FBC E-Blast - February 5, 2018
FBC E-Blast

February 5, 2018

The Priesthood of Believers - Revelation 5

According to Scripture, the believer’s citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). In other words, we’re not going to be citizens of an eternal kingdom; we already are.

What’s more, every person who professes Jesus Christ as Lord is part of God’s priesthood. In the ancient Israelite culture, priests were the privileged servants of Almighty God. They carried out all the tasks related to keeping the Law and preserving the spiritual well-being of the people. They cared for the temple, offered sacrifices, and interceded on behalf of the community.

When John says in Revelation 1 that you and I are priests, he is placing us among the ranks of a people set apart as God’s servants. It is a blessing and calling to worship the Lord, to adore and honor Him, and to ensure that all glory is given to His name. Our duties also include interceding on behalf of others.

The one priestly task we do not have to do is perform sacrifices. God Himself offered the final sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, when His Son died in our place. Our part is to bear witness to the breadth and depth of His love for all people. Once you grasp the fact that God looks on His children - every one a former slave to sin - with unconditional devotion, you can’t keep quiet about it.

Believers are special in the eyes of their God and King. We are a sacred people and a holy order. What are you doing with your life? As a believer, you are not your own anymore (I Corinthians 6:19). You are a priest and a privileged servant of the Most High God. (Isaiah 61:3).

Upcoming Sermon Series
      How should today's church conduct itself in order to comply with Christ's mandate? How can your role as a leader or a worker make a difference in your church? As we study various passages from God's Word, we will see the clear direction given by Christ, who nurtures and provides for His body, the church.

Last Week:
      As we close this aspect of eternal security, we learned about the 2 other links, Certainty of Deliverance and Joy in God. The certainty is founded in the permanence and preservation of our salvation in Christ. Our joy is in God, not us or anything else.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will begin our new series about the Marks of a Healthy Church. We are going to start looking at some of the key ingredients of a church that is successful by God's standards.

Upcoming Events

February 6 - Dartball Game at Midway UP Church. Be there by 7:30 PM

February 10 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM
                        Salad Mix-Off & Dessert Bake-Off at 6 PM, main course provided by the church

February 11 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

March 2 - Church-wide Bowling more details to come

March 4 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner after AM Worship Service

March 31 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt at noon. More details to come.

April 1 - Easter Services:
              8:00 AM - Early Service & Lord's Supper
              9:00 AM - Carry-in Breakfast
              10:00 AM - Morning Worship

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    Midway, PA   15060
    (724) 796-3381

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