God's Saving Love
God has beautifully revealed his love for sinners in the giving of His only Son who was lifted up on the cross to save those who believe. Despite our rebellion and rejection of our maker, God’s love and desire for a personal relationship with His people overcame all obstacles through the atoning work accomplished by Jesus on the cross. Our response to this news must be to believe and obey the words of Jesus. To trust that salvation is already secured through Jesus and to live in the light of righteousness. Such posture recognizes God is above all and worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. How thankful we must be that such love has been given with the promise of eternal life.
Community Group Questions:
- How can we keep the beautiful truths of God from going stale in our life? How can we keep from overlooking the height, depth, and breadth of who God is, who we are, and what He has done for us?
- What do vv. 16-21 tell us about God, Jesus, believers, and unbelievers?
- Why do you think people don’t accept Jesus’ message today?
- What do vv. 19-21 show us how we are to respond to our sin? How are we to overcome embarrassment, shame, and guilt that comes from exposing our sin?
- How does jealousy and perceived success manifest itself in the church today on an individual and corporate level?
- What does John the Baptist’s response in vv. 27-30 reveal about how we ought to serve?
- In what ways are we tempted to take credit for our salvation and how do such views diminish the love and glory of God?