Verses from August 2020 through July 2021
This month, July of 2021, marks the completion of 2 years of posting verses for you to memorize. I pray that you have taken advantage of this opportunity and have been blessed, which I am sure you have if you have been memorizing verses each month.
In July, we finish memorizing Psalm 1. God knows our hearts, be certain of that!
Psalm 1:5 - Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psalm 1:6 - For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
In June, we continue to memorize Psalm 1, which compares the life of a Godly person with that of an ungodly one. Godliness does not come through our own works. It comes from the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. This month we learn verses 3 and 4.
Psalm 1:3 - And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalm 1:4 - The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psalm 1 contrasts the life of a Godly, dedicated believer with that of an ungodly person. If we want the blessing of God on our life, we need to delight and meditate on the Law of the Lord, the inspired, inerrant Word of God. Over the next 3 months, our memory verses will be the 6 verses from Psalm 1. As the Psalmist writes in Psalm 119:11, " Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Memorizing Scripture helps us show our "delight in the law of the Lord" and needs to be an extremely high priority for every believer.
Our memory verses for May 2021 are the first 2 verses of Psalm 1.
Psalm 1:1 - Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalm 1:2 - But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
April 4th We celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Christ had been crucified on Good Friday, paying the price for our sins that none of us can pay for ourselves. When He hung on the cross, He said, "It is finished." He was not referring to His life, but to the task that He had been given. The task of providing for the salvation of every person who would, by faith, accept the free gift He offered on the cross. Our memory verses for April of 2021 both deal with this greatest truth to be found in the Bible!
Hebrews 12:2 - Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 - For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
March of 2021 leads up to the celebration of Easter and the Resurrection of Christ. He fully paid the price for your sin, for my sin. As we approach this sacred time, be sure you are preparing your heart for God to use you to promote His cause on this Earth. Our memory verses for March deal with preparing our hearts.
Jeremiah 29:13 - And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Matthew 6:21 - For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
February 14th each year is Valentines Day, a celebration of love. The Bible has a lot to say about love, but one of the most well-known sections is found in 1 Corinthians 13. The word "charity" in this chapter means "love." Our first memory verse for February is from this chapter.
1 Corinthians 13:4 - Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Pastor Cowan recently started a sermon series on the Beatitudes, from Matthew Chapter 5. I once heard the Beatitudes referred to as "The attitudes that ought to be." Our second memory verse for February is from the Beatitudes.
Matthew 5:3 - 6 - Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
As we enter January of 2021, everyone is hoping and praying for a completely different year than 2020. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen. As believers, we should realize that it is all in the hands of God, and we should dedicate ourselves to serving Him and living a life that gives Him honor and glory. Any "New Year's Resolutions" that we make should be based on Biblical truth and teaching. Our memory verses for January fit that description perfectly.
God is kind, merciful, gracious, and loving to us. He wants us to show those qualities to ALL those around us.
Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
The second memory verse reminds us of how to live a life that stands always for Biblical truth, and that consistently works for the Lord, no matter whether we see results or not.
1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
December is a month that a great number of people anxiously await, since Christmas is celebrated in December each year. Many people this year see December as the last month in 2020, a year they desperately want to see end! I fall in the first group, but I know that a lot of people that celebrate Christmas really don’t understand what Christmas is all about. Certainly it is nice to receive gifts and give gifts, but Christmas is about so much more than that. The real meaning of Christmas is the fulfillment of God’s plan, made before the creation of the world, to make salvation available to sinful men (which is all mankind). Salvation comes, not by the works we do “for” Christ, but by what Christ did for us. He gave His life as the perfect sacrifice for my sin, for your sin, for the sin of all people that have ever or would ever live. When we realize that we are a sinner and have no hope of changing that by ourselves, but that Jesus paid the penalty for my sin, and place our faith and trust in His finished work on the cross, God forgives all my sin, past, present, and future and promises me eternal life with Him in heaven. Our December memory verses both relate to this real meaning of Christmas.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
FBC starts out November with Evangelist Eric Goetsch on Sunday, November 1st at 10:30 am and 6:00 pm and Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 pm. Near the end of the month is Thanksgiving, so the background for the choice of our 2 memory verses for this month is evangelism and thankfulness.
Our first memory verse for the month deals with evangelism. All believers need to have the same attitude toward evangelism that Paul did as he explained in Romans 1:16. He was not ashamed of the Gospel. For that reason, he was bold in witnessing to those he met each day. We should be too. Our first memory verse for November is
Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Our second verse deals with thankfulness. We need to be thankful each day, not just on Thanksgiving Day. This has been a rough year, but, as a born again Christian, bought with the shed blood of Christ, we always have things to be thankful for. All we need to do is look for the blessings we have each day and realize they all come from Christ. In 1 Thessalonians 5, right after exhorting us to "Rejoice evermore" and "Pray without ceasing" Paul gives our second memory verse for November...
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Next month (November 1 - 6), First Baptist will be hosting Revival Meetings with Evangelist Eric Goetsch. Some, like Evangelist Goetsch, have been called of God to a ministry of Evangelism. However, ALL believers are commanded to "preach the gospel to every creature," as we saw in Mark 16:15, one of our memory verses last month. In order to "preach the gospel," we must be prepared. We must be ready. Our memory verses for October remind us of that. God has chosen to use believers to perform His work of Evangelism in this fallen world. Let's be ready for that task every day of our life!
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the LORD God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Although our second verse for October can be applied in other situations as well, I believe it does speak to our readiness to follow the Lord's leading to witness to those to whom the Holy Spirit has led us.
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the LORD, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
In early September of each year, we celebrate Labor Day with, oddly enough, a day off work! The Bible has a lot to say about work, our work ethic, and the purpose of work. I guess a quick summary of that would be “do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31), but that is not one of our verses for September. Our verses deal with the work that all believers are to do, witness, give the Gospel. That work is not limited to pastors and teachers. It is for all of us! As we approach Evangelistic meetings in November, let's memorize these verses and put them into practice in our daily lives!
Our first verse reminds us that there are souls out there in our own “circles”, that need to hear the Gospel, but true “laborers” are sadly few.
Matthew 9:37-38 -Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Our second verse is one of the versions of the Great Commission. This is the true “work” of all believers!
Mark 16:15 - And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
For the past 5 months, we have all been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. It has not gone away yet, and its impact is likely to last for some time. The month of August has also brought tragedy to those of us that are part of the First Baptist Church Family. In the face of tragedy and uncertainty, we should all remember that, if we have trusted Christ as our Savior, we are God's and nothing will ever pluck us from the hand of God. The verses for August reflect that truth.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.