Memory Verse Guide
There is no more effective way to transform and renew your mind (Romans 12:1–2) than by memorizing and meditating on Scripture. The discipline and repetition necessary to memorize a text will plant it deep within your consciousness. Memorization places Scripture at your fingertips, always at your disposal for use on unexpected occasions. The passages you have memorized will also assist you in times of temptation (Ephesians 6:17).
“Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)
How to Use This Guide
The purpose of this memory verse guide is to give you direction and encouragement in the process of committing crucial biblical verses to memory. The guide provides you with the best memory verses on a variety of biblical topics.
The guide offers three levels of topically arranged memory verses. Each level contains 52 passages, so that you can learn a level in one year at the rate of one passage per week.
- Level 1 provides foundational verses on 10 major areas of the Christian walk: salvation, assurance of salvation, prayer, Bible study, God’s will, evangelism, spiritual gifts, spiritual warfare, and stewardship.
- Level 2 centers around the themes of loving God, oneself, and others. Verses cover these relationships: husband and wife, parent and child, employee and employer, Christian and Christian, Christian and the world, and Christian and creation.
- Level 3 is structured around 10 areas of Christian doctrine: the Bible, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, angels, man, sin, salvation, the church, and future things.
- This is a systematic arrangement, and it is best to memorize the verses in the order in which they appear in this guide.
- Consider committing yourself to mastering level 1 first. These are the core verses you should review and retain, even if you later learn and forget other verses.
- Set specific and realistic goals. At the rate of one passage per week, it will take you a year. But some may be up for a faster pace (e.g., six months, at a pace of two passages per week) while others want to take it more slowly (e.g., two years, at a pace of one passage every two weeks).
- Review is essential to retention, and it plays an increasingly important role with every new verse you learn. Be sure to review what you have memorized so that it will not gradually slip away from you. The more you have learned, the more important a methodical program of review will become.
- Putting the passages on index cards (one per card) can be helpful. You can take these cards with you wherever you go. Use them during “dead times” of the day (while waiting for an appointment, waiting in line, waiting on hold, sitting in traffic).
- Since the key to memorization is repetition, expose yourself to your new verses briefly but often.
Note: All Scriptures are quoted from the NASB version of the Bible. Feel free to use a different version if you prefer.
Memory Verse Guide
This content on the reliability of the Bible was originally printed in Decision Magazine. False Impressions “I don’t want to take a bath—I’m clean enough!” My impassioned protests as a six-year-old at bedtime were quickly rebuffed by this powerful tool from my parents’ arsenal of guilt-inducing mottoes: “The Bible says that cleanliness is next to godliness!” […]