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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Read: John 3
Listen: John 3

TODAY’S MESSAGE

Hannah expresses her love and gratitude to God by giving her beloved son back to the Lord. Her actions mirror God’s deep love for people. God also willingly gives his beloved son to restore people to himself. God takes the unspeakably bad situation of the cross to bring unspeakable good.

We could never restore ourselves to God. Our sin, all the ways we miss the mark, breaks our relationship with God. Yet, when things felt hopeless and lost—God sends his son Jesus to earth. Jesus, God-in-flesh, lives the perfect life without sin. He perfectly obeys God, even going to the cross. He dies a horrific death and suffers deep agony and pain. God places all of our sins on Jesus. He takes the punishment that should have been ours. God then raises Jesus back to life on the third day in victory over sin and death.

We become part of God’s family when we respond to God’s gift through Jesus. We place our faith in Jesus by believing he is God’s son who paid the price for our sins. God then restores our relationship with him, both now and for eternity.

IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY

If you’ve never placed your faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, now is a great time to do so. Pray and tell God you believe in Jesus and ask for his forgiveness. If you want to learn more about following Jesus, we would love to talk with you. Please email us at btw@adabible.org. If you have accepted Jesus, join our Ada Bible Worship team as they sing “This is Our God.” Praise him that he “bore the cross and beat the grave.”

2023 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

Join us all of 2023 developing a different spiritual practice each month. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES are intentional regular activities to deepen our relationship with God and mold us to be more like Jesus.

October is SERVING. Keep track of our spiritual practices at beyondtheweekend.org/spiritualpractices.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.