Summary: A sermon about the priesthood of all believers in Christ.
It doesn’t take long to figure out that having a title isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s lonely at the top, even though you may have a name plaque that says something before or after your name. Really, it would be easier not to wear a title sometimes:
Stinky diapers mean more when your title is Mom or Dad
Court cases take on a different feeling if your title is “Juror #4”
Terrorist attacks have a different significance if your title is “Mr. President.”
You have to remember that church staff positions are something we create, not that we find in the Bible. So, what we call them can’t be found in the Bible either.
One day, someone called the church office in Hillsboro, OH. This person was trying to get to me, so she said, “I want to speak to the main minister, the preacher, you know, the Prime Minister!”
Titles means responsibility, not just privilege. That’s probably why, in the Church, we have allowed some titles to be dropped and forgotten through the years.
There’s this title, priest, that has shown up and fallen off through the years. Today, I want to talk about the way it really ought to be applied to all Christians, young and old, man and woman.
Wait a minute…”priest”? First of all, that’s those other guys, not us Christian church guys, and besides that, “priest,” that’s just for certain people in the church, isn’t it?
Those are fair questions. Please, go ahead and ask them with me:
• Should only certain people be allowed to baptize a person?
• Should only certain people be allowed to collect an offering, and to bring around the Lord’s Supper?
• Should only certain people be around to help or encourage those who are hurting, or sick, or injured?
• Should we send our friends, or our children, to a certain person on a church staff when it comes to telling them about Jesus?
• Should we leave studying the Bible up to certain people?
Some of you have wondered about some of these questions, and others like them. They really do matter, but the answer to them is bigger than just yes or know. What we’re looking at today is really a very foundational question for the way every one of us relates to the church. It keeps coming back to this concept that every believer is a “priest” in God’s Church.
And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
Look around the throne in Heaven, and the creatures and elders there are saying that Jesus has made men from every tribe and language and people and nation to serve God as priests. So, for forever, we’re going to be serving as priests. That’s not too hard to accept, is it? A lot of things are going to change when Heaven is completed and we finally receive our home there. What does that have to do with now?