A Better Covenant

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “A Better Covenant” from Hebrews 8:6-13.

Hebrews 8:6-13 (ESV)

But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises. For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

Christ has brought us into a new and better covenant.

  • We failed to live up to the first covenant.
  • God makes the new covenant work.
    • He makes it eternal.
    • He makes us His people.
    • He makes himself known impartially.
    • He makes our sins to be remembered no more.
  • We see the obsolescence of the first.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What can make one promise better than another?
  • Why did Jesus need to bring us a new and better covenant?
  • How is God able to make the new covenant work in our favor?
  • What has happened to the first and older covenant?