Yesterday at LifePoint we kicked off The Hour Has Come, our 2014 Advent series. I preached a single verse of Scripture, examining in detail the contents of John 3:16. We camped out in this one verse, and we found that it exposed the Advent theme “LOVE,” as in God’s love for sinners, which was a motive behind the incarnation of Jesus.
I don’t often preach one single verse, because in expositional preaching it is normally more beneficial to examine an entire passage in context, in order to arrive at (and apply) the meaning of the biblical text. Obviously, as I hope was apparent yesterday, when you drill down deep into a verse like John 3:16 there is more than enough content to fill one (if not many) sermons. But as I alluded to in my introduction yesterday, I did preach the entire opening passage in John 3 a little over a year ago in our series Beautiful Feet. If you’re in the mood for a Monday sermon, or you are just curious as to the fuller context of yesterday’s text, here it is: