TOPIC OF THE MONTH OF JUNE: A FULFILLED COVENANT

Unit 1, “A Fulfilled Covenant,” has four sessions drawn from Matthew, Mark, Luke, Hebrews, and Colossians. The unit reveals a new sign of the covenant for Jewish and Gentile believers. During the celebration of the Passover, Jesus had explained to the disciples that he would initiate a new covenant through his death. Paul explains that the sign of the covenant is now a relationship of the heart between God and God’s people, not circumcision.

June 2—Jesus Institutes the New Covenant – Mark 14:17-25, Hebrews 8:6-7; 10-12

People often make promises to one another seeking lasting, committed relationships. How can one be assured that a relationship will last? In Mark and Hebrews, Jesus is affirmed as the one through whom God’s new everlasting covenant is fulfilled.
Key Verse: Now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.—Hebrews 8:6

June 9—Jesus Seals the New Covenant – Mark 15: 6-15; 25. 26. 33-39

All personal relationships encounter problems that result in division and strife. Who can heal the breaches and restore harmony? Mark describes how Jesus’ crucifixion forges a new covenant and reconciles God and humankind.
Key Verse: When the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, truly this man was the Son of God.—Mark 15:39

June 16—The New Covenant’s Sacrifice – Hebrews 9:11-22

People have devised many methods to deal with the sense of moral uncleanness their misdeeds incur. How can we be definitively cleansed of guilt? Through shedding his blood and dying, Jesus once and for all fulfilled God’s new covenant to forgive sins and guarantee eternal life.
Key Verse: Almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.—Hebrews 9:22

June 23—Hearts United in Love – Colossians 2:1-15

People bind themselves together by mutual bonds of love and commitment. How can communities avoid losing their identities while under attack? Paul urged the Colossians to be united in love in order to fully understand the rich treasures offered to them by faith so they can resist false teachings and come to appreciate their new spiritual standing in Christ.
Key Verse: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.—Colossians 2:6-7

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