Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Why & How do you memorize Scripture?

So here are a few reasons why so many have viewed Scripture memorization as so essential to the Christian life according to John Piper.

1. Conformity to Christ

2. Daily Triumph over Sin

3. Daily Triumph over Satan

4. Comfort and Counsel for People You Love

5. Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers

6. Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person and Ways

John Piper has some useful tips on how to memorize Scripture:
  • First of all, by praying for discipline and setting aside time.
  • I set aside a block of time in the morning (an hour or so) to be with God alone, reading my Bible, praying for my family, praying for the church, and praying for my soul. And I can generally finish my four chapters or so of Bible reading in about 20 minutes, depending on how long I pause and contemplate. And my prayers may extend for 20 or 30 minutes. So I've got 5 or 10 minutes in that hour.
  • So basically, the answer is: repetition and review. Repetition and review.
  • Here's one other little tip that I use. If I pick a verse or a couple of verses or a paragraph, I'll put it on a piece of paper and I'll carry it here in my shirt pocket. And at little times during the day, I'll pull it out and read it for my soul. For my soul! I don't memorize verses that don't help my soul.

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