Strong spirits: famous?


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What do you think is the most famous Bible verse? Not the most important, necessarily. But the one most people know. When I asked this recently at our church, the hands-down favorite answer was John 3:16. Why? Let's consider it... and the one that directly follows it.

"For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16,17)

Why so famous? I suppose it is because of what it says. It clearly declares that Jesus is God's unique son, that God sent him into the world to save the world, and that this saving is available to all. This was the task for which Jesus came, to give eternal life to all- not to condemn or judge us. And what is required? Only that we believe in him.

Do you believe in him? If so, this promise applies to you. If not, I ask, why not? I challenge you to consider putting your faith in him. Eternal life begins the moment that you do.

Besides serving as pastor at Caledonia Congregational Church, Gary Schwerin is the Spiritual Development Minister for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley and Executive Director of Bridge Ministries of Rockford. Prior to launching Bridge Ministries, Gary spent many years in leadership with Young Life. His columns appear here every Sunday - to see them all, subscribe to our daily email.

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