Each year, the Christian Education Council encourages the members of local Seventh Day Baptist churches to commit themselves to memorizing the Scriptures as part of our Scripture Memory Program. The verses selected for the program by the presiding Conference President are usually related to their selected theme. There are three age levels for the program: one for primary age groups (ages 5-8), one for juniors (9-12) and one for youth and adults (13+).
In 2016-2017, our Conference theme is “Life on Mission,” as selected by our Conference President Patti Wethington. The verses for the program this year surround this theme. Below, you may download the PDF version of the program brochures for each of the three grade levels. Individuals also have the option of memorizing a designated longer passage of Scripture instead of the monthly verses if they desire. This year, the longer passage is Isaiah 61.
At the completion of each year’s program, member churches of the General Conference can report their members who complete their program to the Christian Education Council for the recognition of their members. In addition, the Christian Education Council recognizes the church with the highest number of members who have completed the program with the Mary G. Clare Scripture Memory Bowl in honor of the congregation’s achievement.
Here are this year’s verses for youth and adults (or you may download a pdf file to help with your memorization):
LIFE ON MISSION
Juniors (ages 9-12)
Always be prepared to give an answer … but do this with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
The Lord said, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Ask God to give me the right words so I can explain that the good news is for Jews and Gentiles alike.
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus.
… there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.