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Summary of 40 Memory Verse Challenge



We have finished the 40 Memory Verse Challenge. It began as the 52 Memory Verse Challenge and was briefly the 50 Memory Verse Challenge.  But, I am happy with 40.  This morning I am going to do a closure sermon.  I want to do a summary of our 40 verses. I want to look at the big picture of what the 40 verses teach.


One of my goals for the Challenge was to provide a scriptural basis for our theology.  I believe theology is… important.  What I want to do this morning, as we put a bow on our yearlong study, is see where we are with the what we learned about our theology.  This could be valuable.  Knowing the core of our theology is… important.  Knowing the verses which teach your theology is, also… important.


I have divided our 40 verses into 7 theological categories.  If you took a college class in Systematic Theology you might learn these 7 categories. 

--Theology – Who is God?

--Christology – Who is the Christ?

--Pneumatology – Who is the Spirit?

--Soteriology – What do we believe about salvation?

--Ecclesiology – How does the church work?

--Hagiology – The study of sanctification, sort of… - How are we made more like Christ? 

--Eschatology - What happens next?


Let’s place our 40 memory verses into these 7 categories.  As we read each of the verses in each category I want you to synthesize the power of putting these verses together. After reading all the verses in each category, I will share a succinct statement of faith.  This is my faith; my theology; so far… as of 12/6/2015.  You need to process your own theology.   Here is mine.


Note, some of our verses could fit in more than one category, I placed them were I thought they fit most closely.  You can follow along on this handout…


Let’s do it…




--Theology – Who is God?


In one sense all of our verses are theology.  Everything is about God.  God is all-in-all.  Three of our verses are specifically about God.


#29 Hebrews 1:2a But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.


#32 Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.


#38 1 John 4:16b God is love.


God personally communicates his love through the Son.  God will consume those who do not listen. 




--Christology – Who is Jesus?


Here are the four intense verses about Jesus.


#20 Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,


#21 Ephesians 2:6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,


#25 Philippians 2:6 Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.


#28 Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 


Jesus is God.  However, Jesus did not hold onto this Godness.  Jesus became human to provide every blessing to those who are raised with him onto his throne. 




--Pneumatology – Who is the Spirit?


There are six verses in the Spirit category.


#5 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you (y’all) are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?


#6 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.


#23 Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.


#34 Acts 2:17 “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.”


#35 Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


#37 1 John 4:4 For he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


In these last days, God poured his Spirit upon all flesh to dwell in us individually and thus corporately, as the church. By repentance and baptism we receive the Spirit in order to be the power which reclaims the world from the evil one.  The Spirit within us is greater than Satan.  This power marches to the gates of hell to reclaim this world!




--Soteriology – What do we believe about salvation?


What we believe about our salvation is… important… 5 verses.


#9 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,


#13 Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.


#14 Romans 6:4a We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death,


#15 Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus



#36 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.


This is firstly… important!  Christ’s death, burial and resurrection provide justification.  By faith we live in peace with God.  Through baptism we connect to the death of Jesus.  We then live without fear.  Because, as long as we walk in the light, we have constant forgiveness of sins. 




--Ecclesiology – How does the church work?


There are 9 verses on our cooperation in the body we know as the church.


#2 James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.



#3 Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.



#7 1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.



#8 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.



#12 2 Corinthians 12:10b For when I am weak, then I am strong.



#18 Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.



#19 Romans 14:8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.



#31 Hebrews 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.



#33 1 Peter 2:5a You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.


The body of Christ is where love is shared with each other, as…

--equality in priesthood,

--joined in communion,

--humbly accepting each other,

--praying for each other,

--sharing the power of joint… weakness,

--meeting together for encouragement,

--being a thin place of worship. 





--Hagiology – The study of Sanctification - How are we made more like Christ? 


Christ not only forgives us of our sins, he saves us from sinning… 7 verses.


#1 James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.



#4 Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 



#11 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 



#17 Romans 8:28a And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,


#22 Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.



#27 Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 



#30 Hebrews 2:15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.


As stuff happens in our life, we rejoice because we are made more and more like Christ. Through prayer and the sanctifying power of the body, we overcome as we love without fear.  We are continually sanctified!




--Eschatology - What happens next?



My favorite… the 5 eschatological verses.


#10 1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.


#16 Romans 8:19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.



#26 Philippians 3:21a who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body,



#39 Revelation 2:10 Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.


#40 Revelation 21:3 "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.


When we die we sleep in the Lord until the last trumpet when the earth will be renewed and we will be transformed to be the dwelling place of God for ever… therefore, be faithful even to the point of death.




There you have it…the heart of my theology.  I believe theology is… important.


I saved one verse till last.


#24 Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.


Be filled with the grace of the Lord to live gracefully by the power of incorruptible love.



Tim Stidham

December 6, 2015

Los Alamos Church of Christ