If someone were to tell me a year ago that 15 high school students would be interested in being challenged to memorize 40 verses in ten weeks, I wouldn’t have believed them. I take that back, maybe if they were bribed with money or scholarships to camp, then I could possibly envision a little interest; but to memorize just for the sake of internalizing God’s Word?
Well, this November 13 marked the end of a ten-week Bible memory challenge in which 17 high school students met every Sunday morning from 9:00-10:00 a.m. for the purpose of Bible memory. And these weren’t just 40 small verses like “Jesus wept” or “Pray continually” either. These were verses like Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” or Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Can you imagine the impact of such verses on a young person?
Several months ago, Fred Buckley approached me with the idea of a Bible memory class and volunteered to lead it. Like I said earlier, I was skeptical at first but after getting to know Fred and his passion for Bible memory; I felt like we needed to give it a shot. For those of you who don’t know Fred, he is a man who has a heart for teenagers and seeks to challenge them with the power of the Word of God. He would be the first to tell you that Bible memory is a discipline that takes a lot of hard work, especially for a man in his sixties. But, he says there are three keys to Bible memory:
1. review 2. review and 3. review.
Both Fred and I are proud of the students who participated in the Memorize the Word class. If you, as a parent, were able to see the benefit of your child memorizing the Bible, we would love to hear from you. At first we were told that four verses each week was too much to expect from students but we believed that if we expected much, then much would be returned. These students showed us how much that was true.
For this reason, starting January 8, Fred will teach a four-week course on how to share the gospel. If you are a student and are interested, OR if you are a parent and would like to learn with your teen, please let me know so that we can get enough materials for you. I’m looking forward to it!
Director of Student Ministries