Scripture Memory and Its Benefit

Scripture Memory and Its Benefit

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20

If you were in the adult School of Discipleship this past Sunday, you are aware that we began a new study on “How People Change.” If you weren’t there, come join us this week! We read aloud and considered Galatians 2:20 which is quoted above. We considered how this passage of Scripture encourages us to see that we have the present resources of Christ in our lives to bring help and change. I then encouraged us all to memorize this verse of Scripture.
Scripture memorization can help us greatly in many ways, especially in meditation. Meditation is not some near eastern “zoning out” practice whereby we enter some semi-conscious state for a period of time. Scripture meditation is the practice of thinking deeply and intensely on God’s word. We consider what it means and how it applies to us. We may use Scripture to aid us in prayer as we use the verse itself as a guide.
For example, using Galatians 2:20 we may pray something like this, “Lord, I praise you that I have been crucified with Jesus so that what He did on the cross counts for me. I thank you that Jesus now, at this moment, lives in me. Please help me to understand better what that means. Please help me to live each moment of every day by faith- with an active trust in Jesus Christ. I praise you that Jesus loves me and gave Himself for me. Help me to grasp fully Jesus’ love for me!”
A great tool for Scripture memory that I have recommended and use from time to time is called Scripture Typer. You can check it out at www.scripturetyper.com Why not use it to help you memorize Galatians 2:20? May God grant us all grace to understand living by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us!

Paul Bankson
pbankson@gmail.com

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991.

Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999.

In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando.

Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).