Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How New is the New Covenant? The Covenantal Godhead

Do you ever wonder why so often we fail to truly reflect the image of our Heavenly Father?   Dr. Steve Crosby addresses that and other questions in part 2 of his series.

We learn that our understanding of Him (or misunderstanding) is ultimately what we end up reflecting to others.

The key to the new covenant is understanding true faith. It is not just believing a set of doctrines, but RELATIONAL TRUST.  This has been a transformational value in my life. 

You will also appreciate Steve's sharing about God's provision for Covenantal living.  
Here is part 2 of the series, How New is the New Covenant?


Monday, April 16, 2012

New Covenant Sessions: How "New" is the New Covenant?

We are approaching the 3 year mark in our life outside the institutional church system. And if there is one thing I am convinced of, it is this: too many people in this "movement" are more aware of what they have left than where they are going.

Irrespective of where and how people "worship" I believe the measure of our flourishing in Jesus is directly related to the measure of apostolic/prophetic foundations in our lives. (Ephesians 2:20) And I am increasingly burdened by the reality that for many, these foundations have really never been established.

At the heart of this is the gospel of the Kingdom. I believe too many "believers" are familiar with a gospel that is, in reality, profoundly incomplete. I speak from my own experience. What I thought was the gospel was really a shadow of the gospel Paul proclaimed as "the power of God unto salvation". (Romans 1:16)

I stand in awe today with a profoundly more complete picture of the Gospel. Yes, I left an institution 4 years ago that was so "cross" focused that resurrection life was essentially smothered. But more importantly, by God's grace, He has placed us in a growing family in this city that includes foundation building gifts to the body: apostles and prophets who are passionate about the New Covenant. One of those gifts is Dr. Steve Crosby.

I rejoice in the deposit the Lord has given Steve. And I see the ongoing impartation of the Kingdom values he shares and walks out with God's people from day to day. Recently Steve started delivering a series of messages in Hickory, NC, How "New" is the New Covenant? I sensed very strongly the Lord's desire to widely broadcast what he is communicating, so I will post these messages here over the next few weeks.

The first is an Introduction.
Since my teens I have believed that too much of today's expression of "church" is more like the Old Testament than the New. There is a good reason for that: we really don't get that new means NEW!

That is a good starting place to take in Steve's first message from New Covenant Sessions. As always, we welcome your comments.