Wednesday, 26 May 2010 06:13

6 Reason You Should Memorize Scripture

Written by  Jason Watson
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When I was in High School I met with a group of guys every week during the school year.  We called it a Covenant Group and our leader was Keith Waldrop who is now the pastor of Christ Community Church in Montgomery.  Honestly, it was probably the breakfast I knew was going to be served that got me there each morning (or most mornings), but what has been a continual blessing from that group is the scripture we memorized.
When I was in High School I met with a group of guys every week during the school year.  We called it a Covenant Group and our leader was Keith Waldrop who is now the pastor of Christ Community Church in Montgomery.  Honestly, it was probably the breakfast I knew was going to be served that got me there each morning (or most mornings), but what has been a continual blessing from that group is the scripture we memorized.

We used the Topical Memory System to learn 60 verses and I'm still amazed how, 20 years later, I still remember and share those verses with myself and others.

I have made memorizing scripture much less a part of my routine since that time, but I was spurred on to pick it back up when I came across this list of 6 reason why we should memorize scripture written by John Piper.  I hope you'll see the value in his reasons and find yourself spurred on as well to begin hiding the Word in your hearts.

6 Reasons To Memorize Scripture

Conformity to Christ - Bible memorization has the effect of making our gaze on Jesus steadier and clearer.

Daily Triumph over Sin - As sin lures the body into sinful action, we call to mind a Christ-revealing word of Scripture and slay the temptation with the superior worth and beauty of Christ over what sin offers.

Daily Triumph over Satan - When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness he recited Scripture from memory and put Satan to flight.

Comfort and Counsel for People You Love
- When the heart full of God's love can draw on the mind full of God's word, timely blessings flow from the mouth.

Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers - Actual verses of the Bible have their own penetrating power. And when they come from our heart, as well as from the Book, the witness is given that they are precious enough to learn.

Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person and Ways
- The way we commune with (that is, fellowship with) God is by meditating on his attributes and expressing to him our thanks and admiration and love, and seeking his help to live a life that reflects the value of these attributes.
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Jason Watson

Jason Watson

For nearly twenty years Jason has been discipling individuals and families across the River Region with the good news that Jesus has made a way for us to become fully human again - to live free from sin's curse now and one day to be fully restored in the New Heaven and Earth.  He served on the staff of Frazer UMC and Grace Presbyterian until he, together with his wife DeAnne, decided to devote themselves full-time to publishing River Region's Journey.  Jason now serves as an Elder in his church and publishes local faith and family magazines in several Alabama cities.

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