Memorization Project: Sermon on the Mount

James Dibben —  January 22, 2013
Photo Credit: National Library of Scotland

Photo Credit: National Library of Scotland (officers studying a map of newly captured ground)

This last weekend I decided it would be (difficult, cool, challenging) to memorize the entire “Sermon on the Mount”.

The “Sermon on the Mount” is the longest recorded teaching of Jesus. It is found in the book of Matthew and includes chapters 5, 6 and 7. I haven’t actively committed scripture to memory in years. I know it is something I need to be doing.

Psalms 119:11

Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.

I’ll be perfectly honest; I struggle with sin. I feel exactly like Paul when he said: “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” As I memorize these 111 verses of the very words of Christ I hope that they will help me live a life more honoring to God. When I shared my plan with my men’s Sunday school class several of them expressed their interest in joining me.

At the end of this post is a link to the PDF document I have put together for the men. It is the New King James Version of the “Sermon on the Mount” and covers Matthew 5, 6 and 7. I would encourage you to join us in this spiritual journey. You should print using a color printer. We are memorizing the words of Christ and seeing the red letters helps us remember this.

I told the guys on Sunday: “It’s worth a shot. If you fail and don’t get it all memorized you really haven’t failed at all. You have taken the time to actually commit to memory some of God’s Word. Failure is impossible.”

Sermon on the Mount (Right click to save to your computer)

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James is absolutely passionate about men's ministry. It is his belief than every man has been ordained by God to achieve great things for the kingdom of heaven.

3 responses to Memorization Project: Sermon on the Mount

  1. “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” Man, isnt’ that the truth?

    Memorizing that sermon will be cool too, becuase not only will you have this scripture bit memorized, which is always handy, but memorizing things can be meditative and repeating them can bring your mind back to where it needs to be. Know what I mean, man? Let us know when you got it down pat!

    • Thanks man, I will be sure to keep everyone up to date.

      I’ve only made it to verse 18 of Matthew chapter 5 so far and most of that I learned when I was a kid.

      So much of this is stuff we have all heard many times in church. It’s shouldn’t be too impossible to learn quite a bit of it.

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