THE NEW COVENANT IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK (FROM SCOTT CROWDER)
A guest blog this week from one of the Welton Academy students who is also the Partnership Director for Welton Academy.
Our latest adventure is launching a Supernatural Bible School (SBS) through DreamHouse, our local church. We're doing this in co-operation with Welton Academy. Last year I took this school created by Dr. Jonathan Welton and it was incredible. The charter class for the online school had over 500 people signed up representing all 50 states and 20 countries. In May of this year my wife and I attended the graduation weekend in upstate New York. Jonathan and Karen Welton led our class in an amazing weekend together. Joe McIntyre and Harold Eberle flew in as guest speakers along with people from around the world. We worshiped together, spent time in Q & A sessions and spent a lot of time just being together. The final night was one of the top five most powerful services I've ever been part of.
When I started the school in the previous September, I had little idea about what God would be stirring within me. When this year ended I found myself in new territory with God - more confidence, freedom, joy and so intrigued about the future. It was a life altering decision.
A little bit about Jonathan Welton. He has authored several books, including School of the Seers and holds a doctorate in Theology. His heart is to see the depths of the word taught while embracing the supernatural. Jonathan has the grace of a teacher and as a seer himself, he makes connections where others have not saying:
“We’ve raised up a generation of young people that move in the supernatural. They heal the sick. They can prophesy. They can even raise the dead. Yet they don't understand how scripture fits in to the whole picture. We've been teaching the Kingdom and the supernatural. The church has been waking up all across the world and people are moving in this. Yet there is a disconnect between our understanding of scripture and what we do on Sunday mornings with sermons and messages versus what we do on the streets in healing the sick and raising the dead. That disconnect has been on my heart from the Lord for a few years. I believe it’s time for a new model...it’s time that we understood the scripture through a kingdom lens, understood the New Covenant, the Kingdom of God, Jesus as the King - the Messiah. There’s more here than we've understood. There’s more here than we've gotten hold of.”
Before attending the school I was reading Deuteronomy one night before going to bed. As I read the curses God declares to Israel in the final chapters I blurted out “What was wrong with you!” My heart and mind couldn't resolve the loving Father I knew and the God speaking in this story. The answer came back quick “I didn't change Scott. You did.” That gave me pause. I could tell you how Jesus changed me and redeemed me. But but how did this resolve what I perceived as a change in Him, the God of the Old Testament and the New? This question stayed on mind for about a year. When I heard about Jonathan’s school I could feel the same rhythm beating in my heart to understand the whole Bible better.
I’ve been saved for thirty five years. I grew up in a solid christian home, and went to Sunday school my entire childhood. I graduated from a christian school and from a ministry training college as a young adult. I've attended many conferences and mini-schools since then. I've listened to thousands of hours of messages and am a voracious reader. Yet in all my life I've never understood the New Covenant as clear as I do after going through the SBS. I've realized since that I know many amazing people with a personal relationship with Jesus who still live with an Old Covenant understanding of God. Here’s a few examples of what I mean:
In the OLD COVENANT,
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8)
In the NEW COVENANT we read,
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom 12:2).
Before in the OC (Old Covenant) we were told that we could not know God’s thoughts or His ways. Yet in the NC (New Covenant) God tells us that we'll be able to test and approve His will through our mind and actions. Stunning.
In the OC we read,
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).
Yet something is not the same anymore under the NEW COVENANT. Pauls writes to the Corinthians
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor 5:21)
The modern church goes back and forth under the New and Old Covenant not knowing who she is or how to step. The early church understood the massive shift that had taken place. “But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one” writes the author of Hebrews. The New is superior to the Old and “is founded on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). The book of Hebrews is all about the transition from the Old Covenant to the New. Hebrews 8:13 says:
"By calling this covenant ‘new’ he has made the first one obsolete”.
We are no longer under the Old Covenant. We're participants of a New Covenant founded on union in Christ Jesus. Under the Old it was 'seek the Lord while He may be found' (Isa 55:6). Under the New it is 'Christ IN YOU is the hope of glory.' (Col. 1:27) This is the good news!
How can you be a part? Even if you don't live in Hampton Roads you can sign up and take the class online from anywhere in the world. The testimony of pastors and leaders, home-school moms and marketplace champions who have gone through the school has been positive. “I've been waiting for this.” “Why haven't I heard this before?” “I finally understand what the New Covenant is!”
- Register online if you live in Hampton Roads and want to take the school with DreamHouse.
- Check out Welton Academy online at www.WeltonAcademy.com if you live elsewhere
- 1st Semester begin Septembers 16th (online) / the 18th (with us) / with 12 weeks of classes.
- The 2nd Semester begins in January with a class each week for 19 weeks.
As pastors we've been wanting to bring a deeper level of teaching to our church and have found Welton Academy to be the ideal partner. We are offering the school at our church with times of activation, corporate worship, face-to-face discussions and classes presented by Welton via video. Our Welton Lab is a learning environment with emphasis on moving forward together in Christ. This means relationship and teaching are part of the equipping process.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or contact the school directly via their website. It’s a great time to be alive!
- Scott Crowder