Bible Gateway gets about 8 million visitors each month to their site.  That’s impressive!  They did a statistical analysis of visitor behaviors and found the top ten most searched Bible verses.

Here’s the top ten most looked up Scriptures in reverse order:

10 – Matthew 28:19: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

9 – Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

8 – Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

7 – Proverbs 3:6: “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

6 – Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

5 – Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

4 – Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

3 – Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

2 – Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

1 – John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

I find this interesting for a couple of reasons. 
First, these are the verses people have seen somewhere, bumper sticker, billboard, t-shirt, Facebook even under someone’s eyes on the football field and they had to find out what it says.  I like that because now they are searching, they want to know what it says, what it means, and really deep down they want to know is it true and will it change them.

I wonder if they just read the verse or did they read the whole chapter it was located in.  My next thought, only because this is how my train works, what Scriptures could we put out there that would cause discussion.  What if we advertised Scriptures like “Lazarus, come forth.”  Or how about Mary’s infamous “let it be as you said.”  Or Jesus on the Cross “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”  What if people saw these Scripture references on cheeks, billboards and business cards without the Scripture, causing people to pull out their bibles or even download an App and look it up.  Hmmmm, just thinking out loud.

Second, they are all spread out over the Word, Old Testament, New Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles.  I like that.  However, it seems there is something missing.  There are no scriptures about why we need a Savior, there is no scriptures pointing out the consequences of our unbelief.
Now I’m not about going around condemning people, if you have read the blog any length of time you will find that out pretty quickly.

I do believe though we sometimes shy away from the tough truths with people.  We don’t want to scare them off, or come off judging.  So when is a good time to bring the whole “there is a hell” issue up?

I like how Francis Chan puts it in this video and would love to hear your thoughts on this.  It’s 9 minutes but worth the watch.

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