Take a deep, biblical look at Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, only priests, prophets, kings were anointed. Christians call Jesus the Messiah, which means “anointed one.” In Priest, Prophet, King, you’ll discover Jesus as the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and fulfilled completely in his very person.
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Using biblical insights and engaging stories, Bishop Barron affirms that we see Jesus most clearly through the lens of the Old Testament. Through this deeply biblical study, you will better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission, received when you are baptized “into Christ.”
This study can be done individually or in a group. For group study, you can host the program in seven 90-minute sessions. Each session includes video viewing and small group discussion of the Study Guide questions. There are “Questions for Understanding" based on Bishop Barron’s video presentation, Scripture, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A second set of questions, “Questions for Application," help you reflect on how the material is relevant to your own life and experience.
Participants read the commentary in the Study Guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be accomplished either before or after they view the video, as the commentary in each lesson is very detailed.
The Study Guide was written by Catholic writer and apologist, Carl Olson, under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron.
The Leader’s Kit provides essential resources for group discussion leaders, including the DVD set, Study Guide, facilitator guide, answer key and prayer cards.
Leaders can also register for a free training webinar which teaches the best ways to run an effective Priest, Prophet, King study group.
- Lesson 1
- Lesson 2
- Lesson 3
- Lesson 4
- Lesson 5
- Lesson 6
Lesson 1: Adoratio
Priests are responsible for bringing people closer to God, usually through sacrifice. The first priest, Adam, was extremely close to God and walked in easy fellowship with him in the Garden of Eden. A properly integrated self knows I am a creature and meant to worship my creator, God. Right worship leads to harmony, while wrong worship leads to disintegration, as we see in the Fall and in all sin.
Lesson 2: The High Priest
Jesus is the fulfillment of the priestly office, bringing divinity and humanity together in his own person at the Incarnation. His passion, death and resurrection forever reconciled God and man. In a very mysterious way, Jesus is both the great high priest and also the sacrifice performed in the new temple of his own body. Through our baptismal vows, we as the Church and Body of Christ are also called to bring people closer to God.
Lesson 3: Challenging False Worship
A prophet speaks the Divine Truth, the word of God. Elijah is a good model of the Old Testament prophet, sent by God to confront King Ahab for worshipping false gods. Idolatry or wrong worship has always been the downfall of humankind. False idols of today include wealth, power, honor, and pleasure. To be truly filled with joy, we need to make sure that we don’t settle for or worship anything less than God.
Lesson 4: The Word Made Flesh
Jesus is the ultimate prophet as he is Divine Truth in person, the Word of God made flesh. Bishop Barron believes the Divine Truth shines forth in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, especially in the Beatitudes. To align ourselves with the Word of God, we should love what Jesus loved on the cross and despise what he despised on the cross.
Lesson 5: Ordering the Kingdom
The role of the king is to order his kingdom according to God’s purposes. King David is the best version of the king in the Old Testament. He is chosen by God, listens to God, unites the Israelites, and fights against all the powers opposing God. However, he lapses as a king and sins, causing Israel to suffer. All the baptized are called to be kings, ruling ourselves, our families, and our communities according to God’s will.
Lesson 6: King of Kings
Jesus fulfills Israel’s longing for the perfect king, the perfect David. To establish the new Kingdom of God, Jesus must break up the evil and dysfunctional worldly kingdom of Satan. But he does this in a most unusual way – through forgiveness, non-violence, and peace.
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