A. John 3:16. BEST KNOWN? MOST MISUSED! Not the "gospel in one verse."
The gospel can't be put in one verse.
B. WHILE John 3:16 IS TRUE, THERE IS MUCH MORE GOD WANTS US TO
KNOW WE MUST KNOW THE WHOLE COUNSEL( Acts 20:27 ).
C. John 3:16 IS NO MORE IMPORTANT, NO LESS, THAN OTHER PASSAGES.
D. WHILE IT IS ALL TRUE, IT IS NOT ALL THE TRUTH.
A. GOD'S MOTIVE - LOVE.
1. Love shown at a peculiar time( Rom. 5:8 ).
2. The perfect manifestation of love( 1 John 4:7-10 ).
3. God's love made known thru the love of Christ
( 1 John 3:16; John 15:13; Eph. 3:17-19 ).
B. WHAT GOD DID - "HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON."
1. He died for our sins( 1 John 4:10; 1 Pet. 2:24 ).
2. God sent him here for this purpose( Acts 2:22-24 ).
3. But he also raised up Jesus for our hope( 1 Pet. 1:3 ).
C. FOR WHOM GOD DID THIS - THE WORLD.
1. God loves all of us, he wants none to perish( 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9 ).
2. The invitation is for all( Mat. 11:28-30 ).
3. Salvation can be obtained by believers( Rom. 1:16 ).
D. WHAT OUR ALTERNATIVE IS - PERISH!
1. All have sinned( Rom 3:23 ).
2. Sin causes spiritual death( Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1 ).
3. Jesus was sent here to deliver us from death( John 3:16 ).
E. WHAT IS OUR REWARD?
1. Everlasting life( 1 John 2:24-25 ).
2. Notice Peter's description( 1 Pet. 1:3-5 ).
A. FAITH ALONE CANNOT SAVE( James 2:24 ).
B. REAL FAITH WILL NOT BE "FAITH ONLY"( James 2:26 ).
C. John 3:16 DOES NOT TELL HOW FAITH SAVES( James 2:20-23 ).
D. WHAT THEN DOES GOD REGARD( Gal. 5:6 ).
E. John 3:16 DOES NOT TELL WHAT TO DO ABOUT FAITH( Rom. 1:16-17 ).
F. WHAT ARE SOME THINGS, OTHER THAN BELIEF, THAT WE MUST DO?
1. Repentance is not mentioned in John 3:16( Acts 17:30 ).
2. Confessing the name of Jesus is not there( Rom. 10:10).
3. Baptism is necessary but not mentioned there( 1 Pet. 3:21 ).
4. Our love for one another is not found there( John 13:34-35 ).
5. It doesn't say anything about living faithfully( Heb. 10:26-27; 3:12 ).
A. WHAT ABOUT John 3:16?
1. Do you believe in Jesus?
2. If you really do, you will obey him( Heb. 5:8-9 ).
B. WHAT ABOUT YOU?