Part of the Lent series, preached at a Lent service
Martin Luther called this verse, "The gospel in miniature." In just 27 words it sums up the gospel. It has become the "mantra" of our faith.
But this verse has a problem. It suffers from overexposure. It has been quoted so often that many of us no longer feel its power. Perhaps for some this verse is connected to bad evangelism. Or what about the well-meaning but tacky guy on TV holding up a sign of John 3:16 behind a professional golfer? Again, this verse suffers from over exposure. Its impact and meaning have diminished for many people. I want us to experience the power of John 3:16 again--to push aside all the baggage and experience it anew. I believe if you allow yourself to experience the truth of this verse today it can set you free.
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