A few weeks ago, I saw this video by Steve Demme on how to memorize the books of the New Testament in less than 10 minutes. I thought his approach was great, so decided to adapt it for our kids here at Fillmore! I’ve written out the story as I plan to tell it to the kids, but you can adapt it to suit your church and ministry however you see fit. Be sure to use the visuals, though, because they’re what the kids will remember!
Note: I plan to recruit a few of the older kids to act out parts of the story with me to make an even deeper connection and make things even easier on me!
My Very Strange Day
I want to tell you about a very strange day I had not too long ago. My story begins right here at church one Sunday morning. Church is a place where we come to learn more about Jesus. We know that we can read about Jesus’ life and ministry in the books of the Gospel: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Most of you already know those four, so they’re pretty easy to remember.
After the church service, I noticed an ax leaning against the wall. It seemed kind of out-of-place, but I got to thinking that this ax can remind me of the book of Acts, which comes after Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
I turned around and suddenly bumped into [insert child’s name] who was drinking an RC Cola. And I got to thinking, “Hmm, R.C.C. That reminds me of the next few books in the New Testament: Romans, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Corinthians!”
Next, I walked up to the children’s church room and saw the strangest thing. There in the corner of the room stood Goliath eating potato chips! This day was getting stranger by the minute, but Goliath got me thinking. Goliath eats potato chips…That can help me remember the next few books of the New Testament: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians!
On the other side of the room, I saw [insert children’s names] playing these tambourines and cheering. [Insert children’s names] are usually pretty goofy, so this wasn’t all that strange 😉 Their cheer actually helped me remember the next few books of the New Testament, though. They were cheering, “Thess! Thess! Tim, Tim, Ti!” Their cheer helps me to remember 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus.
Behind these cheerleaders, I saw two guys names Philemon and James. I could tell that those were their names because of the name tags they were wearing. Now, Philemon and James were fighting, which I don’t like to see at church, but it turns out that these two boys helped me remember the next three books of the Bible. Do you want to know how I remember which book comes first in the New Testament: Philemon or James? I can always remember that Philemon comes first because Philemon, he bruised James. Philemon, Hebrews, and James!
At this point, I was so exhausted from my very unusual and very confusing day that I was ready for bed. So, I put on my PJs. But, even my PJs can help me remember the books of the New Testament! After Philemon, Hebrews, and James, comes 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude.
Now all that’s left is that last book of the New Testament: Revelations. And that’s it! You’ve memorized the books of the New Testament!