Calvary Baptist Church Red Bank
The Most Important Decision of Your Life
July 25, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
John 3:5-21

The Most Important Decision of Your Life

July 25, 2021 / John 3:5-21

 Last time we saw the identity of a man named Nicodemus. He was religious, scholarly, wealthy, and powerful but he knew something was missing in his life and he knew something was different about Jesus. He came to Jesus with an inquiry and Jesus revealed the man’s insufficiency to earn heaven by his own merit. We’ll pick up where we left off because this message is really part 2. The discussion between Nicodemus and Jesus is the most famous conversation in the Bible because it leads to salvation which is the most important decision of your life.

I. The of Salvation (5-15)

  • A new .
  • Jesus contrasts two types of births by saying there is a birth with and there is a birth of the .
  • The main point is that the way into heaven or the kingdom of God cannot come about by any means of natural birth or lineage.
  • The .
  • You may not see the Spirit move, but you can see the of the Spirit in human lives.
  • Salvation comes down to what you .
  • The serpent on the . (Numbers 21:4-9)
  • Those who up at the serpent were healed. It was as simple as that. Look and !
  • Jesus is making a powerful contextual point to Nicodemus and that is if you don’t look at the you will perish.

II. The of Salvation (16-17)

  • Why would the Son of God leave heaven to come to earth to be lifted up on a cross? The reason God the Father would permit His only begotten son to be lifted up on the cross was because He the world.
  • God loves and even though they are sinners who have made a mess of things.
  • No place for any believer to be prejudiced, , or bigoted in their love for all people because God isn’t.

III. The to Salvation (18-21)

  • God’s love makes salvation possible, but it does not make it
  • God’s love does not every sinner unless they respond.
  • There are only two categories of people: saved and . Those who believe and are not , and those who do not believe and are condemned already. 

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