle Paul gives a stirring message to the Ephesian church leaders about their church even though he will not longer be there for them. Many of the same words apply to our church today as it transitions from the Interim Pastor stage to the new pastoral leadership of Mark Kernan. In verses 17-32, we find three lessons on leaving behind a church with a bright future.
The Power of Praise for Persevering Faith
Text: Psalm 103
Home is Where the Heart Is
Text: Psalm 84:1-12 What goes on in your mind when you think about or prepare for meeting with the Lord and his people to experience together worship and fellowship? Your answer to that question reflects on where your heart really is. Psalm 84 describes a heart set on worshipping God with his followers.
“Living Happily Ever After”
Text: Psalm 1 Psalm 1 is a picture of 2 people – 2 ways to live – 2 choices – and 2 ultimate outcomes. It is also a summary of the book of Psalms and even of the entire Bible. But most importantly, it is a good look in the mirror at yourself. As you read and study this short Psalm, see if you can see yourself in it.
“Who Are We in God’s Eyes?”
Text: Psalm 8 Ever wonder what God thinks of you? David in the Old Testament book of Psalms, chapter 8, gives us the answer and a reason to live. And he begins this ancient song by inviting us to say with him to the Lord, “How majestic is your name in all the earth!” With the starting place of praise, we are lifted up by the Lord in honor so that we can lift him up in praise.
Living Now in God’s Presence
Text: Psalm 15:1-5 Psalm 15 is a short Psalm written by David, but its words contain a manual for men who want to live holy lives in the presence of God. This is a Psalm about who God wants to spend time with in worship and fellowship. It is especially appropriate for men on this Father’s Day who want their lives to shape their families, their church, and their community.
A Cry for Revival
Text: Psalm 85:1-13 What is the greatest need in our country today? Is it jobs? Is it greater government support? Or is it less government control? How about a stronger military? You name it, and it will probably make other people’s list too. But how many would say revival from God? Is your heart crying out for revival like the voice of the psalmists recorded in Psalm 85? Listen to this four-fold cry from the heart.
The Greatest Gift a Mother Can Give
Text: 2 Timothy 1:5 God honors true Christian mothers and grandmothers in the Bible. One of the ways he does this is by publicly recognizing their greatest contribution, a special gift to their children and grandchildren. This gift can be considered the greatest gift anyone can give to her family. It is the gift of living and sharing their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, an eternal legacy of grace.
The Empty Tomb is Enough!
Text: Matthew 28:1-7 Some people will never be persuaded that Jesus Christ is both fully man and fully God who can provide forgiveness of sins and give new life to the sinner unless they see convincing proof that that is possible. What kind of convincing proof is needed? Easter teaches us that when it comes to proof, the empty tomb of Jesus is enough. Read all about it in Matthew 28:1-7.