I mentioned a week ago that memorization would be playing a greater role in this Year in the Bible. That may have already scared off some people. You may think that you’re awful at memorizing anything, let alone a verse of the Bible. I’m not going to argue with you. You may be awful. I don’t know.
What I do know is that this is a valuable thing to do and I want to help you as much as I can. Imagine going through 1 Corinthians for these five months and at the end looking back and having 22 Bible passages memorized, stored in your heart, that give you a good sense of what the book was about. After learning from God’s Word, if we have those verses in us, how much easier will it be to go back and find other passages? How much better will we understand the structure of Paul’s letter? How much more will God be able to call us to remember those passages?
I think we can do it. But I think it’ll be tough at times. So again, I want to make it easier. If you’ve got tricks you already know about memorizing, send them my way. I’m open for suggestions. I wanted to give you a teaser now of one thing we can do. Visualizing can really help out, so I put together this mini-poster. You can print it out (it’s letter sized, 8.5×11”) and use it to see the way the opening verses of 1 Corinthians are laid out.
Here’s the basic structure:
- Verse 1 – Who the letter is from and on whose authority it is written (in white)
- Verse 2 – Who the letter is to–and take note it is to more than just the Corinthians (in grey)
- Verse 3 – His opening greeting (in white)
With a bit of coloring, arrows, and even some simple pictures, I hope I’ve put together something that helps you to internalize these lines of scripture. Not all weeks will have three verses, but I thought knowing the “from” and “to” of 1 Corinthians is a good place to start.