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Vocation: The Ministry and Mission of a Royal Priesthood

Title: Vocation: The Ministry and Mission of a Royal Priesthood

Author: Ian Hamer

Subject: Vocation in the World, the Church, the Family

Book Code: 427

Pages: Booklet

Pub. Date: 2011

ISBN: 978 0 86408 311 1

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How are Christians to live in a world which is hostile to Christ and His followers? How does our faith in a God who has created and redeemed the whole world affect every facet of our life in that world, the texture of our relationships, the ethics of vocation? How does our general calling to be disciples of Christ and members of the royal priesthood colour our call to specific ways of life and stations?

The fundamental meaning of Christian ‘vocation’ is that we are called to fellowship with Christ, to holiness, freedom, peace, witness, suffering and glory. It is a call to belong to Christ now and in eternity, to be His people now in holiness and peace and to love, serve, witness and suffer in the world. We are urged to ‘live a life worthy of the calling you have received’ (Ephesians 4:1).

Every vocation, whether in or outside of the church, becomes a priesthood, a means by which people made holy in Christ exercise holy service (Colossians 1:22; Ephesians 5:27).


Dr Ian Hamer is a medical practitioner currently in general practice in Adelaide, South Australia. He has also worked as a country G.P. in Victoria and at a mission hospital at Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea. He has long had an interest in the relationship of the Christian faith to work. From 1994–1995 he studied Theology and Bioethics at Concordia Seminary in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
He is married to Faith and they have four children.