We recently preached a series at Christ Community Church that sought to accomplish three things—
1. To challenge the hearts and lives of the members of CCC and other visiting Christians on their gospel acumen. How well do we know the gospel? By extension, what are we doing with the glorious gospel (1 Timothy 1.11)?
2. To confront the hearts and lives of unbelieving friends in attendance, many of whom have never really heard the gospel at all. Although every gathering of CCC for corporate worship aims to make the gospel plain, we wanted to take opportunity by this setting and platform to preach the gospel in a direct and concentrated way.
3. To convert the lost. That may not be a popular word, “to convert,” but it is a biblical word (Romans 16.5). And that means it just needs to be understood biblically. At any rate, we aimed to preach Christ which is the means that the Holy Spirit uses in bringing about the new birth and imparting saving faith in Jesus Christ to those who, formerly—even ten seconds formerly, were dead in their sins and trespasses (Ephesians 2.1-3).
These things in mind, the first sermon took up John 3.16. What follows are the points from that sermon. If it arouses questions, questions about the gospel or questions stemming from the desire for a more complete explanation, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to talk with you personally about this eternally significant news, the gospel. We’d also refer you to the sermons themselves where we provide that fuller content. You can find them here.
John 3.16: For God So Loved
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
There are seven things we need to see in this incredible verse, that draw us into the love of God uniquely displayed in the gospel of Christ. We need to see—
1. The fact, not only that God is, but that the God Who is, has loved. “For God so loved.”
2. The object of God’s love, namely, the world. “For God so loved the world.”
3. The gift of God’s love, or the way in which God so loved the world. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son.”
4. The invitation of God’s love in Christ. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him.”
5. The promised relief of God’s love in Christ for believers. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish.”
6. The promised reward of God’s love in Christ for believers. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
7. The duty that God’s love in Christ demands. “Whoever believes.”