If you were to ask most church members the most well-known verse in the Bible, they would immediately respond "John 3:16." A high percentage of them could surely quote it, as well:
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but should have eternal life.
If you were to then ask them what this verse is about, many would use the word "saved" in their answer: "It's about getting saved!" Saved from what? "Why, from hell, of course!"
Here's a thought: what happens if you use a different helping verb? Could this verse be about "becoming saved" instead? And what does "saved" really mean, anyway? In this week's Reflection on the Lections, let's take a look at the use of the word "saved" in the New Testament, and see if it can inform our study of John 3.