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In Granite or Ingrained? (Study Guide)

Study Guide for Individuals and Small Groups

By Skip MacCarty and Esther Knott
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Enrich your personal walk with God by using this study guide to In Granite or Ingrained? by Skip MacCarty. Whether you use it alone or with fellow Christians in a dynamic small group experience, this study guide will help you review and retain the key points of the book, explore deeper aspects and applications of the major issues, and strengthen your devotional relationship with God.

In Granite or Ingrained? is a serious book. The questions and debates surrounding the relationship of the old and new covenants in Scripture are not arcane or irrelevant academic arguments. The issues have eternal consequences in the life of the professed believer. Earnestly searching out the deep things of God should be the joy of every Christian.

Every theme of Scripture contains an invitation from God. The prophets and apostles of old were inspired by the Spirit not simply to produce an encyclopedia of religious information. They were to be bearers of a divine invitation to come to Him who is the way, the truth, and the life. God desires that readers of Scripture will recognize His invitation, respond to it, and thereby find true life in Him. In Granite or Ingrained?—accompanied by this Study Guide for individual or small group use—will help anyone on that most important of all quests.

About the Authors

Skip MacCarty was an associate pastor for evangelism at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University for over 25 years. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and is a specialist on the relationship between stress and spiritual life. Esther R. Knott is associate pastor for small groups at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. A specialist in small group ministry, she holds a graduate degree in religious education.
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"Skip MacCarty has caught the spirit and the intent of the covenants and their relationship as well as anyone I know. The American evangelical church tends to build its theological structures on the basis of Paul's polemical statements about the law, sometimes without sufficient reference either to the polemical nature of those statements or the doubt those perspectives might cast on the integrity of Moses and the prophets, or perhaps even God Himself.
In this volume MacCarty offers a brilliant defense of the fundamental unity of the Scriptures. Writing with passion and careful thought, he begins by demonstrating that the fundamental character of God's covenant with Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Israel was determined by the DNA of the new covenant (Jeremiah 31). After helpfully distinguishing between the historical and experiential old and new covenants, he invites his readers to celebrate with him the glorious fact that in the old covenant, as much as in the new covenant, God offers a "grace-based, gospel-bearing, and mission-directed" covenantal relationship with Himself. Until Christians grasp this message, the Old Testament will remain a dead book to the church."

Daniel I. Block
Professor of Old Testament
Wheaton College

"This is one of the most important books available about the relationship between the gospel, the law, and the Sabbath."

Norman R. Gulley
Research Professor in Systematic Theology
Southern Adventist University

"I consider this to be one of the best treatments on the old and new covenants. The work is well-documented and yet straightforward. It is clear, forceful, biblical, cogent, lucid. And MacCarty's writing style meets a wide audience, from scholars to laity."

Richard Davidson
J. N. Andrews professor of Old Testament Exegesis
Andrews University

"This is a must read for people interested in this all-important subject."

George R. Knight
Professor of Church History
Andrews University


CHAPTER 1: The Core Truth of the Covenant(s)
CHAPTER 2: The Universality of the Covenant(s)
CHAPTER 3: How God Defined the New Covenant
CHAPTER 4: New Covenant DNA in the Old Covenant
CHAPTER 5: How the Old and New Covenants Differ
CHAPTER 6: The Two Covenants in History and Experience
CHAPTER 7: Historical and Experiential Applications
CHAPTER 8: Love and Law in the Covenant(s)
CHAPTER 9: Covenant Signs
CHAPTER 10: Covenant Rest
CHAPTER 11: Ten Timeless Truths
CHAPTER 12: Living the Covenants

APPENDIX A: Comparison of the Old and New Covenants as Presented in Hebrews 7–10
APPENDIX B: "Under Law" vs. "Under Grace"
APPENDIX C: Scholars' Comments on Colossians 2:16–17
APPENDIX D: Tables and Charts

Scriptural Index
General Index

Title: In Granite or Ingrained?: Study Guide for Individuals and Small Groups
Authors: Skip MacCarty and Esther Knott
ISBN-13: 978-1-883925-58-1
Year: 2007
Pages: 102

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