Top 5 Bible Verses

I’m thinking/praying/brainstorming about preaching a message series at Graystone on 5 Bible verses/passages that EVERY Christian needs to know.  We really cannot determine a “Top 5 Bible Verses”.  Well, I guess we could if we wanted.

I would like to get some feedback from YOU…and I mean EVERYONE…not just my “Bible scholar blog readers”.  So, let’s hear it.

Which Bible verse(s) would you say are a “must know” for every believer?  What is your favorite verse?

P.S.  This is your opportunity to influence the teaching points at Graystone.

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    • YES! I prayed and asked Jesus ‘into my heart’ when I was 16… but a few months later (maybe a whole year later) my pastor taught about the difference between having Jesus as Savior and having Jesus as Lord. I realized then that I was still living my life for me and totally surrendered to Him.

  1. I didn’t think we had any scholars at Graystone. How about John 17 – Abiding in Christ, or Romans 12:1-2 – understanding God’s will, I think Angela suggestion of Eph 2:8-9 is excellent. But if we are limiting it to five verses then maybe John 3:16, and the Romans road.

    I think since we are in the dispensation of the Church or grace, that maybe the Great Commission is key to what we need to do.

    Great question.

    • Can’t go wrong with Romans.

      A series pushing Application would be cool.
      Loving others, kinda like the people paying for the persons meal behind them at Chick-fil-A. I’ve heard on the radio people doing this and spreading love to others. I like to be taught on Sunday’s, but who knows how to apply what they’ve heard? Love to be apart of applying the “Golden Rule” Love one another, and watching it move through the world.

  2. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    1 Cor 3:16 “Don’t you realize that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?”

    1 Cor 6:11 [after a long list of ugly sins]..”And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

    1 Peter 3:15 “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”

  3. Good ideas everyone. We definitely would need one verse on salvation/grace (John 3:16; Eph 2:8-8; Romans 10:9-10). Understanding repentance/forgiveness/victory over sin is a huge topic (1 John 1:9). A challenge to live out our purpose or mission (Matthew 28:18-20).

    What about something to do with our daily walk with God or spiritual growth? Word/worship/devotion? Or maybe serving God…although, mission/purpose encompasses that.

    Romans is a study that has been on my heart for a while but it might be a separate study?

  4. 2 Chronicles 16:9
    “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are FULLY commited to Him” NIV

    Totally my favorite, Jonathan….we have no idea the power, support, encouragement, strength that is available to us if we will just fully commit our hearts and lives to Him!

  5. It can be a heavy sermon (you could handle it), but God really used Matthew 7:21-23 to awaken my dead heart 7 years ago!

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

  6. I too love Romans. Here are two of my most used bible verses that help me through the daily trials of life:

    DEUTERONOMY 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

    ISAIAH 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.

    Also your favorite ISAIAH 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

  7. Jonathan — since I am one of the few who remember everything you teach on Sunday — you used it when a friend of yours from college was seriously hurt and you kept repeating it over and over to her. I loved it and use it quite often to reasssure myself the HE IS WITH ME.

  8. Ok Jonathan – so we have do have some Bible scholars. How about a different twist on the question. Five things about God and the Bible that I really want my children to know?
    1. All of the Bible is relevant and it is inspired.
    2. The central theme of the Bible is Christ’s redemptive work
    3. I really don’t want to do things without God, or against His will
    4. Have faith in God and His Word – trust me, it works
    5. Christ is coming back for me, and loves me unconditionally

  9. Getting in the game late here, but Psalms 27:1 is mighty powerful. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; of whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strong hold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

  10. Great stuff Dale! All of our children should know these. But this wouldn’t just help our children, it would help new Christians as well as older folks or anyone that has never been taught. Or even somebody that grew up in Church and just can’t seem to put it together. A MUST KNOW, I WOULD AGREE. AMEN BRO.

  11. I’m a relatively new member to your congregation (5 mos) and have enjoyed your series sermons very much. One of my favorite ones, was the series of the Holy Ghost. It stirred my soul and brought me such peace, comfort and understanding. Very nice.

    Recently I have been reading several books by the author, R.C. Sproul. One in particular, “The Holiness of God”. Wow, what powerful information! I can say it really changed my perspective about my self-centered world and my purpose here on earth. Until reading this book, the expression of “Holy” was just a term that is associated with God. In other words, nothing new. I wonder if others hear it in the same way as I did.

    In Romans, Paul tells the people that the presence and glory of God is all around us and there is no place on earth that he is not known. Unfortunately and sadly I feel that the Christian congregations of today are caught up in a world that communicates in everything we do and see that we need to be “comfortable” in everything and that we are the “center” of the universe. Holy, is so commonly heard in today’s worship that it just gets “glossed over” by paritioners in everyday activities and worship. I talked to my close Christian friends about what it means to be “holy” and they could not tell me for sure what it is. I personally have never been taught what “holy” means in my worship services. But I have come to realize how important it is to understand.

    I would enjoy an expanded series on the “Holiness of God” and I feel that all of us would benefit from this amazing study. When you think about the men of God who stood face to face with the Lord, no one could physically stand in the “Holy” presence of the Lord. No one could look in the face of the “Holiness” of the Lord. The original “Holy” Temple had a inner sanctuary called the “Holy of Holies” that no one could enter but the appointed “Holy” High Priest. Paul fell backwards and was made blind by the “Holiness” of Christ. This “Holiness” is so powerful and it the thing that separates us from God. The only way that we can live in the presence of God is through sanctification and righteousness through Jesus Christ.

    His power…his glory…his anger…his wrath….his love…his patience…his mercy…His Holiness.


    • Wow Cheryl! I loved your comment. I have read RC Sproul’s book on holiness. This would be a great series. We are actually going to touch on holiness in a series in September on REVIVAL, but an entire series would be challenging.

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