OK, it’s Monday, and I know next year doesn’t start until tomorrow, but this is the first week introduction as we begin our voyage through The Topical Memory System. You can find more details about this challenge here.
Have you ever thought that Scripture memory was too tough? Are you thinking that right now? I did too. In fact, I am pretty sure that I was one of the biggest thorns in my discipler’s side. And I will admit that even when I started to put real effort into it, it was frustrating at first. Like lots of activities, memorization takes time, practice, and discipline. But you CAN do it!
For this week, read the introduction titled “Begin a Lifetime of Scripture Memory and Meditation.” I think you’ll find it both challenging and encouraging. When you finish reading, come back here and work through these questions. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
- What did the introduction say “makes the difference” when it comes to memorizing Scripture? (See Eph 4:22-24)
- What help can we count on as we begin to memorize? (See Heb 4:15-16)
- What did the reading say Scripture Memory will do for you?
- Overcome ______________. (Jn 16:33)
- Have victory over _______. (Ps 119:11)
- Gain confidence in __________. (Acts 1:8)
- Help keep you spiritually _______. (Prov 4:20-22)
Remember from the reading that the TMS teaches us to recite the topic first, then the reference, then the text of the verse itself, followed by the reference again. So, for example, you might say:
“All Have Sinned. Romans three, twenty-three. For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. Romans three, twenty three.”
By the way, if you’ve already got Romans 3:23, you’re already a solid month ahead, because that verse isn’t until Series B!
By the way, just as the reading says, feel free to use the version of Scripture that you feel most comfortable with. Though I have done most of my memorization in the NIV (84), as FCBC now uses the ESV primarily, I have begun memorizing (and re-memorizing) in that version. Some people really enjoy memorizing in the beautiful language of the KJV. Others like a more contemporary version.
OK, well here we are, done with week 1. If you want to start working on the first verses, please do. However, next week I am going to spend some time going over our first illustration, the “Wheel.”
Have you tried memorizing Scripture before? How has that gone? Has it been challenging, frustrating, encouraging, life-changing, or maybe a combination of all of these? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!