Sunday, October 02, 2011

ABC's of Bible Memorization

A few years ago my  husband and pastor, Mike, gave the following list to members of our congregation as a format to memorize Bible verses.  I found it was a very effective way to memorize quite a string of verses.  Mike and I practiced and learned many of them together.  I then made it my morning routine to recite them in the car on my way to work each morning.  Since I haven't driven to work for almost a year now, I've forgotten some of them.  So, I'm going to relearn the list and maybe now I will recite them while I shower or something that I do daily so that I don't forget again.

Anyone want to join me on this memorization adventure?  It's fun!  And who knows, someday you may be on a deserted island without your Bible and you will need to have a stash of verses in your memory. 

To sweeten the pot I will send a handmade gift to any of you who report to me that you've memorized these.  Yes, that's right.  I will make a gift for ANYONE who reports to me that they've learned this.  You can let me know by leaving a comment on this blog or sending an email to  This offer is good for 6 months so take your time.  If you wish to memorize it from a different translation, that is great as well!

Here's the list.  If you have trouble copying it shoot an e-mail to me and I will send it to you that way.

ABC’s of Bible Memorization
I Corinthians 13:10 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Galatians 5:22, 23 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

John 14:1, 2 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you…?

Ephesians 4:12 …Equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.

Ephesians :8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

1 John 4:16b God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Jeremiah 29:11 …I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep.

John 10:27, 28 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

Lamentations 3:26 …Quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Joel 2:13 Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love…

2 Corinthians 5:17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Isaiah 2:4 They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Psalm 119:116 Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope.

John 6:47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.

Psalm 100:2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.

2 Corinthians 13;5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith…

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 97:8 Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O God.


Linda said...

I will give it a try... Will see whether it's eaasiest in Englsh or Norwegian. Like your new blog design, btw!

Susan said...

Thanks, Linda! Good luck with the memorization and thank-you for giving it a try. Also, thanks for your comment about the new design. I'm enjoying it as well. I think sometimes it is just good to make a little change.

Amber said...

I heard about your blog in church today. I will try the ABC's of Bible Memorization! It's always nice to find people who inspire others to read the Bible!

Susan said...

Hi Amber! Do we go to the same church? My husband, Pastor Mike, mentioned my blog at our church today, which kind of caught me by surprise.

I'm excited that you want to do the memorization. Somewhere as a child I heard about a prisoner of war who had to rely on memorized
Bible verses to get through it. That really stuck with me. I can memorize quickly but unfortunately forget quickly as well so I like this method to help me KEEP them in memory.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really love to get comments so I thank you for taking the time to do that.

Also, I love your puppy!

Have a great week!

AKM said...

I have always been bad at memorizing Bible verses but I've always wished I could do so. I'm going to try and do as many of these as I can. One of my favorites of all-time is Jeremiah 29:11! :-)

Susan said...

AKM, good luck! I really found that having the letter of the alphabet to get me started really helped.

Jeremiah 29:11 is also one of my favorites. It is helpful at so many times in my life!

Emily said...

I love this! I'm going to give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes. :)

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