Memorization works on our hearts to instill faith, cultivate Christ-like character, fight temptation, and enhances prayer and worship. Scripture mentions the following encouragements for memorizing.
Read more from John Piper: Why Memorize Scripture?
Yes, we participate in the Fighter Verse program as a church family. We hold to the conviction that Bible memory emphasis should be a church-wide initiative among all age groups for many reasons. Here are five of them:
Fighter Verses are memory verses specifically chosen to help believers “fight the fight of faith.” Practically, they are verses we want our people to remember when they are facing a trial (illness, dying, suffering, etc.), temptation, or battling to strengthen or maintain their faith. Bethlehem is dedicated to memorizing a Fighter Verse passage each week because memorizing together adds accountability and encouragement.
In addition, a secondary purpose is to instill in children and adults the habit of Bible memory in the hope that after the Fighter Verses are mastered, they would go on to memorize their own selection of verses or passages.
Below are brief descriptions of the verse sets:
1) At Fighter Verses
2) In the church bulletin
3) Purchase Bible memory resources online through www.fighterverses.com
We are strong proponents of the ESV. We find it to be one of the most literal translations of the Bible.
We believe that parents play the primary role in spiritual nurture of their children and the church plays a secondary, supporting role. The application of this philosophy to Bible memory is that parents are encouraged to assume the responsibility for Bible memory. In Sunday School verses may be introduced, reviewed, or applied and incentives are given for verses memorized. See A Notice to Parents about Memory Verses.
Practical suggestions for parents in helping children memorize and apply scripture are given in How to Use the Fighter Verses in Instruction and How to Teach Bible Verses to Toddlers and Preschoolers.
Tools & Tips, Articles, Audio
Memorizing the Word Is Possible
by Sally Michael
Messages on Bible Memory
from Children Desiring God Conferences
Helping Children Learn and Understand Fighter Verses
by Tim Johnson
Memorizing Fighter Verses
by Kempton Turner
*Many thanks to Bethlehem Baptist Church for the contents of this page.