100 Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart : study guideBeginnings: The Bible’s Fantastic Four“As We Think” and “Beginnings: The Bible’s Fantastic Four”100 Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart : study guideIn 100 Verses., Mr. Morgan presents Genesis 1:1 as “giving us roots” and “giving us routes.”Ask: What does the writer mean when he says, “Genesis 1:1 gives us roots”On page 47, Morgan says:Facilitator: Use the following questions and activities to lead your group in the discussionof 100 Verses: Everyone Should Know by Heart by Robert J. Morgan. This study guide worksbest if participants have read through the book in its entirety, or have read the chapterscovered in each session, before the group meeting. Each study session leads participantsthrough one of the 13 memorization sections of Part Two of 100 Verses., as well ascoordinating passages from Part One.READYBegin the group meeting by providing note cards to each participant. Instruct groupmembers to number 1-5 on their note cards, and then write their answers to the followingquestions you ask aloud:1. What is your favorite Bible verse? Why?2. What was the first verse you memorized?3. Why do you think Bible memorization is important?4. Honestly—what role does Bible memorization play in your spiritual growth now?5. What are the factors keeping your from meeting your memorization goals and aspirations?Provide time for participants to share answers, but do not force anyone to volunteer.Of course, be sure to present your answers to the group. Ask each to write his or her nameon the note card, and then take up the note cards. Not only does this activity break the ice,but it also allows you to gauge where each group member is in the implementationof memorization, etc. (In preparation for the next meeting, review these note cards. Adjustyour session’s focus, based on what you learn from the note cards, to better guide your groupmembers into the practice of Bible memorization.)SETNext, read aloud James Allen’s quote from page 4:Then read aloud Proverbs 23:7.“A [person’s] mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated orallowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth.If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless seeds will fall therein, andwill continue to produce their kind.”Ask: What did you learn from these? Do you agree with Allen’s observations? How canProverbs 23:7 apply to Bible memorization?Transition into the “Beginnings: The Bible’s Fantastic Four” section by reading the“Fantastic Four” verses aloud: Genesis 1:1; John 1:1, 14; 3:16. Ask: Why do you think theauthor chose these verses as the first to memorize? What is your “history” with these verses,i.e. memorized them as a child, just read them for the first time, etc?2“The book of Genesis gives us the history of creation, sin, the beginnings of human society,and the wondrous plan of redemption introduced by God. If you discard Genesis 1:1, youabandon the roots and reality of humanity on earth. By removing this text from consciousthought, we lose all inherent moral law in the universe, all intrinsic bases for self-image,all eternal purpose to life, and any and all hope in the human heart.”Ask: What does Morgan mean when he says, “Genesis 1:1 gives us routes”?On page 48, he explains:“If we have a past, we have a future. If we were created in God’s image, we have eternalpotential. If we have an intelligent Creator who knows and loves us, He must have apurpose and plan for time and eternity. Without Him we’re dying embers in a dyinguniverse with no ultimate significance. With Him we have roots in a dignified past androutes to a great future.”Ask: How does this explanation of Genesis 1:1’s “roots and routes” encourage you?Move on to discuss John 1:14, which will be the assigned verse to memorize for this session.Read through the eight-point outline on page 51: Jesus is the God who made us (1:1-3).He is the life who sustains us (v. 4a).He is the light who illumines us (vv. 4b-5).He is the message who excites us (vv. 6-9).He is the Savior who redeems us (vv. 10-13).He is the friend who dwells among us (v. 14).He is the Lord who surpasses us (v. 15).He is the Son who blesses us (vv. 16-18).Ask: Which of these descriptors of Christ is most meaningful to you?On a white board or poster, write down the group’s answers to the following questions: Whywould John 1:14 be beneficial to memorize? What truth does it present? How can that truthimpact your life?MEMORIZEChallenge participants to memorize John 1:14 before the next meeting. This memorizationassignment may bring on anxiety, fear, or even dread. Commit to being a cheerleader, anencourager for those in your group. Remind them to meditate on the reasons listed on thewhite board or poster. This reasoning can motivate them for the task!3

