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Don't Be Late!

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Sermon shared by Paul Decker

April 2001
Summary: We believe in Jesus.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Seeker adults
Sermon:
DON’T BE LATE!
John 3:14-21

S: Salvation
Th: My Life as God’s Light
Pr: WE BELIEVE IN JESUS.
?: Why?
KW: Conclusions
TS: We will find in John 3:14-21 three conclusions to why we believe in Jesus.

The ____ conclusion to why we believe in Jesus is that Jesus becomes our…

I. SIN (14-15)
II. SALVATION (16-17)
III. SEPARATION (18-21)

RMBC 4/29/01 AM

INTRODUCTION:

1. Have you ever found something hard to believe?

ILL Notebook: Belief (twinkle, twinkle)

There were two gentlemen were traveling on a plane and were seated next to each other. One turned to the other and asked, “What do you do?” The gentleman replied: "I am a minister." "Oh," said the first man. “I don’t believe in that religious stuff. It’s for kids, you know, ‘Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so...’” The minister politely laughed and asked the other man what he did for a living. "I am an astronomer," said the first man. "Oh, that stuff," said the minister. “I thought it was just for kids, you know, ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star...’”

Well, we have all met skeptics at one time or another.
I remember one time talking to a neighbor who was coming to grips that Easter was all about Jesus coming back from the dead.
He was realizing that this Christian holiday was asking him to believe in something more than a celebration of life.
He was being asked to believe in the impossible.
It was hard to believe.
And then he wanted to know if I really believed it.
When I said, “yes” he discovered that there was more to all of this Christianity thing than he originally thought.

2. Sometimes, we find more substance than what we initially thought.

I am willing to wager that there are some former skeptics here today that are now true believers.
As you explored for the truth, you discovered that there was more to Christianity than you initially thought.


TRANSITION:

The setting of today’s text revolves around a skeptic of sorts.

1. The story of Nicodemus is our setting.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee, has come to Jesus at night.
He is on a mission—a personal one it seems.
He has come to Jesus in an attempt to figure Him out.
He has come to the conclusion that Jesus cannot do what He does unless He has come from God.
It is a good conclusion, yet in the conversation with Jesus, Nicodemus found that…

2. Believing in Jesus can be very difficult.

Ironically, it is difficult only because Jesus made it simple.
He said, “You must be born again.”
“You need to be born of the Spirit.”
For Nicodemus, who thought because He was Jewish and was publicly dedicated to following the Ten Commandments, he was in.
His whole worldview was being turned upside down.
This was difficult to believe.

As we gather today, we are here to proclaim that…

3. WE BELIEVE IN JESUS.

And I want you to know why.
I want you to know why we believe in Jesus.
So…

4. We will find in John 3:14-21 three conclusions to why we believe in Jesus.
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