This week’s sermon was about John 3:16. This is a very basic and well known verse in the Bible. As Pastor Mark says it’s only 26 words (NIV) but it packs a big punch. If you all haven’t read the entire chapter of John 3, you should do it right now. It’s full of hope and love.
I didn’t take really good notes this time. Pastor Mark is one of my favorites. He’s just so fast and has a lot of stuff to say in the short amount of time that I only wrote down the quotes that stuck out.
The main point that really spoke to me was when he said “If you really believe in Jesus, your life must be changed.” My life really didn’t start changing until I started to accept who He made me to be and started to really believe that He loved me. It was an amazing and freeing moment when I came to that realization.
Title: Just As I Am
Scripture: John 3:16
John 3:16 tells the most basic truths in 26 words.
Do you want to perish or have eternal life?
This [scripture] summarizes the Good News.
1. God loves the people of the World.
Read John 20:31.
John meant the people who don’t love God.
God feels anger and love at the same tiem.
God gives the people time to make peace with Him.
God loves you no matter what we’ve done in our lives.
2. God expressed His love to the world by giving His one and only son.
Would you be able to sacrifice the one you love the most to have your enemy be well?
God did this for us.
Jesus died for our sins.
Jesus set us free and attone for our sins. Jesus is special and can do this.
Whatever you have been through, never doubt God’s love.
3. You must believe in Jesus Christ.
It doesn’t say follow all the commands.
It doesn’t say good works.
It says you must believe in Jesus.
Authentic belief is a heart thing.
Heart belief is like an athlete following a coach and his rules even if he doesn’t understand it.
Make Jesus your life coach.
A relationship with Jesus is the only thing that matters.
If you really believe in Jesus your life must be changed.
Are you living your own life and asking Him to bless your life or are you living by His will?
Our lives are important to Him.
God will take you from your darkest place and bring you to the light.
There is Hope for everyone!