Oct 4, 2011

Use Your iPhone to Memorize Scripture

As a Christian, at past points in my life I've memorized verses from the Bible.  Effectively memorizing Scripture requires going over it during the day.  In the past, I would write verses on index cards and then go over them during the day.  The cards made it possible to carry them around and review them whenever I had down time. The cards also made it possible to review verses that I had already memorized without having to look them all up in the Bible individually.

It's been a while since memorizing Scripture has been a regular practice for me but I'm starting back now and using my iPhone to assist me. I'm using an app called Fighter Verses, an app that was developed out of the vision of several people at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John Piper's church. It's an app that doesn't just replace the index cards.  It's so much more than that.

Fight Verses comes with fifteen years worth of verses to memorize (one per week), broken down by date and also displayable by topic. You have one-click access to the passage of the week for convenience and like with index cards, you can review them until you know them. Once you have a passage memorized you can mark it as memorized.  However, it's the other things that you can do with the app that make it a powerful assistant for Scripture memory:
  1. There's a fill in the blank quiz for each verse that let's you tap a blank to see the word after you recite it.
  2. The app will, with one click, put a picture of the passage on a nice gradient background in your camera roll and will give you instructions for making it your lock screen. Making your verse your lock screen ensures you see it every time you turn your iPhone on.
  3. With one click, you can read the whole chapter from which the passage comes, giving you context for the passage, which can not only help you understand it but help you remember it.
  4. You can read commentary, either from the FighterVerses.com blog or from a separate PocketSword app, which gives you commentaries from Matthew Henry and John Calvin.
  5. You can listen to the passage being read to you, even setting it to repeat.  Imagine hearing it over and over on the way to work.
  6. You can listen to the passage being sung to music, which, while a little cheesy, can make the verse "stick" in your mind better.
You have a choice between four versions for the verses you want to memorize:
  1. English Standard Version (ESV)
  2. New International Version (NIV) 1984
  3. King James Version (KJV)
  4. La Biblia de las Américas (LBLA)
In addition to these things, you can add your own verses if you want to follow your own plan. You only need to enter the reference and the verse will be imported for you.

You can also share the verse easily via email, Twitter, Facebook, or text message if it really impacts you.

If your wanting to get back into Scripture memory or want to start it for the first time, Fighter Verses provides you with a great set of tools to help.

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