The idea for Fighter Verses began in a 3rd grade Sunday school classroom in 1976. God put it in the heart of Linda McIntire to arm her students with the Word of God. She encouraged them to memorize 120 verses which she called “Fighter Verses”. Linda shared her list with her sister Sally Michael who, along with her husband David, continued to add verses to the list as they nurtured the faith of their two daughters. It became the set of verses they hoped their children would commit to memory by the time they reached adulthood. David and Sally, co-founders of Children Desiring God, helped the list become a set of cards that provided convenience and encouragement for other individuals and families to make the discipline of Bible memory a habit.
In the fall of 1996, David and Sally Michael moved into full-time ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and saw a vision for Fighter Verses to become a church-wide Bible memory challenge. In January 1997, John Piper encouraged the congregation to join the Bible memory challenge with his enthusiastic support and suggestions of additional verses. Partnering with Children Desiring God, the set of verses was developed into a five-year Bible-memory program with one verse or passage of Scripture to memorize each week along with a vision to encourage Bible memory in both families and in the wider church family.
The latest revision to the verses include the Fighter Verses, the Extended Memory Set and Foundation Verses, all centered on a vision for equipping believers to fight the fight of faith. Newer resources include the Fighter Verses App and The Fighter Verses Study.
We rejoice in the grace of God and the love for his Word that is manifest in believers around the world who have joyfully committed themselves to memorizing the Fighter Verses. The experiences shared as the people of God learn these verses bears witness to the fact that the Word of God is mighty and that God is able to accomplish more than we could ever ask or imagine. May the Lord bless you, as we have been blessed, as you endeavor to hide the Word of God in your heart.
Special thanks to the following individuals who helped make the original Fighter Verses program a reality: Connie Kopischke, Linda McIntire, David and Sally Michael, John Piper, Char Ransom, Kathi Westlund and Carrie Zeman.