“The confirmation of Our Hope”
TEXT: 1 PEter 1:8-9
ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (2.21.2021)
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Let us draw near to worship with the words of Psalm 103….
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
“Your Grace Is Enough”
“Rock of Ages”
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“His Mercy Is More”
“Great Are You Lord”
Oh Lord God, who are we to be recipients of your favor? Who are we to be forgiven of our sin? What merit to we have? What can we stand on? Nothing! All we deserve is for you to turn away forever! We deserve to not have you forever!
But no, that is not where you left us.
In stunning mercy you fought towards us. Through the pain of the cross you crushed every sin that would keep us apart. You were torn apart so that you could keep us close to yourself forever.
We stand back and we bow down and say “This is mercy!” Not that we loved you but that you loved us first and gave your life for us! This is grace upon grace upon grace! What a great savior, what a great Salvation!!
Would you be pleased now as we come hungry to your Word, to feed us….we who don’t deserve to sit at your table. Break open the bread and fill us to overflowing, overflowing that leads to transformation and action as we begin to extend the grace you’ve given to us to others around us!
READ SERMON TEXT:
1 Peter 1:8-9
Pastor Mark Kernan
Title: “The Confirmation of Our Hope”
Main Point: True faith is marked by an ever-imperfect but ever-growing love for Jesus, trust in Jesus, and enjoyment of Jesus.
I. The Obstacle to Faith
II. The Outcome of Faith
III. The Evidence of Faith
“The Lord Our God”