2: Covenant Primer-Teaching Plan


Key Thought:The entrance of sin ruptured the relationship the Creator had originally established with the human family through our first parents. Now God seeks to re-establish that same loving relationship by means of a covenant. This covenant signifies both a committed relationship between God and us (like a marriage bond) and an arrangement for saving us and bringing us into harmony with its Maker. God Himself, motivated by His great love for us, is the Initiator of the covenant relationship. By gracious promises and gracious acts, He woos us to come into union with Him.

Prepared by William Earnhardt


April 10, 2021

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 6:18.

  1. Ask class members to share the main idea of this passage.
  2. What is a covenant? What part did Noah play in this covenant?
  3. Personal Application: What was Noah’s obligation in this covenant? What is our obligation in the New Covenant?
  4. Case Study: One of your friends asks why was Noah’s family involved in an agreement between God and Noah? Did they have a choice too? What would you tell your friend?

2. Have a volunteer read Genesis 12:1-3.

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. What specific promises did God make to Abraham?
  3. Personal Application: How do the promises made to Abraham apply to us? See Galatians 3:29.
  4. Case Study: Someone asks, “What does it mean that in Abraham shall all families of the earth be blessed? What do you tell them?

3. Have a volunteer read Exodus 6:1-8.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. What does this teach us about the faithfulness of God’s promises, seeing how the people promised had all died? Are we bound to promises we have made to people even after they die?
  3. Personal Application: What parallels can we find between what God promised here and the promises made to those who are bound by sin?
  4. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “What is similar or different in this covenant with Israel compared to the new covenant of Hebrews 8:10 and 10:16?” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Jeremiah 31:31-33.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. How is this covenant new beings how its still in the Old Testament?
  3. Personal Application: Is the law in the old covenant different from the law in the new covenant? What is new and different about the new covenant?
  4. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”Ministry of Healing, p. 149).

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