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Sunday

How to Learn 1 Thessalonians 5 v 16-18 PLUS Freebies - Bible Memorization



I could never do it!

          Do what?

Memorize a chapter of one of the Books of the Bible!

Yeah that's not so easy,  

BUT  

you can learn ONE verse of the Bible

or

a few short verses







Let's look at 3 short verses from one of the books of the

New Testament  -  1 Thessalonians


Many people think they could never manage to memorize a whole Psalm or a whole chapter of Scripture.

It is a rather daunting challenge especially if you have never learned any scripture before.

So we are not even going to tackle all of the book of 1 Thessalonians or even of it's 5 chapters but we will take a short passage of three verses 1 Thessalonians 5 v 16-18
but even these 3 verses are just about the same length as most individual verses in the Bible.

" 16. Rejoice evermore.
17. Pray without ceasing.
18. In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you"



So in memorizing this passage we will look at 2 things:

  • Memorising Tips
  • Some Freebies to help you.








Memorising Tips
If you read my previous post





 you will see that I give 10 tips to help in this process but we don't have to use all 10 of them on each verse - just the ones that suit best with the verse.


For 1 Thessalonians 5 v 16-18 I'm going to advise using tips 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, & 9

 



1.  Read the verse often, every day, multiple times in the day.

Leave a bookmark in your bible and every time you go past it grab the bible and open at the verse etc.  (you will pick up other ideas later in this post).

Reading and repeating somethings over and over is the natural way to get it into your head.

For memorizing this short passage you may feel like breaking into 2 parts as it seems at first to be three statements followed by a reason for the statements. 

"Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
 In everything give thanks:



for this is the will of God
 in Christ Jesus concerning you"


But when reading the passage you want to memorize it is often best to read the whole passage together at the start to instil the meaning into your mind which actually helps overall with the memorizing. 



"Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
 In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God
 in Christ Jesus concerning you"



Then you may find that with this one it is best to actually break it into 2 parts by taking the first two verses first and then the third verse.

 
"Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.

 In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God
 in Christ Jesus concerning you"





2.  Write out the verse several times.

Why?  Because the action of  WRITING  helps us learn anything.

If you note the way I have written the verse above in 5 lines and use this method of writing it out yourself you will find it easier to get a kind of flow to the wording.
 
As we all know, when we write we often say the words in our heads then you will understand why I mention the flow of the words.










3.  Feel the excitement of a verse that is an exaltation to Praise the Lord.

Obviously this verse is about praising God because we praise as we rejoice in God, praise should always be a part of our prayers and as we thank God we cannot help but praise Him.

So really think about the words and meaning here and get excited about the content of this verse and this will help the content to be remembered.



5.  Instruction and the reason why it is good advice.

Obviously this verse is about praising God because we praise as we rejoice in God, praise should always be a part of our prayers and as we thank God we cannot help but praise Him.

We are instructed here to rejoice, pray and give thanks.
All of these things involve action on our part and we are also told why we need to do this

a) it is God's will
b) and it is personally good for us





8.  Make it easy to see the verse clearly and regularly each day.


In no.1 above I mentioned your bible and a bookmark

but

we cannot have our Bible at hand every moment of the day so if you feel you need frequent readings of the verse like pop-up reminders then do the following:

Get a post-it pad and write the verse out clearly on it then tear off the post-it and stick it on
  • the mirror you will use first thing each morning and last thing each night
  • the front cover of your Bible
  • the front cover of the book you are currently reading
  • the door of the fridge
  • the inside of the door of the cupboard where you go to get your favourite mug for that cup of coffee








9.  Make or use Bible Verse Graphics 

The picture of 1 Thessalonians 5 v 16-18 near the start of this post is an example of a Bible Verse Graphic.

A picture with the words written on it clearly.
By making these yourself you will learn as you create them.

or

by using ones made for you that you keep close to hand as you can see here and watch out for this is the freebies below 








I also post a bible verse graphic every morning on my
so if you want to be encouraged by a verse each day or have a graphic you can Share to your timeline or Save in Facebook then click through to my Facebook Page and be sure to like and follow the page to see those graphics in your feed each day.




or Phone Screensavers / Wallpaper

What better use of your phone - to keep that verse in front of you each time you go to check your messages.

For this you will need it to be a suitable portrait shape and size so most of the normal verse graphics you see will not suit.


I have a few verses made out for screen savers & you can download them from


 








Some Freebies to help you


For this verse I have 2 Freebies to help and you can download them via my  RESOURCE LIBRARY  (available in both A4 and Letter size)

Firstly a pdf containing 6 copies of the graphic for     1 Thessalonians 5 v 16-18 shown earlier in this post. 


Secondly a pdf containing a Word Search (plus answer grid) of most of the words in 1 Thessalonians 5 v 16-18 shown here below. 







More Help:

For other verses see my

For other freebies see my Resource Library



We also prepared a playlist of Short Songs to memorize Scripture on YouTube:




Reading through The Bible - 1 Thessalonians








Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








1st Thessalonians  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLE

13th book of the NT 
52nd book of the Bible



It starts with a greeting of grace and peace from God in chapter 1 verse 1

"Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
        Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the           Lord Jesus Christ."



and immediately reassures the believers of the prayers and thanks made to God about them in the second verse of the first chapter








What is it?

The Book of 1 Thessalonians is one of the EPISTLES in the New Testament which means it is a Letter.



