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Every
professed Christian is someone who has a ministry, even if it’s not an
official institutional church body, says Saddleback Church Pastor Rick
Warren.

In a “Daily Hope” devotional published on Friday, the best-selling author of The Purpose-Driven Life wrote an entry centered on the first part of 1 Peter 2:5.

“You
come to Him as living stones, a spiritual house that is being built
into a holy priesthood,” reads the verse, as rendered by the God’s Word
Translation of the Bible.

Warren went on to state that while not
every Christian is a pastor, every believer is a priest, according to
the two obligations Old Testament priests had.

“They had the
right, privilege, and responsibility to go directly to God. They could
pray and talk to God, worship, and fellowship with God. Everybody else
had to go through a priest,” noted Warren.

“The
priest had the privilege and responsibility of representing God to the
people and ministering to the needs of other people (serving).”

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Warren wrote that these “are the very two things that are true of you when you become a believer.”
“You
now have direct access to God. You don’t have to pray through anybody
else. You don’t have to confess through anybody else. You don’t have to
fellowship with God through anybody else. You can read your Bible, talk
with the Lord, and fellowship directly with Him,” continued Warren.

“You
have also been gifted for ministry to serve other people. Every
Christian is a minister — not a pastor, but a minister. Any time you use
your talents and gifts to help others, you are ministering.”
These
comments echo statements Warren made in a “Daily Hope” entry from
September 2016, also titled “Every Christian is a Minister.”


In that
entry, Warren explained that “God did not put people on Earth just to
live for themselves. He wants people to make the world a better place!”


“There’s a
word for this: ministry. Every Christian is a minister. Not every
Christian is a pastor, but every Christian is to be a minister. That
means you use your talents and gifts to make a contribution in life, to
be a giver, not a taker,” wrote Warren in September.

Warren’s
recent “Daily Hope” entry comes as his wife, Kay Warren, was honored by
the Orange County Register as one of the county’s 100 most influential
people.

Warren
received the honor last month for her work in mental illness advocacy
and awareness following the suicide of her son, Matthew, in April 2013.

“Through
her leadership, Saddleback Church this year hosted a conference to
provide steps for clergy and mental health professionals to build a
network of support for people living with, or who are affected by,
mental illness,” noted the Orange County Register.
“She also has worked with donors, agencies and hospital systems to rally around pediatric and adolescent mental health.”

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