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Feb 07, 2021

All the Promises of God (click for resources)

Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:19-20

Speaker: Brian Land

Series: 2 Corinthians

Category: Grace Brevard

Keywords: christ, faithful, promises, fulfilled, yes

THEMES / OVERVIEW: God has made incredible and sometimes hard to fathom promises to His people, but these promises are likely different, and infinitely better, than classic Consumer Christianity proclaims. Rather than earthly feel-good promises that fade away, like health, financial security and easy-living, God promises (otherwise known as covenants) are that He has and will continue to “bless us” by making us to be His image-bearing, unforsakable, instrumental and eternal children. These promises are not wishful thinking but have already been fully secured by Jesus on the cross as he shed the blood that ratified the promise. And now the Holy

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Sermon Discussion Questions

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

Promises Made:
How are promises made, kept and viewed today?

How is it that promises are the foundation of relationships?

Name some of God’s promises.

Did you also remember some of the less-happy promises like “in this world you will have trouble”?

The foundational “promises” upon which every other divine-promise is built are called “covenants” - whereas promises are one-sided and unconditional (“I promise to pay you back”) while covenants are relationally two-sided and conditional (“I’ll give you your paycheck as long as you do your job well”), and are ratified (secured) in blood.

Talk about the significance of these three foundational covenants -- what is each party promising to do?

Genesis 17:1-10 - Abraham - “Adopted: Blessed to Bless”

Exodus 19:3-6 - Moses and The Law - “Holy Kingdom”

2Chron 6:16 - David - Perpetual King over Israel

How did humanity keep our side of each of these covenants?

Promises Kept:
God’s love (and the rest of his promises) are actually conditional! How is it that God’s love is NOT unconditional?

It is conditioned on us being faithful, but because we aren’t God had to fulfill not only HIS side of the covenant but OURS as well!

When Paul says that “all the promises of God find their Yes in him” he is referring to the covenants. Since we completely broke our side of each of the covenants, God himself came in the person of Jesus to satisfy not just HIS side of the covenant, but our side as well.

How does Jesus satisfy and gift to us the three covenantal promises we mentioned before?

Abraham - Father and blesser of God’s people

Moses - Kept the whole law on our behalf

David- Is our perpetual King

Promises Applied:
To apply God’s promises we need to know them, and have a growing mustard-seed belief that he will keep them.
When and why do you struggle to believe his faithfulness?

What could help us?

What does it look like when we do believe God’s promises?

What fruit does it bear in and through us when we realize that Jesus held up OUR end of the bargain, and now we are free to bless others (Gen 17) and live holy lives (Ex 19)?