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Those who believe that they must earn God’s love will always feel insecure in their faith. Thankfully, scripture makes it clear that salvation comes, not through our actions, but through the overwhelming goodness of Christ. John Bailey joins Gary Wilkerson to discuss how the Old and New Covenants help us understand God’s plan for humanity.
Key Points from the Podcast
The Old Covenant shows us our weakness and the New Covenant shows us God’s power.
In much of the church today, many pastors and leaders incorrectly mingle Old and New Covenant.
If you are living under a burden of God’s love for you being based on your performance, then you are still living under the Old Covenant.
All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.
God dealt with sin once and for all at the cross when Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.
If your walk with God depends on how good you are, then it will always be faltering, but if it is based on how good Jesus is, then it will always be flourishing.
When people learn who they are in Christ and begin to understand the love, power, and glory of God it will change how they interact with God and others, serve the church, and impact their community.
Faith is trusting and believing that nothing is too difficult for God and that he will work in and through your life.
Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast
Jeremiah 29:31–33; Revelation 13:8; Hebrews 8:13; Deuteronomy 28; Romans 3:23; 1 John 3:20–21; John 4:1–30; 1 John 1:10; Galatians 3:13; Matthew 26:39; John 10:10; Isaiah 54:17; 2 Peter 1:4; Hebrews 11:6
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
Peace with God by Billy Graham [book]
It Is Finished by David Wilkerson [book]
About John Bailey
Pastor John Bailey is the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He came to know Christ in 1981 in the Tampa City Jail. In a desperate time of need he cried out to the Lord and was touched in a powerful way. Pastor John has now been serving the Lord in pastoral ministry for 20 years. He is a graduate of Southeastern University with a focus on Pastoral Ministry, Systematic Theology and Bible. Since graduating, God has led him to minister the gospel in over 50 nations and most of the U.S. Before founding The Springs Church, John served as a pastor, missionary and evangelist to Cork, Ireland. It is exciting to see a great move of God in the South of Ireland. John’s primary gift is to pastor God’s people. This includes evangelizing, teaching, preaching and equipping believers for the work of ministry. His desire is to share the love and mercy of Christ with all.
About Gary Wilkerson
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.