Scripture Memory Challenge – Week 3

How did you do with memorizing Scripture last week? If you did not do so well, or you did not know what Scripture to start memorizing, I invite you to take up the Scripture Memory Challenge with me. You can read more about it, and get started with week one’s memory verses, by clicking here.

Memory Verses

This last week, I memorized Romans 15:1-2 and Psalm 103:1-4. I challenge you to do the same.

Romans 15:1-2

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Psalm 103:1-4

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. 

Resource

Fighter Verses Set 2 Weeks 4, 5

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Scripture Memory Challenge – Week 2

How did you do with memorizing Scripture last week? If you did not do so well, or you did not know what Scripture to start memorizing, I invite you to take up the Scripture Memory Challenge with me. You can read more about it, and get started with week one’s memory verses, by clicking here.

Memory Verses

This last week, I memorized Isaiah 40:8, Romans 10:13-15, and Psalm 16:11. I challenge you to do the same.

Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

Romans 10:13-15

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then are they to call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 

Resource

Fighter Verses Set 2 weeks 1, 2, 3

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Scripture Memory Challenge – Week 1

How are you doing with memorizing Scripture? If you are like me, you are probably not doing so well. That is why I am starting a Scripture memory challenge.

About the Challenge

Each week I will post the Scripture I memorized the preceding week. The point will be to encourage you to memorize Scripture, as well as for you to hold me accountable. If I do not post any Scripture to memorize, you will know I did not memorize anything that last week. At which time, I am hoping you will encourage me to keep pressing on.

I am using the Fighter Verses app from Desiring God to help me select and memorize Scripture. They also have a website, which is really good at assisting you in learning the verses. The app allows you to select from five Bible translations. I have chosen the ESV, but you can use any version you like.

I will be working through set 2 in the Fighter Verses app starting with week 1. My goal will be to memorize one to three weeks worth of verses each week in set 2 until I catch up to the current date. After which, I will be memorizing verses from their app and from my personal Scripture reading.

Now that you know about the challenge, let’s get started.

Memory Verses

This last week, while I was at camp, I memorized the Romans Road and John 14:6. I challenge you to do the same.

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Romans Road

3:23 | for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 

6:23 | For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

5:8 | but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

10:9-10 | because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

10:13 | For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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What I Learned at Royal Ambassador’s Camp

I spent this last week at Camp Copus with four of our boys from church who are in the Royal Ambassadors Program. I had never been before, so I did not know what to expect, but what I learned was significant. Here are just a few things.

What I Learned at Camp

(1) We need godly men to train boys to be godly men

After attending camp all week. I noticed the heart of the RA program is for godly men to train boys to be godly men. There were many godly men at camp this last week, but more are needed. More are also needed in our churches.

While there are many godly women who participate in church activities, we need godly men who are willing to step up and train the future generation.

In short, we need godly men who are not only following the biblical mandate to train up their own children and grandchildren in the way of the Lord, but we need them to participate in our churches as well (Ephesians 5; Deut. 4:9-14).

(2) Scripture memory should be a regular diet in our churches and families

At camp they made a big push for the campers and counselors (that would be me) to obtain a power band. The way you get your power band is by memorizing and reciting the Romans Road (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10; 10:13).

As I committed these verses to memory and helped my boys do the same, I saw first hand the value and importance of memorizing God’s Word. Not only because it is God’s Word, but because, when you do so, Scripture is always there with you. No matter what situation you are facing, you can quickly recall a verse that could help you. In the case of the Romans Road, you are always able to tell others how they might be saved, since it is the plan of salvation. So may we all be spurred on to regularly memorize Scripture.

(3) You cannot talk about the gospel enough

At every service and every activity that we attended the gospel was presented. Not only was the plan of salvation presented, but how the gospel affects the way we live our everyday lives. You see the gospel is not the ABC’s of the Christian life. It is the A to Z. Everything stems from the gospel. Since this is true, we cannot talk about the gospel enough.

(4) Children can understand deep theological concepts

After a day of hearing different aspects of the gospel, the boys and I gathered each night for a devotional. As I led them in a devotional every night, I soon realized they were really wrestling with deep theological concepts. Even though they did not use these terms, they asked questions about God’s Fairness/Justice, God’s Love, Mercy and Grace, God’s Righteousness, Substitutionary Atonement, Heaven and Hell.

As I fielded their questions, I was both encouraged and shocked that they were thinking on such a deep level. Which leads me to believe we often forget that children can and do understand biblical concepts. As a result, we can go deep with them as long as we find a way to relate the concepts to their world.

(5) Churches need to invest in their children’s theological education

While most churches have a children’s program, these programs offer nothing more than man-centered principles for living a good life. We need to do better. We need to go deeper. We need to understand that our children can and do understand the gospel. They can and do understand theological concepts. They can and do wrestle with the same questions adults have.

As a result, we need to present these concepts to them in ways they can understand and let them wrestle with it. As well as we need to make time to allow our children to ask us tough questions. When they do, we need to have a good response for them. So then, we need not only invest in their education, but ours as well, so we can answer the tough questions. But more importantly, we need not sell our children short.

Resources

Here are a few books and a Scripture memory tool that can help you to begin training your own children: