Hide’m in Your Heart - Scripture Memory
“Sweeter also than honey...” Psalm 19:9-10
What is it? A program to develop the habit of learning Bible verses for long-term memory.
Why memorize Scripture? Scripture itself strongly encourages it. In Deuteronomy 6, God commanded absolutely, at least one commandment to be taught, learned and remembered throughout the day every day (memorized), and that was the Greatest Commandment to love the Lord with all the heart, soul and might. The benefit to be reaped is to prolong life by fear of the Lord in keeping his commandments. God created all things by his Word; He spoke everything into being and breathed life into living beings. His Word says that it also sustains life. “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” Deut. 8:3; Mt. 4:4). In Deut. 30:11, after summarizing his commandments, God reiterates, “This commandment is not too hard for you. The word is near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.” To obey is to choose life and prolong your days. (Deut. 30: 11-20). To avoid sin - “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I may not sin against You” (Ps. 199:11). For salvation, steadfastness and a mature faith – “Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). We are not to just hear it, but it must become implanted, as illustrated in the parable of the seed, so that we may bear good fruit “As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with much patience.” The devil cannot snatch it away; they will not fall away in a time of testing; they will not be overcome by the cares, pleasures and material things of life, but bear mature fruit (Luke 8:9-15) “For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). God desires his word to take up residence in our hearts - “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another” (Col. 3:16).
Who? Every one of us in the Body of Christ needs to feast on the Word of God, from infancy to maturity.
How does it work? Starting this week-end, a new verse will be introduced every two weeks. There are no rules, except to commit to it, stick with it and enjoy the journey with your family and faith community. You can use any translation of the Bible you prefer; you may find one translation easier to remember than another. Use the double-sided card download provided at St. John’s web-site, write out your own to help learn, or go paperless with your favorite phone Bible memory app to keep it convenient at all times Be creative; share what works for you. Remind and help one another. Use it as an ice-breaker to make a new friend. Don’t forget to take a weekly devotional sheet home with you each week on your way out, especially if you don’t use a computer, so that you will have the verse handy, and remember to take time with your family each day to read, pray and memorize God’s Word together. Take a minute each meeting of your St. John’s groups to review the verses together. Repetition is the key to long-term retention of what you have learned by heart. If you have questions, suggestions or need help finding anything, contact Ann Inoue (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Noack.
How to use review sheets (page 1)
and 6x6 Scripture Memory Sheet (scroll down to page 2)
Verse Cards click here to see printable cards
9/22 Psalm 119:11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
10/6 1 John 3:1 (ESV) See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
10/20 Hebrews 4:16 (ESV) Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.