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A NOTE FROM PASTOR MARK:
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.
Song lyrics are available to download. (Click here for lyric sheets)
I Am created in the image of God
TEXT: Genesis 1:24–31
ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (5.3.2020)
CALL TO WORSHIP:
As we approach our Lord today, let us remember that He reigns over all things…nothing is outside his control! Let’s join with the worship already happening in heaven and declare…
Revelation 7:10, 12
10 “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!….12 Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” (ESV)
“Blessed Be Your Name”
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
Lord, you are a mighty fortress for your people to run to! What a relief to have somewhere to go when life feels like it is crushing us. You provide peace in the midst of the storm. You provide a banquet in the middle of enemy territory (Psalm 23:5). You provide food in the midst of famine (Psalm 33:19). Truly your resources are never depleted. You are strong, secure, immovable. You have no needs (Acts 17:25).
In contrast to you, our needs are endless. Beginning as infants who are utterly helpless, we progress through life still desperately needy. We need daily food and water. We need shelter from weather and clothing for covering. We need air every minute to breathe. We need other people to help us in areas we are not capable in. We need encouragement and instruction. We need protection from criminals and international enemies.
And yet, Lord, we act as though we can do it all ourselves. We do not depend on you as we ought, and we don’t give thanks to you as we ought when you provide (Romans 1:21). Instead we turn to other things to meet our needs. We place our security in money, or jobs, or relationships. We rely on others’ opinions of us, and attempt to look good in their eyes. We seek and follow worldly wisdom. Truly we have all “claimed to be wise,” and instead become fools, “exchanging the glory of the immortal God” for idols that cannot help us (Romans 1:22–23). Oh, Lord, please forgive us!
In our condition apart from you, we desperately needed a Savior. We rightly deserved your wrath for every moment of unbelief, disobedience, and ungodliness (Romans 1:18). In our running away from you we were running right into death’s clutches. We had no way of escape from being separated from you forever. We needed a rescuer. That was and still is our deepest need.
And how did you respond to our greatest need? “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” (Ephesians 2:4–5). Lord, you have come in love to rescue us! You sacrificially laid down your life in our place, taking the punishment we deserved!
Lord we are in a difficult season, and we may have a long road ahead of us. But if you have already given us your Son, surely you will meet us and provide for all of our needs in whatever place we find ourselves!
“How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”
Let’s declare where our help comes from….
Psalms 20:1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!
3 May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
4 May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!
5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God (ESV).
Lord, thank you that we can come to you again and again for help. Would you help us again through your Word? We need you to correct our misunderstandings, adjust our misplaced hopes, mend our broken affections. We need you to bind us together as a body, and hold us together as we walk through this life. Would you come now and meet us again? Amen.
READ SERMON TEXT:
Pastor Mark Kernan
I Am Created In The Image Of God
Main Point: Human beings exists to reflect the very character of God and to faithfully represent the sovereign rule of God in every aspect of our life. (Whether that be in our (1) essential likeness to God, (2) our functional likeness to God, or our (3) relational likeness to God).
I. What Does it Mean to be Created in the Image of God?
II. Why Does it Really Matter that we are Created in the Image of God?
“He Will Hold Me Fast”