Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 11-MAR-2018 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Lent 4 – John 3:16 – "For God so loved the world ..." etc., has been a memory verse for many a Sunday School lesson, and the subject of many a sermon. Messages based on this text have often referred to a powerful, judgemental and punishing God, and the "good news" of the Gospel has been presented as a means of escaping from God's punishment – a belief that can bring not comfort, but a toxic mixture of fear, guilt, anger and deep regret. Have you, or have you not, satisfied God's demands? But the overwhelming message in the Christian scriptures is of a God whose love for the world is unconditional; it is a message of love, grace and life; it is a message of God's overwhelming, self-giving love, even to the point of suffering and death.
John 3: 14-21

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