In the beginning the first man and woman were given some very important instructions, ones that were re-emphasized millennia later by other biblical writers. Jeff Patton delves into the scriptural teachings that form the basis of the Christian marriage relationship.
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Would it surprise you to know that:
The covenant was not a contract
The “Old” covenant was not “done away”
Christ did not abolish the law, the covenant
The covenant was not a “marriage”
The covenant is everlasting
Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
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Walking with God – The Covenant Part 1
What does it take to have a spiritual relationship with the Father and the Son? What is the yoke that Christ asks us to be willing to bear in order to be in step with Him? Jeff Patton begins a series of sermons on the nature of our covenantal relationship with the Creator of the universe. How is it possible for physical people to have a relationship with the Eternal – an Everlasting Covenant? The scriptures make this understanding clear for those who have been called by God to have their hearts and minds open to see the truth.
Is an understanding of the everlasting covenant mere esoteric knowledge, or a minor twig of understanding on the tree of life? Jeff explores the scriptures and explains how the covenant relates to our understanding of salvation and our relationship with Christ. It is a life-long, life-changing relationship not a one-time profession of faith.
Do you have a contractual relationship with God or a covenantal relationship? And what is the difference between the two, or are they the same? What do the scriptures tell us about God’s purpose and the work he calls people to accomplish in partnership with Him? Jeff Patton explores the scriptures to make clear who God calls into an everlasting covenant, the nature of the calling, and the work that must be done in partnership with God.
Many religious people are confused about the nature of the covenant that God established with the people of Israel. Jeff Patton examines the steps in the development of the covenant, and the nature of the relationship the covenant established. If you think God was “married” to Israel, Jeff challenges you to look at the difference between analogy and reality in terms of the true nature of the covenant.
Christ and the National Covenant – Covenants Part 5
Do you know who it was that covenanted with Israel at Horeb? And what was the relationship that was established with the nation and why? Jeff Patton brings to light the scriptural answers to these questions and challenges many of the assumptions that have been mistakenly made about the national covenant. Let the scriptures illuminate this topic that is vital to understanding your relationship with your Maker.
Promises and Conditions – The Everlasting Covenant Part 6
What’s a parent to do? God (Yahweh Elohim), as a father to the nation of Israel, provided guidelines to direct all the aspects of national life in the form of commandments, statutes, and judgments – elements of the everlasting covenant. Jeff Patton expounds God’s purpose and the nature of these instructions and the logical and natural consequences that flowed from these teachings as experienced by the nation and recounted by the prophets.
Traditional Christianity has become ineffectual in part due to a replacement theology that fails to grasp the nature and purpose of the Everlasting Covenant. Jeff Patton wraps up this series on the covenant with an inspiring study of God’s objectives in the covenant relationship as applied to individuals and nation. He demonstrates how the covenant was refreshed or renewed through Christ’s death and the changes that ensued as a result of this ultimate sacrifice.
The signing of the Magna Carta was an event in history that brought to the English speaking world a re-establishment of the concept of freedom that found its roots in the biblical idea of covenant. Jeff Patton discusses the importance of freedom as an “inalienable right” and how vital an understanding of freedom is to the message of Christ and the new covenant scriptures. What does your freedom in Christ do for you?
For all the doomsdayers who speak about the decline of marriage the statistics present an alternate reality. Jeff Patton talks about our yearning for the “good marriage” as it collides with the conditions that hinder us in achieving our “happily-ever-after.” Marriage is not easy, and this is why!
If we value God’s work in our lives we will show appreciation. But how do we do this? Jeff Patton examines the scripture to discover important insights into why and how God wants us to express appreciation.
I was initially a little perplexed by negative responses I received to comments I had written about there being sound biblical reasons for avoiding vaccinations. I had come to this conclusion a number of years ago, when I had occasion to present my case before a secular tribunal. At that time, the tribunal was willing to listen to and accept my faith-based position as a reasoned rationale for refusing vaccination. I have a binder full of documentation to support my understanding of scripture and this evidence was sufficient for these secular people to see the merit of my position. I do understand that other Christians hold variant views, based on their traditions and the lens through which they view the scriptures. But my understanding is based in part on the following 7 biblical principles that are being ignored when we put our confidence in vaccines. More