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The Covenant of Redemption, and Covenant Worship: Online Sermon Resources


For study in the near future, I have several lesson series queued up, including two series on the book of Job, and a few Reformed Conference series from the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, these links:

Currently, though, I’m enjoying a new resource I’ve recently discovered online: pastor/preacher Dr. Mark Winder, at nearby Wolf River OPC church and one of the contributors at the Reformed Forum (a different contributor than the one referenced in a recent post about hermeneutics).  I’ve listened to a few of his sermons, including an informative 12-part series ‘What is a Presbyterian?’  The first messages address general Reformed theology and basics of interpretation, including a section on Good and Necessary Consequences, followed by a few on covenant theology and covenant worship, then to more specific topics such as the role of children within the church and the church leadership structure.

These messages take a helpful and interesting approach, teaching various doctrines from Old Testament texts and showing the link to the New Testament practice.  For example, the Covenant of Redemption explained from Zechariah 6:9-15 —  a great Messianic passage describing ‘the branch’, the Messiah who would be a priest and a king.   Yet I had not considered Zechariah 6 in connection with the Covenant of Redemption.  Previous lessons I’ve heard over the years, such as several from S. Lewis Johnson, provided a good overview with a look at the Davidic covenant passages and the Upper Room discourse, especially Jesus’ words about the work of the Father and the Son, and the importance of the overall purpose of the Trinity and that the three members of the Godhead work together in agreement.  This message adds to the teaching, with the events in Zechariah 6 — emphasizing the joining of the priest and king offices in one person, and especially verse 13, “and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”

The next message, on Covenant Worship, is an interesting take on New Testament church worship—from exposition of Psalm 95.  The Psalm is simple, yet expresses several good points regarding corporate worship, including the fact of corporate (plural, we), Who it is that we are gathering to worship, our great God and fellowship with Him; it’s not just about our casual fellowship with one another, but our great and holy God, and our attitude, to be joyful when we worship together.

It’s a helpful, informative series, that defines the important characteristics of Reformed and specifically (Reformed) Presbyterian churches — several topics and how they all relate together with biblical support and the unity of scripture in the Old and New Testament.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the messages, and then continuing on to the next Bible lesson series, from the several other series mentioned above.

  1. Neil Schoch
    February 17, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Lynda,
    Would you be able to let me know where the reference below in this post comes from if possible please? I would like to be able to send the article to a friend who has become caught up in the Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation and claims not to be able to understand the Triune nature of God. I have written large amounts to him on the subject but every bit helps. He used to come around and study the Word of God with me but has been banned from talking to me anymore, so email it is!

    “the work of the Father and the Son, and the importance of the overall purpose of the Trinity and that the three members of the Godhead work together in agreement.”

    Blessings, Neil.

  2. February 18, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Thanks Neil. That quote is my paraphrase understanding, from listening to various messages about the Trinity from S. Lewis Johnson. He taught about it often: the Triune Godhead’s unity of purpose, that they three persons are not at cross-purposes but in agreement with each other.

    This link shows several search results, for sermons he did on the Trinity.
    https://sljinstitute.net/?s=Trinity
    Another of messages with search term ‘Covenant of Redemption’
    https://sljinstitute.net/?s=Covenant%20of%20Redemption
    Each of the sermons listed has a link to the PDF transcript as well as to download the actual audio sermon.

    Hope that helps.

    Regards,
    Lynda

  3. Neil Schoch
    February 18, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks Lynda,
    Much appreciated, Neil.

  1. February 17, 2020 at 8:03 am

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