By Dr. Chuck Lawless

1.  It’s part of the work of the church. One task of the church is to provoke each other to do good works (Heb. 10:24), and helping one another to know the Word is one of those good works.
  2.  It builds corporate accountability into the church. Sure, it’s easy to hide in the crowd, but it’s tough to hide completely if everyone else is quoting a verse. The crowd might, in fact, be an encouragement to learn the verse. 
  3.  It illustrates the church’s commitment to the Word. If I attend your church one time, how much would I think the Word of God matters to your congregation? Corporately memorizing and reciting the Word sends the right signal to other worshipers.
  4.  It provides support for those who struggle memorizing. Some folks really struggle with memorization, but it might be easier if everyone in the church is doing it.
  5.  It gives guidance in memorization. You don’t have to figure out what verse to memorize if the church is already determining it for you. You just need to get on board.
  6.  It’s a witness to non-believing worshipers. They need to hear the Word, and they can hear it from the entire congregation in this way. God might even grab the heart of a non-believer as he or she hears the Word quoted.
  7.  It teaches next generations to memorize the Word. As little ones learn to read, they’ll often enjoy memorizing scripture more than adults do. They put the rest of us to shame in their passion.
  8.  It causes the enemy to tremble. We know that the devil fled when Jesus quoted the Word (Matt. 4:1-11). The Word from the lips of godly men and women has power the enemy can’t overcome.

Why we memorize scripture

Week of 8/12 Psalm 119:10-11 With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

Week of 8/19 James 1:26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.

Week of 8/26 Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.

Who we are in chirst

Week of 9/2 1 Corinthians 3:11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Week of 9/9 2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Week of 9/16 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

Week of 9/23 1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

Our calling to evangelism

Week of 10/1 Hebrews 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end


Week of 10/7 Matthew 10:32 Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will confess him before My Father who is in heaven.


Week of 10/14 Job 28:28 And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.’


Week of 10/21 Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.


Week of 10/28 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light

Joy because of who

god is!

Week of 11/4 Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, rejoice!


Week of 11/11 Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’

Week of 11/18 Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Week of 11/25 2 Timothy 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

Old Testament Prophecies of Messiah

Week of 12/2 Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Week of 12/9 Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.

Week of 12/16 Psalm 2:6 But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.

Week of 12/23 Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

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