Scriptures every Believer should know
How to memorize Bible verses
By David P. Ward
New Creation Missions International
Training Center Teaching Syllabus
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
Scriptures every Believer should know
How to memorize Bible verses
Copyright ‹ 2009 by
David P. Ward
Legacy Family Church and World Outreach Center, Inc.
New Creation Missions International
2101 S. Dewey Avenue (Hwy 69)
Wagoner, Oklahoma 74467
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Table of Contents
Chapter One -
What is Spiritual Understanding? Page
Chapter Two -
Why spend time memorizing Scripture? Page
Chapter Three -
LetŐs begin our journey! Page
Over the years I have met so many Christians who struggle about where certain scriptures are found in the Bible. After pastoring for over a quarter of a century, I have decided to write down what I believe to be some helpful hints on how to memorize GodŐs Word. This is what this Teaching Syllabus is all about.
I am sure some of you have heard the story about when I was headed to Bible School in 1980 with everything I owned in the back of a Ford Pinto Station wagon; I was eager to get to Oklahoma to start School in just a few weeks.
Traveling down the road, almost hypnotic bumps along Interstate 40, I heard the Lord clearly speak to me on the inside. I remember I wasnŐt even praying or anything; just driving that long straight stretch of highway just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas.
What I heard literally changed my way about how I received GodŐs Word. First of all, the Lord said I was going to hear some things I had never heard before that I would struggle with at first. He told me during this time of instruction; to be quiet, write down what the Professor was teaching and take it to heart.
Secondly, the Lord said as scripture was given in each class; I was to write out every scripture and learn to listen at the same time.
After almost 30 years, I still have those notebooks that are full of good notes, and, most importantly scriptures written out pages of notes from every teacher. I used the King James Version of the Bible because that, at the time was the most widely used version that people used. I personally have now about a dozen different versions and have for many years, but, I learned to quote the Bible and memorize the King James Version, first. I encourage you to do the same. In this particular Teaching Syllabus, I will only use the King James Version.
Those of you who have become acquainted with our books and teaching materials know I use several different versions of the Bible. I encourage you to learn the King James Version, then, branch out into other translations.
This is a Teaching Syllabus like maybe you have ever seen before! ThatŐs okay. I havenŐt seen one like this either. ThatŐs why I am writing this! Let me help you with a few pointers before we get started.
1. Quit saying you just canŐt remember scripture.
a. Some of you could tell a joke that would last several minutes, but, you say you canŐt remember Bible verses. ThatŐs what Satan wants you to believe.
2. Be willing to follow the instructions in this Syllabus even if you donŐt see or feel any significance in doing so.
a. This isnŐt about what you feel. This is about spiritual understanding.
3. Be willing to spend time writing out the scriptures, even if you can already quote them.
4. Be willing after you write the scriptures to then speak them out loud. a. Maybe even two or three times.
5. Take the self tests seriously. If you mess up; dot it again!
a. You are not on some time schedule; you are on a learning schedule.
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING?
Colossians 1:9 (King James Version)
9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Spiritual understanding is the ability to pull up out of your recreated human spirit the written Word of God. It is supernatural recall imprinted in your mind with effortless ability to remember Scripture and where it is found.
Jesus as a young man, anointed of the Holy Ghost to teach, astounded men of learning of His day. Effortlessly He spoke and quoted Scripture that astounded even the elders that had studied the Law and the Pentateuch (the first 5 Books of the Bible) for years.
43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
50And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Notice the Scriptures tells us that Jesus Ňfound the place where it was written.Ó In our western minds, we might think of some big book up on the pulpit in the Synagogue and Jesus stood up (as was custom for men in that day) to expound on the Scriptures. These scriptures were written in huge Scrolls that had to be spread out on a table. There were many scrolls to study. You had to become familiar enough with the Scrolls to Ňfind the versesÓ you would speak on. In the Synagogue, custom was you read from the Scrolls. There wasnŐt a lot of opinions floating around or huge Biblical debates during the reading of the Scriptures. The Jews believed the Scriptures would ŇspeakÓ for themselves.
WouldnŐt it be nice if we did more of that today in our churches. Good young men and women with a heart to preach the Good News of the Gospel often leave their Seminaries more confused than before they went to learn the Bible. The Scriptures do need to be studied, but not reasoned away. Theological Seminaries sometimes want to reason the Scriptures instead of believe the Scriptures.
Of course, everyone present in the Synagogue that day were fine with what Jesus read out of a quote from the Prophet Isaiah; until He said, ŇToday, these verses are fulfilled in your own ears. They wanted to throw Him off a cliff.
19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20And he closed the book (scroll), and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
The word ŇfastenedÓ used here doesnŐt mean they all got real excited and clapped or went up to shake the PreachersŐ hand and tell Him it was a good sermon! They were outraged!
28And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
30But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
I love these verses. Did you get this scenario? They got so angry at Jesus, the Church folks left the Church House and led Jesus out of the City to a hill where they were going to throw him ŇheadlongÓ off the cliff! Why go to all the trouble to push a man to the edge of a cliff and not go-ahead and throw Him off? If you arenŐt careful, youŐll miss thisÉ The Bible records, ŇHe passing through, just went His wayÉÓ When they got Him to the edge of the cliff, under the anointing, in the authority that He carried; they had to let Him go and He just walked away from the Church mob unharmed.
A powerful man of God named Smith Wigglesworth, who lived in the last Century told his Bible students, Ňif you preach the Word and never make anybody mad, youŐre not preaching the Truth!Ó
1And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
2And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Why spend time memorizing Scripture?
1. Jesus knew the Scriptures.
a. In the previous chapter, we spent a lot of time in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Luke. LetŐs go back and look at how the Son of God used the Scriptures to defeat Satan in the wilderness.
1And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
a. led = the Greek implies the Spirit of God thrusted Jesus into the wilderness
2Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
a. he did eat nothing: = fasting is a way of putting our bodies under subjection to the human spirit. Jesus spoke of fasting to His disciples as when you fast, not if you fast.
b. Medical Science says that after 40 days of fasting, there is a turning point of when the human body begins to Ňturn on itselfÓ and starts eating itself from the inside out.
3And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
13And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
LETŐS BEGIN OUR JOURNEY!
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
2 Timothy 2:15
15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:16
16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Romans 1:16 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Hebrews 4:12 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2 Timothy 2:15 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2 Timothy 3:16 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. _________________
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ______________
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
20He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
THE CHARACTER OF GOD
10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
6For I am the LORD, I change notÉ
17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
GOD WANTS ME HEALTHY
3 John 1:2
2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
1 Peter 2:24
24Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
23And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
22For they are life unto those that find them, and health (medicine) to all their flesh.
GOD WANTS ME SAFE
1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
14Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
17No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemnÉÓ.
5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.