Memorizing Romans 8 – April 5 Update

April 5, 2013

Some of you will remember that I went public back in December about my goal of memorizing all of Romans 8 ( “WILL YOU TRAIN WITH ME? – Dec. 29th” ).  I thought that it was time for another update on my progress, which has not been much.  However, I have the first 23 verses down reasonably well.  Here is my latest test. (Romans 8 _1-23_)  I have found that it is helpful to recite and transcribe the passage to help it stick in my gray matter a little better.  Just as a note, transcribing from memory is much harder.  I can’t write or type as quick as I can speak so it sort of throws me off.  However, I want to be able to write Romans 8 as accurately as reciting it.  That is a work in progress.

Although the memorizing process has been slow and frustrating, this goal has already been so fruitful to my soul.  I am finding Romans 8 budding out in surprising areas of my life; in my thoughts, speech, and writing.  Romans 8 is becoming more of a lens by which I see the world.  I am looking forward to slogging along at my tortuous pace.  I don’t know I will get all 39 verses memorized but I have high expectations of the treasures that I will receive as I continue to mine and meditate upon the wonderfully precious words of God.

Open Bible with pen
Open Bible with pen (Photo credit: Ryk Neethling)


  1. I love Romans 8:28…’And God causes all things to come together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.’ It helps to remind me that there is a reason for the things that happen and that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

    I’ll have to follow your progress too-it’s a great project you’ve taken on, one I probably couldn’t do! God bless!

  2. I just heard about this challenge & I’m in. As someone who has a tendency to strive & live a “performance-based” Christian life, I have found myself recently coming back to this chapter again & again. This chapter was key in launching the Protestant reformation as Martin Luther took hold of its truths & it has launched a reformation in my own life.

    • Kerry – that is awesome. It is a great chapter to spend some extended time in.
      God Bless!

  3. Keep Up the good work! I want to do with same with Romans 12.

  4. I have learned that nothing brings a longer passage to life the way memorising it does. “Budding out in surprising areas of my life” is a great way to describe it.

  5. Your struggles are inspiring, both as a testimony to the rewards of faithfulness; and to the challenges that this world and our enemy will attempt to throw before us…I’ll bet you have been SHOCKED at all the “interruptions” which have presented themselves since you began this work. I will continue to support you in prayer, as I ask you to do the same for me; I am not memorizing, but the work I am doing in the Kingdom is equally attacked. Thanks for sharing your success and your weakness…God is enough to carry you through both!

    • Hey Nick – The interruptions are immeasurable. However, the memorizing has been a good way to redeem my drive into work. I hope all is going well with your Church; keep preaching the glorious good news of our Lord and Savior. It will not return void.
      God Bless!

  6. God bless you as you memorize! I really need to join you on this journey and challenge. I have horrible memorization skills.

    • Hey Debbie – I am with you on the horrible memorizing skills. I have been just adding two or three verses at a time and plugging along. If you can get three down, that will be better than nothing.
      God Bless!

  7. You may recall your commitment to memorize Romans 8 inspired me to do the same. It frustrates me that I memorized the chapter years ago, but did not review if now and then, and forgot much of it. So I’m at it again, though not as ambitiously as you–only 10 verses so far. My goal is 3-4 verses per month, to be completed by January 1, 2014. I’m loving v. 6: “the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Thank you for your inspiration, JD!

    • I agree about vs. 6. It is a great reminder about being intentional about where our minds go. I always go back to this verse when I here the criticism that Christianity is mindless. It is very mindful. God never instructed us to clear our minds; he instructed us to control our minds and set them upon His Spirit. I am so glad we are tackling Rom. 8 together; we will just see where we both get by Jan. 1.
      God Bless!

  8. 19th century theologian Mary Baker Eddy said, “The inspired word of the Bible is sufficient guide to eternal life.” Amen!

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