In addition to memorizing Bible verses for Sunday School (both children
and adults) and for Bible class as part of your child's Christian schooling,
a family Scripture memorization program is an excellent way to hide
God's Holy Word in the heart of each family member. Our family found
it to be a very worthwhile activity as our children were growing up,
and the Lord blessed us richly. The non-school summer months (June-August)
worked best for us and permitted us to concentrate on and stick with
the program. What follows is a description of our "summer Scripture
memorization program" and is put forth with the desire that families
will memorize the Holy Scriptures together.
- Start with a reasonable number of verses the first year (e.g.
40 verses for 12 years old and up).
- Begin with single verses and gradually work up to entire
Psalms (e.g. Ps. 1, 23, and 100, etc.) and multiple verses (e.g.
Ephesians 2:8-10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18, etc.)
- Don't exclude the younger children from this important
activity. Even 3 to 4 year olds can learn 10 verses the first year
if you select the right verses (see
suggested list). Don't underestimate
your children. By the time the child is 5 years old, he can learn
- Be flexible according to individual members of your family,
but do not be afraid to provide a challenge. Set goals. Let there
be some competition too. Pray for one another. Praise the Lord as
each reaps success from diligent study and memorization.
- As the youngest child is able to recite the verses without
hesitation, gradually get him to recite verses for Grandpa and
Grandma. It will take patience and be a challenge at first, but
you will reap if you faint not.
- Have some kind of a chart to monitor each family member's
progress, hang it up on the wall or refrigerator, and even put
stars on it to signify a specific number of verses memorized (e.g.
5,10,15, etc.) as you progress through the summer. Try to make it
so everyone gets a star at the same time and take the time to make
it a "big deal." It should be; even we older folks can get excited
about memorizing our first 10 Bible verses and being able to
recite them without error (word perfect) one after the other. I'll
never forget the feeling of love and praise as my wife, oldest
daughter and I did just over 100 verses each, word perfect, at one
sitting. It took about an hour and we were exhausted, but praising
and thanking our blessed Lord!
- Use only the King James Version for Bible memorization. It is
God's preserved Word in English and is based upon the Received
Text (Textus Receptus) and untainted by the marks of modern textual
criticism. The KJV is a joy to memorize!
- You may want to plan a special outing at the end of the summer
in recognition of your family's hard work. Perhaps a trip for an
ice cream cone. It does not need to be something expensive, just a
- Keep your program fresh. While maintaining the basic format,
have something just a little different each year. One year we each
chose a Scripture portion which we did not tell the others about
until we were almost ready to recite. Our 11 year old daughter
chose John Chapter Three and recited all 36 verses word perfect.
Yes, there were tears in Mom and Dad's eyes and praise on our lips
for the goodness of our God and Saviour.
- Review the verses from previous years, adding new verses each
year. This will help you hide God's Word in your heart.
- Include verses on salvation,
creation, etc. Here is the core list of
verses we memorized as a family. Also memorize the names
of the Books of the Bible, which
will help you in looking up verses. Here is a song including
soundtrack to help memorize the Books of the Bible.
- Print copies of the sample
Scripture Memorization Certificate
and give one to each one in your family in recognition of their
accomplishment for the summer.