Memorizing Through Music

Scripture: Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 29:39-40

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God wants us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.
  • Students will learn God wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
  • Students will learn all of God’s other commandments fall under one of those two categories.
  • Students will create a song that will help them learn the scriptures.

Guiding Question: How can we remember God’s commands for us through music?

Materials: Bibles, pencils, paper, phone for voice recording

Procedure: Share the Greatest Commands from the scriptures above. Explain why love is so important to God and share with the students how all of the other commandments that God gives falls unders love. Share the commandments and have the students tell you how they see where love applies in those commandments. Explain that when loving others as God wants us to, that also means correcting people in a godly way when they are wrong or sinning. This should be done in a way that helps them realize their mistakes and leads them back to what God wants for them.

Have the students work together to write their own song using the verses from the Greatest Commands (provide guidance as needed). Tell the students that this will be a song they use to help them learn scripture so they should also think about a catchy tune, easy to remember lyrics, etc. When the students are finish, record them singing the son and email the video to their parents. Encourage them to continue to sing the song together as a family as a way of learning the scriptures.

Additional Questions: How can we use poems to memorize scripture?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students come up with poems that will help them remember the scriptures from the Greatest Commands. Let parents know about the poems and have the help their children practice and memorize the poem to perform the following week.

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