"Three Verses-- One Message"

Scripture reading:  Eph. 2:1-10

Opening text:  John 3:16-18

Additional reading:  Heb. 11:6

     Whether it is from sporting events, posters, T-shirts, license plates, or an assortment of other items, John 3:16 is a rather well known Scripture reference-- even if the words of the verse itself are somewhat less known.  The message that God is communicating in John 3:16, 17, and 18 is that He indeed loves everyone in this world.  However, we each have a problem of sin that we were born with that separates us from enjoying eternity with God.  We do not receive spiritual condemnation because at some point in our lives we committed some heinous act of sin, but rather, that was the reality we were facing by not yet believing on Christ as Savior.  Yet God loved us so much that the Lord Jesus came to this earth to take our punishment for sin, and by believing in Him and receiving His offer of salvation, we can indeed have eternal life with God forever in Heaven!