John 3:16

21 08 2008

After golf on Monday, Dave, Aidan and I shared a beer in the clubhouse. Well we didn’t share one beer, that would be silly, we had a beer each and then shared the experience of drinking them.

Anyway, on the wall was a shirt signed by several people who had obviously done something significant enough to justify signing and framing a shirt. Under one of the signatures was written “John 3:16”.

Now John 3:16 is probably the most famous bible verse in the world. It even has it’s own wikipedia entry. Now this fame is justified. It is a concise, easy to remember summary of the gospel. But Dave was of the opinion that maybe John 3:16 has had it’s day. Maybe it’s time for a new verse to be held up on placards at sporting events and scrawled across shirts on golf club walls?

This is not necessarily just a case of familiarity breeding contempt, but also, I think John 3:16 may not have the same impact on a new generation of non-Christians. For example, “For God so loved the world…” might now draw the response, “Which God?”, as the Judeo-Christian heritage of our society becomes more distant.

Anyhoo, Dave suggested 1 Tim 2:5 as a new contender. I am reading Romans at the moment and I like the idea of Romans 10:9.

What do you think? Which verse would you choose? What would the appropriate verse need to contain? Can one verse be expected to summarise the gospel?

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2 responses

27 08 2008
guthers

an overwhelming response!
I can only assume that everyone agrees with me!

24 02 2009
Dave K

That Dave guy is really onto something!!

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