Credit: Glen Bradshaw, Definitive Light Photography.

It is a privilege for us to welcome Prof. Malan Nel to our morning worship services on Sunday. Prof. Nel is Extra Ordinary Professor in Practical Theology, University of Pretoria (having retired, in 2012, as Director of the Centre for Contextual Ministry).

About 10 years ago Prof. Nel was invited to address Methodist Probationers (ministers in training) . I was fortunate enough to be one of those probationers and was so nourished by his teaching that I immediately bought and read his book! Prof. Nel has a unique ministry assisting local congregations rediscover and faithfully live out their God-given identity.

On Sunday we read today from 1 Peter, a letter we don’t often read in worship. However, we often quote from the letter when celebrating Holy Communion: “[You] made us your people, a royal priesthood to stand before you to proclaim your glory” (1 Peter 2:9). Through baptism we set apart to be a Holy, Royal Priesthood. We are the living stones God is using to build a “sanctuary vibrant with life” (1 Peter 2:4, The Message).

 

God Bless,
Sean

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