For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son
John 3:16 (ASV)
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.
A prisoner testified to two fellow prisoners, just boys, of how he came to Jesus late in life. He then told them how God loved them so much that He sent His Son to die for them. That day, the two boys surrendered their lives to Christ.
Charlie was heading out to play cricket when Mr. W. accosted him and began to quiz him about his soul. Using John 3:16, he spoke to Charlie about the need to embrace with thanksgiving, God's free gift of Eternal Life. And speaking about the aftermath of his surrender, Charlie said, "And right then and there joy and peace came into my soul
Eleven year old Rosalind was at a meeting where the preacher's teaching of God's love anchored on John 3:16 convicted her. While she lacked the courage to stand for Christ that very night, she did so the next day not minding what her siblings thought about the decision.
Hudson Taylor shares how two experiences; his departure to China and the loss of his little daughter in China, helped his mother and him, understand fully what it meant when the Bible said, "God so love the world that He gave His only son."
Mr. Ni was a Buddhist leader, and president of an idolatrous society; committed to the service of pagan gods. One day he was passing through a town when he stumbled into a Christian meeting. Even though he heard only the conclusion of the meeting, he encountered the Truth. On the spot he surrendered his life and became a passionate follower of Jesus.
In a letter to Edward Wright, a brother tells the story of his conversion, starting with his bold decision to leave his unwilling friends to attend a service alone, to his deciding for Christ as the preacher spoke of God's love and to the joy he has had since making that decision.
A. A., spurred on by bad friends, had taken to theft in order to continue the gambling habit he picked up and was twice imprisoned. His best efforts at changing his ways fell short, but one day, while walking along a road, he heard a preacher declare, 'Sinner! God loves you!' And that statement was the beginning of his journey into the saving arms of Jesus.
It was at a meeting in Vasa that 19-year-old Mathilda heard a preacher speak on God loving the world so much so as to give His only begotten son to redeem it and all who believe in Him. That night, Mathilda believed and surrendered her life to this loving God.
For Matsusaburo Fujisawa, it was a gospel tract with the simple but life-changing message, "God is love that He loves the whole world, and that we should all believe in Jesus Christ," that brought conviction to him and arrested his development in sin. He found his Lord and has basked in His love ever since!
Elaine hated herself for her addiction to alcohol and wild parties. But through attending the Gang Church she learned that “Christ’s love is a love with no strings attached.” She then found redemption in that love.
An initially hesitant Moody was awe-stricken as he listened to Harry Moorhouse preach with power from John 3:16 for seven different nights. For Moody, as for the entire congregation, it was seven unbelievable nights of realizing and coming to terms with the unsearchable depths of God's love for humanity.
In an attempt to make jokes after a fire incident had been contained, a Christian firefighter is presented with an unexpected opportunity to share the gospel and he used it to talk about God's great love and the difference it has made in his life.
The Danis—in their hundreds—were gathered for the very first Christmas feast they were to celebrate as a people under Christ, and as the food cooked; John preached simply but powerfully to them about the God who so loved the word that He sent His only son to die for our sins.
Voice in the Night, The True Story of a Man and the Miracles That Are Changing Africa by Surprise Sithole
When sixteen-year-old Sithole called out to a group of women to tell them about God loving them, they laughed at his preposterous proposition. But as they paid more attention to Sithole talk about God's love for the world as exemplified in the death of His son Jesus, their hearts were moved and all of them surrendered to this loving God!
Even after his close friend, Watchman Nee became a fervent Christian, Kwang-hsi Weigh was intent on pursuing fame and vanity. But one day, as Nee visited him and preached to him about the love of God, Weigh came under the convicting influence of the Holy Spirit; he realized his sins and accepted the Saviour that day.