By far, the most recognized passage in the entire Bible is John 3:16. You can see it on signs at football games and it is used more by teachers and pastors than any other scripture. In fact, many would say a presentation of the Gospel is incomplete without it. The problem is this, most people use this passage as a passage of condemnation, in other words, believe or else. I personally believe that 3:16 cannot and should not be used without verse 17 because verse 17 gives the context. We must be careful to not use verses alone but explain why God loved the world by giving Christ…it is because God did not come to condemn but to save. God’s gift is about his love for all.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.