What is a covenant and why do we need one?

  • Why do we need a covenant? Consider this definition of a covenant (albeit one emerging from a different context than ours) in a recent article on the Alban Institute website:

    “It is not a set of rules that, if broken, will result in a hand slap for the offender. Rules make relationships rigid. They constrain. They limit. Covenants, on the other hand, offer us goals that are in keeping with the values and teaching of our faith. They give us a way to talk about the behavior and practices we adopt in our work together as leaders who wrestle with change and with differences. “

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  • Reinhard Helbing

    December 3, 2013

    See the Crossways course (unit 8) for an answer.
    If you took the course and still have the course material, you will find it all there in that unit 8. Otherwise you may want to look at the URL below:


    Even in the Old Covenant/Testament God makes unilateral as well as bilateral covenants: With Noah (Genesis 9:17), Abraham (15:5,18), and David ( 2 Sam 7:27). – Even bilateral covenants containing stipulations show His Love: What we perceive as curses and threats of punishment are in fact dire warnings about the consequences to follow, if not heeded.