Learning Bible verses can be challenging, but it is so important! The Bible is the book made up of God’s true words; it helps us learn more about God, His love for us, and how He wants to use us in His Big Plan. Passages of Scripture can be so helpful in life when things are a little confusing—and when they have already been memorized, they often come to mind at just the right time! We would love it if kids were able to memorize the Antioch Kids Bible verse each month.
So, how do we make it happen? Our post “Toddlers Can Learn Bible Verses Too!” provides seven ideas of ways to help kids learn Bible verses. Below are some practical and specific ways to memorize the Bible verse “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26, NIV). Judah and Josiah were recruited to help demonstrate each activity! (With big thank-yous from Chelsey, Antioch Kids’ Preschool Coordinator!)
- Act out the words. Come up with motions to represent each word of the verse.
- With God – point upward with both hands
- all things – use arms to draw a big circle in the air
- are possible – put two thumbs up
- Matthew 19:26 – open and close hands like a book
Click here to view a video of Judah demonstrating these memory verse motions.
- Use props. One week we taught kids how Jesus fed 5,000 people with only two fish and five loaves of bread (Mark 6:31-44). One way to teach the Bible verse in the context of this story is to have kids sit in a circle, and pass out food (like Jesus did) as you say the verse, then have each child in the circle try it on their own. Another week our story was how Jesus calmed a storm (Matthew 8:23-27); kids could “make a storm” by shaking blue fabric while repeating the verse.
- Move around. For the story of how Jesus walked on water (Matthew 14:22-33), we could invite kids to walk across blue paper, pretending to walk on water, as they recite the verse. Or, for “Feeding the 5,000” we could draw pictures of fish and bread, and then have kids step from one to the other while saying the verse.
- Get artsy. When learning the story of how Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1-11), kids can practice the memory verse as they color or paint pictures of wine jars. They could even write the verse on their picture!
- Use logic. Write the words of the memory verse on different pieces of paper and have kids put them in the correct order. If they are not yet able to read, you can use dots (i.e. place one dot on first word, two dots on second word, etc.) and have kids put the words in sequential order according to the number of dots on each paper.