Bible Memory in the Church


Memorizing Scripture with other Christians is one of the best motivations to memorize. It also brings many benefits. When groups memorize Scripture together, the members deepen their dependence on God’s Word, grow in Word-centered friendships, enriches their prayers for one another, and builds unity that is essential to the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:13-16, Colossians 3:14). 

Paul’s exhortation to “let the word of Chrsit dwell in you richly” was for the church at Colossae, and it continues to this day. 

Sunday school classes

Sunday school classrooms are ideal for learning new verses and reviewing old ones together. Children enjoy working together, playing games, and doing activities to help them remember a passage, recording their progress as they go. Adults also benefit from the support of the group. Passages memorized for a class can serve for all of life. Not only does memorizing as a group encourage everyone to participate, but committing a thematic passage to memory will make it easier to recall, and apply, the main point long after the class has ended.

Men's and women's ministries

Teaming up with brothers (men with men) and sisters (women with women) is a powerful way to apply God’s Word to the unique challenges men and women face. There is a camaraderie and God-ordained structure to groups made up of one gender. The Fighter Verses Study is an ideal resource for small groups.

Paul instructed Titus that older men are to teach younger men and older women, younger women. Seeing Scripture memory modeled by more mature believers, and hearing how it has served to help them grow in the Lord, serve others, and fight sin, is a powerful incentive to imitate their way of life.

Church-wide

Fighter Verses were debuted for church-wide memory in 1997. Since then we have found many ways to encourage Bible memory in churches:

  • Seek pastoral support. When pastors and elders memorize Scripture, they provide valuable encouragement to the rest of their congregation.
  • Recruit rotating volunteers to recite the weekly memory verse during the Sunday morning announcements.
  • Ask your pastor to consider preaching about the importance of Bible memory at the start of each new year.
  • Add testimonies and Bible memory strategies to your church blog or newsletter.
  • Post the current Fighter Verse on your church website and social media feeds.
  • Include the Fighter Verses in your welcome or events.
  • Form a Bible memory team to brainstorm and implement strategies for encouraging the body to persevere in this challenging, but rewarding, discipline.

For help teaching others how to memorize, read "How to Memorize Verses."

Resources for Memorizing Scripture in the Church

Fighter Verses cards

Fighter Verses cards

For those who prefer pre-printed paper cards, this sturdy two-ring binder contains all five sets of Fighter Verses. These 260 passages focus on God’s promises, His character and worth, killing sin, and hoping in God through the gospel.

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Extended Memory cards

An additional five-year set of verses cards with binder includes Philippians and James, Romans 5-8, the Sermon on the Mount, and more. For those who want to memorize longer passages of Scripture.
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The Fighter Verses Study

The Fighter Verses Study

The Fighter Verses Study is a year-long devotional, useful for families, small groups, classes, or individuals with a coloring book for younger children. The Quarterly Study option provides the 52-week discussion and study guides in four, 13-week parts.

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Foundation Verses

Foundation Verses

The Foundation Verses are 76 verses of foundational truth designed with toddlers and pre-readers in mind. The collection includes verses designed to lay a firm scriptural foundation of basic biblical truth that will pave the way for faith response, along with illustrations to help children remember each verse.

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Truth78 offers additional companion resources including journals, coloring books, songs, and more to encourage Scripture memorization among all ages.

 

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