By Dan Vis
January 13, 2020
This memo introduces our MEMORIZATION training track. In it, I share a number of key memorization goals I encourage every member at FAST to make. If you've not yet begun this track, why not start now...
If you have been a member at FAST for any length of time, you know that one of our big areas of emphasis is Bible memorization. It's only one part of the discipleship process, of course, but it plays a surprisingly powerful role in spiritual revitalization and life transformation. Time and time again, I've seen it supernaturally jump start a person's spiritual growth.
In this memo, I'd like to review what I recommend as the most important steps in building a powerful memorization program. To do that, I decided to outline the thought process behind the four modules in our MEMORIZATION training track.
Here are the four levels:
1. Beginner Level
The first memorization goal I recommend, is simply learning the basics of how to memorize. Many people think there isn't anything much they need to learn to memorize effectively, but in most cases, that's not true. Even learning just a few basic tips can make a huge impact on whether or not you succeed.
The first module in our level one training track does that nicely, by taking you through our Crash Course in Bible memorization. This short training series covers all the essentials: how to memorize, the mechanics of a good review system, secrets to remembering references, tips on maintaining consistency, and more. Best of all you can complete this class in just 7 days.
Another thing we recommend early on, is learning to use our Memory Engine. Students regularly report what a game changer this little app has been, and it can help you too. It's actually a bundle of several different tools that all work together to help you accumulate verses. Basically we manage everything for you, behind the scenes, to make memorizing Scripture as simple and easy as possible.
Once you've got the basics down, you've got the Memory Engine or a comparable system running, and you've memorized your first dozen verses or so, it's time to move on to the next module.
2. Advanced Level
The real power of memorization doesn't come from mastering the mechanics of using a verse pack or setting up a review system. These can help you start accumulating verses more effectively. But the real power comes when you learn the skills you need to use those verses practically in your daily life.
And we've got the perfect class for that: our Breakout Memory Challenge. This class not only massively expands on the nuts and bolts of how to memorize, but it hones in on life implementation. You'll learn how to choose specific key verses that speak to you practically, meditate on them and draw out key principles, and then build those principles into your personal experience.
Yes, the nuts and bolts tips in this 30 day class will definitely help you learn verses far more quickly than you ever thought possible. But more important, you will learn how to transform those verses into genuine building blocks in your spiritual life. Which is what this step in our training is all about: moving from simple memorization to even deeper internalization.
And coming soon, we'll be opening access to our Breakout Memory Challenge, so you can take it anytime you want. And we may even offer a way for churches to sign up members as a group, and run through it together. That would be cool, wouldn't it?
3. Expert Level
By the time you finish modules one and two, you should be a highly competent memorizer. You'll have the skills and tools you need to accumulate verses rapidly. And your pile of verses should be growing larger. But there's two more levels still to go.
Th third module in this training track works through our For Such A Time ebook. This resource takes a fresh look at endtime events, and especially the important role memorization will play in preparing a people for earth's final scenes. The goal in this level is simply to deepen your understanding of the purpose of memorization, so you can pursue God's goals more intelligently. After finishing this book, you will likely never quite see memorization the same again.
We will also encourage you to plug into our Memory Club and Bible Boost programs. These are both designed to help you find key verses you want to memorize. The Memory Club covers the Bible from Genesis to Revelation over a period of two years, helping you find the best and most popular verses in each section. Our Bible Boost program approaches things thematically, giving you hand-picked lists of verses on key topics each week, from which you can select verses you want to learn. Engaging and interactive programs like these make a difference, because encouragement and support are critical to long term memorization success.
In short, our goal for module three is to dramatically deepen your longterm commitment to memorization, so that it will remain a lifelong practice.
4. Guru Level
Last but not least, we want to give you some tools to help you share what you have learned about memorization with others. In our experience, one of the most important keys to longterm success in memorization is having friends around who memorize with you. That added "real life" encouragement and accountability can make a tremendous difference. And to be frank, the Bible pronounces a "woe" on those who don't have a partner (Ecclesiastes 4:9-109 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.). That's serious!
So we close out this training track with a fun little class called FAST Friends. This course guides you through a series of "missions" filled with fresh sharing ideas, even the most timid witness can enjoy. It will also show you around the various sharing tools on our site so you know how to see who responds to your invites, and encourage them along during their time here.
And ultimately that's the real goal, isn't it? It's not just knowing the nuts and bolts of memorization, knowing how to make memorization life-changing, or even knowing why memorization is so vital for these last days. We also want to be able to share the power of God's Word with family and friends. To build up a local core of committed memorizers, so we have people nearby we can press forward with together, challenging and exhorting one another, in a shared quest to be filled with Scripture.
So there you have it: four key goals for your memorization:
1) Learn the basics of memorization, and start using the Memory Engine or something similar.
2) Go deeper, and discover how to focus on key verses, through meditation and application, in pursuit of real life transformation.
3) Spend some time exploring the radical importance of memorization in preparing God's endtime people for earth's final crisis. And last,
4) Share the blessings of memorization with those you love, and build up a growing core group of memorizers in your area.
Commit yourself to achieving these four goals in the coming month, and it will take your memorization up to a whole new level. In fact, you may just be surprised at how wonderfully God will bless.
Go ahead, your future is before you. Knock out all four modules, and get your honorary certificate from FAST for completing our MEMORIZATION track.
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So what do you think of the modules in our memory certification track? What level would you put your own memorization? What is one thing you can do to strengthen your memorization? How committed are you to becoming a memory machine? Share a thought or two in the comments below...
|Posted by Dan Vis on 03/28/20|
Hi Gina! Have no fear, you can do it successfully just like thousands of others have learned to do. Start right in on our Crash Course. It's a FREE starter course you can complete in just one week.
Or if you really want to dive in, we still have two days left on our enrollment window for our Breakout Memory Challenge. It's our advanced 30 day class designed to help you memorize even faster...
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