How to Memorize Scripture
A few days ago our Tuesday morning mens group put a challenging of memorizing two Bible verses each week. It seemed like a simple challenge at the time but I’m finding age has made memorizing Scripture harder than when I was young. So I started on a quest on How to Memorize Scripture. I’ve found several resources that I wanted to share.
Since I work at Memory Cross one of the first places I turned to was our blank Scripture memory cards. I’m a technology guy so the next place I looked was the Android store and downloaded one of the most popular apps, Remember me. The app has a lot of nice features. It automatically imported my verse in the translation I wanted to use. That made it really fast and easy but actually typing it in would have probably helped me remember the verse better. Once the verse was in the app I had multiple options to help me memorize it.
- Flash cards
- Word puzzles
- First letter and placeholder
- Line by line
- Listen to the passage
- Randomly generated quizzes
I used several of them to help me remember the Scriptures. I found multiple ways of learning helped. One of the nicest things is that it was always with me since I carry my phone around everywhere I go, so if I had a few minutes to spare I’d flip open the app. It also keeps all the verses I’ve learned in one place which will make reviewing them easy.
Not everyone has a smart phone and if you are helping children at church learn Scripture buying them all iPods or smart phones is probably not the solution. I mean if you have the money the kids will love it but there are less expensive solutions.
I took my two verses and wrote them on Memory Cross blank cards. While not as high tech I really enjoy using these cards to memorize Scripture. There are four panels on each Memory Cross card so you need to plan how you are going to break the verse down into four sections before you start writing. Once it is on the card you simply flip through the verse panel by panel. I like the simplicity and you can stop at each section, think about what it means and repeat it over before going to the next section.
One of the verses I decided to learn was Philippians 4: 6-7 which has 57 words in the Message so it was really nice to be able to break it down into four sections. Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries was on my first panel. Stopping there gave me an opportunity to think about what that really means.
Panel 2 said “Into prayers, letting God know your concerns” Letting God know your concerns. If I was just reading my Bible I would have blown right by this. Panel 3 said “before you know it a sense of God’s wholeness everything coming together for good”. Panel 4: Will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life”.
The Scripture app and the Memory Cross card are useful and I’m going to use both of them. For me personally the Memory Cross card helps me to meditate on God’s Word. The verse that comes to mind is be still and know that I am God.
There are so many reasons to memorize Scripture. It will change your life and if you have kids it will change theirs also. I’d like to give you a challenge to commit to memorizing one Scripture a week. If you have kids or are teaching Sunday School get them to join in. That will be 52 verses a year. How much would our lives and the lives of our children change if we committed the verses to memory and allowed God to work in our lives through these passages?
Rick Warren in the Purpose Driven Life listed the benefits of memorizing Bible verses as follows:
- Resist temptation
- Make wise decisions
- Reduce Stress
- Build confidence
- Offer good advice
- Share your faith
I hope this article helps you learn how to memorize Scripture. If you want to check out our Memory Cross blank Scripture memory cards click the link. May God change your world as you put his Word into your heart and the hearts of the kids you touch. If you have children between the ages 7 and 17 consider signing the up for the National Bible Bee. They’ll learn Scriptures and could win part of the $260,000 prize money. I’ve put a video below that shows how the Memory Cross card works. If you have comments post them below.
Memory Cross has a number of Scripture memory cards printed like what you see on the video. One of the most popular right now is the Armor of God which is the key veres in the VBS for Answers in Genesis.