A Proven Strategy for Memorizing Scripture

Wes  —  August 2, 2017
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I recently heard a podcast interview of Andy Davis, who has memorized 43 books of the Bible. Can you imagine, 43 books of the Bible? His strategy for memorizing Scripture really isn’t complicated at all. It something any of us could do. Yes, even you. In today’s brief post I will share with you Davis’ proven strategy for memorizing Scripture.

Davis recommends memorizing more than random verses of the Bible. He recommends memorizing whole books of the Bible. That way, the entire context and flow of the book is written on your heart. The book with which he suggests people start is Ephesians (mostly because that was the book with which he started).

Here is his day-by-day strategy for memorizing a book of the Bible:

Day One

Read Ephesians 1:1 aloud ten times. He recommends saying the chapter and verse number (1:1) before reading the verse each time. Once you’ve read the verse ten times, then quote it ten times. You can glance back at the Bible as needed.

Day Two

Today you will start with yesterday’s verse (Ephesians 1:1). Recite yesterday’s verse aloud ten times (glancing at the Bible as needed). Once you’ve reviewed yesterday’s verse, then read today’s verse (Ephesians 1:2) aloud ten times and quote it ten times.

Day Three

Recite yesterday’s verse (Ephesians 1:2) aloud ten times. Then recite everything you’ve memorized up to this point (Ephesians 1:1-2). Now you’re ready to add another verse (Ephesians 1:3). Read it aloud ten and recite it ten times.

Pretty Simple

That’s a pretty simple formula, isn’t it?. Start each day by reciting yesterday’s verse 10 times, then recite all of your verses once, then add a new verse by reading it ten times and reciting it ten times.

There are only 155 verses in the book of Ephesians. Using this strategy, it should take about 155 days to memorize the book. Just think, in only a few months, you could be able to recite the entire book of Ephesians from memory. Or you could even start with something a bit shorter. Here is a list of shorter New Testament books and their verse counts (source):

  • Galatians (149)
  • 1 Timothy (113)
  • James (108)
  • 1 John (105)
  • 1 Peter (105)
  • Philippians (104)
  • Colossians (95)
  • 1 Thessalonians (89)
  • 2 Timothy (83)
  • 2 Peter (61)
  • 2 Thessalonians (47)
  • Titus (46)
  • Philemon (25)
  • Jude (25)
  • 3 John (15)
  • 2 John (13)

Personally, I’m determined to do more Scripture memorization. How about you?

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams