God So Loved

This reading would work better if it were memorized, but a familiarity with the script will make it work too. It is done looking at the audience, but the two characters are obviously talking to each other too. The tone should be somewhat conversational. The multiple “wows” should be spoken as if you are amazed, almost in awe.

1. God loves

2. Fascinating isn’t it; that God loves

1. this is the Great Ruler of the universe, the Creator of all things, the King of kings and the Lord of lord

2. and yet He loves me

1. (pause) He loves me

2. but not only me; God love everyone

1. For God so loved the world

2. The world? God loves the whole world?

1. For God so loved the world

2. Even the mean people God loves even the mean people

1. For God so loved the whole world

2. Wow!

1. (pause) but how do I know, how do I know that this God who throws His love around to everyone really knows me? How do I know that He loves me

2. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son

1. He did what?

2. He gave His one and only Son

1. For me? He gave His only Son for me?

2. God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son

1. Amazing! He gave His one and only Son for me (pause) and for you.

2. But why?

1. What?

2. Why? Why would He do it?

1. So that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. Oh, you mean heaven

1. No, more than that—eternal life

2. (matter of factly) heaven

1. Now eternal life starting right now

2. Really?

1. He came so that we could have life and have it more abundantly—an abundant life now!

2. Abundant life? And eternal life?

1. Yep

2. Wow!

1. 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. (NIV)

2. God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. (GW)

1. This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only son. (pause) And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. (THE MESSAGE)

2. For God so loves—you.