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Need Mending

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son
John 3:16-18

Sermon Topic Repentance

Sermon Week The Holy Trinity Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 3:16


In the Gospel of John, we find over and over again the Good News of the kind of full life that God wants to give us because He loves us so much. Through Jesus Christ He is offering us the full life that, deep down inside, we want for ourselves, for those we love, for the world. This full life is a gift, and it is a real possibility. At this very point in your life you can become the full, creative, unique, beautiful person God created you to be. That's what John's Gospel is all about. But the gift is only for those who are willing to pay the cost. And by "cost" we do not mean you can buy it, because then it wouldn't be a gift. By "cost" we mean that there are certain things we must do to p0sition ourselves to receive the gift.

In the early Church, a movement arose called Gnosticism. The word "agnostic," means "one who does not know." A Gnostic is one who claims that he does know. This movement threatened the very life of the early Church because the Gnostics claimed to be the true followers of Jesus Christ. They had the real knowledge. They understood what God really intended us to be. One of the things they claimed was that Jesus Christ wasn't really human. He only appeared to be human. That is why John opens his Gospels by telling us that "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us." He wants us to understand from the beginning that Jesus Christ was truly human. But the other thing that concerned John very much was the Gnostic claim that only a special knowledge was needed to attain the kind of life God intends for you to have. If you have this knowledge, if you understand the doctrine, if you have the truth, then it doesn't matter how you live. You can do anything that pleases you. We can see why the lives of these Gnostics were in utter chaos as far as morality is concerned. They believed that the [...]

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