Sunday Evening Service (1 Peter 2:5-12)Pastor Jared Shumate, January 20, 2019
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
Sunday Evening, January 20th, 2019 - The Priesthood of the Believer - Pastor Jared Shumate
Have you ever considered yourself a priest? It's not a term that is common in Baptist churches actually. But if you are a Christian, someone who has received the gift of salvation, the Bible calls you a priest. 1 Peter refers to Christians as a "priesthood of believers."
Think about those Old Testament priests and some of the things that marked them as such. They had access to God where they went to Him on behalf of not only themselves of others as well. They were attendants to the Most High God, their lives dedicated to serving Him. They were ambassadors for Him, carrying His banner out to the World.
If you have been saved, then you have been called to be a modern day priest for God! We have access, we are to be His attendants, and His ambassadors! Are you being a good priest for Him today?
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1 Peter 2:5-12
5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9But 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: 10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (KJV)