A SERMON OUTLINE BY JAMES P. COOPER
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (JOH 3:16)
- This passage has been used by many to justify and support the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. However, it only appears to support that doctrine when it is taken out of its context. Our purpose today is to look at this key passage in its context in order to see what it was that the Lord was really trying to teach.
- Verses 1-4: There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
- The concept of re-birth or regeneration is introduced[ more ]
Source: Jesus Teaches Nicodemus