Covenant and Kingdom Guide by Mike Breen
Covenant and Kingdom Guide
The Bible is meant to be read and understood. But many people struggle to interpret Scripture. I believe that Covenant and Kingdom offers the simplest framework of interpretation as we read the Bible for ourselves. These are the guiding coordinates, the latitude and longitude, that orient us as we read the Bible.
By understanding Covenant and Kingdom, we unlock the keys of interpretation that help us read the Bible for ourselves. While this approach cannot and should not replace in-depth Bible study, engaging the Bible through its largest themes remind us anew that the Bible is a book about God and us. This guide helps us begin to see and understand the double helix of Covenant and Kingdom that run throughout the Bible.
The questions and reflections you’ll find in this guide are meant to evoke rather than inform. Too often, questions in guides like this end up being little more than thinly veiled attempts at content delivery. Information does help learning. But while question writers mean for people to explore the depths to which God is calling them, what often happens is that they can’t resist “helping” a person come up with the “right” answer. And in doing so, these questions short-circuit people actually hearing the voice of God for themselves. While most people know this isn’t the most effective way to learn, this style of questions persists because—if we are honest—many of us have our doubts that the Holy Spirit can do the Holy Spirit’s job of leading each person into all truth. So we use leading questions in to fill the gap. It may be noble, but misguided.