If you haven’t been following my personal challenge, I am memorizing the book of Ephesians this year. My goal is to memorize half of a chapter each month. Yesterday and this morning, I memorized verses seven through ten of chapter one. I usually try to learn verses in smaller groups, but Paul and the scholars who divided his letters into chapters and verses could not work together. Therefore, Paul’s sentences do not end with the verses, so this group was more challenging to learn.
Paul repeats similar phrases often but not exactly, so I sometimes mix up phrases like “his glorious grace” and “the riches of God’s grace.” Paul also uses the title “Christ Jesus” often but will inject the appellation “Jesus Christ” occasionally, so I come up with acrostics to help me remember different things. In verse five, “for adoption to sonship” spells FATS and “through Jesus Christ” is TJC, which is the name of a junior college near my hometown.
If you have accepted my challenge, let me know how you are learning Ephesians. I have several friends who were challenged by their pastor to memorize Philippians this year. If you are working on Philippians or another book, you are welcome to comment on your progress as well.