Word Study Activities Guide

Tips on Bible Memory Verse Review

Once you and your children have begun to memorize Bible verses, you’ll need to review them to keep from forgetting them. Here are a few pointers to help make your review time fun.

Some hints for reviewing:

* Put your children’s memory verses on an audio cassette that can be played at naptime, bedtime, etc. (Older children and teens can help make these review tapes for themselves and their younger brothers and sisters. Their new verses can be added daily or weekly.)

* Make verse flash cards. Put the verse on one side, and the reference on the other. Or include the first few words, or one or two key words from each verse on the reference side. Devise games and quizzes using the cards.

* One of the keys to successful Bible memory work is having the verses easily available for quick review and memorizing when you find yourself with a few spare moments. When you’re riding on a bus, sitting in the dentist’s office, waiting to meet a friend or parked waiting to pick up the kids at school, take a few minutes to review or commit another verse to memory. Teach your children to do the same.

* Make a chart to keep track of review work. List the verse and chapters you have memorized, then daily work your way down the list with your children. When your children have successfully reviewed a verse or passage, put a sticker or checkmark on the chart. When they memorize something new, add it to the list so it will be reviewed regularly.

Ideas from other parents and teachers:

* We made a shield in bright red and blue for each child with a banner across them bearing their names. The shields were put in the living room so everyone would see them. Each time the children learn a verse, they get to put a “medal” bearing the verse reference on their shield. (The medals are cut from colored paper.)

* Try a Memory Bee—like an old-fashioned Spelling Bee, with a few variations. Say the reference and see who can quote the verse; or ask each contestant in turn to quote a verse on a certain topic, such as salvation, healing, trusting God in time of trouble, etc.; or pose situational questions such as, “A poor family needs money for food. What verse could they claim?” We have a little box of situational questions written on cards, which can be pulled out at any time for a quick review activity.

* All three versions of the Memory Bee can also be played with a single child when you have time alone with him or her. Sometimes we take turns quizzing each other; sometimes we keep score.

* Memory buddies: Everyone has a memory buddy, and they each check on and help the other every day with memory and review.

* Memory Review: The first three weeks of the month we learn new verses, and the fourth week is review of that month’s and previous memory work.

* Review games of our memory verses are always fun to play on our daily walks. I’d play the role of a person needing an answer to his question or problem, and ask the kids questions that they were only allowed to answer with a Bible verse, such as, “Who made the world?” (Genesis 1:1), “Who made man?” (Genesis 1:27), “What do I have to do to be saved?” (Acts 16:31), “Am I a sinner?” (Romans 3:23), “What is truth?” (John 17:17).

While the children eat, I read aloud their memory work for the day. We enjoy acting out the message of a verse with motions, which helps the children review and retain their memory work better. They review their memory work before naptime and bedtime every day

Bible Story Checklist

The following passages from the Bible will provide many hours of worthwhile input and interaction as you read them with your children. This list contains more stories than the list presented for use with little children in Keys to Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Jesus’ life

Birth: Matthew 1:18-2:23; Luke 1:5-2:52
Death: Matthew 26:17-27:66; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18-19
Resurrection: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20

Miracles of Jesus

Miracles of raising the dead:
The son of a widow: Luke 7:11-16
The daughter of Jairus: Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43; Luke 8:41-56
Lazarus: John 11:32-44

Miracles of healing:
Nobleman’s son, of a fever: John 4:46-54
Man with leprosy: Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-14
Man with palsy[paralysis]: Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:3-12; Luke 5:17-26
Man who had been ill 38 years: John 5:1-16
Man with withered hand: Matthew 12:10-15; Mark 3:1-5; Luke 6:6-10
Centurion’s servant, of palsy: Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:2-10
Woman sick 12 years with issue of blood: Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48
Two blind men: Matthew 9:27-31
Hearing and speech restored to a man: Mark 7:32-37
Sight restored to a man: Mark 8:22-26
Sight given to man born blind: John 9:1-11
Woman who had been afflicted 18 years cured: Luke 13:10-17
A man, of dropsy: Luke 14:1-6
Ten men, of leprosy: Luke 17:11-19
Sight restored to a beggar: Matthew 20:30-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43
The ear of Malchus healed: Luke 22:50-51
Peter’s mother-in-law healed: Matthew 8:14-17; Mark 1:29-31; Luke 4:38-39

