One of the features of God’s Word, the Bible, is that it is a guidebook for Christians who want to live God’s way. By meditating on Scripture verses and learning them from memory, you can carry parts of this guidebook with you all the time.
Following is a list of key verses for Christian living, in three categories: Understanding God, Understanding My Relationship to God, and Understanding My Relationships with Others. From these lists, choose verses that help you where you are right now in your Christian life, and begin to memorize them one at a time.
You’ll find that memorizing comes quickly and easily when you read the verse several times a day. Print it out, and tape it where you will see it often–the dashboard of your car, your notebook, your mirror, your desk, your refrigerator. And remember this short list of verses is just to get you started as you make the Bible an important part of your life through memorization.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness. But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjath-jearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.
II Corinthians 1:3,4
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or non the height of his stature: because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
I Samuel 16:7
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
I Chronicles 29:11-12
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Understanding My Relationship to God
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For I am persuaded, that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I John 1:9
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
I Corinthians 10:13
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Understanding My Relationships with Others
Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
I Peter 4:9-10
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
Obey your masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect. Keep your conscience clear, so that when you are insulted, those who speak evil of your good conduct as followers of Christ will be ashamed of what they say.
I Peter 3:15-16
You should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.
Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other–each with the attitude of Christ toward the other. And then all of us can praise the Lord together with one voice.
If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.
Key Bible Passages
The Creation Story – Genesis 1:1-2:7
The Fall of Man – Genesis 3:6-24
The Flood – Genesis 6:1-9:17
The Call of Abraham – Genesis 12:1-9
The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:1-17
The Shepherd’s Psalm – Psalm 23
The Birth of Christ – Matthew 1:18-2:23; Luke 1:26-2:40
The Golden Rule – Luke 6:31; Matthew 7:12
The Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5-7
The Beatitudes – Matthew 5:3-11
The Lord’s Prayer – Luke 11:2-4; Matthew 6:9-13
The Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32
The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:29-37
The Last Supper – Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:12-26
The Death of Christ – Luke 23:26-56; John 19:16-42
The Resurrection of Christ – Matthew 28; Luke 24; John 20
The Ascension – Acts 1:1-12
The Advent of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:1-21
The Conversion of Paul – Acts 9:1-31
The Love Chapter – I Corinthians 13
The Faith Chapter – Hebrew 11