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Verse wars

Posted by Tim :: Ministry News

So... starting this coming Rock All Leaders Meeting (Monday 1/17), we will have our first test on verse memorization. Some may wonder why we're doing this. Well, one reason is because biblical wisdom directs us to (Prov. 6:20-24, 7:1-5), another is because God commanded our spiritual forefathers to do it (Deut. 6:4-9, 11:18-21), and yet another (and the biggest motivation for me) is that it is necessary for victory in the spiritual battles of life (Ps. 119:9-11, Eph. 13-18, II Tim. 3: 16,17). By the way, a short Bible study of these verses would prove to be powerful for anyone willing to do it.

So, here are the verses (in NIV) and a short personal reflection on each. Rock leaders: remember to memorize two of them, but overachievers can do all 4 and more if they wish. This week's theme is "courage" since we are attempting to launch a 3 week blitz-reach on about 40 different floors in the dorms and apartments.

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
I think of this verse every time I get nervous around a cop, especially while driving. I think to myself, "I don't have to fear that he's out to get me if I'm not doing anything wrong." I then slow down. I also remember this verse to remind myself who I am and how I can respond to life's challenges.

Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
I think of this verse whenever I go out sharing, defend the faith before a skeptic, or even correct/ reprove an errant believer. Basically, whenever my heart starts pounding at the thought of a confrontation, this verse puts my confidence in a more trustworthy place.

Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
I remember memorizing this verse the first time I took the outreach class. Gutenberg printed the first Bible shortly after that, if I remember correctly. It's been my "mantra" ever since.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Though this verse deals specifically about fearing punishment from God, I often think of it when I am responding more to my fears of a situation than out of faith and love. I don't want to love myself and my security more than God and others. If He calls me to step out in faith (and He does), then in love I do it.


Comments

I am so going to OWN Paul in Verse wars!!!!!!

Posted by: Matt at January 13, 2005 04:21 PM

At least you're participating for the right reasons.

Thanks for getting these posted, Tim!

Posted by: Pat at January 14, 2005 12:33 PM
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