In Granite or Ingrained?
What the Old and New Covenants Reveal about the Gospel, the Law, and the Sabbath
By Skip MacCarty
Christians earnest in their walk with the Lord will see a dynamic element of the gospel in the profound relationship between love and law. They will, perhaps for the first time, understand the apparent dichotomy of old and new covenants in the New Testament. And in the process they will be confronted with a powerful appeal and an unmistakable warning.
Whether you use it alone or with fellow Christians in a dynamic small group experience, the 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. Sold separately.
About the AuthorSkip MacCarty is associate pastor for evangelism at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and is a specialist on the relationship between stress and spiritual life.
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
"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."
J. N. Andrews professor of Old Testament Exegesis
"This is a must read for people interested in this all-important subject."
George R. Knight
Professor of Church History
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
Author: Skip MacCarty