Thursday, May 05, 2011

Priests, Ministers and Other Common People

A few weeks ago, I wrote encouraged us to ReThink the Priesthood of Believers in practical terms.  We need a new breed of priests if the church is to rapidly expand.  If there is going to be a culture of rapid Kingdom expansion, we must see every believer as a competent minister of the new covenant in all ways (2 Cor. 3:6).  This will encourage and inspire people to be seen as important.

Leaders would do well to understand that the God who spoke to Adam and Noah in Genesis, is the same God that spoke to Peter and Paul in the New Testament and is the same God who spoke to George Fox, Martin Luther and Charles Wesley.  These people are not rare or exceptional examples of God communicating to His children.  They should be considered the normal pattern just like any parent-child relationship.  Without going into too much depth on this topic, we must understand that God is equally connected to all of His children.  In fact, He is more connected to Jesus followers today than He was to Adam...what?, you might think.  Jesus indwells His children today while He did not indwell people a permanent basis before Acts 2.  Amazing!  Believe the truth about you.  Be a Priest (1 Pet. 2:5-9), Ambassador (2 Cor. 5:18-21), a Competent Minister (2 Cor. 3:6), an Ordained One (John 15:16) to the world who desperately needs to be told about and invited to the forever party Jesus is throwing!