Colossians 2:6,7 Bible Memory

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Bible Memory

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I stood with sweaty hands trying to remember the verse.  It wouldn’t come to me.  I didn’t exactly want the bookmark or pencil or whatever incentive I was being offered for remembering the verse.  I didn’t want the embarrassment of not knowing either.  I looked at my shoes and the teacher pitied me.  They gave me clues.  Even at a young age I knew that the number of clues I was being given showed that I didn’t know the verse.  I blundered through the memory verse, was given a pencil or a bookmark and then sat down hoping I never had to do that again.  Of course.  I did.  Week after week as I went through Sunday School.  Memorize, rinse, and repeat.

The verses I remember are few.  I can’t recite them verbatim.  I had the same problem memorizing lines.  I would hear a line from a play and in my own words I would express exactly the same principle.  In Bible memory it was the same.  I understood the Bible but I couldn’t memorize it.  Compare that to the child with the photographic memory who can tell you what a verse says, but who does not understand it.  Neither extreme is what would really help a child.

Bloom’s taxonomy says that learning starts with knowing the facts.  A child begins their journey towards truly understanding an idea by being able to restate it in the way they received it.  They go through stages of putting it into their own words and then synthesizing it with their own understanding of the world.  Do you know a Bible curriculum which really does that well?  To be able to accept the raw information and be able to recall it we might apply to Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.  Children can have multiple ways in which they learn.  Some children are musical.  Some children are kinesthetic.  Some children are logical and mathematical.  Some are interpersonal.  Some are intrapersonal. And the list keeps expanding.  Children are a combination of intelligences in varying measure.  We can reach them in multiple ways.

So the question is, “How does the Bible verse listed above become best memorized by you?”  Over Labour Day weekend I will be the speaker at  Lake Geneva Youth Camp and it will be family camp.  We will memorize the above verse.  Why don’t you try it?  It won’t be for a pencil or bookmark.  It’ll be for the goodness that it grows in your own soul.


How would you memorize the above verse?

Will you do it?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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17 Responses to Colossians 2:6,7 Bible Memory

  1. Just wrapping up. Coming down.

  2. Andrew Moore says:

    I think I would learn this verse partially by using imagery. The words that really stuck out to me in the passage as being easy to remember were “rooted” and “overflowing.” It makes me think of a plant being rooted in the ground and also gives me the image of watering it to overflowing. I think this would be a good place to helping to remember the passage.

  3. Maelynn says:

    I memorize by repeating the various phrases of a verse over and over again. I picture the words in my mind and visualize what they mean
    Then, I put the phrases all together. And yes, I will memorize it. 🙂

  4. Maria T. says:

    I memorize best by repetition and by reproducing, whether by writing or by speaking. I think about how the different clauses fit together to make the sentence mean exactly what it says. I’ll set aside some time to rewrite it a few times, and I am going to put a card with the verse in a place where I will remember to read it regularly.

  5. I would memorize this verse best by writing through the verse and using imagery. I will memorize this verse.

  6. Christina W. says:

    I memorize best by writing the verse on an index card and then reviewing it and repeating the verse out loud several times. I will work to memorize this verse.

  7. I would read it multiple times. And while reading it make it have meaning to me. Like, “how does this apply to my life?”. Still, I would use the charlottes Mason method of memorization. That tactic seemed to help me greatly.

  8. Jung Kim says:

    I would first keep reading the verse a couple times until it makes sense to me. I will try to meditate on it first and try to see what the author really meant to say to me through the verse. Then, I will read it out loud until I remember from deep inside my heart.

  9. Molly says:

    I memorize best by writing the verse out on a piece of paper and than repeating it in song and out loud until I have it nailed down. I will memorize this verse. 🙂

  10. I would memorize this verse by consistently writing it over and over again and having a friend quiz me on it. I would also probably use mnemonic devices to help me remember parts of it.

  11. Olyn says:

    I would choose the first few words (up to the first comma or something), and repeat them a few times. Then add on with a few more words, which I repeat. Then so forth until I can repeat the whole verse 3 times without messing up.

  12. Michael McCardle says:

    I would write it on a note card and read it everyday and keep it it in my pocket.

  13. Christa says:

    By sticking it up by my desk in my dorm room so that I can see and say it repeatedly throughout the day and by asking my sister to join me and keep me accountable. Yes, I will memorize it.

  14. Emmy R says:

    I memorize through writing it out and posting it somewhere where I can see it, and by lots and lots of repetition.

  15. Megumi says:

    I memorize by repetition of short phrases and gradually putting all the phrases together. It also helps me to recognize a rhythm or pattern in the words.

  16. I memorize best by chunking the verse into different phrases and remember each one at a time then put them all together. After that, it helps me to write it out.

  17. Nate Silvieus says:

    I memorize best through repetition, repeating short sections and adding more on as i become familiar with the previous part.

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