The following is a recap of GROW from this past Sunday night.
John 3:16 is probably the most famous verse in the Bible and it presents the Gospel very clearly. By using this one verse you can share with someone what the whole Bible is about.
In the context of John 3, Nicodemus, a Pharisee, comes to Jesus at night and wants to know more about God. There is a discussion about being born again and what this means. Jesus tells Nicodemus that He is referring to a spiritual birth, not another physical birth. Then Jesus reminds Nicodemus about Numbers 21:4-9, and He says that “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.”
In the wilderness experience if someone was bitten by a serpent they were going to die. However, death could be avoided by looking at the serpent on the pole that Moses made. This was the only way though! Not going to see a doctor. Not using a home remedy. There was only one way to be saved from the snake bite!
The same is true for our sin problem. We have all sinned (been bitten by the snake). There is only one hope, and that is to look to the one who was lifted up. We don’t look at the serpent on the pole that Moses made, but we look to Jesus who was lifted up on the cross. Those who believe/depend on Him are saved. He is the only way!
John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life.” Dr. Bill Jones from Columbia International University and Crossover Communications International has developed a diagram of John 3:16 to help share this biblical truth with others. In this one verse you can explain the message of the Bible and point people to eternal life through Jesus.
As we continue to GROW on Sunday nights and are equipped to share the Gospel, may we GO during the rest of the week to make disciples that love, grow, and serve through intentional relationships.
Take this one verse and share it with one person this week.