Experience has shown that Scripture Mastery is most successful if you do a little bit of it EVERY day in seminary, rather than whole days dedicated to it occasionally. “BUT what do I do for a few minutes every day with Scripture Mastery?” Good question! This worksheet, along with the following information should help.
It is best to spotlight a single Scripture Mastery scripture each week. I found it is usually best to do scripture mastery after the opening song, prayer, and scriptural thought. Try to only take a few minutes with this. Each day you recite the scripture as a class, and then do some additional thing with it. The worksheet was created with this in mind. Here is an example for a given week of how you could use the worksheet, or modify for your own needs:
MONDAY: Recite the scripture together and then ask the class questions like: “Of all of the verses in the scriptures, why was this verse chosen? Why would it be useful to know this scripture? What is a situation when you would want to know this scripture?” Once they understand why it would be really useful to know for the future, they will be more likely to want to memorize it.
TUESDAY: Recite the scripture together again and then go over the mnemonic as discussed in previous blog posts. This will help them memorize the key words to the reference of the scripture.
WEDNESDAY: Recite again and then have them do it with the blanks. Some teachers like to write the whole scripture on a chalk board and then have a student come up and erase a few words, and then have the class recite the scripture again and then remove more words. This helps them memorize.
THURSDAY: Recite again and then have them recite it but only using the first letter of each word (as shown in the handout).
FRIDAY: Recite, then review and get them ready to pass it off to someone in the class. Make sure they say the reference along with quoting the verses. When they do it, give them a small sticker to stick to the chart next to their name. The chart is a simple grid with class members’ names on one side, and scripture references on the other.
For really long scriptures, you may want to split it in half and take two weeks to do it. If you are diligent, by the end of March, you could have your whole class passed off with each scripture mastery scripture.
The handout can be just for you to use to plan what you will do, or it can be a handout to give each student.