Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sunday School Scripture Reading and Memorization

The technological advancement of the printing press coincided with the Reformation, making it possible for every person to have their own copy of the Word of God. This was an enormous leap in spreading access to the scriptures. As a result of the invention, however, many believe that two other spiritual disciplines declined: scripture memorization and reading of the Word in community. Memorization was absolutely essential, as people would store up God's Word in their hearts and carry it around with them that way. Also, lengthy passages of scripture were regularly read in community, as any given church might have only one copy of God's Word. But in reading the Word together, the whole body was built up in knowledge and faith.

This semester in Sunday School, we are reading large portions of scripture together. Sunday we all read Isaiah Chapters 52 and 53, Phillipians Chapter 2, and Mark 10:35-45 together. This week, we are working on memorizing the passage on the humiliation and exaltation of Christ in Phillipians 2.

Phil 2:5 "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."

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