Scripture Memory

Recently while doing some evangelistic work I realised once again how necessary it is to have a good grasp of what the Bible says, and not just that, but also a good grasp of where it says it. So I did a radical thing – I got my memory verses out and started reviewing them again.

This was one of the benefits of getting involved with the Navigators in Glasgow when I was converted. Scripture memory was a big thing with them, and I have benefitted enormously from it through the years. Many of the verses I learned then are still with me now, clear as day.

I had a poke around the net in a spare moment and discovered this church website. They have taken the Navs’ Topical Memory System (a set of 60 verses covering a whole range of topics) and put them on to online flash-cards for memorisation. It’s a pretty good site, easy to use and well worth making use of.

Remember: review, review, review!

Scripture Memory

4 thoughts on “Scripture Memory

  1. John says:

    Learning the Bible is crucially important, I agree. However, there’s a danger with systems of specific verses, in that they reflect a particular theology and can lead to a tendency to prooftext. And it means that the verses that pop into one’s mind are those that one has memorised.

    So, I think, to balance the memorising of verses, it’s just as important to read the Bible properly, and to remember the context within which those verses lie – and the parts of the Bible that aren’t represented in your memory verses.

    pax et bonum

  2. Stephen says:

    Of course, John. Goes without saying.

    Got to start somewhere though!

    The Navs were great for getting you into the Bible. As well as memorisation they encouraged reading, study ( e.g. biblical books, themes, characters), devotions and hearing in addition to memorisation.

    Strangely we (the Navs) were rather a-theological (not that I think that is wholly possible). Though an excellent starting place for Christians I tend to think it was a place to move on from, having learned lots of good habits.

  3. steve mcgee says:

    Stephen, I am teaching a course right now on Reformed Evangelism. I hope to have the course posted on my web site in about 2 months! I too used the topical memory system through the navigators. A geat way to memorize Scripture. Blessings, Steve McGee

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