Bible Memory

Why is memorizing the Word of God important?

I.  GOD’S WORD COMMANDS — Bible Memory

Joshua 1:8

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Psalm 119:11

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

2 Timothy 3:15-17

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

II.  ANYONE CAN — Memorize Scripture

Yes! Anyone can memorize scripture.  Some people memorize fast and some memorize slow but everyone can memorize and everyone can forget.  Discipline, accountability and review are keys to success.

Discipline — a decision to put God’s word in your mind.  Yes, it takes time, but, really, what do you have to do that is more important.

Accountability — find a friend to keep you working.  Better still find a friend and work together.

Review — we all forget.  The only way to keep Scriptures in your mind is to review, daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

III.  Beginning to memorize a verse.

Read the context of the verse you are beginning to memorize.  Read at least a chapter before and after the verse.  Try to develop a clear understanding of what the verse means. Write out what the verse means and what the verse means to you.

Read the verse through several times thoughtfully, aloud or in a whisper. It is helpful to hear yourself saying the verse. Each time you read it, say the topic, reference, verse, and then the reference again.

Discuss the verse with God in prayer, and continue to seek His help for success in Scripture memory.

IV.  Memorizing the verse . . .

Work on saying the verse aloud as much as possible.

Learn the topic and reference first.

After learning the topic and reference, learn the first phrase of the verse. Once you have learned the topic, reference, and the first phrase and have repeated them several times, continue adding more phrases after you can quote correctly what you have already learned.

Think about how the verse applies to you and your daily circumstances.

Always include the topic and reference as part of the verse as you learn and review it. Find an accountability partner.  Meet with him/her each week and go over your verses.

Writing the verse out can be helpful.  Use all your senses: Hear it, See it, Say It, and Write it.


Scripture is not LEARNED!


Review the verse immediately after learning it, and repeat it frequently in the next few days. This is crucial for fixing the verse firmly in your mind because of the tendency to forget something recently learned.

Review! Review! Review! Repetition is the best way to engrave the verses on your memory.

Resource you may find helpful.

Bible Memory
Discipleship & Evangelism
Dr. William Evans – How to Memorize the Bible


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