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October 9, 2017: For God So Loved the World

Today’s Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 19-22Ecclesiastes 7:1-14John 3:16-21James 4:11-17

John 3:16-21:

Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material.

Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points:

  • What do these verses tell us about the nature of God? If God has such great love for such bad people, then what does this mean in terms of our joyful worship of him?
  • What are the only two alternatives? If there is no “third way” beyond life on the one hand and condemnation on the other, what sort of passionate commitment to the gospel does this necessitate?
  • Why do people not come into the light then?
  • Why do people come to the light?

 

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  • Vikki Williams
    October 17, 2017

    “If God has such great love for such bad people, then what does this mean in terms of our joyful worship of him?”
    God’s great love for bad people means incredible security… it ties back to the Genesis 28 story of Jacob fleeing, too. So much of the dialogue between him and God was about God being willing to take care of him.
    And the John 2 words about how Jesus “knew what is in man” – there’s so much reassurance in that; there’s no way I could fool Him or manipulate Him.
    Yeah, if that is what the One who knows all human hearts is like, that will provoke joyful worship…

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