12. Put your love into action

Sunday 7th June

Scripture: John 3 v 16-18


 Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.

For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.

No one who believes I him will be condemned; but whoever refused to believe is condemned already, because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son’.

 

The Gospel in a Nutshell

Suppose that you wanted to tell your best friend about God’s love. What would you say?
Everything you need to know about God’s love is in the Bible.
You could take your Bible and go to your friend’s house and read about God’s love from the Bible.
Let’s see, what should you read?

  • The Bible is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament
  • sixty-six books
  • 1189 chapters, and 31,173 verses.

That is a little bit scary isn’t it? It would be easy to for you to get lost and confused.
What if we could shrink the message of God’s love down so small that it could fit inside this nutshell?
That would be great, wouldn’t it? Well, I think we can do that this morning.

I did a search on my computer for the top 10 verses in the Bible.
I searched for the top ten verses that people know, love, and read the most often.
Can you guess what the number one verse is? John 3:16!

“For God so loved the world that he have his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
That is good news, isn’t it? That is everything you need to know about God’s love.
Now let’s take a closer look at what this verse tells us.

Who is this verse about? – God

What does God do? –  He loves

Who does God love? – the world (that includes you and me)

What did God do to show his love? – He gave his one and only Son

What must we do in return? – believe that Jesus is the Son of God

What is our reward? – eternal life

The Bible is full of the promises of God’s love.
You and I should be ready to share those promises with our friends.
We should read our Bible and study to learn more about it, but when it comes time to share God’s love, remember the “Gospel in a Nutshell” that we studied this morning.
It is a message that the whole world needs to hear:
“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.”

Prayer

Our Father, we thank you for your love
— a love so great that you gave your one and only Son so that we could have eternal life.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Activity 1: Do something for someone you love

I want you to make a promise to do something for someone you love.
It might be to clean the bathroom for your mum; or make a card to send to grandad; send a picture you’ve painted to your favourite teacher or your best friend.
Now, you must keep that promise and deliver – just like God keeps his promise to us.

Don’t forget to send us photos of what you have done to parishoffice@smaaa.org.uk and put Children’s Church in the subject heading.

Activity 2: Colouring
God So Loved the World Colouring page

Activity 3: Wordsearch
God So Loved the World Word Search

Activity 4: Decoder 
God So Loved the World Decoder