Fifteen Verses Every Christian Should Memorize

June 27, 2018 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Pastor Glenn, I once saw a list of 10 verses everyone should memorize.  Can you tell me what you might include on such a list?

Dear ________,  Well here it is.  I couldn’t keep it to just 10 though.  I expanded it to 15!  They are listed by some basic categories of which Christians should have a good grasp.

About God

Genesis 1:1

Isaiah 40:28-31

Who Jesus is

John 1:1-4, 14

John 14:6

Human Sinfulness

Romans 3:10-11

The Gospel Message

John 3:16

Ephesians 2:8-9

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

The Bible

2 Peter 1:20-21

Isaiah 40:8

Psalm 119:105

Some Basic Assurances

1 John 5:11-13

1 Corinthians 10:13

Philippians 4:19

Proverbs 3:5-6

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18-20


There is some overlap in categories: Isaiah 40:31 is a great Basic Assurance verse, but it is based on who God is as stated in verses 28-30; In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says, “All authority has been given unto me,” a strong statement about who he is, but it is followed by the most memorable version of the Great Commission; 1 John 5:11-13 could just as well be listed as a Gospel Message verse, but because we are told we can know for certain, it fits better as a Basic Assurance.

Most people would list Romans 3:23 as a verse for Human Sinfulness, but it isn’t a complete sentence. Verses 10-11, quoting Psalm 14 and Psalm 53, is a complete sentence and a stronger message.  If you prefer memorizing 3:23 be sure to include v.24 as well.

Most people would probably use 2 Timothy 3:16-17 for a verse about the Bible being inspired. I’m OK with that too. I chose 2 Peter 1:20-21 because, Timothy only states that God’s word is inspired, but Peter, though he doesn’t use the word “inspiration,” tells us clearly what inspiration is and what it isn’t.

If you are at a stage where 15 verses seems overwhelming, start with a goal of memorizing one verse in each of the categories, the add the others later.

I’m open to whatever suggestions others may have to change or add to this list.

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