100 Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart : study guideThe Roman Road: The Plan of Salvation“Getting Scripture into the Memory” and “The Roman Road: The Plan of Salvation”Facilitator: Although these sessions use 100 Verses by Robert J. Morgan as a launchingpoint, remember the purpose of this study group (and the book!) is not merely to enjoy agood read, but to cultivate the spiritual discipline of Bible memorization into a believer’slife—a life-changing pursuit bestowing blessing after blessing.READYTo start off this session, ask for volunteers to share their salvation story; present yoursalvation story; or invite a guest speaker to share his or her testimony, whichever is mostappropriate for your study group.Segue the discussion by noting that while Morgan called the four verses from “Beginnings”the “bare bones of biblical truth,” he refers to the verses in this study section—“The RomanRoad”—as the “comprehensive outline for God’s plan of salvation” (p. 55).SETUsing PowerPoint, a white board, or poster, write out Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:9-10. Instructparticipants to name aloud everything they learn about God’s salvation from these verses.Example observations: Romans 3:23—“We all have sinned and fallen short of the perfect standards and holyexpectation of the God of all glory. We are separated from Him by our sins. Before thegood news of salvation, we have to know the bad news of sin” (p. 56). Romans 6:23—“The Bible says that we’re all employed by sin, and the result or paybackis physical, spiritual, and eternal death. In contrast to that, God wants to give us a gift,which is everlasting life” (p. 57). Romans 5:8—“The first two words state an historical fact: ‘Christ died.’ The secondtwo add the theological significance: ‘for us.’ The full four form the crux of the Gospel”(Baxter, p. 60). Romans 10:9—This verse is “the acknowledgement that Jesus Christ is God Himself andthat we are making Him the Lord of our lives. This is our declaration when we decide tobelieve and receive the truth of the risen Christ” (p. 61). Romans 10:10—“Verse 9 tells us to confess with our mouth and to believe in our hearts.Verse 10 explains that we believe with our hearts and confess with our mouths. That’snot a contradiction; it’s a mirror image of the process” (p. 64).100 Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart : study guideOn page 7, Morgan says:“Scripture has power that is supernatural, soothing, convicting, transforming, lifechanging, timely, timeless, and eternal. Nothing beats having the Word of God storedaway in the chambers of the mind.”This is an excellent quote to write on a note card, enter as a screen saver, or store in a phoneto encourage participants as they commit to Bible memorization.Instruct study members to find a partner within the group. Allow the partners to recitethe memory verse from the previous session to one another. After five minutes or so, bringeveryone together again and ask: What surprised you about memorizing this verse? Whatwere your challenges in memorizing this verse? How did you overcome the difficulties? Howdid God use the memorized verse in your life?Note to Facilitator: This study guide is set up to guide participants in memory of one versefrom each section of Part One from 100 Verses.—13 total verses. However, the number ofmemorized verses can be altered depending on the needs and ability of your group. Forinstance, if you only meet once a month, then challenge participants to memorize four versesper month.100 Verses. is a primer of sorts on Bible memorization—a first step in implantingmemorization of God’s Word into the routine of a Christian’s life. Take the cue from Morganin “Getting Scripture into the Memory” and promote the concept of memorizing Biblepassages instead of stand-alone verses as the intended goal. Use Morgan’s story of DallasWillard on pages 7-8 to support your challenge.MEMORIZEInform participants the next verse to memorize is Romans 10:9. (And if they are willing,include verse 10 too!)45

