Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Worship Focus for March 11
Seems Too Good to be True?
Rev. Dale Bracey, preaching

I’m glad to be sharing something very familiar with you this Sunday—something at the heart of Christian conviction that may be only partially understood, and yet has the power to revitalize our faith and action. Over and over you’ve heard “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  

What possibly new and transforming could be mined from that?

Let’s see. Especially when we are living in a time of international mistrust and killing, in the “divided states of America,” in the tension of many questions that throw shadows over our future, and in our hopes for a better way, can our faith re-focus on what is truly important and life-giving?

I look forward to seeing you at 7:50 a.m., 10 a.m. or 5 p.m. for worship. But remember: Daylight saving time begins this Sunday. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday evening, or we’ll see you arriving as we leave the service!  

Dale Bracey
Theme for Sunday

Believing in God is an intellectual position. It need have no more effect on your life than believing Freud’s method of interpreting dreams or the theory of black holes. Believing God is something else again. It is less a position than a journey, less a realization than a relationship. It doesn’t leave you cold like believing the world is round. It stirs your blood like believing the world is a miracle. It affects who you are and what you do with your life like believing your house is on fire or somebody loves you.  --Frederick Buechner
Questions for Reflection

  • What word stands out in John 3:14–21 for you?

  • Why do you suppose it would not be in God’s character to give his Son to level destruction and terrible judgment? Or, would it be “in character” given the sometime violent, no-nonsense God of Israel before Jesus? 

  • How do you understand “eternal life?”
Scripture Reading : John 3:14-21

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may...

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