How many Bible verses do you have memorized? A similar question posed at a church service in Tuscaloosa, Ala. sparked a desire in Brett Golson, owner of Birmingham based Millennial Apps and creator of The Bible Memory App, to have more than “John 11:35 ESV – Jesus wept,” memorized. After seeing several prayer warriors still standing when the guest speaker asked if anyone had 500 verses memorized, Golson left the church service challenged to commit more Scripture to memory. Golson explains, “I left realizing that I was missing out on a foundational part of the Christian life.”
As he began memorizing, he shares that he discovered several tricks that made the process easier. He began repeatedly typing out verses and writing them on business cards. In 2008, Golson married his wife, McKenzie, who shared his passion for committing Scripture to memory. When they first met, she led a small group centered on Scripture memorization!
In 2011, McKenzie was required to buy an iPad for her job. Golson explains that the idea of creating a Bible memorization app came to him after becoming familiar with the device. The couple followed the Lord’s prompting and dedicated their time and energy into creating the free mobile app which currently has more than 680,000 downloads.
Why memorize Scripture? Golson shares, “The number one reason is people want to grow closer to God. Bible memorization is a wonderful way to deepen your personal relationship with God.” The app has a three-step process of memorization. Golson explains, “By step three, you kind of surprise yourself by, within a couple of tries, being able to recall the whole verse,” explains Golson. There is even a Bible Memory Kids app ($2.99) available for download that includes illustrations and songs that coincide with key passages. The app was designed with the Golson’s sons, ages 7, 4 and 2, in mind. Church congregations can also use The Bible Memory App as a tool to encourage Scripture memorization. Golson suggests offering Bible memorization small groups, integrating memorization into existing small groups, and having a church wide memorization challenge. Learn more by visiting the church tab on www.BibleMemory.com.
- Melissa Armstrong