Summary: The reason that We have all gathered here today is because of faith The only way that we are saved is by faith in Christ And through that faith we receive the Grace of God

Today I would like you to turn with me

• To the 16th verse in the 3rd chapter in the book of John.

• (Elab) on 1st time you heard it

Now this is the Gospel in a nutshell. It’s a miniature bible.

• Everything that we need to know about redemption and salvation is in this one verse.

• It contains 29 wonderful words that most of us have heard at one time or another in our lives.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Many people have asked me

• If God so loves the world why does he allow so much suffering in it?

• War disease poverty hate loneliness boredom emptiness psychological problems unemployment violence tension all of these things and more.

• Why doesn’t God just come and stop it

• If there is a God why doesn’t he just end it

• These are the questions that people are asking

Some people say they can’t take it any longer

• The pressure of life gets to be to much

• And they feel there is no place to turn

• So they pick the only answer that they feel they have and they take their own life

Some people think that God has abandoned us

• But God hasn’t abandoned us

• The truth of the matter is that we have abandoned Him

• (Examples) Prayer in school, in congress ect

This verse starts with the words “For God”

• First of all we have to believe that there is a God

• I cant stand here and prove to you that there’s a God

• I cant take you to a laboratory and conduct an experiment and prove He exists

• But the bible does teaches us about Him

• It teaches us that He is the Creator-

• In the beginning He created the Heavens and the Earth

All those stars that you see at night God created them

• He doesn’t have a body like we do

• And because He doesn’t – this allows Him to bee in all places at all times.

• If He had a body like we do He couldn’t do that

• He can be in Russia He can be in China He can be in America He can be in Latin America He can be in Africa

• He can and is everywhere at the same time

• God is a spirit and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth

God is also unchanging

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.Jas 1:17

• The bible also teaches us that God is absolutely holy

And Because of this He can’t look upon sin

• The bible also teaches us that He’s a God of judgment

• God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. Ecc 12:14

• Think about it, everything thing that you have ever done that you think nobody saw

• Everything you thought you got away with

• God saw it

• God saw it all,

• Everything you did – everything you thought – everything you thought nobody knew about

• All these things are someday going to be exposed

• And we are going to be judged for them

• God has set aside a day when He will judge everyone in the world

• And everyone of us will be there

But God is also Love

My mother loved me

My wife loves me

My children love me

But Nothing compares to the love of God

• God loves each one of us so much

• That they had to invent a whole new word for it in the Greek language

• God is a God of love

• He loves you and if that’s the only thing that you take away from today message

• I want you to understand it completely

• God loves you

Not only does He loves you – But He’s interested in you –

• He loves you so much that He has even numbered the hairs on your head

• He knows all about you

• He knows the good -- He knows the bad

• And He loves you no matter how many sins you have committed

• Regardless of what you’ve done

And even though you may think that because of what you have done

• He cant love you He does

• And He can change you

• He can change you and it can start right now

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