LESSON 3: God's covenant with man.

WHAT WE COVERED IN LESSON 2: What is Christianity?

What is Christianity?
- Christianity is simply the religion of those who follow Jesus Christ.

Overview of the Bible
- The Bible can be divided into two major parts. The Old and the New Testament. The Bible consists of sixty-six books, written by about 40 authors over 1600 years with no real contradictions.

Church History
- The "Old law" was replaced by the "New law" shortly after Christ's death. The believers were united in faith and doctrine (teaching). Apostles warned of false teachers and to not change the inspired Word of God. Restoration movement started in the 1500's. This movement believed that the Bible was the source of authority and not a religious group or men.

WHAT WE WANT TO COVER IN LESSON 3:

God's Covenant with man?
Key people to know.
Sections of this series.

GOD'S COVENANT WITH MAN.

Covenant - a mutual agreement; a contract; a coming together. God made covenants with individuals, a nation (Israelite Nation) and with all mankind.

Abraham's Personal Covenant Genesis 17 .

God said that Abraham would be the father of "many nations" and that Abraham and his descendants should circumcise the male babies on the eighth day after birth to seal the contract.

Hebrew People's Covenant (Old Covenant) with God Exodus 34:27,28 .

God gave the people the Ten Commandments for the people of Israel to obey in order that He might be their God.

God's Covenant with Mankind Genesis 9:8-17 .

A promise was made to Noah and all generations to come. Romans 4:16 "Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring - not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all."

Ephesians 2:11-13 tells us that some are separated from Christ, therefore, separated from the covenant, therefore, without hope. However, through the blood of Christ one can now be included in the promise. (How does the blood of Christ provide us with the promise? Lesson 7! )

KEY PEOPLE TO KNOW.

John the Baptist - The son of Zechariah & Elizabeth Luke 1:1-20.

John was the cousin of Jesus, Matthew 3:1-12, Luke 1:36. John was called John the Baptist because he baptized with water for repentance of sins (This baptism was for the Jews only Luke 1:16 ).

John was a powerful preacher, Mark 1:5. John's goal was to turn the Israelite people back to God, Luke 1:16. John prepared the way for the Lord, Luke 3:4. John baptized Jesus Matthew 3:13-17. John was honored by Jesus Matthew 11:11 .

The Twelve Apostles - (Apostle means "one sent forth") Jesus appointed the apostles Mark 3:13-19. What was their purpose?

To be with Jesus Matthew 4:19 .

Drive out demons Mark 6:7 .

Preach Luke 5:10 .

Set the foundation of faith for the early Christians Ephesians 2:20 .

Paul of Tarsus - (Previously called Saul) A Pharisee (Pharisee means set apart). Pharisees were a Jewish sect, strictly orthodox (orthodox, meaning soundness of faith, especially in religion, conventional) in religion and politically opposed to foreign supremacy.

As Saul - a persecutor of early Christians Acts 9:1,2.

He received instructions from the resurrected Christ Acts 9:3-6 .

An Apostle, (Galatians 1:1 ) however, not one of the original twelve.

A faithful worker for the Lord 2 Timothy 4:7-8 . "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."

Want to dig deeper? Read Ezekiel 17:11-21 Did God appreciate the king of Jerusalem breaking his covenant, regardless of the situation? Why or why not?

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God bless.

SECTIONS OF THIS SERIES:

Lesson 1: Does God exist?
Lesson 2: Overview of the Bible/Church History.
Lesson 3: How God Deals With Man?
Lesson 4: Who Is Jesus?
Lesson 5: The Message of the New Testament.
Lesson 6: Understanding Faith and Obedience.
Lesson 7: What Must I Do To Be Saved?
Lesson 8: Growing Together in Christ.