Summary: Discover qualities found in the God of John 3:16.
The four messages are:
What Is God Like?
Why Did Jesus Die?
What Does It Mean To Believe?
What Happens After Death?
John 3:16 is a short verse consisting of twenty-five words. However, volumes could be preached from it. Martin Luther, the man who triggered the Protestant revolution, said in regard to John 3:16, “we have the Bible in Miniature.” (Contributed to Sermon Central by Aubrey Vaughan)
Let’s look at the first of those four phrases, “For God so loved the world”. What is God like? A child was sitting at a table in her room feverishly working on a project. Her mother came in and asked, “Honey, what are you doing?” “I’m drawing a picture of God,” she said. “But nobody knows what God looks like,” the mother replied. “They will when I get through,” said the child. (Contributed to Sermon Central by Ed Wood) Hopefully, at the conclusion of this message you will understand a little more of what God looks like. No one can adequately describe or discuss God. He is so magnificent we can only touch on a portion of the truth about Him. If you know what God looks like it will encourage you as you serve Him.
I. God is the Creator.
A. He created the world and everything in it. This gives answers to many of life’s hard questions. Failure to do this leaves a person confused. Maybe you’ve heard about the gorilla in a zoo holding a Bible in one hand & a book about evolution in the other. He was looking confused, so someone asked, “What are you doing?” The gorilla answered, “Well, I’m trying to decide if I’m my brother’s keeper or my keeper’s brother.” (Contributed to Sermon Central by MELVIN NEWLAND) Even though belief in God does not answer all of life’s questions it answers many of the most significant. It explains the origin of the universe. It explains the purpose and direction of life. It explains the meaning of your existence.
B. Believing in God as creator gives meaning and value to life. As such, this is the starting point to a full and meaningful life. In Genesis 1, the story of creation, you will find the phrase “It was good” repeated seven times. That is God’s plan for your life. He planned you for a purpose. He planned to give you a good life.
Illustration: I am reminded of the story of a discussion at a church camp. A group of children (along with a counselor) were discussing the purpose God has for all of his creation. They began to find good reasons for the clouds, trees, rocks, rivers, animals and just about everything else in nature. Finally, one of the children asked, “If God has a good purpose for everything, then why did He create poison ivy?” This made the discussion leader gulp and, as he struggled with the question, one of the other children piped up, “The reason God made poison ivy is that He wanted us to know that there are certain things we should keep our cotton-pickin’ hands off of!” (Contributed to Sermon Central by Jim Kane)