Why Memorise Scripture
What’s the point of Scripture memory?
This short article outlines the purpose of memorising Bible verses and suggests a couple of tools to make the process easier. Appropriate for anyone who wants to find out more about memorising Bible verses or to pass on this practice to someone else.
Leader, Navigators UK
Currently leads the Navigators in the UK, and travels into Latvia. Yet, his key role is one of prayer and standing with God. He is married and has four grown children.
Memorising the Bible has a profound effect on us. It is the best way of getting from the head to our inner being. Throughout the New Testament it is clear that both Jesus and the Apostles had memorised large portions of the Bible. When memorised, it is immediately available for use. See the example of Jesus in Matthew 4:3-4:
During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” [i]
Here are some questions to consider for Matthew 4:
- What value is there in approaching the Bible in this way?
- How could I go about doing this?
A further dimension to memorising the Bible is what it does to us unconsciously. This is hard to put across in a set of text. It is seen far more experientially. Here is the experience of one of the Bible writers (Psalm 119:10-11):
I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Some questions to consider for Psalm 119:
- What does the writer do with God’s Word? What does that mean?
- What is the writer’s belief that happens as a result?
Two helpful resources for memorising are:
The Topical Memory System – This is a book and memory cards published by Navpress. The selection of verses is very helpful. If you have memorised all the verses then, surprisingly with this relatively small number, you will find that you know a key passage of the Bible concerning most topics. The result is that when you hear some new teaching, you immediately have a means of evaluation that goes straight to the Bible.
There is a brilliant app that helps you memorise verses. It then helps you keep them memorised by organising a review schedule based on how well you know them. You can have a look at it at https://scripturetyper.com/group/public/join/391cf4582f/ (This link takes you to a group containing the Topical Memory System).
Copyright © Derek Leaf 2017
[i] Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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