ASM = Active Scripture Memorization
Wait a minute. Isn't that redundant?
I mean, isn't all Scripture is supposed to be “living and active” already? (Heb4_12)
Ahh, yes, but it's not the Scripture that needs activating. It's the memorization.
For centuries, people have memorized and spoken back God's Word to each other in long form with powerful, reckless results for the Kingdom. In fact, up until about 500 years ago, it was our primary means of meditation, since most of us were illiterate.
But from the invention of that first printing press back in 1439 to the roll out of the latest iPad, Bible memorization has slowly become a more text-based enterprise, usually done in isolation, with a personal goal in mind rather than corporate worship. There's nothing wrong with that. The Spirit certainly can and does sanctify us in that way too. But it is so far short of the active communal expression of love for Jesus that memorization once was back in the 1st Century. And because of that, I believe we no longer experience its deepest spiritual benefits as often as we might.
So, what if we made a conscious effort to revive that experience? What if we re-introduced the radically ancient concept of Active Scripture Memorization back into our homes and churches? I believe we would see that the simple act of speaking back longer memorized passages of Scripture to each other in community has the power to transform our walks with Jesus. I believe we would experience better intimacy with God, a better witness for God, and better protection under the wings of God, all while using time and resources we already possess.
I believe the key to 1st Century-style revival, is more 1st Century-style Bible study.
Jesus promised it. I have seen it.
Taste and see for yourself.