100 Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart : study guideListening: The Word of God and Prayer“Getting Scripture into the Subconscious” and “Listening: The Word of God in Prayer”Facilitator: This study guide is designed to provide you with the talking points, teachingmaterial, discussion questions, and activities needed to effectively facilitate a study groupthrough 100 Verses. Yet, remember to include time in each session to focus on participants’observations, questions, and comments from their personal time reading the book andmemorizing Scripture. Concentrate more on the spiritual growth of group members andapplication than simply trying to complete a session outline. That being said, also be aware ofunhelpful “rabbit trails” to be chased, taking away valuable group time.READYBring treats to the group meeting—candy, stickers, sodas, something reminiscent of Sundayschool prizes, etc. Give a treat to each person who can recite the previously assigned memoryverse. Keep the mood jovial and encouraging, being sure not to scold or embarrass those whocannot repeat the verse.SETAssign each of the following verses to six different study members. (Scriptures can also bedivided among groups.) 2 Timothy 3:16Joshua 1:8Psalm 119:11 Deuteronomy 6:6Deuteronomy 6:7Hebrews 4:12Instruct each participant to tell what benefits are ascribed to the Word of God in his orher verse, and then share the observation with the group. If time allows, analyze Morgan’scomments on each: 2 Timothy 3:16—Review Morgan’s bulleted comparison of this verse and John 3:16 onpages 65-66. Joshua 1:8—Discuss the threefold command and twofold promise found in this versepresented on page 68. Psalm 119:11—“When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He quoted memorized Scripture,giving us an example. If we’ll fill our minds with God’s Word, we’ll have the weaponsneeded to fend off the attacks of the evil one. God has put more than thirty-one thousandverses in this Book to help us withstand the temptations we face in life. It’s like havingthirty-one rounds of ammunition; and there’s no excuse for having your arsenal empty”page 71. Deuteronomy 6:6-7—Examine Morgan’s three golden rules for parenting on pages 7273. How can these principles affect your family life? Hebrews 4:12—Consider the exposition presented on page 76. What did you learn fromthe suggested exercise (in the “Context” portion)?6100 Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart : study guideDirect participants’ attention to the book text on pages 10-11:“Some people question the value of rote memory, and I’ll admit that just memorizingwords for the sake of words is of limited value . . . . When we memorize a word, phrase,line, or verse from God’s Word, it’s like implanting a powerful radioactive speck of the verymind of God into our own finite brains. As we review it or hear it spoken again, it sinksdeeper into our heads. As we learn it ‘by heart,’ it descends into the hidden crevices andfissures of our souls. As we meditate on it, it begins sending out its quiet, therapeutic wavesof influence. And, as the apostle Paul said, we are transformed by the renewing of ourthoughts (see Rom. 12:2).”Explain your answer. How does this book text encourage you to memorize Scripture?Next, read aloud Psalm 1; Proverbs 7:1, 3; and Joshua 1:8. Ask: What do these verses, takentogether, teach you about the significance of regular Bible study and memorization?Segue to the final portion of the “Listen” section by reminding participants of anotherspiritual discipline that goes hand-in-hand with study and memory—prayer. Read thethree verses—Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 5:14-15—aloud. Ask: What did you learn about prayerfrom these verses? What from Morgan’s observations most resonated with you? Whatmisconceptions about prayer were dispelled for you? How will these verses on prayer impactyour prayer life?MEMORIZEAgain, ask participants to list their challenges when it comes to Scripture memorization, andthen ask them to name off the benefits of memorizing God’s Word discovered in this session.Pose this question: Do the challenges outweigh the benefits? Or vice versa?Of course, the benefits vastly outweigh the challenges! Use this as encouragement tocontinue with memorization.Assign 2 Timothy 3:16 as the next verse to memorize. Provide memory tips to your group,such as writing out the verse on a note card and placing it on the refrigerator door, cardashboard, or bathroom mirror where it can be frequently read; or download the verse onan iPod to listen to over and over; play memory games with your children using words fromverse—you and children can memorize Scripture together! Allow time for group members toshare ways they enhance their retention of the verses.7

100 Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart : study guideAssurance: Inner Peace and Security“Getting Scripture into the Imagination” and “Assurance: Inner Peace and Security”100 Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart : study guideOn pages 14-15, the author presents several passages on the role of our mind in our spiritualgrowth. Review that list with your group.Facilitator: Utilize various forms of me

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