Saturday, November 20, 2010

Product Review: Navigators' Topical Memory System Kit

I remember I used to apply Navigators' Topical System to commit selected scriptures into memory but somehow I defaulted and did not have the discipline to persevere.

The Topical Memory System Kit (TMS), developed by The Navigators. is aimed to improve your knowledge of the Bible, deepen your walk with God, and memorize verses that will carry you through the hard times of life.

This kit includes:
  • 60 verse cards in the NIV, NASB, MSG, ESV, NRSV, NLT, NKJV, and KJV
  • course workbook
  • verse card holder
I find that having the workbook together for me to work through the scriptures are incredibly useful. It makes the scriptures come alive! It helps me to reflect and think through. It helps me to apply the scriptures in real life situations.

To give an example, for Week 1 Series A (Live the New Life), the verses to memorize are 2 Cor 5:17 and Galatians 2:20.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20 NIV)
And the questions for meditation for 2 Corinthians 5:2
  • What is the key to living a truly new life?
  • What has happened to your "old" life?
  • What things have changed in your life since you became a Christian?
And these questions remind me that the very essential thing that truly allows me to live as new life is about being in Christ. It is not about me, it is not about what I have done and not done. The old life is gone! The old life is dead and I do not need to obey to the lustful desires of my old life. The more I spend my time living the new life that Christ has enabled me to do so, the more I want to desire the new life. And the last question helps me to reflect on what had happened to my life ever since I become a new creation in Christ - hating the things that I used to tolerate, becoming more aware of sins as things that displease God, etc, etc - these are the slowing moving process that shape me day by day into the likeness of Christ, my Savior.

Christ the Center 2 Corinthians 5:17 Galatians 2:20
Obedience to Christ Romans 12:1 John 14:21
The Word 2 Timothy 3:16 Joshua 1:8
Prayer John 15:7 Philippians 4:6,7
Fellowship Matthew 18:20 Hebrews 10:24,25
Witnessing Matthew 4:19 Romans 1:16

All Have Sinned Romans 3:23 Isaiah 53:6
Sin's Penalty Romans 6:23 Hebrews 9:27
Christ Paid the Penalty Romans 5:8 1 Peter 3:18
Salvation is not by Works Ephesians 2:8,9 Titus 3:5
Must Receive Christ John 1:12 Revelation 3:20
Assurance of Salvation 1 John 5:13 John 5:24

His Spirit 1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 2:12
His Strength Isaiah 41:10 Philippians 4:13
His Faithfulness Lamentations 3:22,23 Numbers 23:19
His Peace Isaiah 26:3 1 Peter 5:7
His Provision Romans 8:32 Philippians 4:19
His Help in Temptation Hebrews 2:18 Psalms 119:9,11

Put Christ First Matthew 6:33 Luke 9:23
Separate From the World 1 John 2:15,16 Romans 12:2
Be Steadfast 1 Corinthians 15:58 Hebrews 12:3
Serve Others Mark 10:45 2 Corinthians 4:5
Give Generously Proverbs 3:9,10 2 Corinthians 9:6,7
Develop World Vision Acts 1:8 Matthew 28:19,20

Love John 13:34,35 1 John 3:18
Humility Philippians 2:3,4 1 Peter 5:5,6
Purity Ephesians 5:3 1 Peter 2:11
Honesty Leviticus 19:11 Acts 24:16
Faith Hebrews 11:6 Romans 4:20,21
Good Works Galatians 6:9,10 Matthew 5:16

The complete set of these verses with commentaries (both in free audio mp3 download and pdf a single bundled file) can be accessed here (in the Navigators' Discipleship Library).

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cksheng74 said...

Ben Koch has put all 60 TMS verses to music.
Although the songs are short, they are good for aiding memorization.

Click here for free access:

cksheng74 said...

A separate online version (not the official Navpress publication) can be accessed here:

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