14 Reasons to Memorize an Entire Book of the Bible

Andy Naselli | October 21, 2015


Editors’ note: Also see the follow-up article “11 Steps to Memorizing an Entire Book of the Bible.”


I recently spent about 16 months memorizing 1 Corinthians and then recited it as a sermon to my church. I want that text in my blood. Here are some lessons I’ve learned along the way regarding both why and how to memorize an entire book of the Bible. Today I unpack the rationale for memorizing Scripture, and tomorrow I’ll provide a method I’ve found helpful for memorizing God’s Word

Here are 14 reasons to memorize a whole book of the Bible:

1. It renews your mind with God’s viewpoint.

Memorizing a large chunk of the Bible is a strategic way to obey Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” It helps you be like the person in Psalm 1: “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

2. It forces you to meditate on the text phrase by phrase—a recipe for illumination.

John Piper testifies, “Memorizing…


To read the rest of this article, visit http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/14-reasons-to-memorize-an-entire-book-of-the-bible.