John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The Father’s Love
a) The Father so loved the world that He gave His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins.
b) It’s a misconception that God is up in heaven full of anger and wrath at people. He loves people – He loves you!
c) God so LOVED you, that He gave the best thing He could.
Goodness of God
a) Romans 5:8 …but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
b) While you were at your worst, He died for YOU. Not just for you, He died AS you.
c) 2 Cor 5:21 God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
d) Jesus took the punishment for your sin. The wrath God was going to pour out on you and me, He instead poured out on Jesus.
e) Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
f) God’s goodness is intended to lead us to repent. Repent means we turn from sin to and to God.
g) In other words, I don’t want to do the thing that put Jesus on the cross. God’s been too good to me for me to even want to do that.
An Abundant Life
a) 1 Tim 4:8 godliness is profitable unto all things, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come…
b) Mark 10:29-30 “No one has left houses, land and family for my sake that will not receive 100 fold”
c) John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
d) Whatever we lay down, and give up for the Gospel, God sees to it that we get something so much better. I’ve NEVER met anyone to receive Jesus and regret it later.
e) When you mean business with God, God means business with you!
a) John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
b) Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” — No one is perfect, we’ve all sinned
c) Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
d) Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.