But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9, New International Version)
Theme: The Local Church
It was wonderful to see how all the comments yesterday had a clear theme, God should be the focus of worship in the local church. It seems such an obvious statement but easier said than done. Yesterday, we saw the Levites leading in communal worship and we saw their attitude to worship. Within the tribe of Levites there were priests who had special responsibility for worship in the tabernacle. We will discuss the topic of priests today.
Today’s passage is 1 Peter 2:9 (presented above). In the passage, believers are identified as a royal priesthood and commensurate with that role is an expectation of declaration of praises to God.
What does our identity as a royal priesthood mean to you as you reflect on worship in the local church?