Friday, February 24, 2012

Linkage: How to Memorize Scripture

One of the disciplines that many of us who follow Jesus today lack is the discipline of Scripture memorization.  We see it as a good thing for children to do, so we have memorization contests at church camp and VBS, but many of us don't see the need to spend the time memorization Scripture.  Part of this is due to the fact that we have the Bible available to us.  Many of us have multiple versions of the Bible laying all around the house, we can access the Bible online from our computer, and we have a couple of versions of the Bible on our phones.  If we want to we can literally pull up a Bible verse from where ever we may be.  While technology has been wonderful in the way, and has given more people greater access to the Bible than ever before, it has also made us lazy in actually knowing Scripture, meditating on it, and hiding it in our hearts.

You and I can memorize Scripture, and it is something that we should discipline ourselves to do on a regular basis.  Professor Mark Moore from Ozark Christian College has a short essay which provides a few tips on how to memorize Scripture effectively.  I hope this proves helpful to you.

If you know your name, address and telephone number, then you can no longer say, "I just can't memorize." We memorize words to songs, important dates, and the names of new friends. We certainly can memorize Scripture. The real question is how long it will take. You can't expect to memorize a passage five minutes before class. For most people it will take about three consecutive days to put it into long-term memory. Plan on a schedule something like this: 
  1. 10 minutes per verse to memorize it the first time.
  2. 5 minute review right before bed, for three evenings (this allows your subconscience to work on it while you sleep).
  3. 5 minute review the first thing in the morning, for three days.
Continue reading How to Memorize Scripture.

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