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Approaching Sunday: We Are a Royal Priesthood

We hope that these posts are encouraging you as you prepare to engage your heart and mind with Sunday services at Coastal Community Church.
This Sunday, Pastor Joey will be preaching on what is called in the theological world as the “doctrine of the priesthood of all believers.”  The primary text for this doctrine is taken from 1 Peter 2:1-10 (ESV):

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Here is a thought taken from this passage to meditate on as we approach Sunday:
Commentator, Edwin A. Blume defines this doctrine in this way: “[priesthood of all believers] means that all Christians have immediate access to God, that they serve God personally, that they minister to others, and that they have something to give…” [1]

Think about the implications of that for a moment.  Christians have immediate access to God the Father because of the person and work of Jesus Christ alone.  Christ is the only mediator between God and man. Not a priest. Not a pastor. Christ alone.  Because of Christ’s accomplished work, believers receive a deposit of the Holy Spirit (Third Person of the Trinity) inside of them.  This gives believers the ability to “serve God personally” and “minister to others”.  God has graciously given us everything we need “pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).  How often are you thinking on and savoring that wonderful truth?

Order of Service
In Christ Alone (1st Peter 2:24; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1st John 4:10; Hebrews 7: 26-27)
Welcome and Announcements
Selective Reading: Ephesians 2: 13-22
Forever Reign (Romans 5:8)
Jesus Paid it All (Isaiah 53:5)
Great I Am (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58)
Sermon: “Coastal Because we are a Royal Priesthood” (1st Peter 2:1-10) by Pastor Joey Tomlinson
Coastal Update and Offertory: Pastor Shaun Brown
Closing Song: In Christ Alone

[1] Expositors Bible Commentary

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Biblical Leadership

Why would the Apostle Peter say, “And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ?” 1 Peter 5:1 (NLT) Why not say that he is an apostle, instead of saying he was a witness to the sufferings of Christ? Peter had the opportunity to do two things differently here. He could have stated that he is an apostle and the elders need to do what he says because of his spiritual authority, and he could have reminded them that he was a direct witness to the transfiguration and resurrection of Christ.

So why does Peter describe himself in this way? First, as a fellow elder, he is reminding the elders of this church that he is held to the same standard required of them. This is always the character of a humble leader. A humble leader would never ask someone else to do what they are not willing to do themselves.

Second, Peter reminds them that as a witness to the sufferings of Christ, he was a failure. During the suffering and crucifixion of Christ, Peter denied that he even knew Jesus. (Luke 22:60-62) This, quite likely, is Peter’s biggest failure and humiliation. Yet, here he is as a fellow elder, and a man leading the church of Jesus Christ. Peter is recalling the forgiveness given to him, and how one can be used once repenting of sin and embracing the gospel. How freeing to know that Jesus still uses broken people!

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