Various other miracles Jesus performed:
Water converted into wine: John 2:1-11
Peter’s net filled with fish: Luke 5:1-11
Feeding 5,000 plus: Matthew 14:15-21; Mark 6:35-44; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:5-14
Feeding 4,000 plus: Matthew 15:32-39; Mark 8:1-10
A fish furnishes tribute money: Matthew 17:27
A great haul of fish: John 21:6-14
Fig tree withered: Matthew 21:18-21; Mark 11:12-14;20-21
Wind and sea obey His word: Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:37-41; Luke 8:22-25
Jesus walks on the sea: Matthew 14:25-31; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:19
Those sent to apprehend Him fall backwards: John 18:4-6
Jesus passes through crowd unseen: Luke 4:28-30

Miracles connected with Jesus’ life:
Guidance of the Magi by a star to Bethlehem: Matthew 2:1-9
The signs at His baptism: Matthew 3:16-17; Mark 1:9-12; Luke 3:21-22
The signs at His transfiguration: Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:1-9; Luke 9:28-36
The answer to His prayer: John 12:28-30
The signs at His death: Matthew 27:45-53
The signs at His resurrection: Matthew 28:2; Mark 16:4-6
The signs at His ascension: Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:6-12

Parables Jesus told
The mote and the beam: Matthew 7:3-5
Houses on rock and sand: Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49
The sower: Matthew 13:3-8,18-23; Mark 4:3-8,14-20; Luke 8:5-15
Tares (weeds) among the wheat: Matthew 13:24-30
The leaven: Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21
The hidden treasure: Matthew 13:44
The pearl of great price: Matthew 13:45-46
Treasures old and new: Matthew 13:52
The unmerciful servant: Matthew 18:23-34
The father and two sons: Matthew 21:28-31
The wise and foolish virgins: Matthew 25:1-13
The talents: Matthew 25:14-30
The sheep and the goats: Matthew 25:31-46
New cloth on an old garment; new wine in old wineskins: Matthew 9:16-17; Mark 2:21-22; Luke 5:36-37
The lamp under a bushel: Matthew 5:15; Mark 4:21-23; Luke 8:16
The wedding guests: Matthew 9:14-15; Mark 2:18-20; Luke 5:33-35
The two debtors: Luke 7:41-50
The good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
The friend at midnight: Luke 11:5-8
The rich fool: Luke 12:16-21
The waiting servants: Luke 12:35-40
Faithful and wise steward: Luke 12:42-48
The mustard seed: Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4.31-32; Luke 13:18-19
The shut door: Luke 13:24-30
Ox fallen into a pit: Luke 14:3-6
Places of honor: Luke 14:7-11
Poor, maimed, lame and blind: Luke 14:12-14
The foolish virgins: Matthew 25:1-13
The great supper: Luke 14:16-24
The lost sheep: Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:4-7
The lost coin: Luke 15:8-10
The prodigal son: Luke 15:11-32
The farmer and his servant: Luke 17:7-10
The unrighteous judge: Luke 18:1-8
The Pharisee and the publican: Luke 18:9-14
The nobleman and the ten pounds: Luke 19:12-27
The bread of life: John 6:25-59
The good shepherd: John 10:1-29
The vine: John 15:1-27

