TMS, as created by the Navigators, is a great way to learn and memorize Scripture. TMS is separated into five packs—A, B, C, D, and E— with multiple topics in each pack, and each topic has to verses so that the first pack has 12 verses to be memorized. TMS takes verses in their original context that is related to the more general topic. For example, the two aforementioned verses are from the topic “The Word,” but the original context of these abstracted verses are also The Word of God. So, when memorizing, a great way to practice verbal repetition is by saying the topic, the verse “call number”— Book Chapter: Verse—, the verse, and then the call number again.
I personally enjoy going through TMS in a group setting, like a Bible study or another small group, because a sense of accountability is created for and from one’s self to and for others. By going through TMS in a small group, you can set goals for when you want to have verses memorized and even come up with ways to memorize these verses. While I have not been able to memorize all of the verses at the rate my Bible study leader set, I am regularly thinking about the verses that we have covered, referencing them, attempting to teach them, continually learning from them, and so much more. My favorite topic verses that I have memorized is “The Word,” in Pack A: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be able to do everything written in it. Then, you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8 NIV), as well as “All Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16).
I would like to challenge you (and myself) to memorize the first pack of TMS by the end of the year, so that you can live with these verses on your lips, heart, and mind and can then more truly live a life rooted in the Gospel of God, that preaches grace and truth.
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Peace be with you and yours,