Memory Verse Syllabus

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Evan | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Dec 28 2010 12:31 AM

Hi all,

I'm not a frequent user of the forums here, but I'm a long time and very frequent user of that wonderful maevellousness that is Logos!

I'm also the pastor of a church with just over 200 members and about 50 kids.

I'm planning to introduce a memory verse syllabus into our kids work as currently they only use memory verses infrequently and there's no structure or long term view to which verses we're hoping kids will learn.

My question is this ... Does anyone know of any accessible lists of excellent memory verses especially suited to teaching kids of all ages a good overview of the Bible and essential biblical truths about our faith?

Of course I could just pour through the whole of scripture looking for 150 key verses or so to give our kids a weekly verse over 3 years...or I could not be so silly as to think that no one has ever thought of this before and choose not to reinvent the wheel!

So if anyone knows of anything which might help I'd be hugely grateful!

many thanks,

much love in Christ,

Evan

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Fred Chapman | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 2:21 AM

I do not know of anything in Logos that is exactly what you are talking about. I can suggest utilizing the Passage List feature to create this list you are looking for. One thing that may make it easier is to

Open a new passage list

Open one of you your topical bibles

Highlight verses in some key subjects (i.e. grace, redemption, etc.

Simply drag the highlighted verses into the passage list

You can even divide the passage list into the topics using headings

For more information on this feature see http://wiki.logos.com/Passage_List

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Robert Pavich | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 2:26 AM

Pretty good tip Fred....

Robert Pavich

For help go to the Wiki: http://wiki.logos.com/Table_of_Contents__

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 3:09 AM

Evan,

I don't know if this might be relevant.  I have an article, which I could send you if you wanted, that suggests that it's more effective to learn fewer memory verses and remember them.  We probably average a new memory verse about once a month, but we repeat them each week and talk about how they relate to our lives and to the story of the day.  Sometimes I ask the older children which memory verse relates most to the story they have just heard, and how.  We sometimes get several repeated before they reach the one that relates most.  I choose the verses according to what I feel the children most need to learn, e.g. Matthew 6.33 in a society where the children are tempted to prefer foootball or TV to coming to learn about Jesus, Isaiah 53:6 to counter the idea that sin is only murder, theft and adultery, so we are OK and don't need a saviour.  "Behold the handmaid of the Lord", as we think how hard it was for Mary and Joseph to cope with accepting this unexpected Baby, how Mary accepted it, and what God is asking us to do that is hard, now John 1:12 to combat the idea that you are automatically saved by coming to the children's group, and thinking about how we accept Jesus (as servant to obey our commands and fulfil our desires?  As an aid organisation who is obliged to give us what we think we need? etc), and what it means concretely in our lives to accept him as Boss (their word, with a possibly more positive connotation than in English) and Saviour.  So the verses we choose are tailored to what we understand to be the children's need at the moment.  Whereas our teaching programme is chronological Bible storying, with excursus for the Christmas and Easter stories.  We also incorporate the memory verses into games and quizzes.

The memory verses have proved useful  e.g. one child was not speaking to her cousin, very offended by something her cousin had said.  Matthew 6.33?  Which are you seeking first:  God's will?  Or the demands of your resentment?  She decided to act on the verse, and thanked God for my caring enough to guide her.  But the decision was hers.  Same verse when she and her friends decided they no longer had time to come to the children's group (tho plenty of time for soap operas on TV!).  

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Evan | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 5:31 AM

Thanks for the replies so far.

Yes, I could and most likely will use the verse list tool and build one myself. It's not that I didn't know how to do it, but that I figured there must be a whole load of pastor's who have spent a long time doing the leg work already and building excellent lists which others (like me) could use fruitfully too without me spending what would most likely be a good couple of days building one carefully from scratch!

And Nicky, I quite agree with your rationale. I'm not looking to overwhelm our kids with a weekly verse as such. There's going to be one key verse per month, and then extra verses for those who are really keen. It's going to be taught in our fortnightly Sunday Group sessions for the kids, with a record book and prizes for those who take part. The whole syllabus is going to be accessible through our church website as well so that kids can take part in it whenever they want to, not just when they come to church (as many don't come regularly, or can't because of divorced parents etc).

The thing I'm trying to do is create a list of up to 150 verses so we've got something really meaty and long term, and which works at many different levels (eg, just one a month which is the key focus, and then extra verses which build up the picture for those who are motivated).

Hope that helps.

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 6:42 AM

Max Lucado's God's Inspirational Promises and Bible Promises Made Easy might be two resources to get verse ideas from. You can import selected verses into your passage list. The passage list is the perfect tool for this. Another idea is to use a topical bible and search for topics of interest such as contentment and then add those verses to your passage list. Remember you can create headings in your passage list as well to make it more topically organized.

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 6:45 AM

If you do a search on logos.com for Bible Memory you will see some options. I installed a Bible Memory App on my Ipod Touch that came with 1000 verses, sorted by topic. Its called Bible Memory App and I think it is free.

