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,  


you can learn ONE verse of the Bible


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


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.


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:


Free Love Word Search Puzzle - Coffee & Conversation

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The Theme for this Word Search is


I'm offering this Word Search as one of my assortment of free printables which can be found in my Resource Library

Love Wordsearch

It includes 15 words or phrases all connected with love taken from 
1 Corinthians 13

The Word Search is available to download in both A4 and Letter size and of course comes with an answer sheet.

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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


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?

1 Corinthians
2 Thessalonians
2 Peter


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)



10 Bible Verses of Encouragement about PRAYER - plus Free Printable

We all need encouragement and the best place to go is to the Bible.

In this blog Post I have tried to gather some Bible passages or Bible verses which will encourage us all around the topic of Prayer

I do believe that we should not just grab a verse and read it on its own but we should always lift our bibles and read a passage of scripture to make sure that we know the real meaning and context of each of the verses we are putting our trust in. 

I pray that you will do the same and only use this list to guide you as to where you may find help.

So here are 10 Bible verses or short passages for us to turn to in times when we need to be encouraged about 

1.   Matthew 7 v 7     

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Persevere in prayer.


2.   Luke 6 v 27-28

Do not simply pray for loved ones, family and friends but also pray for those whom you find hard to love.

"But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you." 

3.   John 16 v 24

"Until now you have asked nothing in my name.  Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."

We are privileged that we have the Lord to pray to for all things. 

4.   Acts 2 v 42 

"And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and prayers." 

Encouragement here for us to continue in prayer as we also continue to observe good teaching, fellowship with other Christians and partake together in the Lord's Supper just as the first believers did.

5.   Romans 12 v 12

"rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulationcontinuing steadfastly in prayer"

In every situation we must be resolute and firm in our prayer life.

6.   Psalm 34 v 17

"When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles." 

What a statement to hold on to! 


The Lord hears us and delivers us when we cry out to Him - this is a personal relationship


7.   Philippians 4 v 6-7

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

We do not have to worry just bring it all to God in prayer. 

8.   1 Thessalonians 5 v 16-18

Be in an attitude of prayer, always ready to speak to God when we are rejoicing and when we are in need and always giving thanks. 

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

9.   1 Timothy 2 v 1

"Therefore I exhort first of all
that supplications, prayers, intercessions,
 and giving of thanks
be made for all men"

Prayer must not show partiality toward anyone because God has commanded us to portray His love

10.   Philemon 1 v 4

 Let us follow Paul's example and never forget to not only pray for the needs of others but to be thankful for the contributions others make in our lives and to thank God for them all.


"I thank my God
making mention of you always,
 in my prayers"

You can download this FREE copy of the Bible Verse Graphics I made for this blog post 
from my

You can also find all my other blog posts around Prayer at