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How to Memorize Scripture

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A Simple, Easy Bible Memory System

The Topical Memory System (TMS) is a simple, easy-to-use system for memorizing key Bible verses that point to essential gospel truths.

If you or a friend are inspired to memorize Scripture but aren’t sure where to start, this resource is the perfect launching point to begin “hiding God’s Word in your heart” (Psalm 119:11).

We pray this new journey into Scripture also helps you abide in–or stay deeply rooted in-Christ, which Jesus tells us is the key to having Kingdom impact in this world (John 15:5).

A Proven Approach

Memorizing Scripture is as an excellent strategy for spiritual growth. It allows you to have gospel truths ready at all times, whether your day brings you temptation, heartache or a friend in need of encouragement. Many thousands of people have shared that this system was what finally worked for them after years of trying other approaches.

4 Steps to Memorizing More Scripture

Step 1: Pick an area of gospel truth you’re motivated to understand more deeply

Use this topic and verse outline as a guide. It has been curated by The Navigators based on experience helping people of all ages grow in Christ since the 1930s. Keep a picture of this list on your phone!

Step 2: Dig into the context

  • Find the verse in your Bible and read the paragraph before and after it.
  • Use this context to gain a clear understanding of what the verse means. You may want to read the verse in other Bible translations or consult a commentary.
  • Read the verse through several times thoughtfully, aloud or in a whisper. This will help you grasp the verse as a whole. Each time you read it, say the topic, reference, verse, and then the reference again out loud.
  • Discuss the verse with God in prayer, and ask for His help memorizing Scripture.

Step 3: Memorize in bite-sized pieces

  • Memorize the topic and reference first.
  • Next, memorize only the first phrase of the verse. Once you can recite the topic, reference and first phrase from memory several times, continue to add each additional phrase, one by one.
  • Consider why each word was selected as you memorize it.
  • Think about ways the verse applies to you and your daily circumstances.
  • Writing the verse out can be helpful. This deepens its impression in your mind.

Step 4: Review with friends

  • Review the verse immediately after learning it, incorporate it into your prayers, and repeat it frequently over subsequent days to others. This step is crucial for fixing the verse firmly in your mind because we tend to forget things recently learned.
  • Invite a friend to memorize with you! Set a time each week to check in and review verses. In just ten minutes you can give each other enough accountability to grow by leaps and bounds in your love for God and knowledge of His Word.
  • Review! Review! Review! Repetition is the best way to engrave the verses on your memory.

Living The New Life

Christ the Center2 Corinthians 5:17Galatians 2:20
Obedience to ChristRomans 12:1John 14:21
The Word2 Timothy 3:16Joshua 1:8
PrayerJohn 15:7Philippians 4:6-7
FellowshipMatthew 18:20Hebrews 10:24-25
WitnessingMatthew 4:19Romans 1:16

Proclaiming Christ

All Have SinnedRomans 3:23Isaiah 53:6
Sin’s PenaltyRomans 6:23Hebrews 9:27
Christ Paid the PenaltyRomans 5:81 Peter 3:18
Salvation is not by WorksEphesians 2:8-9Titus 3:5
Must Receive ChristJohn 1:12Revelation 3:20
Assurance of Salvation1 John 5:13John 5:24

Reliance On God’s Resources

His Spirit1 Corinthians 3:161 Corinthians 2:12
His StrengthIsaiah 41:10Philippians 4:13
His FaithfulnessLamentations 3:22-23Numbers 23:19
His PeaceIsaiah 26:31 Peter 5:7
His ProvisionRomans 8:32Philippians 4:19
His Help in TemptationHebrews 2:18Psalms 119:9-11

Being Christ’s Disciple

Put Christ FirstMatthew 6:33Luke 9:23
Separate From the World1 John 2:15Romans 12:2
Be Steadfast1 Corinthians 15:58Hebrews 12:3
Serve OthersMark 10:452 Corinthians 4:5
Give GenerouslyProverbs 3:9-102 Corinthians 9:6-7
Develop World VisionActs 1:8Matthew 28:19-20

Growth In Christlikeness

LoveJohn 13:34-351 John 3:18
HumilityPhilippians 2:3-41 Peter 5:5-6
PurityEphesians 5:31 Peter 2:11
HonestyLeviticus 19:11Acts 24:16
FaithHebrews 11:6Romans 4:20-21
Good WorksGalatians 6:9-10Matthew 5:16

Download This Resource to Complete Week 4

Click below to download a shareable version of How to Memorize Scripture. Remember to do the following to complete week four of your Digital Discipleship Journey: 

REVIEW the resource 
PRAY to discern how God is calling you to grow and share 
SHARE this resource with someone you care about 
REFLECT on how your faith grew through this experience