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.
2. John 3:16 For God so loved the worldthat he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life 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. 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. This Raises Questions 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. Focus on Belief 8. What Does It MeanTo 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. Belief Is Not Empty 10. Belief Is More Than Knowledge 11. We need to look at the rest of the chapter to gure out what Jesus was talking about in regard to belief because too often we take verses out of context 12. Its All About Context 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. Circle The Verse 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. John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 17. He came to Jesus in the night and said... 18. John 3:2 Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signsyou are doing if God were not with him. 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. John 2:11 This, the rst of his miraculous signs,Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee.He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. 21. John 2:23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doingand believed in his name. 22. Nicodemus was Confronting 23. Nicodemus was Conforming 24. Nicodemus was Conrming 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. John 3:4 How can a man be born when he is old? Nicodemus asked. Surely he cannot enter a second timeinto his mother's womb to be born! 27. John 3:5-8Jesus answered, I tell you the truth, no one can enter thekingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to esh, 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. John 3:9 How can this be? Nicodemus asked. 29. A Debate In The Night Jesus responds to Nicodemus statement that he is from God Jesus explains about being born again Nicodemus doesnt really understand Jesus explains things again Nicodemus still doesnt understand Why doesnt Nicodemus Get It? 30. Its An Issue Of Belief 31. John 3:10-11You 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. 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 exceptthe one who came from heaven the Son of Man. 33. Belief Is Not Mere Intellect 34. Belief Is... more than accepting someones testimony more than knowing the right answers more than what you think inside 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. Remember This? 37. He came to Jesus in the night and said... 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. 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. 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. Did Nicodemus Really Believe? 42. Does The ChurchReally Believe? 43. Then, Do We Really Believe? 44. John 3:16 For God so loved the worldthat he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 45. What We BelieveMust Be Real 46. What We Believe Must Be Realized 47. What We Believe Must Be Our Reality 48. John 9:5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 49. Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. 50. Be What You Live