For God so Loved the World: The Gift of the Son

Most of us know John 3:16 by heart: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s a verse we’ve seen everywhere—from bumper stickers to sporting events. But can we recite the next verse as easily? John 3:17 says, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”

Jesus spoke these words when he was talking with Nicodemus, a Pharisee who sought Jesus under the cover of night, yearning to understand His teachings. This encounter not only presents us with the most beloved verse but also reveals the great truth about God’s love and Jesus’ mission.

On Trinity Sunday, we will look at the infinite love of the Father, the selfless mission of the Son, and the transformative work of the Holy Spirit. We will explore how understanding Jesus’ mission to save rather than to condemn can influence our approach to sharing the gospel.

Join us as we explore the depth of God’s love and how it calls us to reach out to everyone, especially those we might consider unworthy. Reflect on the all-encompassing scope of God’s love and our role in spreading this love through our actions and interactions. This message encourages us to see every person as a cherished creation of God and to live out the gospel with genuine compassion and empathy. If you are unable to join us in person, listen to the full sermon below.