Church Bulletins
 
July 5, 2020
“For GOD SO LOVED…”
 

John 3:16-17   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

            I hope you had the great blessing of hearing the message “For GOD SO LOVED the world,” that our Pastor Emeritus, W.N. Otwell preached several years ago.  The Lord has used him to preach many great messages over the years and this one was no doubt among the best that I had the privilege of hearing. What a truly great reminder of the incredible and glorious truth, that the Great, Almighty, Creator God of all the heavens and the earth, SO LOVED the world that He sacrificed His only Son, in order to provide the only possible way of salvation to a bunch of wicked, sinful, rebellious sinners like me and you!
 
Romans 5:8-9  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

 

            I do not unfortunately have his outline, and even if I did, I assure you it would not begin to fit in this space. I would guess that this message was one of those that probably filled about 10 or 12 sheets of his yellow legal notebook pad.

            This was a message which very clearly came from the very depth of Brother Otwell’s heart and soul.  This was a truth which he believed not only because it came from the pages of God’s Holy Word, but because this same God had manifested His great love to him in a very personal way!  He was not just preaching about a love he had heard and read about.  He was preaching about a God, who in His great love and mercy, had claimed him as one of His very own sons!

 

1John 3:1-2  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 

            You see, when God the Holy Spirit shone His glorious light of truth into W.N. Otwell’s’ heart, he suddenly became fully aware that he was a hopeless sinner in desperate need of God’s forgiveness!  It was then the Lord made it clear to him, that not only did this GOD SO LOVE the world, but this same GOD SO LOVED W. N. Otwell!
 

 Ephesians 2:4-5  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

 

            This message was preached over forty-years after the day Brother Otwell received Christ as his Lord and Saviour.  Which makes it obvious that this was not just some emotional short-lived experience, nor was it just praying a prayer and going on about his business.  This was a miraculous, lifechanging transformation which could only come from the heart of the One true and living God; the Holy and Just God, who SO LOVED SINNERS, that HE became sin for us.

 

2Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
 

            It is because Brother Otwell has walked with and sincerely loved this Great God who first SO LOVED him, that he was able to preach such a message with such unction and conviction. 

 

1John 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

 

            Though this preacher is now in his eighties with his health waning, the eternal light of that unspeakable love of Christ still shines through him ever so brightly.  His love for God, His Truth, His ministry and His people is a wonderful testimony of what our Holy God who SO LOVED the world, has done in his life!

            Praise God, I cannot begin to tell you what a blessing Pastor W. N. Otwell has been in my life, my family’s lives and countless other families’ lives, as he has faithfully and fervently preached and lived the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ! Thank God for the faithfulness of this devoted man of God!
 

 Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

 Hebrews13:7-8  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

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