Why Bible Quizzing?

By | January 29, 2012

Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

When we first became exposed to Bible Quizzing, it was mostly promoted for those kids who could memorize easily and who had already made it most of the way through their handbooks. Those who hadn’t gotten as far, or who had a little more trouble with the memorization weren’t actively discouraged from participating, but neither were they aggressively recruited, either.

Over the years, as we became more and more involved in Quizzing preparation, we began to take a different view – one I was pleased to find repeated in the Bible Quiz Rules put together by our state missionary support team. Essentially it boils down to this: Bible Quizzing is for everyone.

Consider the objectives stated at the very beginning of the Ohio Bible Quizzing rules:

  1. “To proclaim God’s wonderful grace and salvation through the Bible Quiz questions. Parents and friends may then see their need of becoming a Christian and be challenged to accept Christ as Savior.”
  2. “To give clubbers a greater love for and a working knowledge of the Bible.”
  3. “To promote and encourage our clubbers in Bible memorization and review of their handbooks.”
  4. “To provide a competitive atmosphere in which Awana clubbers can display their Bible knowledge.”

My wife and I have become completely convinced that Awana is about building life changing relationships more than anything else, and the operative words in these objectives – proclaim, give, promote, encourage and provide – echo that sentiment. Any opportunity to spend time with the kids coming to club in a way that encourages them to grow in their faith is a good thing. Any opportunity to put more Scripture into their hearts and minds, especially if memorization doesn’t come easily, is a good thing. There is no one, leader, clubber, or parent, who won’t benefit from the experience that Bible Quizzing provides.

One of the greatest moments I had working in Awana was seeing a girl who had often struggled to get sections passed, who had never completed a handbook, up on the stage beaming from ear to ear because her team had placed high enough to get a ribbon. It wasn’t even in the top three, but you would never have known it to look at her. She was encouraged by her leaders to try something that was inherently difficult for her, to trust Christ and invest in herself in a way that no one had ever asked her to before, and the result was spectacular.

Our best advice to anyone working to promote Bible Quizzing in your own club is to reach out to everyone. Every clubber and every leader (no matter which club they work in) can be blessed and enriched by this event in ways that you wouldn’t believe.

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