"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." 

Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

WORD is a Bible passage that will change annually and serves as the focus of a given school year. School-wide memorization of this passage is encouraged, incentivized, and discussed in our various clubs, classes, and events. WORD memorization is completely optional, but we hope you will join us in making an effort to hide God’s word in our hearts!
The passage for the 2022-2023 school year is Ephesians 4:17-32. This may be recited in any version you choose. Once the passage has been memorized, it needs to be verified by anyone on the leadership team including academy leads, class day leads, club directors and committee members, office staff, or board members. Specially created WORD decals have been created and will be given out to all who complete the memory work. Collect a new WORD decal with each new school year. Group photos of WORD memory achievers will be included in the yearbook if passage is recited by February 28, 2023.
WORD is available for both students and parents to participate in. The deadline for verification is June 3, 2023.  Make this a family project! If you simply read the passage daily, you will be surprised how quickly you will be able to commit it to memory in the weeks and months ahead. 

Ephesians 4:17-32 (NIV)
Instructions for Christian Living

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

2022 - 2023 WORD Memory Achievers

Scripture Teaching and Memorization Resources

Ephesians 4:17-32 : Kids Talk

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Suggested 2022-2023 WORD Schedule

To be finished by February 28, 2023 (to be included on the yearbook page, featured on the website, and received the WORD decal)

September 30 - vs 17-18
October 31 - vs. 19-21
November 30 - 22-24
December 31 - 25-27
January 31 - 28-30
February 28th - vs 31-32

To be finished by June 3rd (to be featured on the website and received the WORD decal)

September 30 vs. 17
October 31 vs. 18-19
November 30 vs. 20-21
December 31 vs. 22-23
January 31 vs. 24-25
February 28 vs. 26-27
March 31 vs. 28-29
April 30 vs. 30-31
June 3 vs. 32

Ephesians 4:1-16 (NIV)
Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives
    and gave gifts to his people.”

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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Scripture Memorization Resources

In The Gap Kids: Ephesians 4:1 Bible Verse s to Memorize for Kids with Actions

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