Wednesday, August 23, 2017

3 Reasons Why You Should Memorize Scripture


Memorizing Scripture isn’t a box to check off on the “Christian to-do list” when you want brownie points.
It’s not just for students in Sunday School or teens at AWANA. 
Memorizing the Word of God is integral for your spiritual growth.
It connects you to a constant reservoir of spiritual food and water.

Why should you memorize Scripture? Let’s discover 3 reasons together.

1) To prepare for evangelism


As believers, we want to share the gospel—both at our church in North Sydney and in our community.
God calls us to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…” (1 Peter 3:15) Learning gospel-focused verses is a key strategy in our preparation to witness. 
One popular method is commonly referred to as “the Romans Road.” 
This collection gathers key verses to explain salvation. 
It includes verses on man’s sin, God’s solution in Christ, and man’s response. 
Here is a sample version of the Romans Road.

Romans 3:23, 
Romans 3:10, 
Romans 5:12, 
Romans 6:23, 
Romans 5:8, 
Romans 10:9-10, 
Romans 10:13, 
Romans 5:1            
                                                         
It may also include Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, and John 3:16.
Memorizing these verses will give you a toolbox of truth to help you share the gospel.

2) To enable victory over sin

In Psalm 119:11, David wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
We can memorize Scriptures to combat the specific temptations we face every day.
Whether we struggle with honesty, lust, anxiety, or another sin, we can find Bible verses to address every problem.
To learn what the Bible says about specific issues, we study the Scriptures at our church in North Sydney.
In Matthew 4, Jesus modelled how to resist temptation with specific Scriptures. 
If we imitate His example, we can have victory over specific sin. 
Also, we can renew our thinking by memorizing Scripture. 
As our thinking grows to reflect the Word, its truth will impact our words and our actions.
By harnessing the life-changing power of God’s Word, we can live a victorious Christian life.

3) To kindle our love for and fellowship with God

In the treasure chest of the Word, we can discover so much about our God.
His character and His love shine through every page.
If we seek to know Him through the Word, we will love Him more and more.
Each minute we spend in memorization and each moment we think about His Word is seen by God.
It is an investment in our relationship with Him, and He will richly reward us.
What is the greatest reward He can give us?
It is knowing the sweetness of His presence.
It is walking in the great peace, sufficient strength, and daily joy of His will.
If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).

And there is no greater reward and no deeper joy than knowing Him.

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Will you invest the time to memorize Scripture? Learn more about God each week by worshipping with the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church – Sundays at 11:00 am. 
For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email northside1178@gmail.com