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Sunday, December 3, 2017 Sermon Highlights

Covenant Relationships

God’s design for man was relationships.  With Him and each other.  Relationships are never one sided.

Fear, rejection, insecurity, mistrust, lack of communication are all breakdowns of relationships.

Human nature is distrusting!

God has never lied to man (Numbers 23:19).  The purpose of the Bible is to let man know how much God loves us!

God made a covenant with Noah –  Gen. 9:11-17.  God – I am placing the rainbow in the sky as a sign of my promise (covenant) to never destroy the whole earth with a flood again.

God mad a covenant with Abraham.  Abraham would be the father of many nations.  The sign of the covenant was circumcision, Gen. 17.

A covenant is made up of words (promises) and a sign to always remember the promise made.

The most common covenant is seen in the marriage ceremony.

The man promises to the woman –  he will be true to her in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in prosperity and in adversity; and that forsaking all others he will keep himself to her, and to her only, until they are separated by death.

The woman promises to the man – she will be true to him in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in prosperity and in adversity; and that forsaking all others will keep herself to him until death.

These promises are sealed with the giving of rings.  That ring is a symbol of the promise (covenant) made.

In our relationship with God – He sent His Son Jesus and the Bible is full of promise after promise of His love to us. The reason for this Christmas season is remembering that Jesus has come as a baby, lived, died and rose from the dead so our relationship with the Father would be restored.

He gave us a sign to the covenant – communion!   Every time we take of the cup and bread we are reminded that we are united, one with Christ, the Father and His Spirit.  Just as the ring is a reminder of the marriage, so communion is the reminder of our unity with the Godhead.

Ephesians 3:17 – 21   Christ dwells in our hearts through faith (our relationship with God started with faith and will end with faith), through His Spirit. We are to be rooted and grounded in love.  To comprehend what is the width, length, depth and height of Christ love to us.  This love passes knowledge and we are allowed to know it and be filled with all the fullness of God Himself.

Romans 8:32  If God gave His own Son for us, how will He not freely give us all things?

V 38 –  I must be persuaded that nothing; not death or life, angels or principalities, powers or things now or in the future, nothing high or low, nothing created will ever be able to separate me from the love of God which I have found in Christ Jesus!

Communion!  The sign of God’s covenant to mankind!    God has done everything to restore relationship.

Our part is to believe!  Trust Him!

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