I imagine many (if not most) of us can quote John 3:16. But how about verses 15 or 17? What about John 3:18? John 3:16 is an iconic, powerful verse to be sure, but it is only in the context of John 3:1-21 that we see why God’s love is so amazing.
Do we obey God because we love Him, or do we love Him because we keep the commandments of scripture? Or is it both? Or maybe there is some third, deeper, more complicated option. What does it mean to love God anyway?
One of the major themes in 1 John is testimony, or testifying, the act of telling something you know to be true. John presented his own testimony as a mean of combating doubt and false teaching; how can we testify about the truth of the gospel today? What should our testimony contain?
Paul’s words to the married members of the Ephesian congregation are both inspiring and daunting, but Paul wants them to have what all married people want: successful, fulfilling, and supportive marriages. What instructions does he give them in this task?
(Preaching through Ephesians; this sermon was preached at the Dewey Church of Christ on August 30, 2015.)