Our best-known Bible texts

I’m considering a series of sermons (in Portuguese, of course) called “Our Best-known Bible Passages.” But I need help.

The idea is to take those passages of Scripture we know best and use the most and give them a fresh look.

But which passages should be chosen? I don’t have many yet.

  • Matthew 16:13-19. Very basic text for us, isn’t it?
  • John 3:16. Yeah, here in Brazil, too. Though when I traveled to Recife week before last, the brother who filled in for me used this text.
  • John 4:24. Jumping off passage for a lot of principles about worship.
  • Acts 2:37-38. No comment needed. Romans 6 is also high on the list, but I don’t want the series to be about baptism.
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Brazilian churches have a devotional thought before the Lord’s supper and Christians’ Bibles fall open at this passage since it’s so used at this time.
  • Revelation 22:18-19. Or 1 Cor. 4:6, but probably the former is more commonly used.

What other passages should go on the list? Please comment below, and as I read convincing suggestions, I’ll add them above.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

9 thoughts on “Our best-known Bible texts

  1. It is probably not a better known among us, but it should be. It tells us we cannot imagine so big that God cannot accomplish it. Eph. 3:21.

  2. One that I like to keep in memory and use for personal study is Eccl 12:13-14. Man has one main purpose in life – serve God.

  3. Acts 8:4-39 is one of my favorite passages – the gospel goes to others – what is preached – Jesus – things pertaining to the kingdom of God – faith – baptism – the work of the Holy Spirit – the work of earthern vessels, how to use the Old Testametn in teaching about Jesus the Christ, etc.

  4. Though there are many you could add (a number of which have already been stated), one which to this point has been omitted is Revelation 22:18-19. Then there is also I John 2:15-17. I’d love to know which ones you choose and how you approach them.

  5. I’m looking at these, guys, thanks! Others can keep the suggestions coming.

  6. So far I’ve done two: “Be Faithful” (Rev 2:8-14) and “Choose Today Whom You Will Worship” (Josh 24:14-20).

What do you think?