The New and Better Covenant

Rev. Kevin W. Bounds

The New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Christ the King Sunday (11-25-12)

“A New and Better Covenant”

Introduction:

  1. (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?
  2. Read the Main Text. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
  3. Pray over the reading of the Word.

I.            What is a Covenant? (Verse 31)

  1. 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).
  2. 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)

  1. Story of King Jehoiakim rejection of the Word of God. (Jeremiah 36:1-8,21-23-27-28)
  2. 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)

III.            How?

  1. Look at Hebrews 10:1-5
  2. 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).
  3. Look at Luke 21:19-20

Conclusion:

  1. What will you do with this “Great Salvation”?
Kevin W. Bounds
Kevin W. Bounds (B.S. Bible and Theology, Lee University) serves as the pastor of West Green Baptist Church in West Green, Georgia. He is the teacher of Biblical Literature at Citizens Christian Academy in Douglas, GA. He is married to Amber, and they have two children.

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