(back to Logos) The Youth Work's Guide to Bible Study has a section on Memory. It doesn't give you the verses, but some methods of helping them learn.There is also a resource called "Scripture Memory Made Easy" that has Verses.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 7:53 AM

If you do a search for "key verse" (with "match all word forms" on, to catch instances of "key verses") in Willmington's Bible Handbook, you'll get a pretty good list of verses worth memorizing, some more so than others, but you can make that determination.

Also, do a Google search for "verses to memorize" | "scripture to memorize" | "memory verses" and you'll find some lists that people have put together which aren't in Logos.

Here's a good categorized list from BSF: http://bible.org/article/advanced-scripture-memory-program

And here's a list of some software that helps with Scripture memorizing; wish Logos had a feature like this built in!

http://www.middlecross.com/lamplight.html

http://www.getintheword.com/

http://www.memoryverses.org/smsw.shtml

http://www.bibleinverse.org/

http://www.memlok.com/

http://www.memorizehisword.com/

http://www.swordscript.com/

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 12:39 PM

Thanks for that list,, Rosie!  Yes

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 12:47 PM

You can use this resource available from Logos: http://www.logos.com/product/1465/memlok-bible-memory-system-starter-kit <~~It's the popular Memlok Bible Memory System, but it's just a starter kit.  Logos does not sell the full version...at least you can get an idea and memorize some key verses along the way.

You could also buy "Write it on your heart" by Ron White.  I cannot post the link on this forum, but you can google it.  I have it and it worked for me, I've just been a little bit lazy on my memory work these past couple of months due to the holidays.  Anyway, I hope this helps!

Happy New Year!

Douglas

 

EDIT: Here's a link that helped me memorize 1 Timothy: http://www.toi.edu/Resources/Memorizing%20the%20Bible.htm Just follow the instructions.  You might want to lower the number of verses memorized, it's up to you.

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 1:58 PM

I bought the Memlok starter kit and was very disappointed.  They charged me a bomb for postage and it's ancient and doesn't work in Logos 4, was made for L2.  And I could have downloaded it from the internet for the same price without the post and packing charge, if I remember rightly.  If you want to go on to the full version you have to download that from the internet.

Actually, apart from Rosie's long list, you can find a lot if you look up scripture memory in Google.  

Incidentally, Phil, I've ordered the youth Bible study book on your recommendation, (and am waiting impatiently for it to deign to start downloading Angry  ).,  The other one is available from logos only as part of a set that I don't want to buy, or printed cheap from America and twice the price from Amazon UK.  

Evan, I think your ideas about Bible memorising for your kids sound exciting.  Wish we had 50 kids.  We have 6 regulars and maybe about 10 irregulars at the moment.  Tho we are in a Muslim village, which doesn't increase numbers....

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 2:12 PM

nicky crane:
Incidentally, Phil, I've ordered the youth Bible study book on your recommendation, (and am waiting impatiently for it to deign to start downloading Angry  ).,

Hope it gives you some great ideas!

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 2:48 PM

Philip Spitzer:

nicky crane:
Incidentally, Phil, I've ordered the youth Bible study book on your recommendation, (and am waiting impatiently for it to deign to start downloading Angry  ).,

Hope it gives you some great ideas!

I'll let you know tomorrow.  Over 7 hours have passed since I got the order confirmation and it's nearly midnight and past my bedtime.  I trust it will have arrived by the morning.....  11 hours has been my longest wait so far....

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 2:51 PM

nicky crane:
 Over 7 hours have passed since I got the order confirmation and it's nearly midnight and past my bedtime.  I trust it will have arrived by the morning.....  11 hours has been my longest wait so far....

I feel for you. I've never had that problem. restart logos and my download is always instant. Here's hoping you don't beat your record!

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 2:57 PM

I shan't know if it only beats my record by a few hours as I shall (hopefully) be dead to the world in the land of dreams...  Sleep

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 28 2010 3:06 PM

Alleluia - it's downloading!Surprise

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 29 2010 8:11 AM

Philip, it's brilliant!  If only I'd had these ideas when our wild boys came for Bible study, before they got bored and we lost them!  This may save us losing the older girls now they are growing up and getting bored, and might even attract back more of the next generation of naughty boys!  We have only 2 or 3 at the moment, and their behaviour tends to be challenging....  Wink

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 29 2010 11:22 AM

Is this the book you are talking about: http://www.logos.com/product/7304/the-youth-workers-guide-to-creative-bible-study The Youth Workers Guide to Creative Bible Study?

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 29 2010 11:26 AM

Douglas Alvarenga:

Is this the book you are talking about: http://www.logos.com/product/7304/the-youth-workers-guide-to-creative-bible-study The Youth Workers Guide to Creative Bible Study?

yes!

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Mike S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 1 2011 3:48 PM

I would check out http://www.awana.org.uk/  

The curriculum here in the US includes a path for memorization that aligns with theological doctrines that are age appropriate and even now includes a CD with the verses.

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