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Putting Scripture on church signs

Updated on March 1, 2006

You've seen them.

"To remove worry wrinkles, get your faith lifted."

"Christianity is like tennis: you have to serve."

"Forbidden fruit produces many jams."

These often corny, sometimes scarily inaccurate sayings are plastered in big readable letters on church signs along many roads.  I live in the Southeast, and can rarely drive anywhere without seeing a few of them.  Often, I try to put myself in the mindset of someone who has never been to church, or at least hasn't been in a while, and read it from their perspective.  I think that most of the cute sayings are meaningless to those unfamiliar with the church's jargon. 

Some time ago, I was praying in reaction to the fights over displaying the Ten Commandments in government buildings.  Should I support them being there?  Or was it truly inappropriate?  The message I got was this: Christians spend a lot of time fighting for the display of Scripture in places they don't control, and wasting their opportunities to display it in a public place they do control--the signs in front of the churches. 

Let's put Scripture on these signs.  Actually phrases and sentences straight out of the Bible.  After all, God said that His word would not return void. 

I saw a Bible verse on a church sign once.  I thought it was very powerful.  I don't doubt that others felt the same way, both Christian and non-Christian.

One difficulty with this is that many Bible verses are too long to fit on the signs.  So I am compiling a list of verses that are short and meaningful and accurate out of context.  I have listed a few below, and will be adding more as I find them.  I would appreciate suggestions!

I am not the first person to feel strongly about this.  Check out the links below for info on Malcolm Dickman, a man who crafts signs with changeable verses for people to put along the road.

Short Bible Verses

Suitable for displaying on church signs

The Bible translation is noted at the end of each verse.

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! - Revelation 4:8 (RSV)

The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever. - Isaiah 40:8 (NLT)

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! -Psalm 136:1 (NKJV)

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23(NKJV)

What Should You Do Next?

Thanks for visiting this lens! I hope it's caused you to think about the messages churches display on their signs. Now, you could do several things:

1. Send suggestions of Bible verses I could include or other information I should add to this lens.

2. Send your opinion about whether Scripture should be put on church signs, or your experience with reactions to different messages you've had on your church sign.

3. Review this lens using the stars at the top.

4. Pass this lens on to others who might be interested.

5. If your church has a sign like the ones pictured here, talk to the person in charge of it about putting Scripture on it next week!

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