John 3:16 is, according to all accounts, the most familiar and widely quoted verse in the Bible, and for good reason. It is a verse that sums the entirety of the Bible’s message. Max Lucado has written,
“A twenty-six-word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same. Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions…The heart of the human problem is the heart of the human. And God’s treatment is prescribed in John 3:16. He loves. He gave. We believe. We live…”
It is a great verse. It centers on the infinite love of God and the infinitely glorious way it has been made known. I want us to dive into its meaning this morning in the first of a three-part sermon titled: He Came to Love, Not Condemn. I plan to organize our thoughts around the following 2 main points:
- There is Only Way to Eternal Life.
- God Hs Made that Way Plain.
Jesus told Nicodemus that he had to be born again before he could see the kingdom of God. What does that mean? Join us and you’ll find out.
John 3 is one of the most familiar and important stories in the Bible because of the definitive statements on the new birth and salvation by faith in the Son of God. It also contains the most often memorize verse in the Bible, John 3.
I think it is incredibly appropriate for us to begin our September sermon series with it as September has been designated as evangelism emphasis month for the ARP church. We will cover the bulk of John 3 and 4 over the next four to six Sundays as we think on Jesus’ evangelistic mission, method, and message. This morning we get started with the story of Jesus and Nicodemus.
Our main point will be: Jesus Christ alone can provide the fulfillment for which our hearts long. He will be found when he is sought by faith.
Why would God remove all these seemingly good things from David? To teach David that anything short of total dependence upon the Lord will lead to destruction. We must lean into the Lord, and him alone.
He is no longer looking to the right or the left for help. He looks heavenward. He no longer rests in the comfort and security of position, relationship, occupation, family, or ability. He rests in the Lord alone. He no longer finds temporary relief from trouble in the temporary things of this world. Rather, he has found the permanence of the refuge of the glorious God of grace.
H.A. Ironsides, in his sermon on Psalm 33, defines worship simply as adoration: worship is the soul’s adoration of God Himself. All of the things we do in worship are meant to assist us in adoring God, but none of those things are actually worship. We worship God when we adore him for who he is. Period. Ironside continues:
“It is occupation not with His gifts, not coming to Him to receives something, but occupation with the Giver; the heart going out in gratitude not only for what He has done for us but also what He is in Himself.”
Psalm 31 is a song about God’s providence. God’s works of providence, according to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, are his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and their actions — for his own glory. Join us as we find greta comfort and encouragement in this truth of providence.
Darkness comes in the night, but joy comes in the morning. King David wrote those famous words in Psalm 30 as he worshiped God for the healing He gave to David. God does the same for us in His goodness and grace. Join us as we think through Psalm 30 and find encouragement to call upon the Lord in our distress.
God is great and worthy to be praise. In this beautiful psalm, David calls on the angels in heaven to join him in praising our great God who has demonstrated his glory in a majestic storm. Join us as we work our way through this magnificent poem.
The Lord is our strength and our shied. King David beautifully expressed his confident in this glorious truth as he faced distress and opposition. May we do the same as we walk in faith.
The Lord is our light and salvation. He is the sure foundation upon which we build our lives. Therefore, we shall not fear. He is the strong tower.