Posted by: austend | Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Scripture Memorization

From my personal blog (email me for its address if you don’t already have it):
For the past several weeks, I have been memorizing Romans 6.1-14 for one of my classes.  Fourteen verses may not seem like that much, but they sure scared me!  But, by the grace of the Lord, I persistently memorized one or two a week for the last several weeks.  That way they didn’t all pile up on me in the last week.  That made it easier.  Furthermore, this way I think I have learned them far better than if I would have just crammed for them.  So, it’s exciting.  Besides, what better passage of Scripture to memorize then these?!  Here is my writing them out in the ESV from memory:

1. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
2. By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
3. Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4. We were buried, therefore, with Him by baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.
6. We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
7. For one who has died, has been set free from sin.
8. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.
9. We know that Christ been raised from the dead will never die again. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
10. For the death He died, He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God.
11. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies to make you obey their passions.
13. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
14. For sin will have no dominion over you since you are not under law but under grace.

Let me encourage you if you don’t think that you can memorize Scripture, just take it a verse at a time.  Choose a really good, beneficial passage and take your time memorizing it, however slowly it takes to make sure you learn them well.  But, do set yourself a time goal so that you don’t stretch out your memorization unnecessarily long due to procrastination.  Start modestly, maybe just a few verses, and work your way up.  It really does pay dividends when you start thinking Scripture without any effort at all.  So work at Scripture memorization!  It’s not just for AWANA kids.  It is tremendously beneficial!!
“Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Ps. 119.11)

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