This is a very simple and (I think) clear gospel message, prepared with the unbeliever in mind. It includes several illustrations (including a fictitious meal with Martha Stewart) intended to make the gospel clear. It was preached at a special "Friend and Family Day" service, to which our church family was encouraged to invite (you guessed it) friends and family. An ideal sermon for an inquirer.
The Gospel in a Nutshell Have you ever doubted the truth of John 3:16 by wondering how God could really love the world when there are so many disasters, poverties and miseries in it? Here Pastor Sukhia effectively addresses these questions by first focusing on an often-overlooked word in this verse: perish. Pastor Sukhia gives us the good news of John 3:16...but first he paints us the necessary backdrop in order for us to better appreciate the magnitude of Godâ€™s good news.
Weâ€™re all members of a condemned race of tainted sinners and we are all perishing because every one of us has rebelled against and disobeyed our Creator. We may not like this fact, but we are utterly powerless to change it because itâ€™s our nature. (1 John 1:8)
Godâ€™s holy nature requires Him to be a just judge and therefore He canâ€™t even look upon iniquity. He must â€“ and He will â€“ punish sin.
To rightly appreciate the incomparable goodness of John 3:16, we must have a correct biblical understanding of the unspeakable horror of what it means to perish. This is the awful (but true) portrait of our predicament â€“ and itâ€™s against this backdrop that Pastor Sukhia lays out the glorious good news of the gospel.
Born and raised in Baltimore MD, then moving to Florida in his youth, Russ came to faith in Christ as a third year college student through the testimony of his brother Doug. Russ transferred from the University of Florida to Shelton College which is affiliated with the Bible...