Remember Bible drill? How many of those verses do you still know? Probably several of them. They were imprinted on your heart as you memorized them during those childhood years. Unfortunately many Christians stop memorizing scripture when they grow up, but scripture memory isn't just for kids. It's an important part of discipleship.
Here are some practical resources you can use to encourage your students to continue to memorize scripture.
The Navigators Topical Memory System is an excellent comprehensive resource for scripture memory, complete with systematized instruction, verses for memory by category, and scripture memory cards. This resource would be an excellent starting point for students who are just beginning the spiritual discipline of scripture memory.
BibleMinded, an app created by the American Bible Society for your tablet or smartphone, works like flashcards with a system for learning and then reviewing verses that have been learned. Memorization plans are provided, or add your own verses.
MemVerse.com is an online resource with verses to learn, and quizzes to test your memorization. It even makes a game of scripture memory complete with a leader board. Great for those competitive types!
Of course, you can't go wrong with some flash cards and a marker. Have students write out a verse you are studying in your Bible study each week and put it in their car, on their mirror. Whatever works for them. However you want to do it, memorize scripture, and challenge your students to do so as well. Remember that God's word is "living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 would be a great place to start.
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