Happy Father’s Day! We Pray are you safe & Blessed!
“A Father’s Gift”
- A Word for Everyone!
- A Word for every born again person
- A Word for every person who needs the Savior
- A Word for every person needing understanding
John 3:1-17 (NKJV)
The New Birth
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
1. We Always begin at the Father’s Great Love
Starting with our condition is the wrong starting place. It fosters a “works” point of view and despair
“The Gospel is not ‘try harder’ it is Good News!”Pastor Bill Graafsma
2. We (Everyone) Need Jesus to be our Savior!
Not of works
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
“The best response to a gift is say ‘Thank you’ . God is a gift that keeps giving.”Pastor Bill Graafsma
The Question to ask is not “How could a loving God send people to hell”. The right question is “Why would thinking people reject and deny God’s love?
3. We Enter eternal Life in Jesus
- Salvation is the Beginning Not the End
- Life with the King (Jesus)
- Life in his Kingdom
“We can’t come to Jesus on good works & good thoughts. It is an experience of believing and receiving!”Pastor Bill Graafsma