THE GOD OF CHRISTMAS
Tim Tebow painted “John 3:16” on his eye black for football games. Little did he know what God would do with it.
Notes And Next Steps
1 John 4:7-11 + Part 1 of the series “God So Loved The World"
“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)
“There’s a kind of love we hope will never end. An unconditional love that will be there and be real without asking us to earn it. Even if we don’t deserve it. This is God’s love.”
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7,8)
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:9,10)
Oh, my God.
Oh my, God!
SPIRITUAL NEXT STEPS
- Family project: do some research online, or recall some history—what are some other occasions where John 3:16 is publicized for people to see? Then discuss this question: how could our family publicize it in a new way?
- Study: The Greek word monogenēs occurs nine times in the New Testament (Luke 7:12; 8:42; 9:38; Hebrews 11:17; and in John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18; 1 John 4:9). It is translated “only begotten” or “one and only.” Read these verses and reflect on them in prayer.
- Kids: Use your Message Notes from today and teach your family this week about the God of Christmas and his love.
- Witness: Perform a survey. Ask 20 people—friends, neighbors, teammates, classmates, even strangers—if they know what John 3:16 is. How many people recognize it? Can recite it? Tell each one of them that it is the most popular and powerful verse in the Bible.