In the Old Covenant, love was demanded.  In the New Covenant, love is given.

The love that is now described is not a “love” earned by keeping a list of rules, but a response to God’s great love toward us.

Enter into God’s Rest.  When we enter into that rest, we stop our human reliance.  We stop trying and start trusting.  God has stuff for you to do that is humanly impossible.  God wants what He can produce through you, not just what your effort can produce.

Works and Faith  – the New Covenant often talks of these two principles.  How do works and faith fare under this New Covenant of grace?  Aren’t “works” all the things you have to do to gain God’s approval?  In this session, Pastor Ann defines “works” and how they fit into the message of grace.

The Old Covenant was carried out by human power.  Mankind had a responsibility to obey the laws God set forth.  The New Covenant, however, is carried out by the Holy Spirit and was inaugurated on the Day of Pentecost.

The Law (or Old Covenant) is a contract between two parties – God and Israel.  It was dependent on both parties for fulfillment.  The New Covenant is an agreement between one Diety in two persons – God and Jesus.  It cannot be broken or annulled.  Jesus does our part.  We simply believe.

This session concludes with Communion.


Jesus was born under the Law.  He was born at the crossroads of the old and new covenants (law and grace).  Jesus brought the law back to its original context.  The religious had made the law manageable – able to handle it on their own merit.  But Jesus reminded them that the purpose of the law was to make them conscious to sin and reveal their need for a Savior.   In this session, Pastor Ann shows us how the Gospel of Grace has liberated us from the law and brings us God’s favor for every situation we face.

“Most Christians believe God’s Grace makes the sinner righteous. But they do not believe God’s Grace makes the Christian righteous – as if we are led to the Cross, then left on our own to figure it out.”
~ Pastor Ann, It’s All Jesus

What Jesus came to do was earth shattering and game changing. He fulfilled the law. He did not add to the law. This New Covenant of Grace replaced the Old Covenant of works. Reconciliation was made between God and man.