Papa’s Birthday 2016 – Chosen People, Royal Priesthood, Holy Nation, A People Belonging to God

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You’re a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

CHOSEN PEOPLE: Jesus chose us and saved us and forgave us for our sins. God chose us to be his people.

THE CHURCH: God’s holy priesthood. The new identity. Wherever you are, you can talk to God and worship him. You’re God’s royal priesthood. Our parents are the royal priesthood at home with the priesty duty to lead children to worship God.

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

HOLY NATION: God says, “Be holy for I’m holy.” You’re a holy nation. You live in a life of holyness. You and I are empowered to live a life to reflect his holyness. God says it is possible to live as one. You will reflect the very nature and character of God. “His divine power has given us everything need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

A PEOPLE BELONGING TO GOD: You belong to God because God says “I’m your God and you are my people.” We are bought by the precious love of God Jesus Christ his son. No matter how far you feel you are away from God, he will never let you God. God is still there for you and he will never give up on you. He will continue to provide for you because we belong to him and we are his people.

We are here to declare the praises of God wherever we go and wherever God has placed us.

Our posture of worship towards our God is significant. Are we behaving like the chosen people of God? We must be the most passionate people to worship him and always attend church every weekend with the heart to worship God. We must have an attitude of honor in coming to celebration weekend services on time and don’t leave until the whole service is over. Respect and behave like a child of God.

1 Corinthians 11:23-28

23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.

We celebrate communion to remember what God has done for us. Don’t take communion in a way unworthy to the Lord. We partake communion and come with reverence before God. Don’t take communion for granted. We must be full of thankfulness and gratefulness for what God has done for us and be ready to offer him praise and worship.

Thank you God!

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