Memory Verses: Looking for a great place to start memorizing Scripture? Or maybe you just want a few great verses to start digging deeper into God’s Word. These few bible verses are a great place to get you started in your Bible study. Here are 10 bible verses every Christian should know by heart.
The Bible is full of wonderful verses. And every single word is significant and God-breathed across the pages. As a Christian, I can’t live without them. They encourage and teach. They inspire and lead. They ground me to keep me moving forward and remind me that God is who He says He is and that He keeps His promises.
I can’t imagine anything in life without God’s Word. And, when asked about favorite scriptures or a life verse, it’s difficult to choose one above all the others. However, there are a few significant verses that I’ve found to keep me focused on the main thing, which is God’s reality. So I’ve chosen to point out just a few of these verses to remind us of the truth of who God is, what Jesus came to accomplish, and how His truth continues to transform our lives today.
Memory Verses Every Christian Should Know by Heart
#1 John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
This verse is the Who, What, Why, and How of the Bible. It’s the whole purpose of God’s Word wrapped in a few words. Every Christian should have these words stitched within their memory as a reminder that He loves us and as an opportunity to share His love with everyone else.
#2 and #3 2Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
If you don’t believe this passage, then why waste your time with any other verse? As Christians we must believe every word of God’s Word as HIS Word. If not, the whole thing falls apart. Christians can’t pick and choose the parts they want to believe or even the parts they want to follow and toss the rest to the wind. ALL Scripture is God inspired. His Word is complete Truth and will remain forever.
You’ve probably noticed I count this passage as 2 verses–not because they should be separated, but as a way to easily chunk and memorize if using Scripture Memory Cards.
Known as the Romans Road, the next 4 verses are vital because they map out the plan of salvation. Christians use these verses first, for their own steps toward salvation and then as a tool to help lead others to Christ. Each verse provides a specific step in the Salvation Plan.
#4 Romans 3:23
Who is in need of Salvation?
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
This one is a great reminder that we all fall short, that we all need Jesus, and that we all start at the same place–in need of Him.
#5 Romans 6:23
Why do we need Salvation?
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
#6 Romans 5:8
What did God provide as our only source of Salvation?
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”
I’ve always loved this verse and I think it’s a great one for us to memorize so that we can pull from it daily to remind ourselves of His love. As we remember His great love for us, we then can go out in the world and share love with everyone else. What a privilege to be loved so powerfully and perfectly by our Creator!
#7 Romans 10:9
How are we Saved?
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Some add a few other verses to the Romans Road. However, these 4 are the basic steps and are a great starting point when leading the lost who are searching for hope.
#8 1John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
When we realize the wonderful gift of God’s plan to save us, we realize just how unworthy we are to receive it. This verse helps us fight off worries, doubts, or any thoughts about our past to fully embrace and celebrate God’s promise to save us. Taking hold of this scripture reminds us that, even though we are unworthy, God keeps His word and forgives us when we confess our sins to Him.
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#9 John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
Just as the enemy tries to keep us bound to our past, he will also try to convince us to follow anything and everything else to keep us from following Jesus. With so many theologies, false teachings, etc., it is important for us to remember this verse. John 14:6 is the verse we hold up to any other teachings. Jesus Christ is our center. We base everything on His Word, His teachings, and His sacrifice.
#10 Psalm 119:11
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”
This verse reminds us to keep ourselves focused on His Word to keep us from–well, anything that hinders, hurts, or keeps us from the victorious life God has planned.
Though there are countless scriptures to recommend, to me, these are the 10 bible verses every Christian should know by heart and a great place to start when memorizing.
Bible Verses to Memorize
Here’s an update. After posting these memory verses several years ago, I decided I would make it easier by including a printable version. That way, you can print your own copy and attach them to your fridge or bulletin board to keep in sight throughout your day. Hope this helps make it easier.
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Kathi Woodall says
I’ve never been able to narrow it all down to one favorite, but I do love this one in addition to those you listed…
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19a. Although I have a hard time stopping there – I love all the way to verse 23!
I agree, Kathi–that section of Ephesians is a great place to camp!
and verse 23 ‘the fullness of Him’ is what we celebrate 🙂
thanks for the great comment
What a great post. Thank you for sharing. Your work in the kingdom has just begun. God bless and love be your gude
Good foundational verses. I think the Psalm 19 verse makes clear why this is so important.
Great list! I know I frequently think about these, but I don’t have them 100% memorized. I always have to look them up. I need to just memorize them already!
My favorite isn’t one of the “big ones” that everyone should memorize, but I have always loved Psalm 27:4: “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.”
Mitzi Smith says
Brittany– I love Psalm 27:4 too–like you, I cling to that one often.
I pinned this! Thanks for sharing such a great list! visiting from W2W 🙂
Mitzi Smith says
thanks for sharing, Jenilee!!
Beth (@SimplyBeth3) says
Great list of verses, Mitzi. Scripture memorization is something I need to work on. I can rattle off bits and pieces of ones that have stayed with me but I usually need to look up the scripture reference. I’ve come a long way though from the three years ago when I had never opened a Bible! As always, thank you for sharing with TWW. Many Easter blessings to you.
these are amazing verses but how about thy word is a lamp onto and a light onto my path psalm 119:105
Debbie long says
Thank you for the scripture verses. One that God lays on my heart is psalms 46:10, Be still and know that i am God. In the early morning hours i love to just call his name and sit in complete silence waiting and listening.. Just so awsome to feel his prence,, knowing he is there with me.