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Covenant means contract. God established an eternal covenant in the blood of His Son for all who receive Jesus as their personal Savior. We stand in the blood covenant with God and, as a result, we stand in covenant with each other.

Hebrews 13:20-21

GNT

20-21 God has raised from death our Lord Jesus, who is the Great Shepherd of the sheep as the result of his blood, by which the eternal covenant is sealed. May the God of peace provide you with every good thing you need in order to do his will, and may he, through Jesus Christ, do in us what pleases him. And to Christ be the glory forever and ever! Amen.

NKJV

20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

KJV

20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

NASB

20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,
21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

NIV

20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,
21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

AMP

20 Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),
21 Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).

Hebrews 8:6

GNT

6 But now, Jesus has been given priestly work which is superior to theirs, just as the covenant which he arranged between God and his people is a better one, because it is based on promises of better things.

NKJV

6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

KJV

6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

NASB

6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

NIV

6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

AMP

6 But as it now is, He [Christ] has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is as much superior and more excellent [than the old] as the covenant (the agreement) of which He is the Mediator (the Arbiter, Agent) is superior and more excellent, [because] it is enacted and rests upon more important (sublimer, higher, and nobler) promises.

Hebrews 9:15

GNT

15 For this reason Christ is the one who arranges a new covenant, so that those who have been called by God may receive the eternal blessings that God has promised. This can be done because there has been a death which sets people free from the wrongs they did while the first covenant was in effect.

NKJV

15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

KJV

15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

NASB

15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

NIV

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

AMP

15 [Christ, the Messiah] is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of an [entirely] new agreement (testament, covenant), so that those who are called and offered it may receive the fulfillment of the promised everlasting inheritance—since a death has taken place which rescues and delivers and redeems them from the transgressions committed under the [old] first agreement.

One in the Son

Jesus prayed for us, "that they may all be one; even as you, Father, (are) in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me." We stand and ride as "One in the Son".

John 17:21

GNT

21 I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me.

NKJV

21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

KJV

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

NASB

21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

NIV

21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

AMP

21 That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.

The Cross

The Cross is at the center of it all. Jesus' blood shed on the cross established the new covenant. Our hope was formed and established at the cross.

1 Peter 2:24

GNT

24 Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed.

NKJV

24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

KJV

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

NASB

24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on them cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

NIV

24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

AMP

24 He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

The Shield

In the armor of God, faith is represented by the shield

Ephesians 6:16

GNT

16 At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One.

NKJV

16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

KJV

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

NASB

16In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

NIV

16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

AMP

16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

In our center patch we actually have a shield within a shield. This represents the fact that we desire to line our faith up with the faith of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 11:6

GNT

6 No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him.

NKJV

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

KJV

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

NASB

6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

NIV

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

AMP

6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

The Sword

We stand with sword both drawn and raised. We hold it high, giving glory and honor to Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. And we keep the sword (the Word) at the ready to combat the evil one. There is only one Word of God...so, we wear one sword, pointed to heaven.

Ephesians 6:17

GNT

17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you.

NKJV

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

KJV

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

NASB

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

NIV

17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

AMP

17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

Each patch is outlined in red

The red around each patch represents the blood of Jesus. It covers us, cleanses us and protects us. It is the blood of the covenant which surrounds every aspect of our lives.

Black cross and background

The black on the cross and background of each patch serves to remind us that we came out of darkness. We were sinners and have been brought out of the darkness by the grace and love of God, and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. In remembering we have received much grace, we actively seek to demonstrate much grace.

Gold as the main color

Our shield and lettering are gold because it is a precious metal. Just as our relationship with Jesus is the most precious treasure a person can find. We are children of the Most High God and God wants His children to have the best. We are called a nation of kings & priests. God adorns His kings and priests in gold. Gold represents prosperity and our God desires to make us prosper. Gold is one of the very best conductors. We desire to be used by God to carry the power of His Word into the world.

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