Series For God So Loved

In the most beloved verse in the Bible, John 3:16, we discover afresh the wonder of a God who loves us so deeply that He would give up His Son to rescue us. This discovery takes on even greater wonder when it is seen in the context of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, a religious leader who desperately needed to know that love.

Dates December 14-25, 2015
# of Programs 10
At The Table Mart DeHaan, Elisa Morgan, Bill Crowder
Text John 3
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Part 1 - 12/14/15

How Jesus surprised Nicodemus

Sometimes for a really smart person to learn something, they have to be humble enough to want to learn. Nicodemus, a leading member of the Sanhedrin, came to Jesus with some sincere questions. His frame of reference was the Mosaic law, but Jesus surprised him with a whole new paradigm. Join the group today on Discover the Word as they begin the series, “For God So Loved.”

Part 2 - 12/15/15

An eternal king for an eternal kingdom

It’s understandable that back in the first century, the Jews were looking for an earthly king,  for an earthly kingdom. Yet in Jesus,  God was providing the gift of an eternal King who would rule an eternal kingdom. Today on Discover the Word, we’ll talk about one of Jesus’ questions to Nicodemus, a prominent Pharisee. Nicodemus was challenged with a new way of thinking about the kingdom of heaven. Join us today  for Discover the Word!

Part 3 - 12/16/15

How would you answer the question, “where are you from”?

“Where are you from?” It’s an icebreaker question we often ask people to get an idea of who they are. Today on Discover the Word, we will discuss the contrast between how Nicodemus, a respected religious leader from Jerusalem would answer that question and how Jesus would answer it. Where did Jesus say He was from? Listen today on Discover the Word!

Part 4 - 12/17/15

How Jesus came to rescue people

Do you like snakes? Well, today on Discover the Word, we will talk about how Jesus referenced the story of Moses “lifting up the serpent” in the wilderness. Are you familiar with that story? See an amazing connection that points to how Jesus came to rescue people “snake bitten” by sin.

Part 5 - 12/18/15

Embracing the Messiah

Today on Discover the Word, we end the first week of the special series for Christmas titled, “For God So Loved,” by revealing how Jesus challenged a prominent leader of the Sanhedrin, Nicodemus, to embrace the Messiah he wasn’t expecting. It poses a question for all of us. And the answer is wrapped up in a simple two-letter word that reveals the intensity of Jesus’ love for all humanity.  Find out what that word is, on Discover the Word!

Part 6 - 12/21/15

For God So Loved

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.”

Part 7 - 12/22/15

Expectations for the coming Messiah

If Jesus had used the word rescue with Nicodemus as the reason for His coming, how would a first-century religious leader like him have interpreted that? Today on Discover the Word, we’ll discuss what the expectation of the Jewish people was for the coming Messiah. Was it the reason Jesus said He came?

Part 8 - 12/23/15

His atoning work on the cross

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.”

Part 9 - 12/24/15

Celebrate the light of the world

Have you ever noticed how lights are such a major part of celebrating Christmas? Well, today on Discover the Word, we will discuss a verse in John chapter 3 that talks about light and darkness and will make a memorable connection to all the lights you’ll be exposed to on this Christmas Eve. Celebrate the coming of the Light of the world with the group, today on Discover the Word!

Part 10 - 12/25/15

His only Son

Today on Discover the Word, we celebrate Christmas and wind up the series “For God So Loved.” The chapter with the Bible’s most familiar verse has provided the context for our conversations for Christmas this year. John 3:16 of course gives us the reason why Jesus came, but you’ll discover the surprising way John chapter 3 concludes when you join us today on Discover the Word!

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