Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Gen 22:1-14, John 3:1-18.

Sermon Notes

It’s helpful for every Christian to have a simple and succinct way to explain the gospel.  John 3:16 is a popular “pocket version” of the gospel.  In it we learn about:

  1. The Love of God
    • It is revealed by action
    • It is directed toward the sinful world
    • It gives the costly gift of Jesus, the eternally beloved Son
  2. Our Response
    • Whoever – it’s open to everyone!
    • Believes into – The Christian faith involves not only content (there is something to believe), but also trust (someone to rely upon)
  3. Two Possible Outcomes
    • Perishing – the opposite of abundant life, the default position of everyone (see John 3:18 “whoever does not believe is condemned already”)
    • Eternal life – continues after death, but accessible now as the presence and power of Jesus in daily life

Sermon Application

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some differences between God’s love and a worldly version of love?
  2. Why is “whoever” a gospel word?
  3. How can the gospel be a force for true diversity, equality and inclusion in the world?
  4. What does believing “into” Jesus look like in your daily life?
  5. Why is perishing the “default” outcome for human beings?
  6. Besides John 3:16, do you have a favorite way to explain the gospel (such as another bible verse or simple illustration)?


Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Randy Forrester (RForrester@StAndrews.Church).

Audio & Video

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