I am coming along pretty well with my Memory Moleskine to memorize the entire book of Philippians. The following video gives me encouragement to continue my memorizing!
In a sermon a last January on “Holding Fast the Word of Life in 2010,” Pastor John Piper modeled scripture memory by reciting the entire book of Philippians to his congregation. Pretty cool how powerful and poignant the Scripture is to us today, especially when it is presented in one sitting as the 1st Century hearers would have received Paul’s letter.
He did warn in the later part of his message (not in this video) that it is important to have the correct motives when memorizing scripture:
memorization alone doesn’t guarantee spiritual life or growth to any of us. Satan himself could quote the Bible, just like he did when he tempted Jesus. What is needed is both God’s word and his Holy Spirit, who works through that word to bring us spiritual power.
Check out the link below for the full article and some other examples of pastors “preaching” long passages or books to their congregation. Very cool.