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Tested Texts: Vol 5




Our Tested Text theme for 2019 is "Hope." As Pastor Gerald pointed out in his "Created to Need" series, God has not yet met all of our needs—but He has given us Hope. Each passage in this series has been carefully selected from both the Old and New Testament as a means to encourage us to confidently expect that God, through Jesus Christ, will indeed do all that He has promised. Memorize these passages of Scripture with us each month, and discover the hope that will not put us to shame.

Each month we will release a free song for you to download. Each of these songs have been written by our Worship Pastor, Josh Caterer or Interim Director of Music, Chris Hauser, in order to help you and your children memorize these promises of God. Visit this webpage each month to find out what the new Scripture memory text is and to download the companion song with the text.


Download or Watch

Below you may download the song, which when played with your music player, will automatically build an album for you with each download. There is also a lyric video that you may view for the purpose of memorizing or for use in family worship. If you are a musician, we also have downloadable chord sheets available for your use.

1. "For God Alone"

  Song ›  Video ›  Chords F ›  

2. "Blessed Is He"

  Song ›  Video ›  Chords A ›

3. "Let Not Your Heart"

  Song ›  Video ›  Chords F ›

4. "For I Know the Plans"

  Song ›  Video ›  Chords C ›

5. "The Steadfast Love of the Lord"

  Song ›  Video ›  Chords F ›

6. "We Put our Hope in You"

  Song ›  Video ›  Chords D ›

7. "Rescue Me"

  Song ›  Video ›  Chords ›

Why Memorize Scripture?


Scripture memorization is believed by many to be essential to the Christian life. At Calvary, we have decided to go about this process congregationally for the next year. We believe it will enhance the life of our church in many ways. Our purpose is “Making Jesus Christ known in Oak Park and Around the World,” and we believe Scripture memorization is an integral part of that process for a few reasons.

In order to make Jesus Christ known, we must know him.

God has principally revealed himself to his people in his Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, that which the Christian tradition has called “the only rule of faith and practice.” The Apostle Paul urges Timothy to continue in his practice of searching the “sacred writings” in order that he might grow up to spiritual maturity. Paul grounds his command in the claim that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness.” In short, God’s Word is the lifeblood of every Christian. Calvary has long prioritized the Bible and held fast to its authority, and we believe that this initiative resonates with that tradition of our church.

In order to make Jesus Christ known, we must be a congregation of true worshippers

This goal necessitates we move beyond mere cognitive understanding of the Scriptures to a fully developed and vibrant spiritual existence grounded in God’s Word. Beyond merely reading or reciting God’s Word, we let it take root in our hearts; we meditate upon it and ask the Holy Spirit to transform us as the Scriptures renew our minds. The congregation that knows Jesus Christ in this way is ready to make him known.

In order to make Jesus Christ known, we want to know precisely how we ought to speak of him.

If we enrich our spiritual lives with Scripture, we believe the goodness and grace of God will always be on the “tip of our tongues.” We will be happy to speak of him to our neighbors, co-workers and anyone we meet. Moreover, planting God’s Word in our hearts will give us God’s vocabulary to speak of himself, and we can be sure that we are true and authentic heralds of the king in our community.