The Family of God

Read: Mark 3:20-35

Last Sunday Pastor Ken finished our series, One Mission, with a message from Mark 3:7-19 on the importance of going in obedience to the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. This Sunday we will pick back up in our series through Mark, Who Do You Say that I Am?, as Ken preaches a message from Mark 3:20-35. As you prepare your heart for our corporate gathering, let this prayer from The Valley of Vision inspire your own.

Heart Preparation

O Sovereign Lord,

Thou art the Creator-Father of all men,
for thou hast made and dost support them;
Thou art the special Father of those who know,
love and honour thee,
who find thy yoke easy, and thy burden light,
thy work honourable,
thy commandments glorious.
But how little thy undeserved goodness has
affected me!
how imperfectly have I improved my
religious privileges!
how negligent have I been in doing good
to others!
I am before thee in my trespasses and sins,
have mercy on me,
and may thy goodness bring me to repentance.
Help me to hate and forsake every false way,
to be attentive to my condition and character,
to bridle my tongue,
to keep my heart with all diligence,
to watch and pray against temptation,
to mortify sin,
to be concerned for the salvation of others.
O God, I cannot endure to see the destruction
of my kindred.
Let those that are united to me in tender ties
be precious in thy sight and devoted to thy glory.
Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion,
instruction, discipline, example,
that my house may be a nursery for heaven,
my church the garden of the Lord,
enriched with trees of righteousness of
thy planting, for thy glory;
Let not those of my family who are amiable, moral,
fall short of heaven at last;
Grant that the promising appearances of a
tender conscience,
soft heart, the alarms and delights of thy Word,
be not finally blotted out,
but bring forth judgment unto victory
in all whom I love.

“The Family,” in The Valley of Vision.


Song List for Sunday

1. At the Cross, by Daniel Renstrom
2. Great I Am, by New Life Worship
3. Jesus, Thank You, by Sovereign Grace Music
4. The Depths of Your Love, by North Wake Music
5. Come Ye Sinners, by Daniel Renstrom