Holiness: The Fundamental Mark of the Family of God

Holiness: The Fundamental Mark of the Family of God

Holiness: The Fundamental Mark of the Family of God
TEXT: 1 PEter 1:14-16



Let us draw near to worship with the words of Psalms 9….

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.”
(Psalms 9:1–2)


“O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing”


“Behold Our God”


Isaiah 6:1-7
1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”


“Jesus Paid It All”

“Just As I Am”


Would you join me in praying David’s prayer in Psalm 51….

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it…. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”  (Psalms 51)

And now Lord, as you come, would you find hearts that are broken over sin, hearts that are contrite and ready to receive your words! Fill us! Mend us! Rescue us! Pardon us!



1 Peter 1:14–16


Pastor Mark Kernan

Title:  “Holiness: The Fundamental Mark of the Family of God”

Sermon Outline:

I. What is this thing we call holiness?

II. Why is my holiness so important to God?

III. Why does holiness feel so hard?


“Holy, Holy, Holy”