<<statement of intent>>

This is a written document or covenant, detailing an intimate relationship and commitment between two parties – God and humanity. God as the initiator engaged with us His creation, declaring how He intends us to live. His requirements are largely contained in the Scriptures (the Bible) written by men under the inspiration of the Holy

The Bible is given to us as our guidebook to living

Spirit and should form the foundation of our whole life as our lives will be judged by it (Jn 12:48; 2 Tim 3:16,17; 2 Pet 1:21).

This written document is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament (OT and NT).  The 39 books of the OT, from Genesis to Malachi, cover the creation of the world through to the formation of the Israelite nation, including God’s dealings with them and the elaborate system of sacrifices set up to appease for sin, the numerous laws and the Ten Commandments. The OT was written before Jesus' birth, while the NT was written after Jesus' incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension. The NT, comprising 27 books, from Matthew to Revelation, covers the birth and ministry of Jesus, His once only sacrifice for sin, the declaration that eternal life is only available through Him, the origins of the church, and foretells events yet to take place at the close of this period of grace.  The OT is more specifically addressed to the Jews while the NT is all-embracing, instructing “All men everywhere to repent” and offering “Whoever wishes, let him take of the free gift of Salvation” (Jn 3:16; Act 17:30; Rev 22:17). Even though we live in the NT era the OT has many valuable principles for us follow too.

See also: Bible, Covenant, New Testament, Old Testament, Word of God.