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Oct 05 2012

Studying and memorizing scripture

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Many scriptures tell us to study the Word of God so that we may grow in knowledge. It is important for us to not only read but to study and memorize scripture. We can quickly recite a verse or two to a friend who is not feeling well to uplift them or share scripture to an interested person to show them the good news of Jesus Christ. We use them to teach our children. So how do we do that?

Acts 8:35
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
~You know I don’t know if Philip had a bible here but if he had memorize scripture he could have easily share about Jesus with anyone anywhere. We should be reading the bible and memorizing so that we can do the same thing should anyone ask us.

Acts 17:11
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
~Studying Daily. Getting into the Word daily will help us understand the joy we receive when God’s grace is given to us. Are you neglecting the word? Do you read everyday?

Acts 18:24
Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures.
~How can we get competent in Scripture? By reading, memorizing, studying daily His word, even singing verses set to music would help. Make that an important part of your day and soon you will have a wonderful understanding of the bible.

Romans 15:4
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
~We can have hope when we listen to what the word says. There are many instructions the Lord gave us to help grow closer to Him. We can also encourage other and get through the trials the Lord has given us.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
~We are to use scripture to teach others, to show them their sin and show them how to come back to Christ when they confess their sins and believe in His grace and mercy.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9
6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
~Not only are we to teach ourselves but to our children also. Not just daily but hourly. Everywhere, always learning about the bible and Jesus’ commandments.

So how can you read, study and memorize the Bible? Here are a few tips and resources.

Pick up the bible. Seriously just pick it up and start reading. Genesis is a great place to start. Psalms for encouragement, Proverbs for instructions. Matthew-John for learning about Jesus and his life. Acts is about the apostle Paul and his conversion and some of the hardship he endured while teaching about Christ.

Read my daily devotions. 10 chapters a day is an intense way to jump into reading the bible. If it is too much, split it up, 5 in the morning when you wake to start the day and 5 at night as you end the day.

Find a reading plan-There are many on YouVersion.com. Bible in a year. Old testament, New testament and Psalm and Proverbs. Chronological. Devotions. They even have reading apps for your smart phone.

Studying the bible
Three weeks ago I just learned about a great method for studying the Bible. It is called the SOAP method.
S stands for scripture. Here you write out the scripture you are studying.
O is for observation. You write out observations that you learned from the verses.
A is for application. You write out how you can apply the words to your life.
P stands for Pray. Writing down a prayer about what you understand from the scripture.
You focus on just a few verses a day but you get so much out of it. You can go here to learn more about this method and even join in for studying Colossians right now.

Memorizing Scripture
Another just pick up the bible advice. Find verses that talk about whatever you are struggling with. Memorize the verse and you’ll have it for later time.

Make memory cards and post them everywhere.

Teach them to your kids and in the process you will be learning them too. I like to read the verse(s) and then have them repeat after I say it about 10 times, by then they start to know it and we spend the rest of the week working on it and getting it ingrained in their head.

How to get started-a great resource I use is Fighter Verses. Here they give verses to memorize that start the foundation for learning the bible. They also have the Verse card maker where you can put the verses in and it will make cards for you to print out and carry around with you.

How do you read, study and memorize the bible?

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