random thoughts from someone figuring out how to breathe better...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
who knows the Bible the best?
So all this week, the Free Methodist Bible Quizzing National Tournament has been happening in Spring Arbor, MI.
That's why God may not be listening to you, He's pretty busy up here. (comedic sarcasm)
Just a brief overview: Teens study a section of scriptures like crazy all year long, having local quiz meets throughout the year. Quizzing consists of 2 or 3 teams of 2 or 3 sitting on little sensitive pads that electronically announce who was the first (through 4th, in order) person to stand up. If they stand up during the question, they must finish that question (and then answer it). If they stand up after the question, they must answer it. 15 questions per round. If a single person answers 5 questions correctly, they've "quizzed out", and can no longer help their team. Etc.
I tried quizzing when I was in High School. Apparently, I wasn't cut out for it. Or perhaps, a lack of dedication on my part. Or there weren't enough girls involved. Or something.
But in this small arena are so many reasons to be excited, and at the same time, illustrations/fodder for many of us to be aware. Many students here might not be the best quizzers, and yet they grasp the love of Jesus Christ very well. Other students may know the verses word for word, and have the "fastest jump", and yet might not have a clue as to what it truly means to follow Christ. Most, however, like us, are probably somewhere in the middle.
I'm proud of our team. Not cause we'll win all the trophies. But because they're involving themselves (whatever the reason they begin) in the study and participation in the scriptures.
No matter what you believe, and whether or not you're a fan of the quizzing world....you gotta admit...it's a pretty decent thing for a teen to be involved in. I recommend it. Next year we're studying the book of Luke....get on it. :)