Struggling with Scripture memorization? Through a connection on LinkedIn, Jim Winner, I recently learnt this Scripture memorization tip:
Assume the aim is to memorize John 3:16 from the NIV. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Remove all the letters except for the first letter of each word. Include capital letters, and capitalize any that refer to God. Keep periods, commas, quotation marks and other punctuation.
F G s l t w t H g H O a o S, t w b i H s n p b h e l. J 3:16
Once you can quote the passage well, using the crutch, it is usually memorized. Now give it a try with another text.
A few more Scripture memorization tips:
- Choose a version/translation that works for you
- Begin with comprehension
- Understand the text in its context
- Pray for mental discipline and persistence
- Write the text on post-it notes and place them where you’ll see them
- Repeat! Repeat! Repeat!
- Ask someone to do it with you
- Sing, rap or chant it
- Apply what you’ve memorized to your daily life
Finally, remember why we remember. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” Psalm 119:11 (NIV). “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV).
What would you like to see added to this list? Do you have Scripture memorization tips that may be helpful?
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