Memorizing Scripture

Basic Memory Verses for Every Christian

By Jerry Truex

There are many passages in scripture worthy of memorization. Here are twelve that most Christians are familiar with because they are basic to our faith. Consider memorizing a verse or passage each month. 

Month Title Verses
Mar 2007 The Shema

Deut 6:4-5. 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 6:5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

Apr 2007

Greatest Commandment

Mark 12:29-31. 12:29 Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 12:30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' 12:31 The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (NRSV)

May 2007 What the Lord requires

Micah 6:8. He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (NRSV)

June 2007 The Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13. 6:9 Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 6:10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread; 6:12 And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; 6:13And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen (RSV).

July 2007 Scripture

2 Tim 3:16-17. 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 3:17 so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. (NRSV)

Aug 2007 Become Children of God

John 1:12. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God. (NRSV)

Sept 2007 God's Love

John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (NRSV)

Oct 2007 God's Forgiveness

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NRSV)

Nov 2007 God's Help

1 Cor 10:13. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. (NRSV) 

Dec 2007 God's plan for you

Jer 29:11. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (NRSV)

Jan 2008 Love one another

1 John 4:7-8. 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. (NRSV)

Feb 2008 The Fruit of the Spirit

Gal 5:22-23. 5:22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. (NRSV)


Jerry Truex is the Pastor of the Mennonite Church of the Servant; instructor of Biblical Studies at AMBS-Great Plains.