12 verses in 12 months

One thing I have realized the longer we work with college students is that there are some consistent conversations that occur every year or so.  For example, we repeat our story of dating, engagement, and marriage several times a year. We also speak about our own college days.  We often answer questions about what the college football lifestyle is like, and I even answer parenting questions.

I personally have found the last 2 weeks alone have revolved around the story of Rahab and how her choices impacted generations to come.  In my interactions with students, I will often reference Bible stories where applicable.  In our campus Bible study, we encourage participation by having students look up passages and read them aloud.

Over the last year, I have been surprised by a number of discussions I have that revolve around the basics of scripture and a request for deeper understanding.  It’s so great to see students hunger for clarity. When I dig a little deeper out of curiosity asking why this request for clarity is new, I often hear a version of the same reason.  I went to church, but I’ve never read the bible for myself.  

When I look at the Millennial Generation, I am acutely aware that this will be the generation that most deeply influences my own boys.  As I’ve pondered this the last year, a deeper sense of urgency has developed around making sure that my boys not only know what the Bible says but that they can explain it.

With that in mind, 2015 has been set aside for my son’s ages 7 and 9 to memorize 12 verses.  One verse per month, including the reference, and an explanation in their own words of what it means.  If we do this for the next 9 years while our oldest is still under our roof, that would be 108 verses memorized and understood.  

This year I’ve chosen:

  • John 3:16
  • Luke 6:45
  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • 2 Corinthians 13:9
  • Psalm 9:1-2
  • Matthew 14:28-29
  • Exodus 14:14
  • 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
  • Hebrews 11:1
  • Luke 15:7
  • Psalm 119:11
  • Psalm 19:14

Faith Gateway has created a similar thing.  In conjunction with a new book 52 scriptures, every kid should know you can get free printables to help promote memorization.  

The verses I chose partly reflect some of the current questions, my are asking, and some of them reflect some reminders of character choices we desire to see shine through.  Whatever verses you choose, remember Psalm 119:11 “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you.”  I feel incredibly blessed to be able to speak into the lives of college students.  When it comes to the subject of understanding scripture, I can’t help but ache a bit wishing along with them that they were aware earlier in a life of the promises and words of God.