THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: PROMISE OF A NEW COVENANT
Adult/Young Adult Topic: Written on the Heart
Printed Text: Jeremiah 31:27-34
Key Verse: Jeremiah 31:33 (NIV)
This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the LORD. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Try as we might, as humans we often fail in our relationships. How can we restore broken relationships with others? Jeremiah foresaw a time when God would make a new covenant, writing God’s law on human hearts with the vow to be Israel’s God and to make Israel His people.
Why the heart? The heart is the center of who we are. That is why the heart is the best place for God to write His New Covenant. Likewise the New Covenant is the best message to write in our hearts. Not only would God now write His covenant within individual hearts, He would also cleanse our hearts through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit.
Merciful God, we ask you to search our hearts. Where you find sin, we ask you to cleanse our hearts as only you can. We then ask you to continue molding and making us into what you want us to be. We praise your name as did our fore-parents who proclaimed you to be a “heart fixer” and a “mind regulator.” We pray this prayer in your Son’s name. Amen.