Bible Reading Plan

Lent 2021

February 20th: Covenants, part 2 -- Dr. Tim Mackie (

The God of the Bible is committed to working out his good plans through covenant human partners. Humans continually mess up their end of the covenant, but God remains devoted to his decision to partner with humanity. Yesterday we reflected on God’s partnership with humanity as seen in Jeremiah and Luke.  Today, we continue this reflection with a passage in 2 Corinthians.


Read and Discuss

Video Question: Before watching the video, how would you describe the biblical meaning of a covenant? Jot down your description. After watching the video, how did your understanding of covenants expand or change?


Read: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

In Jesus’ death and resurrection, we see that true covenant faithfulness looks like self-giving love. When we receive, trust, and imitate the love of Jesus, we begin to live as the humans God created us to be. We can once again glimpse the beauty God had in mind when he first created and partnered with humanity.


Question 1: Review 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. According to this passage, what does it look like to partner with God in his new humanity? 


Question 2: Who is one person that is difficult to love in your life? How can you partner with God to forgive, love, and honor them this week?


Question 3: Identify a challenge in your family, neighborhood, or workplace where  self-giving love could make all the difference. Take a moment and ask God to give you wisdom about how you can be a faithful covenant partner with him in that scenario this week.







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