Sunday, May 31, 2009

What? Me A Priest?

Pastor Doug started a series this morning revisiting the "Living Beyond Myself" series presented two years ago.
Ministry is touching another's life for Christ.
Pastor stated that this was a one-point sermon; but, he said, don't be fooled. That doesn't mean you'll get out earlier.
Every Christ-follower is a priest.
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:" --I Peter 2:9
Each person should use whatever gift he has been given to serve others.
"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." --I Peter 4:10
We all have different gifts but one is not more important than another.
"All these (gifts) are the work of one and the same Spirit and he gives them to each one, just as he determines." --I Corinthians 12:11
We are all to determine what our gift is, where we function most effectively in ministry. "Find your sweet spot," as Pastor says, then apply it in service to Christ.
[Some reflections on the scripture and the sermon, not necessarily presented in the sermon.
1. The chief privilege of the priest is Access to God. We may approach Him directly.
2. The function of the priest is sacrifice, which is fourfold. He offers a) his own body, b) praise to God, c) his substance, and d) to do good.]

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