I’m a member of the *** community here at Watermark and one of the topics that JP often references is the amount of scripture you have memorized. I’ll admit, I’m often impressed by your ability to bring up, seemlingly, the perfect verse at the perfect time during Q&A and impromptu talks. I’ve read a few books on memorization, mostly because I don’t think my memorization is great. These books are good for helping remember names and events, but I don’t think it’s the best for memorizing scripture, quotes, or poems. As such, I wanted to ask about your approach to memorization. Is it through a series of tools like flash cards or read/repeat techniques? Or do you have another way of categorizing scripture in your mind?
Thanks for any guidance on this endeavor.
Love that you are wanting to get more Scripture committed to memory and are asking! One thing that I’d suggest (and a system I’ve used) is the Topical Memory System from the Navigators. You can check it out below, and Watermark’s Equipped Disciple ministry also goes through these verses. You might want to check that out and jump in with others. One of the keys to any commitment like this is having others around you spurring you on (I have cc’d XXXX who is the leader of EQ.)
Either way I would beg you to jump into life with others as a means to faithfully live out the Word…and joining a community group is a great place to start! I have CC’d Luke Friesen from our community ministry here so that he can help you find a community group if you don’t already have one.
As for my “personal method of memorization”….review, review, review…saturate in the Word….live in the Word…meditate and then review again. No real secret for me. Some use pictures and “mental markers”…that is awesome if it helps you but focus and review is what I have used. I am ccing Robbie Rice as well b/c he has a method that has proved helpful to others.
One last word ***…I’m praying whatever you memorize you double down in living! All the memorizing and reviewing do us know good if we don’t execute. So memorize and jump in on Hebrews 10:24-25 with me.
Encouraged ***…hope you experience the blessing of Psalm 1 by hiding God’s Word in your heart!
To those of you reading this, what methods of memorizing God’s Word has been helpful to you? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.