1. How do you feel about being called Royal Priests? Why might it be difficult to see yourself as a priest in your present life?
2. As citizens of heaven we have dual citizenship in the present. What does citizenship mean in our Canadian context and how can that help us understand our spiritual citizenship in heaven?
3. The role of a priests is to connect other people with God and bringing his grace and love to the world. In which ways or areas of your life is God calling you to enact your priestly role in sharing God’s love with people?
4. Who are you currently praying for or could start praying for as your life out your priestly calling in the present life?
5. According to Rev. 1:6 our future calling is actually to reign with: Christ (Rev 1:6)… what does that look like in the present? Ephesians 2:6 states that the impact of the resurrection is that we are “seated with Christ in heavenly realms”. How can you see yourself leading like Jesus and with Jesus in your current place of work or in your neighbourhood? Where can you show sacrificial servant leadership, as modeled by Jesus?
6. Have you ever asked someone who was not a believer if you could pray for them? How did that go? How did they receive that invitation? Who is God bringing to mind that you could extend that life line of prayer to in your ?
7. How do you feel about being called Mandela-Tutu? After apartheid fell in South Africa, together they formed the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” which has been imitated the world over; even in Canada after the abuses of at residential schools for natives came out. If you want, read a little more about it. How is this form of “restorative justice” an example of Easter spirituality and evidence of the Future Kingdom now? Does this remind you of a prev. sermon on 2 Cor. 5:18 on our “ministry of reconciliation”?
8. Here’s a great prayer by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Feel free to meditate on and pray it:
Disturb us, O Lord
when we are too well-pleased with ourselves
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,
because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, O Lord
when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the water of life
when, having fallen in love with time,
we have ceased to dream of eternity
and in our efforts to build a new earth,
we have allowed our vision of Heaven to grow dim.
Stir us, O Lord
to dare more boldly, to venture into wider seas
where storms show Thy mastery,
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.
In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes
and invited the brave to follow.
9. Weekly Challenge – As the Spirit leads, tell someone in your life that you will be praying for them, and make sure you actually do 🙂 If you feel bold and where appropriate, ask to pray with someone on the spot. Notice how the Spirit is promoting you in these times of living out your priestly call and begin notice how we can enact the Kingdom of God on earth as we live out our priestly call.