As Protestants, we Baptists may sometimes imagine ourselves as “priestless” Christians. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, we hold vigorously to the highest and most ultimate priesthood, the Melchizedekian priesthood. Our text in Hebrews 7:1-10 introduces this for us.
Our call to worship is the Psalm that first introduced this order to the world, Psalm 110, where Messiah is clearly king and priest. We then sing of Jesus in His three offices of prophet, priest and king in “Join All The Glorious Names”.
Our Old Testament reading in Genesis 14 introduces us to this enigmatic character, Melchizedek. Less perplexing, and more certain, is our standing before God because of Jesus’ presence in Heaven. “Arise My Soul, Arise” sings of our boldness to approach God, based upon Christ’s sacrifice and priestly pleading for us.
Our New Testament reading reminds us that we should intercede for all, since Christ died for all, and is the only Priestly Mediator between God and man. We then do so, followed by the Doxology, “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”. We then bring our firstfruits to God, and prepare to hear His holy, inerrant and inspired Word from Hebrew 7:1-10.
After meditating on this, we sing the benediction of 2 Corinthians 13:14 in the hymn “May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour”.
Call to Worship: Psalm 110
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 203 Join All The Glorious Names (DARWALL)
Scripture Reading: Genesis 14:17-24
Hymn 206 Arise My Soul Arise
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-6
Sermon: Hebrews 7:1-10: “The Greatest Priesthood”
354 May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour