Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bible Memorization Standards

In May I started teaching the Bible to a group of 3rd and 4th graders on Sunday morning.  We're in the Book of Acts.

We have a Bible memorization program already in place.  Given that we were ending the school year and are closing in on the transition to a new school year, most of the students had either finished the memory program or had not started it at all.  A reset was in order.

Based on what we have studied in Acts so far, I pulled a selection of verses for them to memorize.

They also know that they had to say the verses perfect—word- and letter-perfect.  We went over a few key verses to make the point as to why that must be the standard.
Why is perfection in Bible memorization important?

Matthew 5:18 (NKJV)

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Revelation 22:18-19 (NIV)

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

James 3:1 (NIV)

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
You know what?  When held to a high standard, yes, 3rd and 4th graders can enthusiastically rise to the occasion.  Do they go for the short verses first?  Sure.  And you know what?  Those are important, too.  Praise the Lord, it went great.

They have reason to know them well each week, too.  It's part of quantifying which group participates and learns the most each week.

One dot in one character can shape the direction of a nation.  How much more important is it that we learn God's Word with high standards?

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