Ptr. Stephen Lloyd Reyes
UBC Manila

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I Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Central emphasis: The church security lies in the truth that they are permanently owned by God.

  • A chosen people/race
    • Deuteronomy 7:6 said about Israel: “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession”
    • The Church is now God’s people
  • A royal priesthood (UNDER THE NEW COVENANT)
    • Hebrews 7:15-17 ESV 15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is witnessed of him,
          “You are a priest forever,    after the order of Melchizedek.”
  • A holy nation
    • Exodus 19:6 (ESV) 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
          Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  • A people for his own possession
    • Deuteronomy 7:6 (ESV) 6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.


  • Are you being known in your community as a Christian?
  • Are you being known in the media as a Christian?
  • Are you being known in your family as a Christian?
  • Are you being known as a Christian by your friends?

Concluding verse: Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV) 17 The Lord your God is in your midst,    a mighty one who will save;he will rejoice over you with gladness;    he will quiet you by his love;he will exult over you with loud singing.

Vision: To see equipped members fulfilling the Great Commission.