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Bible Verses, Resources, and Helps for Scripture Memory

February 20, 2014

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  (Psalm 119:11)

“And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” (Ephesians 6:17)

What should I memorize?

This list is by no means exhaustive.  This is intended to provide a guideline and a spark of what to memorize.  Resources in the apps and articles listed below can provide further help.

The Gospel – verses that clearly express the Gospel

  • Gospel Summaries – John 3:16, Titus 3:3-7, 1 Peter 1:3-5, Romans 5:1-2, 5:6-11
  • Sacrifice of Christ – Isaiah 53:5-6, 1 Peter 3:18
  • By Faith, not Works – Ephesians 2:8-9
  • The Gift of God – Romans 6:23

Gospel Doctrines – verses that teach essential truths of Christianity

  • The Character of God – Exodus 34:6-7
  • The Holiness of God – Isaiah 6:1-3
  • The Love of God – Romans 5:8, John 15:13
  • The Great Shepherd – Psalms 23:1-6
  • Jesus Christ – Colossians 1:15-20
  • The Holy Spirit – John 14:26, 16:7-11
  • The Word of God – Psalms 19:7-11, 2 Tim 3:16
  • The Great Commandment – Mark 12:29-31
  • Creation – Genesis 1:1

Gospel Promises – verses that give hope and encouragement

  • Help in suffering – Romans 5:3-5, 8:18, Genesis 50:20
  • Security of salvation – John 10:27-29
  • Assurance of forgiveness – 1 John 1:9
  • Facing Fear of the Future – Romans 8:38-39
  • Facing fear of Circumstances – Isaiah 41:10
  • Secure in Christ – Jude 24-25
  • Promise of Growth – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
  • Christ’s Compassion on Struggles – Hebrews 4:14-16
  • Dealing with Temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • Hope of Heaven – Revelation 21:3-4
  • Our New Identity – Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Our Adoption – Galatians 4:4-7

Gospel Obligations – verses that convict us of sin and guard us against it

  • The Call to Grow – Ephesians 5:1-2
  • Run from Sin – 1 Thessalonians 4:7
  • The Danger of Sin – Psalm 1:1-6
  • The Call to Obedience – John 14:15
  • The Joy of Obedience – Psalm 119:9-16
  • The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:1-17
  • Witness and Mission – Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8
  • Trusting God – Proverbs 3:5-8
  • Selflessness and Service – Mark 10:43-45, Philippians 2:3-5
  • Developing a Strong Mind – Romans 12:1-2
  • Growing Spiritual Strength – Joshua 1:9
  • Healthy Marriages and Families – Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4
  • Healthy Relationships – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Gospel Living – verses that show us how to live

  • How to Start Your Day – Proverbs 3:5-8
  • How to Love – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
  • How to Confess – Psalms 51:10-13
  • How to Pray – Matthew 6:9-13
  • Scripture Memory – Psalms 119:11
  • Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak – James 1:19
  • Eyes on Jesus – Hebrews 12:1-2
  • A Life of Praise – Psalms 100:1-5
  • Facing Worry – Philippians 4:6-7
  • Dealing with Anger – Proverbs 15:1

Key Tips for Scripture Memory

Again, this list is by no means exhaustive, these are catalysts to help get you going.

  • Understand and be motivated by Scripture’s teaching on Scripture memory (eg. Psalm 1, 19, 119; Proverbs 22:17-19; Ephesians 6:17), and the spiritual joy and growth it promises.
  • Have a clear plan
  • Start by memorizing verses and passages that address the Gospel and key spiritual needs in your life
  • Be disciplined – find a time and strategy that actually works for you
  • Use your learning style to your advantage – be creative
  • Put the verses you’re memorizing in places you’ll naturally “bump into” them throughout the day – on your mirror, in your car visor, on your phone, a sticky note on your desk
  • Memorize together!  Families, can you all work through the AWANA book? LIFE Groups, can you pick some verses to memorize together?
  • Review, review, review – if you don’t review what you’ve memorized, you’re likely to lose it!

What helps you memorize Scripture? Let us know in a comment!


The Author
Kevin Halloran

Kevin Halloran is a blogger and coffee aficionado. He serves with Leadership Resources International, training pastors to preach God’s Word with God’s heart. Follow Kevin on Twitter or visit his blog.



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