In chapter 14 of What’s So Amazing About Scripture? I encourage and equip you to memorize select verses. When people ask me to suggest which ones to memorize first, I give them this list that enables a person to celebrate and communicate the gospel of salvation, grasp the basics of new life in Christ, follow Jesus more effectively, become more like Jesus, and finally trust God in difficult times.
So here are the top 40 memory verses…
SALVATION MEMORY VERSES
Saved from sin Isaiah 53:6
Saved from death Romans 6:23
Saved from wrath John 3:36
Saved by love John 3:16
Saved by Christ 1 Peter 3:18
Saved by grace Ephesians 2:8,9
Saved by faith Romans 10:9-10
Saved forever Romans 8:38-39
Isaiah 53:6—We all, like sheep, have gone astray; each of us has turned to our own wayand the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Romans 6:23—For the price of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 3:36—Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
John 3:16—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.
1 Peter 3:18—For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:8-9—For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Romans 10:9-10—If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 8:38-39—For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor 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.
THE NEW LIFE MEMORY VERSES
New in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17
God our Father Galatians 4:6-7
Spirit within 1 Corinthians 6:19
The Word 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Prayer John 15:7
Community Hebrews 10:24-25
Mission John 20:21
Hope Jeremiah 29:11
2 Corinthians 5:17—Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here!
Galatians 4:6-7—Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “AbbaFather.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
1 Corinthians 6:19—Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.
2 Timothy 3:16-17—All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
John 15:7—If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Hebrews 10:24-25—And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
John 20:21—Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Jeremiah 29:11—For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
FOLLOW JESUS MEMORY VERSES
Full surrender Luke 9:23
Renewed mind Romans 12:2
Resist Satan James 4:7
Serve others Mark 10:45
Give generously Proverbs 3:9-10
Make disciples Matthew 28:18-20
Tell others 1 Peter 3:15
Spirit’s power Acts 1:8
Luke 9:23—Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their (your) cross daily and follow me.
Romans 12:2—Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
James 4:7—Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Mark 10:45—For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Proverbs 3:9-10—Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Matthew 28:18-20—Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
1 Peter 3:15—In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Acts 1:8—You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
A CHANGED LIFE MEMORY VERSES
Faith Hebrews 11:1,6
Love John 13:34-35
Humility 1 Peter 5:5-6
Compassion James 1:27
Focus Hebrews 12:1-2
Good Works Ephesians 2:10
Fruits Galatians 5:22-23
Courage Joshua 1:9
Hebrews 11:1,6—Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
1 Peter 5:5-6—In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
James 1:27—Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Hebrews 12:1-2—Therefore, since such a great cloud of witnesses surrounds us, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Ephesians 2:10—For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Galatians 5:22-23—But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Joshua 1:9—Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
TRUSTING GOD MEMORY VERSES
When fearful 2 Timothy 1:7
When worried Philippians 4:6-7
When lacking Philippians 4:19
When tempted 1 Corinthians 10:13
When guilty 1 John 1:9
When deciding James 1:5
When weak Isaiah 40:31
When dying John 11:25
2 Timothy 1:7—For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Philippians 4:6-7—Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19—And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 10:13—No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be temptedbeyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 John 1:9—If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
James 1:5—If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Isaiah 40:31—Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
John 11:25—Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”