Years ago our church had a Summer Servant program. The purpose was to train youth for Christian leadership. Each prospective student for the program was given forty Bible verses, which had to be recited from memory before they could participate.
A white water rafting trip was planned as an outreach kick-off and each student was to invite an unchurched friend. I remember the youth pastor delaying the bus’s departure to listen to several last minute students recite their verses.
I personally thought memorizing forty verses was a huge expectation. The pastor’s reasoning was that during the summer the students would build on those verses, by seven additional verses each week!
I was impressed that so many kids did it. I was impressed that the youth pastor expected them to do it. I was impressed that for years afterward some teens kept their stack of cards with Bible verses next to their beds. Why? So they could review them and not forget the verses they’d learned.
Did it teach them leadership skills? Absolutely! A follower of Jesus who has God’s Word hidden in his heart will know how to model a godly life before others. Moreover, when God’s Word is fixed within him, he will know how to live a life that is purposeful, joyful and pleasing to God.
- I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
- How can a young man keep his way pure? Click here to listen:
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