Central Thought: God loves you so much He gave Jesus so that you might live forever with Him.
I. We need love.
II. What does it mean that Jesus is the Son of God?
A. Did Jesus claim to be the Son of God?
B. Jesus is the gift motivated by love.
C. You have to receive the gift and believe in the One given.
D. The mission is salvation, not condemnation.
E. It’s all about what you do with Jesus.
A. Recognize your need for love.
B. Don’t settle for less.
C. Get the mission straight. Get on Jesus’ mission.
D. Receive the gift through believing in Jesus.
E. Walk in love.
1) Have you ever seen someone holding up a sign with “John 3:16” written on it at a game or some public venue? Why do you suppose people do that?
2) Have you ever spent time in a performance-based system where your worth was measured in your ability to do something?
If so, what did that feel like? Did you feel secure and loved?
3) Do we as humans have the capacity to love truly and unconditionally over the long haul?
What do you base your answer on?
4) Do you feel God’s unconditional love for you? How or when do you feel it most clearly?
5) If Jesus’ mission was not condemnation but salvation, why do so many Christ followers get sucked into condemning people instead of helping them find salvation?
6) Which mission are you most committed to (condemning, or seeking and saving)?
Key question: On which mission do you spend more time, talent, and treasure?
7) Have you decided that God’s love for you in Christ is enough?
8) What other sources of love might one seek rather than resting in God’s unconditional love?
9) What can you do this week to enter into what God has for you? Who will hold you accountable for this step of obedience?