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Sermon Outline - So Great a Love, John ch.3 v.16
|Preacher||Rev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness|
|Sermon Title||So Great a Love|
|Text||John ch.3 v.16 |
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- The subject is "faith"
- This text so well known and loved.
- The speaker is surely CHRIST.
THE SOURCE FROM WHICH THE GOSPEL FLOWS
* "For God so loved the world".
- All great rivers (one supposes) have their source in high mountains
(i) The Rhine and Rhone in the Alps. (ii) Nile (longest river) rises near the Equator. (iii) Amazon (fullest of water) rises in the Andes of Peru.
OBSERVE: All these rivers bring fertility to millions.
- So, the glorious blessings of Christ's Gospel all flow out of one spring = the love of God, high above this world - always flowing down to our poor world with blessing.
OBSERVE: It is God the Father who is so spoken of.
PROOF: "God...his only-begotten Son".
- This love of God:
ILLUSTRATION: Love is the most beautiful thing of all: See Joseph's for the brothers; Mary's ointment.
- pure goodness out of God's heart.
APPLICATION: Why are we not more moved by God's love? Because its greatness exceeds our minds.
- The term "world" needs explanation:
- Did God love every man equally? No.
PROOF: Esau and Jacob. (Some are elected).
- Did God purpose to save every man? No.
PROOF: "Many are called - few chosen".
- Does God sincerely offer eternal life to all who hear His Gospel? Yes.
- Does God desire the salvation of all who hear His Gospel? Yes. It is a mystery.
APPLICATION: DO NOT FORGET THE FATHER'S LOVE.
THE FATHER'S LOVE IS EVIDENCED BY THE COMING OF HIS SON INTO THIS WORLD
* "He gave His only-begotten Son".
- The older we get as Christians, the more we long to depart from this world:
OBSERVE: We say: "Imagine coming back here!" The world is not the home we look for.
- Job: 7:15-16: see how he shrinks from life's miseries!
- Paul often: "To be with Christ - far better".
- Christ: Mark 9:19: "How long?"
- See then the measure of God's love: He sent His Son into this world:
APPLICATION: Who among us would send a son/daughter to live in the Iraq that was?
- Christ had known only love before; not he would experience rejection.
- Christ had known only worship before; now He must be reviled.
- But God exposed His Son to all the evils of living here:
ILLUSTRATION: "Rabbi" Duncan's tears in class.
- The threat of Infanticide: Herod.
- All the malice of Satan: Matthew 4
- A life of poverty: "carpenter" and also from "Nazareth", "No room".
- Rejection by His race: "We will not..."
- All the torments of crucifixion.
APPLICATION: O fathomless LOVE of God!
THIS LOVE OF GOD HAS HAD A TRANSFORMING EFFECT UPON OUR LIFE AS CHRISTIANS
* "..should not perish...everlasting life".
- Illustration: a snowflake above the Alps - which way will it go? N or S? It's destiny depends on where it comes to rest.
APPLICATION: Do does yours and mine: Do we rest on Christ or on this fading world?
- Heaven and Hell are everywhere in the Bible. They are here too: "perish": "life".
- But why, if God is love, does He not just forgive sin? Why Christ's agony?
EXPLAIN: No angel or saint good enough to shed blood for his fellow-creatures.
- God's love forbids it. "He will by no means clear the guilty".
- No forgiveness can be given if there is no Atoning Blood: "without the shedding of blood - NO REMISSION".
- One only was good enough:
DOCTRINE: Consequent, absolute necessity.
- He must be man to die
- He must be God to be infinite
- He must be a Second Adam
- He must be able to save to the uttermost. Only Jesus can.
ILLUSTRATION: The man who wore the clothes of a condemned prisoner.
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