Top 15 Bible Verses to Memorize

This past weekend during my message from Psalm 1:4-6, “Chaff,” I spent some time talking about the importance of Bible memorization for our growth as followers of Jesus Christ.

One of the priorities we are working on together at Eastbrook Church is “to grow as a disciple-making church.” If we truly want to be disciples – followers – of Jesus Christ, not just church attenders or religious cheerleaders on the sidelines, then we need to take seriously the call to order our lives around the life and teaching of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Scripture memorization helps us to do this by taking mere reading of Scripture and turning it into a tool for further reflection toward a God-focused life. (Click here for some aids for Scripture memorization.)

I said I would be happy to share a list of my top Bible verses to memorize. While I think the entire Bible is important and would encourage everyone to read through all of the Bible, I recommend these 15 Scripture passages as good places to start in committing God’s truth into our memory:

  1. John 3:16-17 – these two short verses provide a helpful summary of the gospel
  2. Romans 3:23 & 6:23 – Paul outlines the power of sin and the power of the gospel in Jesus Christ in a powerful way in these two key verses
  3. 1 John 1:9 – a simple description of the power of forgiveness found in Jesus Christ
  4. Mark 12:29-31 – ‘The Great Commandment’ – Jesus answers a question about what the greatest of all God’s commandments is by bringing together love for God with love for others
  5. Matthew 28:18-20 – ‘The Great Commission’ – Jesus commissions His followers for their work of making disciples of all people
  6. 2 Timothy 2:2 – ‘The Multiplication Principle’ – Paul’s outline of the call toward disciple-making and raising others up in our lives
  7. Matthew 6:9-13 – ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ – this should really be called ‘The Disciples’ Prayer’ as it is Jesus’ teaching on how we should relate to God the Father in prayer
  8. Philippians 2:5-11 – ‘The Jesus Hymn’ – Paul describes Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and glorification in strong and tender words
  9. Psalm 1 – this is a good summary of what it means to live life with God; our recent series, “Rooted,” at Eastbrook has drawn from this psalm
  10. Psalm 23 – this beautiful and well-known psalm shows us how God guides us through good and challenging times; it has been an encouragement to many
  11. Joshua 1:7-9 – when the Lord commissions Joshua to enter the promised land, the Lord reassures Joshua of His power and presence; as followers of Jesus, these words should also encourage us of God’s power and presence with us
  12. Proverbs 3:5-6 – a wise description of trusting God and not ourselves in life
  13. Philippians 4:6-7 – Paul’s description of the life of prayer and trust in the midst of our anxieties and troubles in life
  14. Isaiah 40:28-31 – a moving and reassuring description of God’s faithful power and presence in the midst of our lives, even when we tire out and stumble
  15. Revelation 7:9-10 – the summation of human history is worshipers gathering around the throne of God from every tribe, tongue and nation

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