What’s Your Favorite Bible Passage and Why?

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I love the bible.  More accurately, I love the Christ who is revealed in the Bible.  I love that this Jesus who reveals the very essence of God’s character.  Our God loves humanity, so much that he took on flesh and experienced the worst possible outcome: death.  But, we all know how the story ends… Jesus is risen!  This central truth is why I am a Christian.

But what I’ve learned during my twenties is that the Scriptures are rich.  There are so many contours to the biblical story that continue to amaze me.  I want to offer you my favorite passage in the bible and why it’s my favorite.  Then, I’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorite…

The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies… In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.   (Romans 8:19-24, 26)

God plans to free this world from its bondage to sinful injustice!  It’s been subjected to frustration; in other words, it’s experienced the detriment of the rebellion of humanity and of the demonic forces of evil.  The frustration of creation is described as “groaning,” like a mom who is about to give birth.  Birth = groaning.  But, there is a deeper reality that is found beyond the groans: new life!  Our world may be contracting and full of pain, but all of the groans of nature will be worth it, for they will lead to God’s restored world!  Paul understood that God is not finished with his creation project yet.  Just as the Israelites were liberated from their bondage under the Pharaoh, the universe will be liberated from the bondage to the decay of sin and satan.  The end of the story of God is the rescue and restoration of all cosmic reality!

Not only is the creation groaning, but we Christians also groan.  Why?  Because we experience the same pain and struggle that the rest of our world does.  The Holy Spirit causes us to “groan,” to feel pain, right in the midst of where creation feels pain.  Does your heart ache for the pain that your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors have experienced as a result of our broken world?  Do you have a sense deep within your soul, that the 1 billion people on earth that do not have access to clean drinking water, is not how God intended reality to be?  Did your heart ache as you watched images of birds and sea creatures covered in oil after the BP oil spill?  This is because the Holy Spirit is groaning within us to identify with the brokenness of our situation, and is compelling us to do something about it!

So, I ask: What’s your favorite Bible passage and why???

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  • Dana Burgess

    Hebrews 11:1 – It reminds me what faith really is. During the hard times I turn to this verse and am reminded that I have it and all will be as it should be.

  • Zachary Allen

    You ever consider Rom. 8:20-21 as a case for openness?

  • David Warkentin

    Definitely Colossians 3:12-14:

    “12 Therefore, as God’s
    chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
    kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

    I’ve grown up in a post-Christian era, post-Christian family, and post-Christian country (Canada), and yet I love Christ and his church, if not only for the hope this passage gives me.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have a life verse, as some call it or even one favorite passage.  At different times in my life, different passages have meant a lot to me.  I do have a favorite book of the Bible and that is Ecclesiastes.  It sums up well my view on life:  all is vanity, a chasing after the wind. 

  • Ian

    Choosing one passage of Scripture as my “favorite” has always been problematic for me. I love Isaiah 61 because it’s become a kind of mission statement of sorts for me. But I also really love Ecclesiastes 12:11-14 especially 13 and 14. And this one might be cliche but I really love Ephesians 3:14-21 and I pray this part over people pretty often. “that you, BEING ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” I put the emphasis there because sometimes I pray just that part of it because the whole part that comes after is a result of being rooted and grounded in love. Another passage I love is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 which I also pray over people pretty often. I love that after it says to have joy, live a lifestyle of prayer, and be thankful “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” It just shows God’s heart for us is good.

    I could probably go on for awhile like this, but I won’t. But if I had to pick a favorite out of these it would have to be Ephesians 3:14-21.

  • Philipians 2
    Does an excellent job of teaching us to lower ourselves like Christ did.

  • Job 23 v8-10 kind of sums up my relationship with God!

  • Romans 8 is such a beautiful and comforting passage! It was a favorite for a long time. I’m also a huge fan of the Psalms (being a musician myself). But my favorite is probably Colossians 3-

    “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised,
    barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe
    yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
    Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. “

  • Helpfulbusman

    A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
    is God in his holy dwelling. (Psalm 68:5 NIVUK)
    There are many verses that I could have mentioned but in terms of favorites, it would be this one!
    My father lost his battle with cancer, leaving us with the question why?

    Searching the bible to answer why, I Instead found a heavenly father, that would watch over me, love me and my family! Jesus my savior!
    Life is not easy but never alone again!

  • For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)

    Why? Because this pretty sums up what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We either live for Christ or will die and gain eternal life within the presence of a holy God.

  • Paul Clutterbuck

    The passage from Romans 8 is one of my favourites, and so is 1 Corinthians 15 on the resurrection. Other favourites of mine include Isaiah 40-45 (a great extended piece on the awesomeness of God, and the folly of any other allegiances) and Ephesians 3:14-21. Like Ian, I’ve often prayed the prayer from Ephesians over my godchildren.

    However, my top favourite passage would have to be 2 Corinthians 8-9, which roots our sacrificial generosity in the death and resurrection of Jesus, the most compelling motivation there is. It has been especially meaningful to me as I’ve reflected on my experience as a kidney transplant recipient, and my response to that in terms of giving out of my substance to meet the needs of others and make the world a better place.