HOW TO GET STARTED:
Welcome aboard the 2016 Scripture Memory Challenge!
One of the THEE most important actions we can ever take as fellow believers is to take on God’s Word—read it, live it, pass it on, use it, tell it and MEMORIZE IT - hide it in our heart (Psalms 119:10-11) to the point it’s lived out through our actions, in our prayers, our conversations, our gospel-telling, and in loving our friends, family and community. Not to mention while doing so, we exercise our brains and develop a Biblical outlook on the ups and downs of life. (1 Tim 4:6-13)
How many times in your life have you committed to memorizing a verse of scripture or maybe a chapter or two only to have lost your memory of it later on or you fizzled out and quit. Most of us have been there. Maybe we lacked the encouragement to do so or maybe we needed someone to challenge us to keep that word alive in our minds. The purpose of the Scripture Memory Challenge (SMC) is to provide encouragement and comradery in memorizing verses of scripture together—2 verses each month with an end result of having memorized 24 verses in a year. The good news is you won’t leave your home to do this. Pick up your phone or computer and join us ONLINE at SMC Blog.
The Scripture Memory Challenge will be a challenge to your mind and require disciplining your time and attention. The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 ESV) It’s worth our time in memorizing it in order to store it up and walk in it (Psalm 119) and to handle it rightly as we tell others about the truth of the Gospel. (2 Tim 2:15)
So without further ado…. LET’S GET STARTED!!!!! Here’s how it will work…
1) "COMMENT" and post your verse to memorize on the 1st and 15th of each month.
You'll see the BLOG POST to begin sharing your verse...do so by clicking on COMMENT. Share why that verse is important to you or why you chose it to memorize. Begin memorizing it. If that verse is speaking something specific into your life, share about it.
2) TAKE NOTE OF VERSES OTHERS ARE MEMORIZING AND COMMENT FOR ENCOURAGEMENT. Or, share helpful tips on memorizing, or comment if someone else's verse has impacted your life.
3) REVISIT THIS BLOG on a regular basis to keep encouraging others or see what verses others are memorizing.
4) KEEP IT GOING!!!! CHOOSE YOUR NEXT VERSE on the following 1st or 15th, leave it in comments, share your struggles and successes in memorizing. This is where we’ll be accountable to each other on this journey of hiding God’s Word in our hearts and minds.
Proverbs 6:21-22 - Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.
Storing up God's Word in our minds! Proverbs 6:21-22 - Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.
Fighter verses for Children
260 essential "fighter verses" to arm believers to faith for faith and love, and against unbelief and sin. Memorize one verse or short passage a week on your own, with your family or together as an entire church body.
Fighter verses for Adults
With the launch of the new Fighter Verses, an iPhone® / iPad® app was developed - this is one app to wield in fighting fire with fire.
John Piper - Why Memorize Scripture?
BibleGateway - 10 Tips on memorizing Bible verses
LifeWay - 7 Reasons Why Kids MUST Memorize Scripture
Download image to print on a notecard with your verse or to use for your purposes.