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May 2013 Newsletter

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2013 JCG Event in Richardson, TX 

--Sign up now for our second JCG event in the Elim Church in Richardson, Texas (same place as 2012) on May 18, 2013. Mario Vega and Joel Comiskey will be ministering and English translation will be available.  Register now for the special price of 59.00.  Group rates are available.

 

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The Priesthood of All Believers

The  Protestant Reformation exposed the huge artificial wall that existed between the average Christian and the clergy. At that time, the normal Christian was forbidden to read the Bible and had to submit in blind obedience to the dictates of the church hierarchy.
Luther stood against the abuses and revealed the truth through systematic Bible teaching. He translated the Bible into the German language, so that each believer could read the Bible, understand Scripture's plain meaning, and minister as a priest of the living God (which became known as the priesthood of all believers).
   
Luther, Zwingli and the other reformers, however, could only apply the priesthood of all believers to a limited extent. After all, the reformers depended on the protection of the government and stability of the entire state to embrace their reforms. The reformers didn't want Christians meeting in house churches and practicing believer's baptism (at that time all infants were baptized as part of the state church) because they needed the stability of the state church. 

But many believers at that time followed their convictions and practiced the priesthood of all believers through house church gatherings, believer's baptism, etc. They were called the "radical brethren" and were persecuted by the protestant reformers!!  

The radical reformation is closer to New Testament Christianity and cell church ministry today. The cell church, like the early church, prioritizes the priesthood of all believers. But what does this look like? We know it means active participation in the cell, discovery of the spiritual gifts, and being prepared to participate on a leadership team. But how else can we practice the priesthood of all believers in today's church? 

In May on the JCG blog, we'll be exploring how to apply the Priesthood of all believers in our churches and cell groups. Experienced  cell church pastors will write 20 blogs on this topic during the month of May. If you'd like to receive these blogs in your email inbox each day, please sign up HERE. We'll cover: 

  •  Week 1 (May 5-11). The definition of the priesthood of all believers. I'm referring here to the doctrine that each member of the body of Christ is a priest of God and should be actively participating in the body of Christ. The Radical Reformation during the time of Luther wanted to actually practice this truth through house churches but Luther and Zwingli were fearful of a social rebellion. We in the cell church movement want to go back to primitive Christianity where every member participated in ministry.  
  • Week 2 (May 12-18) Resistance to the priesthood of all believers. The church is often seen as a spectator culture where people come to sit and listen to a sermon. Ephesians 4:12 tells us that the role of the pastor is to develop lay people to do the work of the ministry. 
  • Week 3 (May 19-25)   Risking for Jesus. Ministry can be messy. Roland Allen, an Anglican missionary in the past century wrote two excellent books on the apostle Paul's ministry. One thing Allen noticed was that Paul trusted the Holy Spirit to work in the house church leaders. Paul didn't stay very long in each city, but he raised up elders and developed churches. We often are afraid to allow members to participate in the cells and eventually lead them. Do we believe that the Holy Spirit is in each believer. Yes, we need an excellent equipping track and coaching structure, but ultimately we must trust the Holy Spirit to work in each believer. 
  • Week 4. (May 26-June 01)   Body of Christ. For a believer to fully function as a priest of the living God, he or she needs to identify and practice his or her spiritual gift (s) and become part of the body of Christ in an active way.  The cell group is the best place for the believer to discover and use his or her spiritual gifts.   

Please share your own experiences about how to practice the priesthood of all believers  through cell ministry. to comment, please click here

Joel  Comiskey