A time-honored and effective way for being transformed by the scriptures is through Scripture Memorization. While this practice fell out of favor in recent decades when it was considered to merely promote rote-learning, it is experiencing a resurgence of interest. Where it is done with the motivation to let the Word of God nourish our minds and hearts as we take it in, meditate on it, and dwell in it, it becomes a vital source of strength, comfort, encouragement and direction for followers of Christ.
“Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long… How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” –Psalm 119:97, 103
Hear what Pastor Jon Brown has to share from his own experience in memorizing scripture and see how God’s Spirit speaks to you through his words:
Pastor Jon describes how he is being shaped by the Word of God as he internalizes it through memorizing scripture. Imagine how each of us might be transformed as the living, breathing Word of God has increased access to shaping the ways in which we think, what we say, what we do – in essence, who we are.
This is another video that explains how scripture memorization can be helpful in making disciples in an African-American context: Discipleship in Black America
Suggestions for 1-3 verse passages to memorize for starters:
Psalm 46:1, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 40:31, Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 11:28-30, Matthew 22:37-38, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 12:29-31, Luke 4:18-19, John 3:16, John 11:25-26, Acts 1:8, Galatians 2:19-20, Revelation 7:9-10.
When you are ready to increase your memory capacity, you may want to expand on the above or choose one of the following. It is always better to choose larger passages to study and memorize in order to be more accurate in understanding their contexts:
Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Psalm 32: 1-8, Psalm 119:97-112, Matthew 6:25-34, John 15:1-8, Ephesians 2: 1-10, Romans 8, II Corinthians 5:16-21