Covenant watchnight service 31 dec12 jer 31 31-34


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Short Sermon by Pastor Dr Ng Swee Ming during Watch Night Covenant Service

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Covenant watchnight service 31 dec12 jer 31 31-34

  1. 1. Covenant
  2. 2. USES of SALT  Stain remover  Smell remover  Weed killer  Fire extinguisher  Prevent ants  Coffee enhancer...
  3. 3. A covenant is a contract or agreement between two or more parties.Covenant is how God has chosen • to communicate with us and • to make His Promises to usOur Bible is a “covenant document” - The OT NT are really Old & New Covenants.The Latin word for covenant is "TESTAMENT"
  4. 4.  Many different Covenants in the Bible With every COVENANT that God makes He gives a visible sign or symbol, possibly as a reminder :  to man &  to Himself
  5. 5. Noahic Covenant (Gen 9:8-17)With NoahHe used arainbow
  6. 6. Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12-17)•Gen 17:9-14•God gave the sign of circumcision
  7. 7. Mosaic Covenant (Exo 19-34)•With Moses He gave the 10 Commandments carved on tablets of stone
  8. 8. 2 Sam 7Prophet Nathan & King David A House for the Lord An enduring Kingship
  9. 9. • Read 2 Chronicles 13:1-18• 2 Chro 13:5 Dont you know that the Lord, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants forever by a COVENANT OF SALT?• God gave SALT as a sign / symbol.
  10. 10. Covenant of Saltit is mentioned TWO OTHER times in scripture.• Lev 2:13“And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt.”
  11. 11. Covenant of Salt• Numbers 18:19“All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the LORD with you and your descendants with you.”
  12. 12. Jesus taught in Matt 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth.
  13. 13. Mark 9 ....49 Everyone will be salted with fire.50 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? (Matt 5:13; Lk 14:34) Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other."
  14. 14. Paul in Col 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, SEASONED WITH SALT, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
  15. 15. “New Covenant”Luke 22 - Jesus at the Last Supper1 Cor 11 – Paul re-iterating...Heb 9 & 12 - Christ is the mediator The Sign : Bread & Wine
  16. 16. Jer 31:31 & 331 "The time is coming," declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
  17. 17. Paraphrase Jer 31:31-3331 “2013 is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of SSMC.33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of SSMC for 2013," declares the Lord.“ I will put my LAW in their MINDS and write it on their HEARTS. I will be THEIR GOD, and they will be MY PEOPLE.”
  18. 18. “Covenant of Salt”“Lord, I renew my COVENANT with you for thecoming year, 2013.Help me Lord to be your SALT in the world –• preserving righteousness, peace & love,• giving Godly flavor wherever I am and• causing a Godly thirst to those in need of a Savior.Lord, season my tongue with SALT to be ever-ready to testify about you to all who will hear.In faith I make this COVENANT, Amen”