Pastor’s Corner

Tidings of Trinity
December 2021

  ” Bible Passages To Memorize Before I Die In Christ”

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends in Jesus,

You’ve heard the term “Bucket List”. It might be thought a little inappropriate to use those words in a church newsletter. So . . . instead, let’s use the words “Things I Should Do Before God Takes Me To Live With Him Forever.” Over the next months, I’ll challenge you to make a commitment to memorizing them (at the rate of one passage per month).

The first passage I’ll challenge you to memorize is John 3:17. That’s right, it says John 3:17 – – NOT John 3:16, but John 3:17. Why memorize this passage? Simply stated, it’s a very clear statement of who Jesus is, and why He came to our world. He came not to condemn the world, but to save the world. We need to remember these words in our world, a world which WRONGLY believes that Jesus came:
1. to give us rules for right living
2. to assure us of a healthy and wealthy life, if we pray hard enough, or long enough, or sincerely enough
3. to guarantee us a place in eternity if we try our hardest to be good and decent and honorable

No, these are not the reasons that “God . . . sent His only begotten Son. . .” God sent Jesus:
1. To live perfectly under the 10 Commandments because we cannot accomplish this
2. To take His (God’s) anger away from us by suffering in Himself
3. To become the curse of God upon sin, in our places.

Let John 3:17, then be a Bible verse you commit to memory before God takes you to be with Him in eternity.

Your Pastor and friend,

Dennis B. O’Neill