Embracing My Responsibility in the Local Church

Embracing My Responsibility in the Local Church


We recognize that family worship has its unique challenges depending on your family’s size and stage of life. Therefore, we have prepared a complete worship service (below) for our entire church family because we are convinced that Sunday is so much more than a sermon. And this is one way for us to be worshiping the same way even though we are apart.

We suggest that you test the worship and sermon links before you gather your family. After you have done this, we encourage the leader of the house to read the prayers and appoint other readers as necessary to encourage greatest participation.

After the sermon is over, we encourage you to discuss the sermon and ways to live out its application.

Embracing My Responsibility in the local church
TEXT: colossians 3:15-17



As we come to worship today, let us rejoice in God’s amazing love and faithfulness and his plan of redemption….

Psalms 57:9-10
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.


“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

“Behold Our God”


As we behold our God, we are reminded of how great and majestic and holy he is, and how often we fall short of worshiping and living in light of who he is. Let’s pray this prayer of confession before the Lord together….

Psalms 51:1    Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 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. 6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.


“Just As I Am”

“In Christ Alone”


O Lord, thank you that all of our hope is found in you. Thank you that we don’t have to try to stand before you on the basis of our own good deeds or acts of obedience. A few minutes ago we confessed that we still sin, so we can’t stand before you on our own. Yet you’ve given us something better to stand on…the perfect life and work of Jesus Christ!

In you alone do we find salvation, freedom from guilt and shame. In you alone do we find a way to be forgiven. Your word tells us that for all of us who believe, you “cancelled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This you set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Col 2:13-14).

In you alone do we find the promise that you will keep your people for yourself until the last day. You promised that your sheep would hear your voice, that you would give them eternal life, that they would never perish and that no one would snatch them of your hand. (John 10:27-29).

As we just sang, “No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand; Till He returns or calls me home, here in the pow’r of Christ we stand.”

And now as we come to your word, would you use it to keep us. Keep us looking to you. Keep us trusting in you. Keep us broken over our sin. Keep us clinging to your grace. Keep us from sin and self-deception. Keep us from wondering away from you. Keep us resting in Christ Alone!


Colossians 3:15-17


Pastor Mark Kernan

Embracing My Responsibility in the Local Church

Main Idea:  God did not call us to be religious consumers but Christ-exalting church members.

I. A People Who Promote Peace in the Body of Christ (Colossians 3:15)

II. A People Who Help the Body of Christ Treasure Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:16)

III. A People Who Endeavor to Glorify Jesus Christ in Every Aspect of Life (Colossians 3:17)