The Grace Of Being In A Blood Covenant (Week 2)

1 Samuel 18:1-4, 2 Samuel 9:1-9

The Benefits Of Being In A Blood Covenant

The sword stood for protection. Jonathan gave his protection to David by giving him his sword. (1 Samuel 18:4)

  • From this day, Jonathan and David became covenant brothers.
  • David had all the reason to ask for everyone from Saul’s house to be killed as vengeance for what their grandfather Saul did to him.
  • He instead showed kindness because of his covenant with Jonathan.

Machir, who was keeping Mephibosheth, is the same man who rescued David when he (David) fled from his son Absalom (2 Samuel 9:4-5). Continue reading The Grace Of Being In A Blood Covenant (Week 2)

The Grace Of Being In A Blood Covenant

Genesis 12:1-3

God promised 7 things to Abraham, this constitutes the blessing of Abraham.

  • This covenant was renewed in chapter 15 and again in chapter 17. Abraham is 99 years old when God renews the covenant for the third time.
  • At the third renewal, God promises that the covenant will be everlasting.
  • The land of the Israelites was occupied by other tribes for 430 years, the Israelites were in exile for 70 years but the land that was promised to them remains theirs today.

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The Grace of Salvation (Types of Evangelism)

  1. Personal Evangelism
    • This is one-to-one evangelism.
    • You witness to someone and tell them about Jesus.
    • This is the most effective method.
  2. Invitational Evangelism
    • This is where you invite someone to church,
    • You do not preach to them but as they hear the word of God they get saved.
  3. Crusades
    • Following up people who get saved at the crusades is a challenge.
    • Requires a lot of money to organize.
  4. Character Evangelism
    • You speak a message with your life.
    • Your life has a story, preach to people with your life.
    • Whatever you do or say in secret or in the open has a bearing on someone’s salvation.
    • Never be a stumbling block to the salvation of someone.
    • Can your workmates testify about your salvation?
  5. Arts Evangelism
    • Evangelising through the arts (sports, concerts etc)
    • Difficult to measure whether you’ve had an impact on someone’s life using this method.
  6. Media Evangelism
    • Using the radio, TV to preach the Gospel.
    • Also difficult to measure the impact you have on someone’s life.

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Where Is Your First Love?

Revelation 2:1-5

Before we embark on anything, we ask “what will it benefit me?”

  • We calculate our every move so that whatever we do is beneficial to us.
  • Every wise person calculates the end before they move.
  • There was a reason we decided to become born-again. After the decision we made, we are to live according to the reason we decided to become born-again.

When we decided to receive Jesus, we loved him. Continue reading Where Is Your First Love?