Sunday, May 8, 2016

From my mother’s heart

Introduction: 

Today is a very special day in the heart of every mother. If my mother was alive she would be happy about this day also. But, I would like to share with you a verse that was special to her, one that she was using as she prayed for my sisters and myself. In 3 John 4, the Bible says, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” This was the heart’s faith of my mother; but not just hers, perhaps yours as well.

To every godly mother, what is the single truth they desire for their children? Well, it very simple, that every child that they bare has a personal encounter and a relationship with Jesus Christ.

In John 3:3, the Bible says, Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Outline:  This morning, how can you have an encounter with God and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

  1. By understanding that an encounter with God is not through a chosen religious orientation.

John 3:1-2, 10

1 Now 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.”

10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?

  1. By knowing that an encounter with God is a rebirth or a total transformation.

John 3:3, 5

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

  1. By expressing faith in Jesus Christ as the son of God.

John 3:14-17

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.