3:16
John 3:16
    For God so loved the world
 that he gave his one and only Son,
    that whoever believes in him
shall not pe...
The Most Famous Verse

• God loves the whole world
• God has loved and still loves the world
• There was a reason he had t...
The Most Famous Verse

• There was only one shot – no Plan B
• The gift of eternal life is available to all
• The criteria...
This Raises Questions
Questions...

• Why does God love the world?
• What does it mean to “give” a son?
• What does it mean to believe in Jesus?...
Focus on Belief
What Does It Mean
     To Believe In Jesus?
• Is it that he existed?
• Is it that he was a man?
• Is it that he is God?
• ...
Belief Is Not Empty
Belief Is More
Than Knowledge
We need to look at the rest of the chapter to figure out
  what Jesus was talking about in regard to belief
  because too o...
It’s All About Context
Perspective:
         Then and Now
• Retrospect is 20/20
• We are reading this verse 2000 years later
• We know the rest o...
Circle The Verse
The Story: Nicodemus

• Jesus was chatting with Nicodemus
• He was a Pharisee
• He was a staunch believer
• He was involve...
John 3:1
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus,
        a member of the Jewish ruling council.
He came to Jesus in the night and said...
John 3:2
“Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.
      For no one could perform the miraculous signs
    ...
The Story: Jesus

• Jesus had just started his ministry
• Jesus was not yet revealed as God to people
• Jesus was known fo...
John 2:11
This, the first of his miraculous signs,
 Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee.
     He thus revealed his glory,
an...
John 2:23
Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast,
many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing
         ...
Nicodemus was Confronting
Nicodemus was Conforming
Nicodemus was Confirming
John 3:3
          In reply Jesus declared,
 “I tell you the truth, no one can see the
kingdom of God unless he is born ag...
John 3:4
“How can a man be born when he is old?”
            Nicodemus asked.
  “Surely he cannot enter a second time
   i...
John 3:5-8
 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the
 kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the...
John 3:9
“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
A Debate In The Night
• Jesus responds to Nicodemus’ statement
  that he is from God
• Jesus explains about being born aga...
It’s An Issue Of Belief
John 3:10-11
       “You are Israel's teacher,” said Jesus,
   “and do you not understand these things?
I tell you the tru...
John 3:12-14
I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe;
   how then will you believe if I speak of hea...
Belief Is Not Mere Intellect
Belief Is...


• more than accepting someone’s testimony
• more than knowing the right answers
• more than what you think ...
Belief Is...


• trusting in who sent Jesus (God)
• standing by what your convictions
• living out what is really real
• l...
Remember This?
He came to Jesus in the night and said...
John 3:19
          This is the verdict:
    Light has come into the world,
but men loved darkness instead of light
    be...
John 3:20
Everyone who does evil hates the light,
and will not come into the light for fear
    that his deeds will be exp...
John 3:19-21
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done
   ...
Did Nicodemus
Really Believe?
Does The Church
 Really Believe?
Then, Do We
Really Believe?
John 3:16
        For God so loved the world
     that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall no...
What We Believe
 Must Be Real
What We Believe
Must Be Realized
What We Believe
Must Be Our Reality
John 9:5
 While I am in the world,
I am the light of the world.
Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world.
Be What You Live
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We circle the verse John 3:16 to discover it's meaning in context with the chapter. In the process we reveal an important lesson for Nicodemus and us about belief.

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  1. 1. 3:16
  2. 2. John 3:16 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
  3. 3. The Most Famous Verse • God loves the whole world • God has loved and still loves the world • There was a reason he had to send Jesus • There was a reason to “give” Jesus as a gift
  4. 4. The Most Famous Verse • There was only one shot – no Plan B • The gift of eternal life is available to all • The criteria is that we “believe” in Jesus • This is a promise because it “shall” happen
  5. 5. This Raises Questions
  6. 6. Questions... • Why does God love the world? • What does it mean to “give” a son? • What does it mean to believe in Jesus? • What does eternal life mean exactly?
  7. 7. Focus on Belief
  8. 8. What Does It Mean To Believe In Jesus? • Is it that he existed? • Is it that he was a man? • Is it that he is God? • Is it that he was a good teacher? • Is it that he died for our sins? • Is it that he was raised from the dead?
  9. 9. Belief Is Not Empty
  10. 10. Belief Is More Than Knowledge
  11. 11. We need to look at the rest of the chapter to figure out what Jesus was talking about in regard to belief because too often we take verses out of context
  12. 12. It’s All About Context
  13. 13. Perspective: Then and Now • Retrospect is 20/20 • We are reading this verse 2000 years later • We know the rest of the story • We assume we know what he meant • We color the story because we live today • What did he mean in context to then?
  14. 14. Circle The Verse
  15. 15. The Story: Nicodemus • Jesus was chatting with Nicodemus • He was a Pharisee • He was a staunch believer • He was involved in church • He was involved in government • He was beginning to believe in Jesus
  16. 16. John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
  17. 17. He came to Jesus in the night and said...
  18. 18. John 3:2 “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
  19. 19. The Story: Jesus • Jesus had just started his ministry • Jesus was not yet revealed as God to people • Jesus was known for performing many miracles • Jesus began to have people believe in his name • Jesus was beginning to make some enemies
  20. 20. John 2:11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
  21. 21. John 2:23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name.
  22. 22. Nicodemus was Confronting
  23. 23. Nicodemus was Conforming
  24. 24. Nicodemus was Confirming
  25. 25. John 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
  26. 26. John 3:4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!”
  27. 27. John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again.” “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
  28. 28. John 3:9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
  29. 29. A Debate In The Night • Jesus responds to Nicodemus’ statement that he is from God • Jesus explains about being born again • Nicodemus doesn’t really understand • Jesus explains things again • Nicodemus still doesn’t understand • Why doesn’t Nicodemus “Get It?”
  30. 30. It’s An Issue Of Belief
  31. 31. John 3:10-11 “You are Israel's teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
  32. 32. John 3:12-14 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven — the Son of Man.
  33. 33. Belief Is Not Mere Intellect
  34. 34. Belief Is... • more than accepting someone’s testimony • more than knowing the right answers • more than what you think inside
  35. 35. Belief Is... • trusting in who sent Jesus (God) • standing by what your convictions • living out what is really real • living in the “light”
  36. 36. Remember This?
  37. 37. He came to Jesus in the night and said...
  38. 38. John 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
  39. 39. John 3:20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
  40. 40. John 3:19-21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
  41. 41. Did Nicodemus Really Believe?
  42. 42. Does The Church Really Believe?
  43. 43. Then, Do We Really Believe?
  44. 44. John 3:16 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.
  45. 45. What We Believe Must Be Real
  46. 46. What We Believe Must Be Realized
  47. 47. What We Believe Must Be Our Reality
  48. 48. John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
  49. 49. Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world.
  50. 50. Be What You Live

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