This newly published book, Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored, is my new “go to” resource for an introduction to covenant theology (stay tuned for a cover image). While there are several good resources that introduce the doctrines of grace (TULIP), there are very few that introduce another essential part of Reformed theology, namely the doctrine of the covenants. This book is definitely a great introduction: it gives Christians who are curious about covenant theology a place to go to learn more about this deep and rich aspect of Reformed theology.
Here’s the layout. First, there is an introduction to covenant theology in general and its importance in Scripture as well as the Christian faith and life. Then, the following covenants are discussed in eight brief chapters: the covenant of redemption, the covenant of works, the covenant of grace, the common grace (Noahic) covenant, the Abrahamic covenant, the Mosaic covenant, the Davidic covenant, and finally the new covenant. The authors also explain well how these covenants relate to each other and provide brief explanations of how these covenants relate to justification, sanctification, the law/gospel distinction, and so forth.
Each chapter is around 20 pages long and includes a few study questions. To give a little more detail still, each chapter has the following structure: a definition/explanation of each covenant, the biblical evidence of each covenant, Reformed theology’s teaching on each covenant, and an application section (what does each covenant mean for the Christian life?). At the end of the book there is a glossary of important terms, a Scripture index, and a short index of names.
As a church planter and pastor of a historic Reformed church, I have always wanted a book that summarizes covenant theology. Many people I encounter have never heard of covenant theology or have only heard a little about it. This book perfectly meets the need for a resource that gives Christians a basic, readable, biblical, and clearly Reformed book on covenant theology. I honestly cannot recommend it enough. If you’ve always wanted a solid introduction to Reformed covenant theology, you’ll certainly need to get this book.
Here’s the full info: Michael Brown and Zachary Keele, Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored (Grand Rapids: Reformed Fellowship, 2012). You can find a snippet of the book HERE if you want to read a part of the introduction. Stay tuned for info on where to purchase this book since it is still making its way to bookstores.