It's that time of the year again, drilling, drilling, drilling the children in Bible memory for the Bible Bee.
The first passage on the list was 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
We memorize first by repeating it many times and then writing it out. But what is most helpful for me is asking and answering lots of questions about the passage.
Here are some of the questions I might ask myself to remember the passage. The answers are mostly found within the verse itself.
1.) How much scripture is given by inspiration? All
2.) How is it given? by inspiration
3.) Who's inspiration? God's
4.) All scripture is ________ and __________? Given and profitable
5.) What does it mean that scripture is profitable? beneficial, gainful, useful
6.) What is the scripture profitable for? doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction
7.) What does the scripture instruct in? righteousness
8.) Why is the scripture given? That the man of God may be perfect
9.) How is the man of God to be? perfect
10.) What does perfect mean? thoroughly furnished unto all good works
11.) What does throughly furnished mean? having everything needed
12.) What are we throughly furnished for? all good works
13.) Which good works? all
Another way that we memorize scripture is to SING it. This is good because sometimes the tune gets "stuck" in our head and we end up humming it all day long. We also play games. One fun game is to write the verses on the chalkboard and read the verse out loud. Erase one word and then read the verse all the way through including the missing word. Erase another word and read again. Soon, you will be reciting the whole verse with all the words erased.
Do you memorize scripture? How do you do it? How often?
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4