I am feeling lead to memorize the book of 1 Timothy as I preach through it. years ago when I was preaching through Romans I attempted the same and then quit after only the first seven verses. On the upside I can still recall Paul's introduction at the drop of a hat – so my method was good, I merely lacked follow-through. Accountability is needed which is why I'm posting here.
I've run across a huge number of resources on the web to help you with memorizing so I'll post a bunch of links below.
I'm convinced that since "Context is King" (a phrase I use all the time) then memorizing a little verse here and there does little to help beyond a few given proof texts. And whenever I've memorized just one verse I try to be mindful of the phrase, "Any text without a context is a pretext for a proof text."
Memorize the whole passage (or book) however and you've got the context with you… forever!
Some great Bible Memory Websites (in no particular order):
- The Scripture Memory Connection
- Josh Harris: Scripture Memory
- An Approach to the Extended Memorization of Scripture by Dr. Andrew M. Davis.
- Figure 8 Scripture Memory by Meditation System
- Tips to Improve Memory
- Grace Community Church – Tips for Memorizing Scripture
- Word2Life – How to Memorize Scripture by Rote
How to effectively memorize scripture (PDF)
Memorize with Music
HT: Justin Taylor
Here's a great series by Chris Gonzalez.
- Chris Gonzalez – Uploading Chunks
- Chris Gonzalez – Uploading Chunks Part 2: Benefits
- Chris Gonzalez – Uploading Chunks Part 3: Practical Ideas
- Chris Gonzalez – Uploading Chunks Part 4: A Process for Memorizing Colossians
Scripture memory is absolutely vital to our walk with Christ. Let me give you a challenge, pick a book, any book of the Bible (yes even Jude or 3 John) and memorize it verbatim. Then come back and tell me all about it.