Back in ’04 I had the privilege of speaking at a church in Wisconsin, on July 4th.
I spent a number of nights writing an outline and working through the passages. I had a good message outlined.
I was going to talk about the blood that was shed on the battlefields during the war for our independence. This particular 4th was on Sunday that year. It was perfect for the message I penned. I would juxtapose that against the life of Jesus and how His blood was shed for.
I was told there probably wasn’t going to be many in attendance because of it being the 4th. I arrived early and the parking spaces were already filling up. Hmm… No worries.
I arrived in plenty of time to pray with the Elders. There was some awesome prayer in the room that day.
The pianist was playing something as I walked in from the prayer room. I looked out at the congregation. The pews seemed filled. I’d delivered messages to large numbers before.
It was weird, I walked up to the pulpit and froze. No cool, Don; I thought to myself. I had my bible and my outline ready. The sermon I brought with me that day; was good, but it wasn’t the message God wanted that day. O-k-a-y. Give me a message God. Your will be done.
If you are using a pew bible turn to page 1012. If you have your own bible turn now to John 3:16. Let us pray. After the prayer, I had them people read verse along with me.
“For God so loved the world…”
You can probably quote the verse. Vacation bible school kids learn it when they’re very young. You may be able to recite it; remember though, Satan can quote the scriptures.