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Key Verse of Sparks Club — John 3:16


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Using Hand Motions Helps
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Memorize This Vital Verse

John 3:16 (chapter 3, verse 16, of the Gospel of John) is one of the most widely quoted verses from the Christian Bible. It has been called the "Bible in a nutshell" because it's considered a summary of some of the most important doctrines of Christianity. Before learning how to go through the hand motions, let's look at this verse (using the New International Version — NIV) piece by piece.

For God so loved the world... God is a God filled with love for everyone
...that He gave... God is giving something, His son, as a sacrifice
...His one and only Son,... the human Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity
...that whoever... salvation is open to all
...believes... being saved is based on belief or faith, rather than on what we do here on earth Him... the belief being in Jesus, the Savior
...shall not perish... implies the fate of those who do not believe, which is the doctrine of hell (a place or state of painful suffering)
...but have eternal life. shows the reward of those who believe, which is the doctrine of heaven

Okay. Now you've got a pretty good idea about what Apostle John is telling you in this important verse. Why don't you get your hands moving a little bit while slowly reciting the verse below. Ready? Start with "For God" and see where you should point your finger. Do the rest with me, line by line.

For God Point straight up to God.
so loved Cross your hands over your heart.
the world Make a circle with your hands over your head.
that He gave Cup your hands and hold them out as if you're giving someone something.
His one and only Son, Hold up your index finger as the number 1.
that whoever Sweep your hand around to indicate the whole group.
believes Place your hand on your forehead.
in Him Point up to God again.
shall not Shake your head "No" and wave your index finger.
perish Drop both hands to your sides.
but have eternal life. Stretch both arms away from your body.

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