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John 3:16
God's love shining in John 3:16
Published August 30th, 2021
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Matt Chanlder
John Piper
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God in love initiated reconciliation by generously giving His only son to anyone who believes unconditionally.
John 3:16
“For h God so loved
Because God loved
i the world, 1
people in the world
j that he gave
so that, He gave
his only Son,
His one and only Son
that whoever believes in him
In order that, anyone who believes in His son
should not k perish
resulting to him, not dying eternally
but have eternal life.
bur rather, would have life for all eternity
Title: The love of God displayed for all Passage: John 3:16 Message: God in love initiated reconciliation by generously giving His only son to anyone unconditionally. Introduction: "Familiarity breeds contempt" is a phrase that means the more you are familiar with something or someone the more you find faults in it. John 3:16 is such a familiar verse but no matter how familiar we are with it it never breeds contempt but rather bring more and more delight the longer and deeper we look in it. Background: The context of the verse is the conversation with Nicodemus, which reaches its climax in John 3:16, the announcement of the good news of the gospel. Nicodemus despite being a leader of the jews and a respected teacher (“the teacher” v10) is confronted by Christ with the impossibility of salvation by works. The impossibility of salvation by works is as impossible of being born a second time. Just as man has no control of his birth, so man is unable to be born again. Salvation is likened to the wind that comes and goes at God Salvation is God’s sovereign work, It is God coming to save His people. All those who, like the Jews in the wilderness, come to God by faith trusting in the means He has provide Salvation cannot be man's work but is God's free initiative to generously give His son to anyone who believes unconditionally. God's initiating love "For God so loved the world” When we read about God's love we must remember that this love did not begin in John 3:16, not even at Christ's incarnation but rather it was a love that began even before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4), before time began this love was already present in the heart of God for those who, in time, he would call, justify, sanctify and finally glorify, that they would be "to the praise of his glorious grace..." (Eph 1:6) God so loved the world, before the foundation of the world Application: Think often about the great love of God, this love that began before time will continue even when time comes to an end. God's generous love "That he gave his only Son" But this love of God would only be an abstract concept to sinful men who have been blinded by sin and overcome by their corruption. So GOD demonstrated this love by the giving of His son 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 ESV God did not love us because Christ came but rather because God loved us therefore Christ came. Christ is God's greatest gift to fallen humanity, in Christ we are redeemed from sin and are reconciled to God. As John Piper said "Christ is our rescuer and our reward" Application: God's generous love is seen in the giving of Christ, the greatest gift He can ever gift. If GOD has already given us His Son and sealed us with His Spirit " how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32 God's unconditional love "Whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life" God's initiating and generous love is not reserved only for an ethnic jewish race, It is not confined by race, gender or social status (Gal 3:28). The text says whosoever believes can come, which echoes the call of Christ to "come to Him all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Matt 11:28) The only prerequisite is 1) you come as a sinner in need of grace and 2) you come with childlike faith both of which (repentance and faith) are a gift from God. Those who come will not find condemnation but rather eternal life in the open arms of Christ! Conclusion: Salvation is an impossible work that man, no matter how good or learned he is, can never earn. God in His love initiated and made a way by generously giving His only son to die on the cross so that all can come unconditionally by faith and find eternal life.
Matt Chanlder
Matt Chandler Bill Gates riches and generosity Contrast with God's riches and generosity Doctrine common grace Objective: To marvel at the generosity of thr Godhead resulting in us being satisfied and be grateful at what God has done. The Father shows His generosity by sending the Son that He loves. John 3:16 "God so loved the world" God's generosity is pointed owards his enemy Bill Gates never gave money to apple Romans 8:3-4 We can never keep the law, God has to make a way. He sends the Son in whom He is well pleased The Son's generousity by the giving up of His life John 10:18 Christ willingly lays down His life. No one is taking Jesus' life, He lays it down. By the will of the Father Application: Greatness in the kingdom of God is demonstrated by humility and service just as Christ humbly served us by His life and death. God's generousity through the Spirit's gifts - The Spirit redeems our natural gifts, so that it no longer is used for own purposes but for the purposes of God. - The spirit also creates in us fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace ans patience. All of which is given to bless the church. This demonstrates God's generousity.
John Piper
John Piper begins by showing the relevance of the passage at hand to every believer. 7 massive realities in John 3:16 GOD LOVE WORLD SON OF GOD FAITH IN GOD PERISHINHPG FOREVER & LIVING FOREVER WHOSOEVER He then gives the outline and plan. He discusses each points and the relevance of each for ourlives. By doing this, John covers more ground on the passage compared to Matt Chandler. The flow of the message seems to flow out of the passage vs a more topical approach. Applications are scattered throughout the points so that there is back and forth of interaction and meditation throughout the passage.
Quits Sabio
However, your statement about God's love being the ground of Christ's coming and not the other way around is correct.
Quits Sabio
You said in your sermon notes "So God demonstrated this love BY the giving of his Son"
Quits Sabio
I think you should group 16cd first with 16efg. Then 16c-g demonstrates the manner of God's love for the world. This relationship is actually reflected in your sermon notes.
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