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The Bible Verses I Use When I Tell Others About Jesus
and why I like them

by Keith Rawlinson

John 3:16   For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.
I like this first one because it lets believers know for sure that they are going to heaven.  I've had people try to tell me that there's no way to know for sure whether or not you are going to heaven, but this verse tells me there is.

Romans 10:13   Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
I refer to this one when I'm talking to people who try to tell me that some people are so evil that they couldn't possibly change their lives by coming to Christ.  Or that they are so bad that Christ would never love, accept and forgive them.  They usually back down when I point out the word "anyone."

Romans 3:23   For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard.
I have actually had people tell me they had already made themselves perfect and so didn't need to be forgiven and saved.  I use this verse to remind myself that none of us is perfect and God knows that; in fact, that's why He had to send His Son Jesus.  I also bring up this verse when I talk with people who try to tell me that Jesus' mother Mary was perfect and without sin.  As far as I know, only Jesus himself was perfect and without sin--this verse pretty much proves it.  I hate it when they try to take away some of Jesus's perfection and glory, and give it to Mary.  I think Satan sometimes uses things like that to distract people away from Christ.

John 1:12   But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to  become children of God.
I really love this one for when I'm feeling down, depressed, un-loved or worthless.  This verse tells me that in God's eyes, I am quite literally one of His kids!  Regardless of the many things Im not and don't have, I always have that!  No one can take it away from me--God said so!

Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
When this verse says death, it's also talking about eternal death.  I don't honestly know exactly what hell is like, but I do know for sure that it's a place totally separated from God for eternity.  People don't realize all of the things God blesses them with every day.  Imagine eternal separation from God with no laughter, no love, no music, no light of any kind (total darkness), no friendships, no hobbies, no joy, and no hope of it ever changing.  Imagine having eternity to think about all of the things you'll never have again.  Imagine having an eternity in hell to remember all of the times someone tried to tell you about Jesus and you refused to listen.  I love this verse because after it talks about all of this death stuff, it goes on to talk about how to avoid it all, and that having our sins forgiven thorugh Jesus Christ is how we find eternal life.  I guess I like it so much because it tells me that as one of God's kids, I don't have to worry about the scary stuff--I can focus on the good stuff.  If you would like to hear more about the good stuff and the scary stuff, then please read this story about one person who goes to hell, and one who goes to Heaven, and what they each experience.

Titus 3:5   He saved us not because of the good things we did, but because of His mercy.  He washed away our sins [by sacrificing his life] and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit.
I like to bring this one up when unsaved people, and those from religions which don't fully recognize Christ, try to tell me that we just have to be good people and do good deeds to go to heaven.  People often tell me they're going to heaven because they are a " good person."  This verse tells them that we can't be saved, and be with Christ for eternity, by the "good deeds" we have done--only through asking Him to forgive us and accepting His payment on the cross for our sins.  To learn how Jesus' death thousands of years ago still affects us today, please read this article.

Romans 10:9   If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
This verse kind of goes along with the previous one.  It shows how acknowledging our need for Christ in our lives, and truly believing it instead of just saying we do, is all that is needed to start a life with Jesus.  It's not about any particular religion, it's about accepting Jesus' payment for our sins when he died on that cross.  As with the previous verse, I use this one when people tell me they're going to heaven because they're good people, or because they were baptized as a baby.  Well, a baby can't confess or believe anything, so infant baptism obviously can't save you.

John 14:6   Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one can come to the Father except through Me.
I love this one for when people try to make me doubt what God tells us in the Bible.  People often tell me there are many ways to get to heaven and be with God.  They hate it when I point out that this verse says "no one" gets to God but through Jesus.  I love it because there's just no other way to interpret this verse no matter how hard they try.  No one comes to the Father except through Christ's sacrifice for the payment of all the things we have done worng.

2 Corinthians 6:2   ...Indeed, God is ready to help you right now, today is the day of salvation.
I like this one just because it shows me that God is always there for me and always available.  It also shows that people can ask Christ to forgive them for all their sins against God, and get their life on-track literally anytime, any day.

Romans 8:28   And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
This one has gotten me through a lot of tough times in my life--especially during the four months I spent recovering from a serious car accident.  No matter what happens to me, as a believer (and one of God's kids,) I know that God will make sure my circumstances work to make me a better person and to bring me closer to Him.  It isn't necessarily God who made it happen, but it is God who will make sure He's there for me.  It is God who makes sure it all works out for my own good.

Proverbs 3:5-6   Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do and He will direct your paths.
I bring this one up when people try to tear me down because I don't know every little thing there is to know about God or His plans.  Well, this verse tells me not to worry about it.  I don't have to know everything (no one does anyway.)  I just have to trust in Him to take care of His own kids.  It also lets me know that if I belong to Him and strive to do what He wants me to do in my life, He will let me know what direction my life should take.  So far in my life, I have found it to be true.  I enjoy having direction and purpose.

Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
This is my all-time favorite Bible verse.  It lets me know that God is always there with me and for me.  It tells me to hold on to what I believe and know to be true.  I am to hold on to my relationship with Jesus and with God with courage and openness.  I also refer myself to this verse when I am afraid or worried about uncertainties in my life.  This verse lets me know that I'm never alone no matter what.

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