Why?Psalm 119:11Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.Joshua 1:8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, Chuck Swindoll)
WHY MEMORIZE: We should memorize because we become like what we know. John Piper’s Why Memorize Scripture?
• First off, PRAY!!! Ask the Holy Spirit for help in choosing a verse and in helping you to memorize and recall it.• Choose verses that have meaning to you and relevant to the stage of life you’re in.• Try memorizing a verse here and there at first but then graduate to bigger passages or chapters.
Exercise all 3 “memories”• Semantic Memory - reading out loud• Motoric Memory - writing out the text• Eidetic Memory - seeing the text
What’s Your Learning Style?• The Seven Learning Styles• Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.• Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.• Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.• Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.• Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.• Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.• Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self- study.
Visual• Whole Method Memorization• Assign mental pictures/images to your verses• Print out or write on index or business cards – Post around house – File in scripture memory box
Whole Method Memorization• Type/write and print out verses/chapter• Laminate• Using a black dry erase marker, cross out key words to help with memorizing.
Aural/Verbal• Listen to CDs/mp3s• Bible Gateway audio narration• Record yourself reciting the verses then listen to again and again.• Songs• Read and recite verses out loud.
Scripture Songs• CDs• Create your own diddy• YouTube examples
Kinesthetic• Write your verses down over and over.• Use hand motions or sign language for key words in each verse.• Dance to your own made-up songs or raps.• Try Scripture Typer
Scripture Typer – Type It – Memorize It – Master It
• Share it!• Repetition is key.• Review it daily at first, then every other day, then every week, then every month. Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System