How Long is it?

It has 5 chapters.



When was it Written?

It was written about 50 AD



Who Wrote it?

The Apostle Paul

The first verse tells us the author and the names of two others who were with him at the time.

"Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

 







Who was it Written to?

It was written to the believers living in Thessalonica in Macedonia (which is now northern Greece)


Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

Paul had spent around 3 months in Thessalonica.

Later he wanted to check up on them so he sent Timothy to visit them and he came back with a good report so Paul wrote this as a letter of encouragement. 


 

 


What is it normally well-known for?

As being one of the places in the bible to find info on the second coming

and 

encouragement for how to live in the will of God.








Why was it Written? 

It was written to commend the believers for their love as seen in


verse 12 of chapter 3






and to instruct them about the return of Christ in



verses 16-17 of chapter 4




and to have them continue to love, encourage and support each other in


verse 11 of chapter 5








The Overview Bible  tells us the following


"Paul has heard a good report on the church at Thessalonica, and encourages them to “excel still more” in faith, hope, and love."



Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"Paul uses this book to encourage the church in their pursuit of holiness, diligence, love and hope.  He tells them to walk in the light and makes many mentions of the second coming."





Which other Epistles speak of the second coming of Christ?

Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Thessalonians
2 Peter
Jude

see 





Which other books of the Bible is this linked to? 

Paul wrote 2 epistles to the Thessalonians so this one is followed by 2nd Thessalonians







How does it end?


With the famous admonition in

 verses 16-18 of chapter 5

 







and as usual in Paul's epistles we also have the final greeting or blessing


verses 23 of chapter 5









The Overview Bible  gives us this


Quick outline of 1 Thessalonians

  1. Commendation for faith, hope, and love (1Thes 1–3)
    • The Thessalonians’ example (1 Thes 1)
    • Paul’s history with them (1 Thes 2)
    • Timothy’s visit and report (1 Thes 3)
  2. Challenge to grow in these areas even more (1Thes 4–5)
    • Love for others (1 Thes 4:1–12)
    • Hope for the Lord’s return (1 Thes 4:13–18)
    • Preparation for the Lord’s return (1 Thes 5)










OTHER BOOKS OF THE BIBLE ARE ADDED REGULARLY AND AN UPDATED LIST CAN BE FOUND AT OUR READING THE BIBLE PAGE 







Reading through The Bible - 2 Peter










Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








2nd Peter  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLE

22nd book of the NT 
61st book of the Bible



It starts with a blessing centring around Grace & Peace
  in 2 Peter ch.1 v 2




and quickly takes us to consider more attributes in 
verses 5-7









What is it?

The Book of 2nd Peter is one of the EPISTLES in the New Testament which means it is a Letter.



How Long is it?

It only has 3 chapters.



When was it Written?

It was written in 67 AD which was very shortly before Peter was killed.



Who Wrote it?

Simon Peter the disciple of Jesus

The name of the letter tells us the writer.
Other letters in the bible are named to show who the recipients of the letters were specifically intended to be but these were letters written by Simon Peter who we know as the Apostle Peter.
One of the three disciples who Jesus often took with him apart from the others. 



Who was it Written to?

It was a general letter written to the scattered believers not just those from one nation or city as we read in the very first verse


"To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ:"







What is it normally well-known for?



The Overview Bible  tells us the following


"The second epistle of Peter is a brief letter of reminders for first-century Christians. Peter urges his readers to make every effort to grow in their faith, to remember that the promises of God (spoken by the prophets and apostles) are trustworthy, and to beware those who teach otherwise."
   

verse 18  of chapter 3
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. "


verse 9  of chapter 3




 
verse 1 -2  of chapter 2

"1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of."





Why was it Written? 

It was written to encourage and remind the believers of what they have in Jesus and to recognise false teachers.


The Overview Bible  tells us the following

"Peter writes a letter reminding Christians about the truth of Jesus, and warning them that false teachers will come."



Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"Peter appears to have heard reports that false teachers had arisen in Asia Minor.  He wrote the book partly to encourage people from listening to them and also to continue encouraging them .... he talked about the Lord's return and how grand it would be if the people would hang in there."  

 





Which other Epistle teaches about the Lord's return?


2nd Thessalonians





Which other Epistle teaches about False Teachers?







Which other books of the Bible is this linked to? 

Peter wrote two epistles of which this is the second and follows 1st Peter 







How does it end?


With reminder of the character of Christians in
 chapter 3 v 11
 
 "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness"

and chapter 3 v 14

 "Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless"


and a final encouragement 
chapter 3 v 18 the final verse of the book








The Overview Bible  provides the following

Quick outline of 2 Peter

2 Peter displays some remarkable parallelism. 

Peter begins with a call to diligence in good works, reminds the reader that they can count on the prophets, and then warns that false prophets will arise. 

Peter then assures them that the old prophecies are true, and finishes with a call to be diligent and on guard.


1.    Remember to be diligent (2 Pet 1:1–15)

2.    True prophets and teachers (2 Pet 1:16–21)

3.    False prophets and teachers (2 Pet 2)

4.    Remember the true prophecies (2 Pet 3:1–13)

5.    Be diligent; be on guard (2 Pet 3:14–18)











OTHER BOOKS OF THE BIBLE ARE ADDED REGULARLY AND AN UPDATED LIST CAN BE FOUND AT OUR READING THE BIBLE PAGE