Bible Baptist Church

11 Lakeview Ave.

St. Charles Missouri

February 2023

God's Love was Written in Red!


      I have seen tiny Bibles small enough to be put on a key chain.

    I read some time ago that in 2007 Israeli scientists, using nanotechnology, inscribed the entire Old Testament onto a space less than half the size of grain of sugar.

    (Neither of those Bibles are going to do me any good. I sometimes have a hard time reading my large print Bible!)

    But long before men began using various technologies to shrink the contents of the Bible down; God Himself condensed the truth of scripture down into one single sentence! Many have referred to this verse as ‘the Bible (or the gospel) in a nutshell’! It places the good news of the love of God into the smallest of packages.

                        For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever

                              believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

    Along with being the most concise summery of the message of the Bible it is probably also the best known and most often quoted scripture in the world! Just the reference – John 3:16 - on a banner or T-shirt is a shorthand way of saying “God loves you!” In fact if you watch closely during the crowd shots at the Super Bowl you may likely see a fan holding up a sign with John 3:16 painted on it!

    I want to take the four Sunday morning worship hours this month to break this verse down into a few phrases and examine the incredible love of God that it proclaims. It is not because the verse is so complex; it is so easy to understand that it really needs no explanation! Yet on the other hand, it is so profoundly deep that its truth can never truly be exhausted! It never becomes old news, never loses its majesty or its freshness, and never loses one iota of its powerful impact. We will consider from this one verse that…

           God’s love is Expansive (God so loved the world)

                God’s love is Extravagant (…that He gave)

                     God’s Love is Extensive (…that whosoever)

                          God’s love is Enduring (shall have everlasting life!)

    There will be several opportunities throughout the month to both experience and express God’s love with others. There will be Men’s Bible Study on Sunday Evening at 6:00, Wednesday Evening Refresh at 7:00 (We continue to study the Gospel of Mark, verse by verse). Then there also will be special events, such as a Valentine Luncheon for Widows and widowers on February 12th after out morning service. In addition to these events we will hold our Annual Chili-Cook Off competition on February 19th that serves as a fund raiser for our teens to attend summer camp. It is likely that we will add to this schedule of events so refer back from time to time to our calendar page, which is updated automatically when events are added.

   We look forward to seeing you in our services soon.

Because of God’s Great Love,

Pastor Steve Parks