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Chapel: Contracts and Covenants

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By Paige Ferrari
Global Outreach Student Leader

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)

Brian Kruckenberg took to the Grand Canyon University stage at Chapel again this morning. Coming from New City Church, Brian spoke at Chapel just last year. His familiarity on stage woke up the students who attend his church in Central Phoenix.

Using Galatians 3:1-14, Brian talked through this letter Paul wrote to the church in Galatia. Paul was angry with this church because the Christians were falling into the trap of legalism and obeying the laws.

Brian took inspiration from his years spent as a lawyer to explain the difference between a contract and a covenant. Contracts are temporary – an exchange of property – and are done for profit. The Galatians viewed the laws as contracts that they were breeching.

Instead, Paul writes of the covenants that God has made with His people. Covenants are permanent –an exchange of life – and are for sacrificial love.

Brian stated that if we view our faith as a list of do’s and don’ts instead of a covenant between us and God, then we are missing what Christ did for us on the cross. A covenant is created for grace, love and faith.

This is how we should live our lives. We should live in full surrender to Christ because that’s what He calls us to do.

Miss last week’s Chapel? Catch up by checking out our post. Learn more about Chapel at GCU by visiting our website.

 

About Paige Ferrari
Global Outreach Student Leader

Paige Ferrari is a senior at GCU studying Communications and serves in the Spiritual Life department as part of the Global Outreach Team. Although she’s from Southern California, Paige finds herself falling in love with the people, culture and lifestyle of Phoenix, and hopes to permanently move here after graduation. She is a passionate writer, reader and coffee connoisseur; she is always looking for some creative words over a cup of coffee.

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