Sermon Notes & Life Group Questions

Program 2-21-21
Notes & Life Group Questions 2-21-21

Notes
“Chosen for Covenant”
2/21/21
Ephesians 1:11-12

Covenant is ____________­_________with ______________

“Covenant is a bond of love made more intimate and solid because it is legal.”                                                              -Tim Keller

Deuteronomy Outline (Outline of Near Easter Covenant)

Preamble – Identifying lordship and greatness of a great king. Deuteronomy 1:1-5
Historical Prologue – Recounting relationship between great king and vassal (lesser party) with emphasis on benefits of relationship. Deuteronomy 1:6-4:49
Ethical Stipulations – Guide to maintain the relationship. Deuteronomy 5:1-26:19.

• General legislation (Ch. 5-10)

• Blessing and Curses (Ch. 11)

• Specific legislation (Ch. 12-26)

Sanctions – Blessings for obeying the covenant, curses if the covenant is broken. Deuteronomy 27:1-30:20

• Curses & blessing on Mt. Ebal & Cerizim (Ch. 27)

• Blessing and Cruses (Ch. 28)

• Renewal of the covenant
(Ch. 29-30)

Succession Arrangements – How the covenant continues in future generations. Deuteronomy 31:1-34:12

• Law Deposited (Ch. 31)

• Song of Moses (Ch. 32)

• Blessing of Moses (Ch. 33)

• Moses Death (Ch. 34)

The character of God didn’t change between the Old and New testament, what changed is the terms of the Covenant.
Jeremiah 31:31-34

“We” in scripture doesn’t always mean “you and me”.
Ephesians 1:11-14

Jesus has fulfilled both parties’ obligations in the New Covenant that we live in, and gives us his grace.
Hebrews 8:7-13

Verses Quoted:
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 and 31:16. Exodus 6:7. Ephesians 1:11-14. Hebrews 8:7-13. Luke 22:19-20

Verses Referenced:
Jeremiah 31:31-34. Matthew 5:17-20. Luke 24:44-48.

Life Group Q’s
“Chosen for Covenant”
2/21/21
Ephesians: God Made Visible – Wk 5

Catching Up

Share a time when you were penalized for breaking a contract.

Review

As we’ve been praying for people by name, has God given you any opportunities to serve or connect with any of these people?

How are you progressing in memorizing Ephesians 1:7? What has God been doing in you as you spend time in this verse?

What did you find most interesting or helpful through the time spent in Deuteronomy? Did your perspective of this book change at all?

Going Deeper:  Read Ephesians 1:11-12; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 26:26-28

What do these verses reveal about the purposes of God spoken about in Ephesians 1:11-12?

“Covenant is intimacy & contract”

What do you lean into more in your relationship with God, covenant or contract? Explain how this plays out in your relationship?

How does this definition of covenant lead you to better understand what the Gospel is?

How does an over emphasis of either one aspect of the covenant distort the Gospel?

Prayer: (A) Confess ways your unfaithfulness expresses itself in your life (B) Praise God for His faithfulness (C) Pray by name for those God has placed in your life.

*Memorize Ephesians 1:7. * Read/listen through Ephesians this week.