This morning we come to the most well known verse in ALL the Bible.
John 3:16– Can you quote it? Challenge!
The background of John 3:16… is Jesus answering Nicodemus’ question about… HOW to be born again.
3 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
How… can a man be born when he’s old? ( v.4)
How… can these things be? ( v. 9)
John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
I John 4:8 God is LOVE!
God loves YOU with a GREAT LOVE!
Ps 139:17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.
Romans 5:8 God demonstrates His own LOVE toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us
This is a FOUNDATIONAL truth… that we fall back on when facing things that we don’t understand!
Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved YOU with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
I John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
Our love for God is a RESPONSE to His Great love for us!
- John 8:12 Light of the world
- John 4:42 Savior of the world
- John 1:29 Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world
Jesus’ death was SUFFICIENT for all the World….But is only EFFICIENT for those who believe in Him.
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: You are worthy …you were slain & have redeemed us to God by Your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation
God took the first step ( my hands )
How do you determine… how valuable something is?
God treasures YOU!
Matthew 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; & for joy over it he goes & sells all that he has & buys that field.
God is a GIVING God!
It’s why we GIVE our selves to God (Response)
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your REASONABLE service.
God is a GIVING God!
It’s why Christians are such GIVING people. (Response)
2 Cor. 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
You can only mature so far until you start giving $.
Challenge YOU: If you aren’t currently giving… to take a step of GROWTH… this year!
You can’t OUT GIVE God!
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your possessions & with the first fruits of ALL YOUR INCREASE; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty & your vats will overflow with new wine
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory
believes in Him
- Believes in Him
- Trusts in Him
- Relies on Him
- Clings to Him
Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…
Believe- Resting ALL your weight on Jesus.
When talking about GENUINE believing…
It’s a BELIEVING that has to come from your HEART.
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your HEART that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
It’s a BELIEVING that has has to CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Everlasting life is first a DURATION of life & secondly it’s a QUALITY of life!
We’re ALL going to live for ETERNITY!
But NOT everyone is going to experience eternal LIFE!
Matthew 25:41 Then He will say to those on his left hand, depart from Me, you cursed, into the EVERLASTING FIRE prepared for the devil and his angels
Matthew 25:46 These will go away into EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT, but the righteous into EVERLASTING LIFE.
WHOEVER believes in Him
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Matthew 10:32 “Therefore WHOEVER confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But WHOEVER denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
Romans 10:13 For WHOEVER calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. WHOEVER desires, let him take the water of life freely.