WELCOME TO THE PRIESTHOOD
Many people like to draw a line between the people (laity) and the priest or pastor (clergy). They imagine the church leader must be super sanctified and have a special relationship with God. And in the Old Testament of the Bible, that was true. If a commoner went into the Holy of Holies, he would die. But in the New Testament, we are told that we are now a holy priesthood – that is not just for church leaders, but for all who follow Jesus. So all the tasks you through were for your pastor to do – those are actually for you to do as well! Welcome to the team!!
If you missed Sunday’s message, I encourage you to check it out so you understand your role as a priest in this world.
Who Was Melchizedek?
This past Sunday, Pastor Ryan mentioned Melchizedek, a minor character in Genesis 14, who turns into a key player when learning about how Jesus is our ultimate high priest – one in the order of Melchizedek. If you’ve never heard about this man with a name that’s a mouthful, read this brief summary of his story and how he might have actually been Jesus showing up to Abraham! [Read the Article]
5 Christian Cliches that Need to Die
Now that you all recognize each of you is a priest, it’s time to learn what NOT to say to people in an effort to make them feel better. Here’s a list of unhelpful cliches we need to stop telling one another. [Read the Article]
Our Message One Year Ago
Exactly one year ago we began a new message series called “The New Normal” where we discussed how things were changing and beginning to stabilize after a full 2 MONTHS into the pandemic. For fun, watch Brent, Ryan, and Amy unpack all that was changing one year ago…. and remember how much more has changed since then.[Watch the Message]
Message Discussion Questions
We hope the message from each Sunday sticks with you beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Take a moment to consider the questions below, and even better, talk to somebody (who attends the church or doesn’t) about them.
- Why is it good news that Jesus is the only mediator between you and God?
- In what ways have you unconsciously been viewing Ashworth Church leaders like an Old Covenant Priest?
- How might you act differently knowing you are a priest, with direct access to God who can mediate between God and those who are not yet following Jesus?
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