The God Of Heaven And Earth (1 of 8) by Ken Trivette

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The God Of Heaven And Earth (1 of 8)
Series: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story
Ken D. Trivette
John 3:16

1. A Baptist preacher of the mid-1800's, Francis H. Rowley, gave us the great hymn, "I Will Sing The Wondrous Story." He was pastor of the First Baptist Church of North Adams, Massachusetts. The song was presented to Ira D. Sankey as a gift. Sankey was so impressed with the hymn that he had the song published and it soon became a popular hymn of the Church. The first stanza and chorus go:

I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me ¾
How He left His home in glory
For the cross of Calvary.

Yes, I'll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

2. The story of God's love and the Christ Who left His home in glory to die for each of us on the cross of Calvary is a wondrous story. It is a story that ought to cause every believer to shout to the top of their voice and sing from the bottom of their heart.

3. Nowhere in all the Bible is this wondrous story better told than in John 3:16. John 3:16 has been described in various terms. It has been called "The World's Greatest Text. It has also been called "The Greatest Verse In The Bible." It certainly is the best known verse in the Bible.

4. John 3:16 has been described as an ocean of thought in a drop of language. A writer of another generation said of John 3:16, "These are not words to comment upon, but to feel." Martin Luther said, "I love this text beyond measure."

5. Charles Simeon was a British pastor that pastored more than 54 years in Cambridge. Every Friday afternoon, the upper classman of Cambridge, especially those who were contemplating entering the ministry, would gather at his home. It was a time that the great preacher would share and give instruction to the students. These Friday afternoon meetings got to be known as "Simeon's Conversational Parties."

At one of these Friday afternoo ...


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