Spiritual Growth and Discipleship: Extended Scripture Memorization

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119.105

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Few things will deepen your spiritual growth and love for Jesus like abiding in and memorizing God’s Word. To many, it’s the cardinal discipline every Christian should adopt.

Do you wish you thought of God more throughout the day? Memorize his Word. Is there sin that you need power to defeat? Bury his word in your heart! Those times when I am feverishly committing the scriptures to memory yield a harvest of worship and wonder like few others. The application of the Word happens day by day, moment by moment. And few things take you as deep as memorizing extended sections of the scriptures.

Andy Davis, Senior Pastor at FBC Durham, has memorized 35 books of the Bible using a method he developed for memorizing extended portions of the Bible. I’ve used it to great effect. It’s simple, you can do it in the car on the way to work everyday. Here’s the process in short:

Day One: Read your verse 10 times. Cover it and recite it 10 times. You’re done.
Day Two: Recite yesterdays verse 10 times. Read today’s verse 10 times. Cover and recite 10 times. You’re done.
Day Three: Recite yesterday’s verse 10 times. Recite day one and two verses together/in order. Read today’s verse 10 times. Recite today’s verse 10 times. You’re done.
Day Four: Continue the process.

There’s a little more to it than that. Davis has written a fantastic booklet available here. I highly recommend reading it before beginning this process. He’ll help you choose a first book to memorize, and give you some other tools to aid in memorization.

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