Top Ten Verses: #1

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, based on an exhaustive study conducted by research scientists with very large brains (and apparently a lot of time on their hands) who determined how often each verse appears in print.

Drum roll, please. Here’s the absolute #1 most popular Bible verse in the history of the world. You learned it in Sunday School. You’ve seen it on banners at sporting events. Maybe you’ve even got it tattooed on your biceps.

But don’t let familiarity rob it of its power and truth. Pray through every single precious word right now with all your heart.

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)

BELIEVE!

Top Ten Verses: #2

We’re counting down the top ten most popular Bible verses of all time. Here’s Verse #2, the very first words in John’s gospel:

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
(John 1:1)

Many of God’s biggest mysteries are packed into this beautiful little verse. Let’s unpack ’em a bit.

What — or who — is “the Word”? “The Word” is a translation of the Greek term logos. It had big-time meaning for both Jews and non-Jews.

To Jews, the Word signified a personal, divine communication from God to His people. To non-Jews, the Word was the impersonal “divine reason” that ruled the universe. John chose a term he knew would resonate with both audiences.

John used it here to refer to God’s ultimate living word: Jesus Christ.

What’s the rest of the verse mean? A very smart Bible scholar named Merrill Tenney says it speaks of Jesus’ preexistence, distinctiveness and deity. In other words, Jesus (1) was there in the beginning, (2) is a separate and distinct person from the Father and yet (3) is fully God himself.

LISTEN TO THE WORD

Top Ten Verses: #3

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, based on an exhaustive study conducted by research scientists with very large brains (and apparently a lot of time on their hands) who determined how often each verse appears in print.

Here’s this week’s verse, straight from the mouth of Jesus:

I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
(John 14:6)

Read the first line again. Notice that Jesus doesn’t say that he’s “a way” or “one way.” He is the way and the truth and the life.

Read the second line again. There are no exceptions. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus.

People often try to soften the starkness of Jesus’ words or to complicate the simplicity of his message. He made it 100% clear who he is: God’s only son and our only hope.

FOLLOW JESUS: HE’S THE ONLY WAY

Top Ten Verses: #4

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, based on an exhaustive study conducted by research scientists with very large brains (and apparently a lot of time on their hands) who determined how often each verse appears in print.

Here’s this week’s verse. Meditate on it. Memorize it. Live it.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19)

Top Verses: #5

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, based on an exhaustive study conducted by research scientists with very large brains (and apparently a lot of time on their hands) who determined how often each verse appears in print.

Here’s this week’s verse. Memorize it. Chew on it. Wrestle with it.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
(Romans 3:23)

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Top Ten Bible Verses: #6

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, based on an exhaustive study conducted by research scientists with very large brains who determined how often each verse appears in print.

Here’s this week’s verse. Read it. Meditate on it. Memorize it. Live it.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)

THANK GOD FOR GRACE

Top Ten Bible Verses: #7

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, based on an exhaustive study conducted by research scientists with very large brains who determined how often each verse appears in print.

Here’s this week’s verse. Read it. Think about it. Memorize it. Chew on it. Marinate in it.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Most of us have seen this verse dozens of times. But don’t let familiarity rob it of its power.

This is where it all starts. We didn’t get here by accident. There is a creator. That simple, beautiful truth changes everything.

Knowing that God himself created this world and all that is in it — including you and me — gives us all dignity, meaning, hope and a purpose. So, here’s the question: What are you doing with your God-created life?

YOU ARE GOD’S CREATION