I recently began memorizing 2nd Timothy.
I’ll start with the first chapter and hopefully memorize all four chapters. I would like to share with you my plan for the first chapter. If you’re interested in memorizing a small book like 2nd Timothy you can use this guide to help you memorize it. I won’t assign any specific method to the guide because not one method works best for everyone. I’ll probably use more than one method myself while I’m memorizing. But I would like to start out with a few methods that seem to work best for me. These are just a few ideas so feel free to use whatever method you like best.
The first method is quite simple and easy to remember. As you work through each individual verse read aloud each verse ten times. When you’re finished with that, begin reciting it ten times. Don’t read it though. Make sure you can recite it. If you still can’t recite it perfectly just read through it a few more times.
The second method is also simple and works well after you’ve completed the first method.
I mentioned this method awhile back in another post “Four Steps To Memorization” For each verse write down the first letter of each word on a note card and read through it several times. Here’s a suggestion: You might try using the first method in the morning for a few minutes and as you go through your day, pull out the note card and read through the first letters a few times. This will help you have it memorized very well.
The last method isn’t necessarily considered a method. But something that should be included anytime you’re memorizing. Especially when you begin a new passage. When you begin memorizing read through it several times to help you understand the context of the passage. Also to help you better understand the meaning of the passage and at the same time you’ll be well on you’re way to memorization.
The plan requires about two verses a day which is pretty simple and easy to remember. But I understand that it’s always nice to have it listed. So I’ve written that out as well.
Day one :verses 1-2
Day two: verses 3-4
Day three: verses 5-6
Day four: verses 7-8
Review make sure you can recite all 8 verses together.
Day five: verses 9-10
Day six: verses 11-12
Day seven: verses 13-14
Day eight: verses 15-16
Day nine: verses 17-18
Day ten: (optional depending on how well you can recite it.)
Review, be sure you can recite the chapter all together.
Lastly, I want to share the passage in the translation I’m using. Go ahead and read through it!
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me— may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day!—and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus. (2 Timothy 1:1-18 ESV)”
I hope that this was helpful to you or at least inspired you to begin or continue memorizing!