Navigator’s Topical Memory Categories

Live the New Life

Christ the center – 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 2:20

Obedience to Christ – John 14:21 and Romans 12:1

The Word – 2 Timothy 3:16 and Joshua 1:8

Prayer – John 15:7 and Philippians 4:6-7

Fellowship – Matthew 18:20 and 1 John 1:3

Witnessing – Matthew 4:19 and Romans 1:16

Proclaim Christ

            All have sinned – Romans 3:23 and Isaiah 53:6

Sin’s penalty – Romans 6:23 and Hebrews 9:27

Christ paid the penalty – Romans 5:8 and 1 Peter 3:18

Salvation not by works – Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5

Must receive Christ – John 1:12 and Revelation 3:20

Assurance of salvation – 1 John 5:13 and John 5:24

Rely on God’s Resources

            His Spirit – 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 2:12

His strength – Isaiah 41:10 and Philippians 4:13

His faithfulness – Lamentations 3:22-23 and Numbers 23:19

His peace – Isaiah 26:3 and 1 Peter 5:7

His provision – Romans 8:32 and Philippians 4:19

His help in temptation – Psalm 119:9, 11 and Hebrews 2:18

Be Christ’s Disciple

            Put Christ first – Matthew 6:33 and Luke 9:23

Separate from the world – 1 John 2:15-16 and Romans 12:2

Be steadfast – 1 Corinthians 15:58 and Hebrews 12:3

Serve others – Mark 10:45 and 2 Corinthians 4:5

Give generously – Proverbs 3:9-10 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Develop world vision – Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:19-20

Grow in Christ likeness

            Love – John 13:34-35 and 1 John 3:18

Humility – Philippians 2:3-4 and 1 Peter 5:5-6

Purity – Ephesians 5:3 and 1 Peter 2:11

Honesty – Leviticus 19:11 and Acts 26:14

Faith – Hebrews 11:6 and Romans 4:20-21

Good works – Galatians 6:9-10 and Matthew 5:16

The Navigator’s system seems to work best by memorizing these verses under the 5 different headings. I have found that this helps me to focus on what I am attempting to commit to memory and why.

They suggest that you first say the heading. (for example: “Grow in Christ likeness”)

Next, read the verse you are learning (start by stating book, chapter and verse).

The actual memorization is a matter of personal preference, but sticking to their simple formula of heading, book, chapter, verse seems to cement it in more quickly.

I participated in a small group that followed this program that met weekly for 8 weeks. By the end I had all these verses committed to memory.

As I mentioned in my comment on your blog, I have adapted this program a little bit. I have made 3 different Word document folders for my laptop. They are: Book by Book Memorization (I say and type them in order from Genesis to Revelation). The next one is titled Additional Verse Memorization. In this folder I list new verses I am learning, using a heading for each one. For example: Living and Active; Hebrews 4:12-13. Using the same basic principle of speak, read, write and repeat I can continue to learn new verses. My last folder is titled Psalms where I use the same process to memorize passages from any number of them.

I dedicate 15 minutes per day to memorization. Once you get a manageable amount memorized, I recommend spending equal time learning new and reviewing what you have memorized. I find this extremely helpful in retaining what you store away.

Don’t hesitate to ask any questions or for clarification on any of this.

I pray Scripture memorization blesses you as much as it has me!

Pastor Chuck Copps

Lakeside Christian Ministries


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