Some Answered Prayers of the Bible
Abraham, for a son: Genesis 15:2-4
Abraham’s servant, for successful mission: Genesis 24:12-27
Isaac, for children: Genesis 25:21,24-26
Jacob; for deliverance: Genesis 32:9-12; 33:4-10
Jacob wrestles for God’s blessing: Genesis 32:24-30
Israel, for deliverance from Egypt: Exodus 2:23-25
Moses, for Pharaoh: Exodus 8:12-13
Moses, for water: Exodus 15:23-25
Moses, for God to forgive the people: Exodus 32:11-14
Moses, for divine presence: Exodus 33:12-14
Moses, for divine help: Numbers 11:11-17
Moses, to see Canaan: Deuteronomy 3:24-25; 34:1-5
Moses, for Israel: Deuteronomy 9:18-19
Israel, for deliverance from Egypt: Deuteronomy 26:7-9
Israel, for power to overcome the king of Canaan: Judges 4:3-23
Gideon, for proof of his calling: Judges 6:36-40
Samson, for water: Judges 15:18,19
Hannah, for a son: 1 Samuel 1:11,17,20
Samuel, for Israel: 1 Samuel 7:8-12
Solomon, for wisdom: 1 Kings 3:6-14
Solomon, at the dedication: 1 Kings 8:23-9:9
Elijah, for the widow’s son: 1 Kings 17:20-22
Elijah, for triumph over Baal: 1 Kings 18:36-38
Elisha, for his servant to see the army of angels: 2 Kings 6:17
Elisha, blinding the enemy army: 2 Kings 6:18
Jehoahaz, for deliverance from the Syrians: 2 Kings 13:4-5
Hezekiah; for protection: 2 Kings 19:15-19,35
Hezekiah, when ill: 2 Kings 20:3-11
Reubenites, for victory in battle: 1 Chronicles 5:18-22
David, on deathbed, for Solomon: 1 Chronicles 29:10-19,25
Abijah’s army, for victory: 2 Chronicles 13:14-16
Asa, on going to battle: 2 Chronicles 14:11-12
Jehoshaphat, for protection: 2 Chronicles 20:6-22
Manassah, for victory: 2 Chronicles 33:12-13
Nehemiah, for the remnant of Israel: Nehemiah 1:5-2:8
Jonah, for deliverance: Jonah 2:2-10
Peter, asking that Tabitha be restored from the dead: Acts 9:40
The disciples, for Peter’s deliverance: Acts 12:5-17
Cornelius’ prayer for guidance: Acts 10:1-6,30-33

Family-Time Memory Verses

Following is a set of selected memory verses for you and your children taken from the Feed My Lambs series. For children younger than five years old, a simpler collection of Bible verses can be found in the booklet Keys to Toddlers and Preschoolers, in this series. The following verses are simplified and adapted for children from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.


Matthew 22:37 Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

Matthew 22:39 Love your neighbor as yourself.

1 Peter 4:8 Love covers a multitude of sins.

John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.


John 1:12 To all who received Him, He gave power to become children of God.

John 3:16 God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else; there is no other name under Heaven by which we must be saved.

Romans 10:9 If you say that Jesus is the Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

2 Corinthians 5:17 If anyone is in Christ, he is a new person; old things have passed away; all things have become new.

Faith vs. Fear

Matthew 9:29 According to your faith it will be done for you.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is fixed on You, because he trusts in You.

2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you. I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.

God’s Promises

Romans 8:28 All things work together for good for those who love God.

James 1:5 If you lack wisdom, ask God, and He will give it to you.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge the Lord, and He will direct your paths.

2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.


Matthew 18:20 Where two or three come together in My name, I am there with them.

Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

The Word

John 6:63 The Words that I speak to you are spirit and life.

James 1:22 Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.

1 Peter 2:2 Desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow by it.

Psalm 119:11 I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.

Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes so that I may see wonderful things from Your law.

Psalm 119:105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

John 8:31 If you continue in My Word, you are My disciples indeed.

Christian Living

Galatians 6:7 A man reaps what he sows.

Ephesians 5:16 Redeem the time.

Psalm 133:1 How good and how pleasant it is to live together in unity.

1 Corinthians 14:33 God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.

Matthew 5:44 Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who hurt you and persecute you.

Luke 16:10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much.

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens.

Philippians 2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing.

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath.

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Following Jesus

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.

Hebrews 12:1-2 We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus.

Colossians 3:2 Set your heart and mind on things above, not on earthly things.


Matthew 6:14 If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us and to make our hearts clean.

Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 3:16 You are the temple of God, and God’s Spirit lives in you.

Galatians 5:22,23 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, moderation.


Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine, that others may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.


Matthew 4:23 Jesus went about healing people from all kinds of sickness and disease.

Mark 10:52 Your faith has healed you.

Mark 16:17-18 They that believe will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Fight the Good Fight

James 4:7 Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the attacks of the Devil.

1 John 4:4 Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

Scripture in song

One very easy way for you and your children to “hide the Word in your heart” is to learn it through song. Most of the “Family-Time Memory Verses” (plus many more!) have been put to music and are included in the Songs of Life music album series, which can be streamed online or downloaded from hereSongs of Life albums are great to listen to as you clean house, drive to work, or get your daily exercise, as your children play or when they go to bed. To vary your usual verse memory activities, you can just put on the appropriate tape and sing along with the songs.

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