John 3: 1- 17
Sunday 4th March 2018
8am and 10am
With Peter Veysie
Key Question: How does God see people?
- God sees people as having great value.
People around the globe are already suffering spiritual, emotional and physical enslavement right now, and it’s literally killing them. Anyone I ask can tell me exactly what the nature of their hell is today … the condemnation that is already oppressing them. Jesus didn’t need to come condemn the world–when he arrived he found it already in ruin and in need of his grace and life (John 3:16-18). Almost anyone can tell me about their deepest needs and most painful wounds. I don’t need to tell them their problem. They consistently tell me. And unless they’re attached to their self-pity, they tell me because they want some Good News.
But also, salvation is not just from something; it’s for someone. Why introduce people to the best thing that’s ever happened to us? Why share the kindest Person we’ve ever met? Why offer deliverance from the fear of death and the offer of peace and well-being now? Perhaps Christians will be better able to answer this if they commit to knowing Christ for themselves before pushing their ‘fire insurance’ gospel on others. Sharing the gospel is an invitation to a family of love feasting on the presence of Love Himself.
The fact that Love Incarnate will never stop loving us. Since seeing it this way, my Good News message is much better news, and significantly, it SOUNDS better to those who hear it, especially since it is no longer accompanied by the pressure and insecurity and manipulation that fear-based evangelism projects. I feel no need to shy away from saying, “Oh, life is hard? Yes. But I have good news. God loves you. He always has. And he wants you to know him as your very best friend. He wants to walk through the mud, the blood and the tears–through hell and back–with you, and he will never leave you or abandon you. Interested?” If not, I no longer ramp up the offer with threats of torture. On my better days, I keep loving the way Jesus does, enjoying the conviction that he always will, “to infinity and beyond.”
When I put it that way, it doesn’t seem like a chore anymore. And then the original question sounds nonsensical. At the end of the day, I share the gospel, because the gospel (Jesus) changes everything.
Posted by Brad Jersak at 2:26 PM
Created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27)
Created good (Genesis 1:31)
Created uniquely by God (Psalm 139:13‐14)
- “Factory defect or not?
Did God make a mistake when he made us? Is there a factory defect or not ? I believe that God never made a mistake when he created you and me. We may have some challenges and physical realities that we have to live with but most of those come from the challenges of living in our world. We do know that there are choices in our world and the fact of the matter is that we have to face the bad choices we might make. The scriptures say : “Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7b
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way” Isaiah 53:6a
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
‐ Jude 1:11, 14‐15
- God sees people as worth saving.
We need to understand that God’s desire is to bring people into a meaningful relationship with Him. Wesley said : All people need to be saved, all people can be saved, all people can know that they are saved and all people can be saved to the uttermost.” The Key Verse for this morning is : “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.” John 3:16
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17
“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.” Ezekiel 33:11
“Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9b
Key Idea: I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
- If we learned to really see people as God sees them:
We need to learn to see people with the lenses that God uses to see them. Grace, mercy, love and the ability to see them as whole and well. We need to find in our own hearts the ability to be less judgmental and more loving to embrace others and to bring them closer rather than chasing them away.
If we do this, then:
1) We would value all human life.
2) We would treat others with love, respect, & compassion.
3) We would be compelled to lead others to Jesus.