Rev. Kevin W. Bounds
The New Covenant
Christ the King Sunday (11-25-12)
“A New and Better Covenant”
- (Tell the congregation to flip through their Bibles.) Notice the Holy Bible is 66 books in the canon of Scripture and they are divided into two major portions; the Old (39) and New Testament (27). Why?
- Read the Main Text. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
- Pray over the reading of the Word.
I. What is a Covenant? (Verse 31)
- The first obstacle we must overcome to is the meaning of a covenant. A covenant is “a pact, treaty, alliance, or agreement between two parties of equal or of unequal authority” (Holman Bible Dictionary, 308).
- In our day, we think of contracts, but a covenant is much more than a contract. In a contract, if a person doesn’t fulfill their end of the bargain then the contract can be broken. A covenant is not supposed to be broken, even if one side fails. A covenant can be renewed, but not broken!
II. Why a New Covenant? (verse 32-34)
- Story of King Jehoiakim rejection of the Word of God. (Jeremiah 36:1-8,21-23-27-28)
- Israel had broken their covenant with God, but God is faithful! (verse 32)
i. Look Romans 11:13-25
ii. It was God’s plan to redemption for the world; to send His only Son!
iii. Notice it is to provoke Israel to jealousy (verse 15 & 25)
- Look at Hebrews 10:1-5
- Remember, “ For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
- Look at Luke 21:19-20
- What will you do with this “Great Salvation”?