In the early 1950’s in Russia, a group of three youth pastors, even in the face of communist opposition, were helping organize house churches. God was moving, and the pastors felt led to have a conference for the young people so they wouldn’t become discouraged and would know they weren’t alone.
Almost seven hundred young believers met in Moscow. None of these young people owned a Bible, their knowledge had come from family members or close friends who had passed down what they had learned. The pastors asked the young people to get in groups, and like a game, write down what they knew of the New Testament Gospels– Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and also make note of any hymns or songs that they knew.
At the end of the conference, the results of each small group were combined and compared. They found that, “the young people had recreated all of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, with only a half-dozen mistakes, and also had been able to reconstruct the lyrics of more than twelve hundred songs, choruses, and hymns of the faith from memory.”[i]
Their testimony is amazing and very convicting. How many scripture verses, hymns, and songs do we know, and how much can we remember?
Time is short, and the environment continues to be more hostile toward Christianity. Let’s be diligent to study the Bible, memorize scripture, and fill our minds and our hearts with God’s word along with songs and hymns that honor our Lord.
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 11:18-20, NIV).
“All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, AMP).
[i] Nik Ripken, The Insanity of God, B & H Books
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