Watch the video above and talk about it with a friend or mentor.

It's crucial to understand the differences between the biblical covenants in order to understand the work of Jesus and how to be right with God.

Key Points:

  • God’s covenant with Abraham was by grace through faith.
  • God’s covenant with Israel through Moses was for a particular purpose.
  • Jesus instituted a completely new covenant.
  • The New Covenant in Jesus replaces the Old Covenant of Moses.

See Also: Grace, Salvation

Talk About It
  1. How did you understand covenants as a Latter-day Saint?
  2. Read Romans 4:1-5. How was Abraham made right with God, even before the Old Testament law was given? Which came first, grace or law? Why is this important?
  3. What did the “new covenant” mean to you? How is your understanding of the “new covenant” changing?
  4. In what ways will our view of salvation be misguided if we don’t understand the difference between the covenants?
  5. Read Hebrews 8:13. If the old covenant is obsolete, what does that mean for the Christian life?
  6. How would you define a “transactional” view of God? How is that practiced in Mormonism?
  7. How is the “new covenant” in Christ the opposite of a transactional approach to God?

This video features Paul Robie, pastor of South Mountain Community Church in Draper, Utah, and appears courtesy of the Utah Ministry Training curriculum –