Lesson #42: Memorizing Scripture

Ask about memorizing scripture: Why should we memorize scripture?…It helps us develop a deeper relationship with God and helps us understand why we are here on this planet.

Talk about a challenge: I challenge you to list as many slogans as possible in the next 2 min. Ready, set, go!…Look how amazing our brains are. Just because we have heard these slogans several times, we will never forget them. What if we did that with scripture?

Read Matthew 4:1-11…What happened to Jesus in this scripture?…Jesus fasted for 40 days, Satan tempted Jesus, then Jesus humbled himself and fought Satan with scripture.

Talk about what Jesus said in scripture: Jesus said, “Do not put your Lord to the test”. Why shouldn’t we test God?

Ask about scripture: Is it worth it to memorize scripture? Why?

Ask about a study Bible: Do any of you have a study bible? Why use a study bible over a regular bible?

Ask about memory verses: What are some memory verses that you know? Why did you memorize these verses?…Our mind is like a big toolbox. We have unlimited capacity for holding information and an amazing ability to bring out scripture when needed.

Ask about scripture being helpful: Has there been times in your lives where scripture was helpful in a moment in your life?

Ask about Rabbis: Does anyone know how hard it was to become a Rabbi back in the first century?…At age 4-5 boys were asked to read, write and memorize the Torah. It was said that the students had most to all the Torah memorized by age 14. If they succeed, they move on to the next phases of their studies, including interpretation, teaching, and living by the Torah. Lastly, they were to mentor, study, and/or mentor a Rabbi from age 14-30. If they failed in any section of their studies, they went to pursue their family vocation. And we often complain of how difficult it is to memorize one verse. After reading this, do you think you could memorize some scripture this week?

Read Ephesians 6:10-20 and Psalms 119:11…How can scripture be used as a weapon or shield?…It can remind us of what to do and what not to do when faced with adversity and triumphs.

Ask about the full armor of God: What does the full armor of God look like? The belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with readiness, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit (or the word of God). Can anyone describe the purpose of each component to the full armor of God?

Ask about the purpose of the armor: According to this scripture, the purpose of the armor of God is to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. What does this look like?

Ask about other uses of scripture: What else can we use scripture for?…

Talk about a challenge: I challenge you to memorize some scripture. Recite it repeatedly until it is impossible to forget.

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