Mission 3:16

Mission 3:16

God's One-Verse Invitation to Love the World

by Paul Borthwick

Mission 3:16
  • Length: 176 pages
  • Published: June 09, 2020
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4519-4
  • Item Code: 4519
  • Case Quantity: 60

"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." —John 3:16

Paul Borthwick unpacks the Bible's most famous verse to unveil God's intentional, sacrificial mission for the world. He examines every word in John 3:16 to reveal the underlying motivation for mission, the global scope of God's call, and how we are invited to enter into partnership with God. This mission statement highlights the centrality of Jesus and the relational nature of the invitation to follow him—for the world to escape perishing and enter eternal life.

God still loves the world, and we can too. Come join him on this mission of love and discover how he brings the world back to life.


Introduction: Jesus' Elevator Speech
1. Entering into John 3
2. "For God": God, the Great Pursuer
3. "So Loved": Love, the Underlying Motive
4. "The World": The Target of God's Love
5. "That He Gave": Sacrifice, the Foundation
6. "His One and Only Son": Jesus, the Center Point of Salvation
7. "That Whoever Believes in Him": The Invitation, a Relationship with God Through Jesus
8. "Should Not Perish": The Warning, to Escape Condemnation
9. "But Have Eternal Life": The Goal, a Living, Vital, Eternal Relationship with God
10: The Challenge: Living a John 3:16 Lifestyle
Epilogue: Always on Mission

Paul Borthwick

Paul Borthwick (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior consultant for Development Associates International and previously taught global Christianity at Gordon College for thirty years. Through his speaking, writing, and resource ministry, Borthwick works to mobilize others to participate in world missions.

Borthwick is an active speaker and teacher, having taught courses at Gordon College, Africa International University (Nairobi), Alliance Theological Seminary (Manila), and Lanka Bible College (Sri Lanka), plus a guest faculty position at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously he served for more than twenty years on the staff of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, first as youth pastor and then as minister of missions.

Borthwick is the author of Western Christians in Global Mission; Six Dangerous Questions to Transform Your View of the World; Great Commission, Great Compassion; and The Fellowship of the Suffering. He and his wife, Christie, have been married since 1979 and they live in Lexington, Massachusetts, when not traveling internationally.

BY Paul Borthwick

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