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Covenant Theology

Covenant Theology

Covenant theology is a conceptual overview and interpretive framework for understanding the overall flow of the Bible. It uses the theological concept of a covenant;as an organizing principle for Christian theology. The standard form of covenant theology views the history of God's dealings with mankind, from Creation to Fall to Redemption to Consummation, under the framework of three overarching theological covenants: of redemption, works, and grace. These three covenants are called theological because, though not explicitly presented as such in the Bible, they are thought of as theologically implicit, describing and summarizing the wealth of Scriptural data. Historical Reformed systems of thought treat covenant theology not merely as a point of doctrine or as a central dogma, but as the structure by which the biblical text organizes itself.

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April 5th, 2020
Genesis - Part 50

The lesson on April 5, 2020 was part 50 of the "Genesis" study.  This week Wayne took us to Genesis 9 and introduced us to the Noahic Covenant God gave after the flood.  We learned of the Adamic Covenant which was the first covenant established of death by sin and the promise of the remedy through the seed of the woman.  These two covenants were given before the remainder of the covenants given to Abraham and Israel. The full list of Covenants include: Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Palestinian, Mosaic, Davidic, and the New Covenant. The first two apply to everyone.  The remaining pertain to Israel.  The question was put forth "Have we taken the promises God gave originally to Israel?".  Wayne takes the remainder of the lesson to explain how Christians today are trying to import portions of these covenants and try to apply them today in our age.  This is a misappropriation of scripture and ignores what was subsequently was given to us through PAul the prisoner in The Mystery which was revealed after Acts.  The Mystery does not pertain to any of the Covenants given to Israel.  The Mystery was hidden in God before the foundation of the world and when it was revealed gave us the answers that are for us today.  The scripture reading was from Genesis 9:9-12 KJV

Genesis - Part 50
November 19th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 36

The lesson on November 19, 2017 was part 36 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  Wayne took the first 22 minutes of the lesson to give an example of how we could minister Right Division in a way that would involve animation and graphics that would answer a question or belief in such a way that they understand it in the context of what right division does for the student of scripture.  He gave an example of some believe that scripture teaches only one gospel.  Wayne give a sample script how we might explain it in a way that exposes the statement to be false by showing the answer eloquently with a video.  The example he used was from the Bible Project in examining the Hebrew word "nephesh".  We learn inoffensively that it means throat or neck, which could be used to describe the person.  It does not mean "Soul" which is how the Greek interpreters explained it.  The last part of the lesson was wrapping up Calvinism and Romans chapter 9, especially focusing in on hardening.  The scripture reading was from Luke 18:31-34 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 36
November 12th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 35

The lesson on November 12, 2017 was part 35 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  Wayne returned from a Truth for Today Bible Conference in Phoenix, Arizona and recaped his two sessions he taught entitled - Election “to be…” OR “not to be…”?  You may review the two lessons from the Carolina Bible Group AZ Conference site. Once the review was over, Wayne continued with the lesson and continued to look at how God used hardening to accomplish his purpose.  The emphasis is on how God hardened people after they make the free will decision to reject what His message.  In the Gospels, He used a hardened Israel to have them crucify His son and during the Acts period to reveal a new calling after Acts 28.  The scripture reading was from Exodus 4:18-23 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 35
October 29th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 34

The lesson on October 29, 2017 was part 34 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  This lesson focused again on Romans 9 as we are continuing to refute Calvinism under covenent theology.  Wayne zero's in on Election and how it is not just for two groups, the Saved and the Reprobates but rather God uses the free will he gave Adamic man to provide them grace and mercy through faith that accomplishes His purposes.  The election of Israel as a nation of priests did not mean that all would be saved -- indeed they were not all Israrel that were of Israel. Different elect groups had saved and unsaved within their ranks. The promises were given to Israel but many in Israel made the decision in their rebellion to go against their responsibilities and God  used this to further His goals by a process of hardening, He would show mercy to some as He chose. Paul is addressing how that Israelites could not appeal to their genealogy as guarantee that they would be saved.  And further that even a smaller group (Isaac, Jacob)  believing was His way of bringing to pass the promises of God and indeed Messiah Himself. The failure of the mass of Irael during Acts was not proof therefore that the word had failed.   The scripture reading was from Romans 9:15-18 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 34
October 22nd, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 33

The lesson on October 22, 2017 was part 33 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  Wayne spent time at the whiteboard exploring the subject of God's Will and man's free wheel in relation to the election we have "in Christ".  We went back to Genesis to see how God called the Nation of Israel and we learned from Deuteronomy 7, He chose them not because they were the largest but because they were small and He wanted to keep the promises he made to Abraham.  We looked at our own election in Ephesians 1:3.  We saw that God elected us out of those that were saved but we also saw in verse 13 how w

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 33

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