Spurgeon on Memorization
“The Bible in the memory is better than the Bible in the book case.”
“Be walking Bibles.”
“It is well to have a good memory and that is the best memory which remembers what is best worth remembering.”
“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”
“Holy Scripture requires searching—much of it can only be learned by careful study.”
“He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet.”
“It is needful to dwell on this head, because many Christians appear to think that if they are just believers, it is enough. We do not in business think it is enough if we barely escape bankruptcy. A man does not say, if his dear child has been ill in bed for years, that it is quite enough so long as the child is alive. We do not think that of our own bodies, that so long as we can breathe it is enough.”
“Those who are never tried usually possess a poor, tottering faith but trial, especially persecution, is like the rough March wind which goes howling through the forest, and while the young oaks are almost torn up by the roots at first, it loosens the soil for them, and they send out more rootlets, till they get such a firm grip that they defy the hurricane. That which shakes them at first strengthens them afterwards.”
“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
“We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service.”
“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.”
“All human books grow stale after a time - but with the Word of God the desire to study it increases, while the more you know of it the less you think you know.”
“The Book grows upon you: as you dive into its depths you have a fuller perception of the infinity which remains to be explored. You are still sighing to enjoy more of that which it is your bliss to taste.”
“Half our fears arise from neglect of the Bible.”
“The word of God is always most precious to the man who most lives upon it.”
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Do you know of any other Spurgeon quotes directly or indirectly related to Scripture memory? Post them in the comments and I can add them to this list!
The Mind Under Grace
"Theology is not some intellectual option that makes us 'smart' Christians; it is the graced understanding that makes us faithful disciples"
- James K.A. Smith
This is a quote about the study of doctrine and theology; but it applies equally well to the discipline of memorization.
Chuck Swindoll on the Value of Memorizing the Bible
Chuck Swindoll on the importance of memorizing the bible:
“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified”
(Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life p. 61).