This past summer the BYGE Hope Fellowship youth group (BYGE means Best Youth Group Ever) began memorizing Scripture. I was pretty excited to hear they would be doing this. Chuck Clevenger (he oversees the youth of Sacred Road) picked 11 verses for them to learn. Each week there was a lesson at youth group and a verse to memorize that corresponded with the lesson.
The youth blew me away. They began learning the verses. Each week Chuck would review verses at the beginning of youth group and hands would shoot up around the crowd. The youth would recite the verses aloud. They were hiding God's Word in their hearts. It thrilled me and brought a few tears to my eyes more than once. Interestingly, school can be a challenge for many and some youth struggle to read, but they were able to retain some Scripture.
|Love these gals from BYGE|
Here are a few of the verses they learned:
"All who call out to the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13
"There is nothing truthful about the devil. Everything he says is a lie." John 8:44
"God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won't stop before it is complete." Philippians 1:6
"Christ gives me the strength to face anything." Philippians 4:13
God is doing great things in the hearts of these youth. Please pray that the Scripture they now have in their minds and hearts will transform them, encourage them and bring them hope.
Romans 15:4 "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."