Session 2--Jesus is Prophet--Josh Skinner
Session 3--Jesus is King--Nick Vineyard
Session 4--Jesus is God--Tim Camp
Session 5--Jesus is High Priest--Gregg Day
Session 6--Wrap-Up--Josh Skinner
Christ is not only the ultimate prophet and priest, he is also the divine king. Unlike the kings of Israel who were intended to foreshadow the Messiah, Jesus' reign as messianic King is in no way limited. He rules over all creation and for all time (Luke 1:31–33; Col. 1:17). This rule most directly touches believers at present, but one day all peoples will bow to his royal authority (Phil. 2:9–10). In addition to his comprehensive rule, Christ the King also defends, protects, and shepherds his people and will one day judge all the world's inhabitants—past, present, and future.
While a prophet speaks God's words to the people, a priest represents the people before God and represents God before the people. He is a man who stands in the presence of God as a mediator (Heb. 5:1). The priestly work of Christ involves both atonement and intercession.
The atonement is central to God's work in the history of salvation (1 Cor. 15:4). Atonement is the making of enemies into friends by averting the punishment that their sin would otherwise incur. Sinners in rebellion against God need a representative to offer sacrifice on their behalf if they are to be reconciled to God. Jesus' righteous life and atoning death on behalf of sinners is the only way for fallen man to be restored into right relationship with a holy God.
The 3rd Annual Blue Ridge Bible Church Youth Summit, “Who is Jesus?”, is this Saturday. To help stir up your anticipation I figured I would feature each of the speakers and the topics they will be addressing. In a later post I will feature In His Hands, the band who will be leading us in worship at our evening concert.
At 8:45, Pastor Kevin Wilson will be speaking on Jesus Christ, Savior. Kevin is an Elder at Blue Ridge Bible Church. He is married with 3 girls. Kevin is a missionary who travels abroad to share the Gospel and train other pastors.
At 10:00, I will be leading in a study of Jesus as Prophet. Nick Vineyard will lead us in a study of Jesus as King at 11:00. Hopefully Nick will go short because lunch will follow him, but I would not bank on this. Nick is a man who loves God and loves the Gospel and loves serving a Christ who is Sovereign King over all and I look forward to hearing him speak on this topic. Nick is married to a red-head, has 2 little red-headed girls, actually claims his Oklahoma heritage and is my friend—basically he needs our prayer on a consistent basis.
A prophet, throughout the Bible, is recognized as one speaking for God. Whether this prophet addressed past and present events or future events the prophets always showed the people what God was doing or saying or desiring to accomplish through these events. Oftentimes a prophet would tell of some future event and explain its significance in revealing God’s glory, but always they spoke for the Lord. They were God’s official, anointed, special spokesmen whom God chose to reveal things through. So the motto of a prophet could very well be, “Thus says the Lord,” since these were words that exemplified their mission and their ministry.
For the youth summit this year the theme is “Who is Jesus?” and we are looking at who Jesus is by examining His roles, how He reveals Himself to us and relates to us. He is Savior, Prophet, Priest, King and God.
When we say Jesus is Savior we are presupposing one important issue that many seem to not recognize: namely that they have need of salvation. People do not automatically recognize or understand their need of a Savior, so when we begin looking at Christ as Savior we must see a few things: Why do we need a Savior? From what do we need saving? What qualifies Christ as Savior? And How did He fulfill this role of Savior, this action of salvation?
I rearranged the prayers into 3 daily readings, five days a week, and scheduled them to be read/prayed at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm Monday through Friday. This method took me through the entire Valley of Vision in 13 weeks, only repeating two prayers one time...."(continue to full blog)