In John chapter 3 we read that Jesus said He didn’t come into the world to condemn the world, but to save it. Today on "Discover the Word," we talk about how Christians often condemn the very people that Jesus included through His atoning work on the cross. Continue to study the context of one of the Bible’s most familiar statements: “For God so loved the world.”
For God So Loved Part 6
In ancient Jewish culture, the first-born son held a very special place in family dynamics. So it got Nicodemus’ attention when Jesus told him that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son. Join the group today on "Discover the Word" as they begin Week 2 of their series on the chapter of the Bible that contains its most familiar verse, “For God So Loved.”
We all need solitude sometimes. But we wouldn’t like it 24/7, especially if that solitude was a form of punishment. Yet even a prisoner in solitary confinement for a lifetime would not suffer as Jesus did. On the cross, God the Father turned His face from His only Son, leaving Jesus utterly alone. On "Discover the Word," we will talk about when Jesus was “deserted,” as foreshadowed in Psalm 22. Listen today to "Discover the Word"!
Love is an over-used word these days. We use it to express our affection for a spouse, or to show appreciation for a really good dinner! But what does it mean to truly love someone?
For the person who’s messed up big time in life, God’s grace provides relief and forgiveness. But what about the person who hasn’t made any major mistakes and has done everything to abide by the rules?
We enjoy celebrating special occasions and accomplishments, such as anniversaries, graduations, and weddings. But what about when someone repents and comes home?
As parents, we know the heartache that comes when a child has chosen the wrong path. Whether they’ve walked away from the faith, or are simply making poor choices, we long for them to return to the safety of our home.
Repentance is a term frequently used in Christian circles. But how many of us really understand what repentance means?
Sometimes we take the gift of God’s only Son lightly, don’t we? We know the right words to say and the right things to pray, but we don’t take to heart the true miracle of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Sometimes it’s difficult to understand the meaning behind the stories Jesus told. They seem so foreign to the world we know today. Their historical description brings new life and meaning to one of Jesus’ most profound parables.
We all want to look good to those around us. We sometimes dress to impress people and even show-off our jobs or cars . . . positioning ourselves around anything or anyone that will make us look good.