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Bible Memorization Plan and Tool: Something to Consider for the New Year?

December 27th, 2010
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I just picked up this great blog post from Justin Taylor of Crossway, who in turn passed this along from Timmy Brister.

In the summer of 2008, I came up with the crazy idea called a “memory moleskine.” The goal was to memorize the book of Ephesians before the end of the year. Since then, that Ephesian memory moleskine has resulted in 4,000+ people joining in. With a number of people desiring to do it again, I pitched the idea of memorizing the book of Philippians beginning in the New Year.

Let’s face it. Memorizing Scripture can be a difficult discipline, especially memorizing long passages of Scripture. In our fast-paced lives of multi-tasking with any number of things vying for our attention, there is a real danger for the Word of God to get squeezed out of our daily lives. More than any other time, Christians need to partner together for the purpose of internalizing Scripture, encouraging one another to abide in the words of Christ, and remembering the weighty truths that center us in God’s work in our lives. To do this, a system for memorizing Scripture has been created called the memory moleskine.

Starting in 2011, I am beginning a project called P2R (Partnering to Remember). The goal is to memorize the entire book of Philippians by Easter Sunday (April 24, 2011) through partnering with other believers using the memory moleskine. Paul praised the church in Philippi for their partnership in advance of the Gospel, and in the spirit of that partnership, this project intends to bring Christians together for the deepening work of God’s Word in their lives. Simply put, I believe we should partner to remember.

Using the Cahier moleskine, I have created a pocket-size notebook that provides a practical and accessible way to memorize Scripture. Through collaboration with The Resurgence, a customized PDF has been created for you to download with a week-by-week outline for memorizing the book of Philippians in 16 weeks using the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. On one side of the moleskine you simply paste the week’s verses to memorize, and on the other side you write your reflections on the verses while indicating how many times you rehearsed them each day. Included in this PDF are encouragements and helps to memorizing and retaining Scripture from Donald Whitney, Andy Davis, and John Piper.

The Cahier moleskine can be purchased either directly from Moleskine or from various bookstores such as Borders or Books-a-Million. My hope is that many Christians will establish a rhythm of remembering God’s Word together through a system that helps access Scripture wherever you are. So I encourage you to join me at the beginning of the New Year with a memory moleskine in your hand that God’s Word may be more treasured in your heart!

How to Make Your Own 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

1. Purchase your own Cahier Moleskine (3.5×5.5 size)

2. Download the PDF provided by the Resurgence

3. Cut the weekly Scripture reading according to the border

4. Use double-sided tape to paste the weekly section of verses

5. Find someone who you can partner with for encouragement & accountability

6. Jump in starting January 1, 2011!!!

If you decide to partner with me next year to memorize Philippians, please let me know in the comments. I would love to know who you are! And if you don’t have someone to partner with you, I will attempt to encourage you through my blog. :)

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  1. Bonnie
    December 27th, 2010 at 09:26 | #1

    I’m in! However, I have a pile of unused notebooks laying around, so mine might be a “memory marble composition book” or a “memory journal from Borders”. Hope that’s ok. :)

  2. HB
    December 27th, 2010 at 13:39 | #2

    Sounds great. I might even have my kids learn it along with me as part of our homeschooling.

  3. Julia
    December 27th, 2010 at 16:03 | #3

    I am in also. This is something I have wanted to accomplish this year.

  4. Terry
    December 28th, 2010 at 06:11 | #4

    I’m “In”. Thank you for the information and the challenge.

  5. David
    December 28th, 2010 at 11:27 | #5

    I’m game …

  6. DRG
    December 28th, 2010 at 19:47 | #6

    My husband and I are going to join you.
    Debbie and Ray

  7. Diana and John
    December 29th, 2010 at 08:55 | #7

    My husband and I are in. Buying our books this week. Thank you for this wonderful idea. It would be great to share notes as we go along, is that a possibility somehow?

  8. Kelly
    December 29th, 2010 at 19:32 | #8

    I memorized Philippians in college, and in the NIV… so now the memorization is essentially obsolete. ;o)

    Now, Romans I’d love to memorize. I never got past the first two chapters.

  9. Rob
    January 1st, 2011 at 11:21 | #9

    I ordered the Moleskine and plan on memorizing this year, but I don’t think I’ll do Philippians. Perhaps Galatians or Colossians.

    I memorized a bunch in the military with an Evangelical group called the Navigators. I find that it’s hard now at 49 than it was in my early twenties.

  10. Wil
    January 1st, 2011 at 13:51 | #10

    I will be joining you. Thank you for passing on the idea and the challenge!

  11. Rocky
    January 3rd, 2011 at 18:18 | #11

    Count me in — have been wanting to do this — great way to have a coordinated effort for doing so . . . lokking forward to comments about how this going along the way.

    God Bless

  12. John and Diana
    January 6th, 2011 at 20:53 | #12

    We’ve begun and are on verse 5!

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