TITLE: Why Settle for Second?
Scripture: 2 Cor. 3:6-18
I. DEFINING THE OLD COVENANT
What Paul learned is that a truly perfect, spotless righteousness-the perfect obedience demanded by the law- (was not possible). It isn’t that the law was (evil); it wasn’t. The problem lies with the (sinner), not the law.
The old covenant was the law given to Abraham and ultimately to Moses on Mount Sinai. It was the (rules and regulations) the people were required to fulfill and live by.
II. DETERMINING THE SUPERIORITY OF THE NEW COVENANT
A comparison for you to see:
1. Old=hundreds of detailed and demanding commandments. New=Christ.
2. Old=Law of Moses. New=Promise of life in Christ.
3. Old=could not provide righteousness. New=Christ provided it.
4. Old=temporary. New=permanent.
5. Old=death and doom on sinners. New=life.
6. Old=ministry of condemnation. New=ministry of righteousness.
7. Old=what was coming to an end. New=what is permanent.
8 distinctive qualities of the new covenant:
1) It gives (life). (v.6)
2) It produces (righteousness). (7a,8-9)
3) It is (permanent). (7b,10-11)
4) It brings (hope). (12)
5) It is (clear). (13-14a)
6) It is (Christ-centered). (14b-16,18a)
7) It is energized by the (Spirit). (17)
8) It is (transforming). (18b)
NEXT WEEK: Theme: Truth / Series: Faithful
Title: Mercy- 2 Cor. 4:1