We have a responsibility as Kidmin to introduce our kids to scripture but more importantly to embed it into their hearts. The scripture that kids learn will stick with them and help guide them through the course of their life!
Scripture memorization is important! If for no other reason than the fact that almost all the times we see Jesus refer to scripture, He is reciting it by memory!
I strongly believe we have to be more strategic about the verses we have our kids learn. Rather than focusing on the quantity they can learn, focus on the quality of the scriptures. Don’t just make it easy for kids to learn, make it a challenge, so they actually have to put some effort into it.
If a scripture is easily learnt, its probably going to be easily forgotten. Don’t be worried about challenging kids to learn bigger portions of scripture! Incentivize them!
Here are 10 scriptures I think EVERY child should know when they graduate from kids church….
1. Psalms 23: God is out Shepherd
‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’
2. Ephesians 6:14-17: Armor of God
‘Stand strong, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. And also take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the burning arrows of the Evil One. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—which is the word of God.’
3. 1 Corinthians 13:3-7: What is LOVE?
‘If I give all I have to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.’
4. Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in God
‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’
5. John 3:16-17: Jesus died for US
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him’
6. Jeremiah 29:11: God has plans
‘For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’
7. Hebrews 4:12: We need the Bible!
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.’
8. Romans 8:37-39: Nothing can Separate us from God’s Love!
‘In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, or any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
9. Matthew 28:19-20: Great Commission
'Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'
10. Matthew 6:9-13: The Lord’s Prayer
'This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'
Obviously this isn’t a FULL list; what are some scriptures that you think every child should be familiar with by the time they reach their teen years?