When I asked the question this morning, I gave a bit of thought to my answer. A very little bit. Thought of covering the whole of theology in 10 verses. Might that be possible? So here goes my attempt.
1. God. So we have to go to Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one” (NET). The beginning of the Shema, that every Jew, so I’m told, recites constantly.
2. Christ. Already the choices become difficult. I’ll go with: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
3. Holy Spirit. Romans 8:11, I think, because it links in the Spirit both Jesus’ resurrection and ours: “Moreover if the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through his Spirit who lives in you.”
4. Man. There is so much in Genesis 1:27 that teaches about the crown of God’s creatures: “And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
5. Salvation. I’ll quote Mark 16:16 below and am itching to put in Acts 2:38 here, but an emphasis is needed on the redemptive nature of Christ’s death. So: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
6. Church. Gotta be Matthew 16:18. “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
7. Morality. Definitely 1 Peter 1:14-16, which is one sentence, so it’s not cheating to quote three verses: “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'”
8. Mission. Verses 15 and 16 belong together, so don’t gimme no hassle when I choose the Great Commission from Mark 16: “And he said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.'”
9. Eschatology. Let’s let the Lord Jesus tell it: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3).
10. Bible. Out of many good verses, an old standard to speak of the precious Book divine: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Well, nothing about angelology or several other -ologies of systematic theology, but this is a good start, wouldn’t you say?