“What Bible verse is on your mind in 2013?” We’ve presented that question to many Christian leaders and writers this summer, from Lee Strobel to Jefferson Bethke. In this week’s video, we talk to pastor Jim Cymbala. You may know Jim as the pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle, or as the author of Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Here is Jim’s answer to the question “What Bible verse is on your mind in 2013?”
The verse Jim highlights is Philippians 4:6. It’s a tremendously comforting verse, and one well worth committing to memory—it’s a verse you’ll want close at hand when stress and hardship come your way. In fact, the entire passage it’s drawn from is simply beautiful:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. — Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)
What Bible verse do you think of when you need encouragement and comfort?
Today’s video is the final one on this topic, but not the last interview we’ll be sharing as part of our 20th anniversary celebration. Starting next week, we’ll go back to each of these Christian thinkers to ask for their thoughts on the state of Bible engagement today.