How it all started

I walked slowly down the aisle of books, eyes scouring the shelves, brain slowly digesting titles, trying to do my best impersonation of Google, seeking something, anything that would be helpful to my current study…

The year was 2015 and I was embroiled in a theological, interfaith discussion that was thorny to say the least, and I was at the Adventist book centre trying to find a resource that would give me some signposts to help me on my way. After confusing the lady working there with my questions she pointed out a book in the hope it may be helpful. It didn’t seem to be a good fit, but nothing else was closer, so I bought it anyway.

It turns out this book didn’t help my  immediate problem, but what it did do was spark an interest in covenant theology. At this point it is important to know that I had, at best, an exceedingly vague idea of what a covenant even was, so I was keen to fill this hole in my own theology.

What I found was so much deeper than that…

Over the course of a year, I did a lot of my own study and read a couple of additional books, and to my suprise, I began to see covenant everywhere!

Rightly understood, I believe it is the central particle of all theology.

The Sermon

While I knew I wanted to write my study into a sermon, for over a year I didn’t feel like I was ready to tackle such an important topic. That was until a couple of months ago when I had a looming preaching appointment and no obvious message on my heart to preach I returned to this topic of covenant. With some trepidation I began assembling my thoughts into a structure that was at least mostly digestible.

The resulting sermon is the one attached to this post. I would encourage you to listen to it with an open mind, I guarantee you that it will highlight Jesus and help you love Him more.

Click play at the top of this post or download the file here. OR Thanks to the technical ability of my friend Lindon, you can watch the video from when I preached it at Bundaberg here.

My sermon notes are below if you would like the references (note that there is more to my sermon than what is in the notes, so I do recommend you listen to it, but this should help with references etc.

Covenant Mechanics