John 3:16. In all likelihood you’ve seen that Bible verse referenced throughout your life. Even those who don’t claim to be a Christian are familiar with the reference. We see it most commonly at sporting events (originally made famous in the 70’s by this probably not so sane guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DVDy33FDoU).
Recently, there’s been a resurgence of attention around the verse thanks to Tim Tebow. Tebow famously wore the verse on his eye-black in the National Championship game on January 8, 2009 while playing at Florida. Suddenly, John 3:16 became the highest searched item on google with over 100 million hits. And just this past January 9th, after Tebow threw for 316 yards in a playoff win over the Steelers, the most searched topic on google that day was John 3:16.
So, the verse is definitely out there, highly publicized for all the world to see. And what great news it is to see that a verse that contains such great news is being read by so many!
But what’s the big deal? Why is it such great news? Why is it referenced so much? More specifically, using language from the verse, why is it such great news that God loves us? Why is it such great news that he sent his only son? Do we really understand, even as Christians, what this verse is telling us?
Tonight we’re starting a new teaching series at our weekly meeting called “Common Verses, Commonly Misunderstood”. In this series we’ll look at some of the more “famous” verses in the Bible (Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:13, Revelation 3:15-16, etc.) and learn why these verses are so popular and how they’re often misunderstood or taken out of context.
Our prayer is that this series will help you understand the Bible better so that you will fall more in love with God’s Word and with God himself. We approach this series with great humility, not claiming to “know it all” but simply doing all that we can to help you understand the Bible, its relevance for your life, and its undeniable proclamation that Jesus is our only hope.
So, we’ll kick it off tonight with an in depth look at John 3:16 and the surrounding verses. I hope you’ll join us!