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— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 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. 6 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.” 7 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,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 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…” 
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
 Expositors Bible Commentary