Here, David Mathis gives us five simple tips for Bible memory to try to aim at on a weekly basis. Memorization is not only good for your own soul, but also for the sake of ministry to others.
- Diversify Your Picks – You can memorize whole books, or whole chapters (Romans 8 is a great starting point:) There are also key sections that in order to enjoy more of its goodness, you need to put it to memory. For example, try John 1:1-14 and Phil. 2:5-11
- Take It With You During the Day – Write the passage down and make it easily accessible everywhere you go. Put it on you bathroom mirror, on your dashboard in your car, and on your home screen on your phone.
- Seek to Understand, Feel, and Apply the Text as You Memorize – Learning the text by heart is secondary; taking the text to heart is primary. Don’t just memorize mindlessly. Engage in it!
- Turn Your Text Into Prayer – Personal and corporate prayer times are a great time to exercise what you’re memorizing and see it from a fresh angle.
- Memorize in Light of the Gospel – Memorizing Scripture, in and of itself, isn’t necessarily Christian. The Pharisees memorized scripture, but they failed to see what the Scriptures pointed to. (John 5:39-40) Our greatest need when we read or memorize is to turn to Jesus.
To help you out further here is a starter list to get you going:
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)
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ dies for us. (Romans 5:8)
The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)
You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Cor. 8:9)
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. (1 Tim. 1:15)
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Rev. 5:9)