#66: The new covenant, the Antioch gospel, and the story of grace.

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In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I welcome you back to “the corner” to reflect on two sermons I delivered, one from Mark 14 and another from Acts 13, both of which show, in their own way, what the new covenant blood of Christ does in and through the lives of sinners. In this time of uneasiness and upheaval, there is great comfort and hope to be found in what united the early apostles, namely, the preaching of the Word of God. (Acts 13:5) And it is specifically the preaching of this Word which announces the good news of Jesus’s covenant-making blood (Mk 14:22–26) on behalf of covenant-breakers that possesses the unique power to reconcile those who would otherwise be hostile towards one another. Such is the good news of God’s gospel that persists even to this day. It is the good news that filled the hearts and minds of the apostles, and has filled the hearts and minds of the church throughout the centuries. I speak to that fact, too, by sharing an excerpt from “Good News from a Far Country: Learning the Gospel from a Nineteenth Century Scotsman,” which is John Biegel’s testimony of discovering the ministry of Dr. Horatius Bonar through his timeless work, The Everlasting Righteousness. I have similarly been impacted and influenced by the writing of Dr. Bonar — and what a wonder it is that a 19th century Scottish churchman would resonate so resoundingly with a 21st century Central Pennsylvania pastor. But such is the power of Jesus’s covenant-making gospel.

Resources.

The Story of Grace, Horatius Bonar 

The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar 

Good News from a Far Country: Learning the Gospel from a Nineteenth Century Scotsman,” John Biegel 

Sour grapes and stale crackers,” article by yours truly 

Stonington Baptist Church sermons

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray

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Notes.

I’m Brad Gray and I serve as the Senior Pastor of Stonington Baptist Church in Paxinos, Pennsylvania, where I live with my wife Natalie, daughter Lydia, and son Braxton. Besides pastoring, I spend most of my time writing, reading, and ministering in many more ways. I am resolved to faithfully and fervently propagate the gospel of “grace upon grace” for the weary and the worn out. It is my sincerest desire to live and minister all “for the sake of the Name.” (3 Jn 1:7) So long as Christ is exalted, that is enough.

Credits.

Ad music: “Coffee Stains” by Finley, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.