1. PREACHING, TEACHING, AND VISION CASTING
Explain the various ways in which God calls the royal priesthood to use their gifts, talents, influence, position, authority, creative capacities, and labors to take part in God’s work in the world.
This is not an exclusive function of pastors, rather it is the privilege and responsibility of the royal priesthood. All good work is holy work and all Christian workers are holy workers.
While preaching is a big part of this, we can also share a collective vision of what we are called to as a body of Christ. Here are just a few examples of what this could look like…
2. SMALL GROUPS
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” [Acts 2:42]
What we see in scripture is that the most regular, ordinary act of the church was also the most beautifully profound – a devotion to God, to one another, and to His Word.
As the royal priesthood breaks bread together, they are reminded of their deep-rooted assurance and the joy that they have found in Christ.
In the same way, they are reminded that they are not only united with Christ, but also with one another. Living with this sacramental vision makes the royal priesthood attentive to the God-sightings in daily life and this, in turn, inspires them to tell others of the Good News of the Gospel.
Here are a few resources for building a small group ministry centered on the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers.
3. THE SACRAMENTS - BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
While traditionally the congregation only observes the sacraments in corporate worship where elders are present, there are still a variety of ways in which the body of Christ can eat and drink together with sacramental overtones and live out their baptismal identity throughout the week.
Here are a few resources that pastors and ministry leaders can use to educate, equip, and inspire their congregation to "live sacramentally" throughout the week.
4. SHOWCASING MODELS OF VOCATIONAL STEWARDSHIP
Christian men and women can be the living, breathing models of vocational stewardship to others. By telling their stories, they can help their peers in the congregation gain a vision for what is possible. Serving as a model is important also because publicly celebrated actions are often duplicated. They can educate others by modeling an integration of their faith into their vocational lives. They can equip others by giving examples of how this is played out in the real world. In so doing, they can inspire others to take on the mantle of faith and to have the courage to follow suit, all by simply showcasing what the Lord has done in their life.
Explore some of the models of showcasing vocational stewardship.
5. PRAYER - THE CHIEF PRIESTLY MEDIATOR MINISTRY
There is no greater task for the royal priesthood than prayer. Consider the three main ways scripture instructs us to pray:
For fellow Christians – there are roughly 66 commands in scripture for how Christians ought to interact with “one-another.” Most of them involve prayer. This is a vital act of the royal priesthood.
For the unsaved – This is no greater act for the Christian than to lift up the lost to the Lord. We ought to pray daily for those who do not yet know Jesus.
For your enemies –Prayer for your enemies is one of the deepest forms of love, because it means that you actually have to really want for something good happen to them. It means sitting in the presence of God and interceding with God on behalf of that person. Perhaps you would pray for their conversion, or for God to soften their heart. Perhaps you would pray that they would be stopped in their downward spiral of sin.
The royal priesthood ought to be constantly in prayer. Consider a few ways to encourage the church to be devoted to ministry of prayer.
6. CONGREGATIONAL CARE
There are roughly 66 commands in scripture for how Christians ought to care for “one-another.” Yet, the vast majority of congregations function as though this is the exclusive domain of pastors, elders, and deacons.
What would it look like to have an entire congregation involved in the process of caring for one another?
Consider one model that puts all members on the front lines of the ministry of congregational care.
7. ART & ARCHITECTURE IN CORPORATE WORSHIP
Another way to help people remember their baptismal calling as royal priests is with the simple use of design and architecture within the building where the church [ekklesia] meets for corporate worship.
Explore a few examples of how to incorporate the arts and architecture into developing a culture that equips the royal priesthood:
8. ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL RESOURCES
Explore additional resources that range from how to conduct weddings and funerals that equip the royal priesthood, to public prayers for the priesthood, to board selection resources.
9. YOUR TURN!
Above are just a few practical ideas to use in seeking to equip the royal priesthood. Our hope is that at least a couple piqued your interest and curiosity. But truth be told the single most effective process you can engage in is to develop a customized action plan.
Imagine following this assignment:
Sit down with members of your church to create an action plan that would result in meeting the challenge of reminding yourselves of your identity and the royal priesthood. It is inspiring. It is challenging. And it is a lot of fun!