We’re going to be studying through the book of Colossians this summer on Sunday mornings at 9am. I mentioned last Sunday that this would be a great book to memorize. Since it has about 95 verses, you could have the book memorized by the end of the summer if you spent the time with one verse each day.
Why do this? It’s certainly not to gain some spiritual points and you’re not going to get an Awana patch if you do it. In Psalm 119, the songwriter prays, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). The Bible is the place where we learn about who God is, what he has done for us through Jesus, and what a gospel-centered life looks like. Memorizing Colossians is not an efficient use of time according to the values that we’re all born with. But Christians have died to their old values and are being transformed to become like Christ (Colossians 3:1-17). We now want to view all of reality in relation to Christ. Memorizing Colossians is a way of obeying Colossians: “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16).
I’m going to give it a shot and you’re welcome to join me. The picture above is a stack of note cards that I made (not the greatest image…and for some reason it’s backwards). Since we’re going to be teaching through this for 14 weeks, I have a card for each week. For example, the first card is for the week of May 17-23 and has Colossians 1:1-8 on it since that is the passage that will be covered on Sunday, May 23rd. The goal is to have each passage memorized by the time we look at it together on the upcoming Sunday.
If you want to make a set of cards that follows the teaching schedule, you can download the document that I used here: Memorizing Colossians – ESV. Each section can be cut out and taped on a 3×5 note card. The back of the notecard can be used to take notes on the text as you reflect on it through the week.
I’d love to know if anyone else ends up doing this, so feel free to leave a comment and let me know.