One of the challenges that we face every day as Christians, to one degree or another, throughout our entire lives, is to love the truth. How much do you love the truth? Do you love it more than your relationships with family and friends? Do you love truth more than you love your physical comforts and pleasures? Do you love it more than you love your own life? Loving the truth is a challenge every generation of God’s people have had to meet. It’s one that will try every Christian. How may we demonstrate our love of the truth in our own lives?
According to Scripture, the Old Covenant was given to Israel because of transgressions. Or, as the Bible in Worldwide English Version puts it: “Why then was the law [the Old Covenant] made? God gave it… because so many people were doing what was wrong” (Galatians 3:19).
But within that overall framework were at least five major reasons for the giving of the Old Covenant. Understanding what those reasons are will help us understand the mind of God, and can teach us vital lessons in how we, as Christians, or as human beings fit in with what God has in mind for us.
In this message we explore in some detail three major reasons for the giving of the Old Covenant, and how they relate to the New Covenant, and to lessons that relate directly to us and our relationship with God.
When one enters into a relationship with God under the New Covenant upon repentance and baptism God grants the gift of the Holy Spirit to that person. There are many benefits conferred to those who are given the Holy Spirit. In this message are discussed five benefits that are available through God’s Spirit to those who yield to him and seek to obey his word.
What did Christ mean when he told Peter to feed his sheep? (John 21:15-18). Did this assignment apply only to Peter, or are there others charged with the responsibility of feeding God’s sheep? How does this apply in the Church? How are the “sheep,” as they are described in this analogy, to respond to what they are being fed? How might it apply in a broader sense to others not in the Church of God? Do you share in the responsibility to feed God’s sheep? And if so, how?