Church On The Sound

Memorizing the Mind of God

As we go through 2015, Church on the Sound is embarking on a journey together to learn and remember the Scriptures called Memorizing the Mind of God.

Memorization may remind you of “school days,” when you learned important historical dates, math equations or periodic tables for an upcoming test.  Life is full of tests.  However this is not knowledge for knowledge sake.  Nor is it to be relegated to the past – been there, done that.  

Blogger David Mathis comments on the value of hiding the Word of God in our hearts. Scripture memory, at its best, is about feeding your soul today and mapping your life and mind onto the very life and mind of God…When we learn the Scriptures by heart, we’re not just memorizing ancient, enduringly relevant texts, but we’re listening to and learning the voice of our Creator and Redeemer himself. When we memorize lines from the Bible, we are shaping our minds in the moment to mimic the structure and mindset of the mind of God.  Check out the entire blog at: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/memorize-the-mind-of-god

Below is a list of passages from the Bible that we will memorize each week, beginning Sunday, January 4.  You may also pick up a hard copy in the foyer.  There will be verses from each book of the Bible.

Here are some quick FAQ’S to help you get started.

  • Version You may use any version to memorize the Scriptures. While the Scriptures are inspired by God, translations each have their strengths and weaknesses.  Find one that works for you.
  • Scripture Buddy Once you have memorized that week’s Scripture verse(s), find a partner with whom you can recite the verse(s) Don’t forget the address!
  • Meditate As you memorize the passages, take time to linger, ponder it’s meaning, it’s relevance, it’s significance. The word picture is a cow chewing its cud. Gross as that may seem to you, take time to ruminate as you memorize.
  • Record Insights  As you commit these verses to memory, the Holy Spirit will give you revelation.  Use the blog on the Memorizing the Mind of God page to record the insights God has given you from that passage.

One of the Core Values of Church on the Sound is Biblical Truth.  I am excited about growing together as we memorize the truth of God’s Word. Among other things, it is the pathway to a blessed life.  As James tells us “Whoever looks intently into the perfect law … and continues in it — not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it — they will be blessed in what they do.” (James 1:25 NIV)

Hiding the Eternal Word in our hearts,
Nicholas


 

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September

October

 November

December

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 Sep 6
 
  Oct 4
 
 Nov 1 
 
Dec 6   
 
 Matthew 6:33 Luke 6:38  Acts 1:8 2 Cor 5:17, 21 Colossians 3:23 James 2:26
 Matthew 28:19 Luke 12:11-13  Acts 4:12 2 Cor 10:3-5  Colossians 3:1-4 James 1:2-8
James 5:16
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 Sep 13
 
  Oct 11
 
Nov 8  
 
Dec 13   
 
Matthew 7:7 Luke 19:10 Romans 3:23  Galatians 6:9-10 1 Thess 5:16-18 1 Pet 5:7
 Matthew 5:14-16 Luke 9:23-24  Romans 12:1,2  Galatians 2:20  1 Thess 5:8 1 Pet 5:5-6
1 Pet 2:24
Jul 19
 
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 Sep 20
 
  Oct 18
 
Nov 22
 
Dec 20  
 Mark 11:24 John 1:1,14 Romans 8:28  Ephesians 2:8-10  Titus 3:5 1 John 1:9
 Mark 10:24  John 11:25,26  Romans 8:37-39  Ephesians 3:16-21  Titus 2:11-14 1 John 3:1
1 John 3:19
 Jul 26
 
 Aug 23
 
 Sep 27
 
  Oct 25
 
Nov 29
 
 Dec 27
 Mark 8:36 John 13:34,35 1 Cor 6:19-20 Philippians 1:6 Heb 11:6 Rev 3:20
John 15:5-7 1 Cor 13:1-8 Philippians 4:19  Heb 10:25 Jude 1:24-25
 Philippians 4:6-7  Heb 12:1-3
 Aug 30
 John 16:33
 John 17:21

 


 

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  1. Nicholas Seeberger says:

    One easy way of memorizing Scripture is through song. Years ago Marantha put out a song based on Micah 6:8 Check out the youtube clip

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIJIqwCIPcw

    For Nahum 1:7 check out this ditty on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTeqHiCXKPE

  2. nicholas seeberger says:

    While not part of this week’s memory verses, I have been ruminating for a while on this idea, since reading through the story of the patriarchs.

    “God of the underdogs”. In reading thru the life of the patriarchs I noticed a particular trait about the God of the Bible. He favors the unfavored. There are many examples, but two stand out from this period: Hagar & Leah. The latter is described as “weak in the eyes” – a “plain Jane” to put it in Austin-esque terms? IDK. (By contrast her sister Rachael was “drop-dead gorgeous”). It’s no wonder that Jacob loved his beautiful wife and despised the homely one, with whom he was tricked into marrying. Make no mistake, Leah was unloved. Enter God.
    Genesis 29: 31 “When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.” From that point on, Leah could have been named “fertile-Myrtle”, having a total of 4 sons a row, adding a 5th later on. Unfortunately they were named out of the pain of her husband’s rejection. The point is that God wants the unwanted. He loves the hated.

    Earlier in the history of God’s people we meet Hagar, Sarah’s maidservant who was the mother of Abraham’s son, Ishmael. Unfortunately Sarah has a pre-partem problem with Hagar. She is pregnant and abused by Sarah; winding up literally “desert-ed.” Again divine intervention saves the day.

    Genesis 16: The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” And the angel of the Lord said to her,“Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son.You shall call his name Ishmael,because the Lord has listened to your affliction.” So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”

    Yes, God also says that this son will be a wild thing…but the fact remains that God responded to Hagar’s plight. God even promises a progeny to one who would stand against his kinsmen. (Isaac and his seed, which many believe is the genesis of the Arab-Jewish enmity) So Hagar has a promise from God. But it gets worse. After Isaac is born, more trouble for the scorned maidservant.

    Genesis 21:9-20 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing..” “How dare SHE laugh!” Sarah must have retorted. After all, Isaac’s name literally meant “laughter”. “I get to laugh. – not you”.

    So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac. And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. ” But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”

    “So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.” Deserted again! This time as single mom.

    “When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow.”

    For all those reading these words, who know what it’s like to be cast aside, discarded, left to fend for yourself – the God who sees, the God who was with Hagar and Ishmael, THAT God is with you. He has not left you. He has purpose and destiny for you and your household. He will establish you.

  3. nicholas says:

    In Genesis 1:28 uses some pretty strong verbs to define the purpose of his finest creation — human beings. Be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue (rule). Though we don’t know how long earth’s first couple were in the Garden B.D. (before deception), sin had a direct impact on their purpose. Instead of multiplying and filling, Cain “wasted” his brother Abel. Though warned by God, “sin is crouching at the door, it’s desire is for you, but you must master it” — he was overcome by the evil desire.

    As I reflected on God’s original purposes, I realized that as a new creation in Christ, God’s goal is the renewal of His purpose; I am to be fruitful, to increase, and to subdue rather than be subdued. Not only does this include the physical creation, but my body as well as my soul. May this year be filling and fulfilling as we walk with God together, meditating on his will and ways.

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