Some time ago I introduced the concept of Tri-perspectivalism, the recognition that every Church ought to reflect the three offices of Christ: Prophet, Priest, and King. Each person, or Christian leader, has a natural inclination toward one of these perspectives, but all three are equally necessary to reflect Christ in our Body.
There are many questions that can be, and have been, asked. Perhaps among the most practical is: How do I know which I am? To answer that question there is no substitute for experience – exprience in service and experience of genuine relationships. But questions may still remain if we are not certain what we are looking for.
In an address from the 2009 Acts 29 Bootcamp, Darrin Patrick offers the following questions. Patrick suggests that persons inclined to each perspective tend to ask reflective questions:
- WHAT does the Bible say?
- WHERE are we going because of what the Bible says?
- HOW are we going to do that?
- WHY are they/we doing that?
- WHO? (Priests are all about people and shepherding.)
Do you find yourself frequently asking any of these questions? Perhpas it is an indication of how God has wired you.