Welcome to online Bible study at the Womens Bible Cafe! What an amazing time we are having discussing the lessons from our Covenant Bible study workbook by Kay Arthur. This week we will be discussing Week Six, “The Covenants of Salvation” and our weekly lessons included:
- The Abrahamic Covenant
- The Covenant of the Law
- Worshiping Under the Law
- The Davidic Covenant
- A New Covenant
This week we learned how covenant is woven together and points to the big picture of our salvation and covenant with Jesus Christ. The old covenant was written by God on tablets of stone. The new covenant is written on our hearts.
“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jeremiah 31:33
Kay Arthur writes what the new covenant will do:
It puts the law within us, writes it on our hearts. It makes God our God, and us His people. We will know the Lord–small or great in the eyes of others— we will know Him! Our iniquities will be forgiven; our sin remembered no more!
About eleven years ago, my Daddy needed to have open heart surgery. The doctor explained to us in plain simple terms that we could understand that Daddy had a leaky heart valve which needed replacement for him to survive. His new heart valve was reconstructed using a pig valve. Little did I realize at that time what God was doing in the life of my dad.
My Daddy was not always a believer in Jesus Christ. He used to drop my sisters and me off at the church on Sunday mornings, and I realize today that he did that so he and my mother could have a little peace and quiet apart from three rambunctious little girls. We would always come home excitedly telling them about the Good News of the stories we were learning about Jesus Christ. The love of Jesus grew in my heart day by day. My mother was already a believer in Jesus, and we grew up praying for our daddy that He would believe. The years went by and still no change in his heart about Jesus Christ, but we never gave up.
I didn’t realize at the time why my Daddy had a leaky heart valve. But God revealed to me that his heart valve had become so calloused and so hard, that it had to be replaced. The Lord was reconstructing my Daddy’s heart from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh. My Daddy not only underwent a physical heart surgery, he also underwent a spiritual heart surgery.
After my Daddy’s heart surgery, he was in intensive care and was in and out of consciousness for about three months. The day he woke up, the first thing he said was “I believe in Jesus, and I want to be saved.” My mother prayed with Him, the sinners prayer, and He was saved that very day and entered into a covenant relationship with our Lord and Savior. When he was released from the hospital, he spoke to the Pastor of our church, and he was baptized about a week later with his whole family sitting on the front pew watching excitedly and cheering him on.
For the next ten years, my Daddy and my mother attended Sunday School and church together regularly. My sisters and I saw our Daddy grow closer and closer to the Lord every day. They even read through the Bible together in a year. They never missed a day. And on January 7, 2013, my Daddy went to be home with the Lord Jesus he came to know and to love. We still do not know what happened to our Daddy for him to have a “change of heart” when he woke up from intensive care that day, but what we do know is that God changed his heart, and for that we are forever thankful.
What an answer to prayer!
Do you have a family member or friend you have been praying for to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior? Do not give up, keep praying. The Lord hears and He answers.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students! Send a request to “join group” and we will approve it: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCchatroom2/
- Basic Study: Complete Week 7 in the Covenant workbook, about 20-30 minutes each day.
- Optional due to cost: Watch Session 7 video or listen to the audio and follow along in your workbook on page 155. To download videos or audios CLICK HERE
- Write a prayer to God asking Him to cleanse Your heart. Pray for unsaved family members and friends. You can write this in the margin of your workbook or in your journal.
- Digging Deeper: Do a word study on the “law” (Genesis 26:5 comparing to Galatians 3:17). Use the resources at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions on how to use this tool is included in “Files” in the WBC Covenant chat room. Write down your findings in the margin of your workbook or your journal
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- In Exodus 23:31-33, God gave specific instructions for the Israelites to stay within the boundaries He would give them and not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land because of idol worship. What are some boundaries God gives us today to keep us from idol worship? What are some modern day idols in our lives and our society today? (Page 135)
- Moses wrote down ALL the words of the Lord (Exodus 24:4). Moses actually kept a journal. Do you keep a journal? Share something you have written in your journal recently that God spoke to you about. (Pages 136-137)
- To worship God is to bow before Him and honor Him for who He is, which means that worship includes obedience. How can we, as Christians, obey and worship God without becoming bogged down by the ways and the pull of the world? (Page 139)
- The new covenant of Jesus gives believers a new heart. No longer is the Law written on hard tablets of stone but is now written within us in our hearts. Who is affected by the new covenant? What is necessary to take part in the new covenant? Share your personal testimony on how you were saved and are now in the new covenant with Jesus Christ. (If you are unsure you are in the new covenant, please send me a private message, and I will be happy to speak to you personally). (Pages 150-151)
Bonus Question: The furnishings of the Tabernacle is a picture of our Lord and His plan of redemption. Study the diagram on page 152, and read about each article of furniture of the Tabernacle on pages 153-154. What article of furniture means the most to you and why?
ANNOUNCEMENT: NEXT INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY
Beginning March 30, we will be teaching the Inductive method of Precept studies using the Book written by Kay Arthur, David Arthur and Pete DeLacy, How to Study Your Bible. In this book, you will learn the joy and value of Inductive Study that will help you discover truth for yourself when you read and study God’s Holy Word. Kay Arthur states, “Inductive Bible study draws you into personal interaction with the Scriptures and thus with the God of the Scriptures so that your beliefs are based on a prayerful understanding and legitimate interpretation of Scripture–truth that transforms you when you live by it.”
We hope you will join us on March 30 for this invaluable teaching tool. A reading schedule will be forthcoming. To order the How to Study Your Bible book, CLICK HERE