What is Bible Quizzing?
Bible Quizzing is a competitive sport for students in 6-12th grade that involves learning and memorizing portions of Scripture and traveling to different churches in the Great Lakes Region to quiz on what they've learned.
What version of the Bible do you use?
We use the ESV: English Standard Version.
What books of the Bible do you cover?
Each year we study a different portion of the New Testament. Last year, we went over the Gospel of Luke. This 2017-18 quiz year, we are studying 1st and 2nd Corinthians.
How long is the quiz year?
The quiz year starts on September 18th, 2017 and ends April 30th, 2018. We have Quiz Meets every month, except in December.
Does it cost to join the team?
No, there is no cost to join the team. However, quiz meets and study materials do cost. The average quiz meet price is $6 per quizzer and $4 for family members. Students are responsible for dinner on the way to a quiz meet and on the way back. They can either bring food or purchase dinner at the stops we make (we usually stop at an Oasis). Depending on the quiz meet, sometimes students are asked to contribute to gas money as well. The Central Wisconsin Quiz Camp Meet is $25 per person which covers the cost of the whole weekend's food, lodgings and activities. Quiz Bibles will be $5-10 and Quiz t-shirts are $16. There are also optional Quiz sweatshirts, which are $25. To purchase your t-shirts and sweatshirts, clink the links at the top of the page.
When are practices?
Beginning September 18th, 2017, practices are every Monday night from 6:30-8:30 in the 1st-5th classroom of Three Rivers Church, and Sunday mornings, during the 9:15 service, in the youth room.
What do you do at practices?
The first part of the night is dedicated to reading and discussing the chapter of Scripture we need to learn. We try to dive into God's Word and learn how to apply His Word to our lives rather than simply memorize words. The second portion of the night is for practice games and activities. We use all sorts of creative and fun methods to help us memorize. Relays, cross words, Jenga games, Hide and Go Quiz, act it out, write it out, draw it out....you just never know what we'll be doing each week!
What is a Quiz Meet?
Quiz Meets are our monthly competitions at different churches in the Great Lakes region. Currently, we travel to Wisconsin and Indiana with two additional meets that take place at Three Rivers. A meet involves an opening assembly (a time for a devotion and some praise music), morning quizzes, lunch, afternoon quizzes and a final assembly where the top quizzers from each division and the top 2 teams receive medals and trophies. See the Meets Page for this year's schedule.
What does a quiz look like?
A normal quiz round is about 20 minutes, with 20 questions covering the Scripture portions we have just learned. Students sit on chairs with "quiz pads." There are 3-5 members on each quiz team. When the question is asked, a quizzer "jumps" to answer the question. Whoever's light goes off first on the quiz consul, showing who jumped the fastest, is awarded the question. Points are given for correct answers, negative points for incorrect. The points are tallied at the end to see which team wins that quiz round. A Quiz Meet generally has 6-9 rounds of quizzing. The top two teams in each division are awarded trophies.
How much material do you cover at each Quiz Meet?
Quiz Meets cover material cumulatively. We learn 4-7 chapters between each meet and quiz over everything. An example of this would be, learning John 1-4 for the first meet, John 1-8 for the second meet, John 1-12 for the third....and so on.
What do I need to bring on an overnight trip to a Quiz Meet?
Students need to pack: a sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, clothing (including their quiz shirt), their Quiz Bible and study materials.
What if I can't make it to a Quiz Meet?
Let your coaches know as soon as possible if you can or cannot make it to a quiz meet, so they can plan accordingly.
How much Scripture do you actually memorize?
In quizzing there are 2 official specialties: Finish the Verses and References. There are also 7 unofficial specialties: Regular/General Questions, Situations, 2 parts, 3 parts, 4 parts, 5 parts and Multiples. Ideally, each student from the team picks one specialty to work on, breaking up the material into bite size portions to memorize. Students can do more than one specialty, but it is recommended that each picks one to focus on.
FTVer? Referencer? Situationer? What do these weird specialty names mean?
This is the break down of each specialty:
Finish the Verse Questions - "FTVers" memorize whole verses with their reference and must quote them word perfectly with the reference.
“For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
The verses to memorize are given out in a list at the beginning of the quiz year.
Reference Questions - If you are good at remembering numbers, then you would make a good "Referencer." A Reference question is a generic question that has a specific answer according to a specific reference. Sound confusing? It is easier to just show an example. The questions sound like this: REF Q: According to John 3:16, who loved? Now, this generic question, "who loved?", could have multiple answers from the Bible, but in John 3:16 specifically, the answer is: God! God so loved the world. So, the question and answer sounds like this:
REF Q: According to John 3:16, who loved? A: God
Reference questions are given in a list at the beginning of the year.
Situation Questions - These are quote questions. You need to remember the answers to questions like: Who said it? Where was it said? To whom was it said?
SIT Q: Who said it? To whom was it said? “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." A: Jesus said it, to Nicodemus
Regular/General Questions - Questions with only one answer:
Q: For God so loved what? A: the world
Mutliple/5 part/4 part/3 part/2 part - Parts questions are questions with more than one answer. Multiples are questions with 6 or more answers.
2 Part Q: Whoever believes in him should not what? A: perish, but have eternal life
Why should I do quizzing?
Quizzing is an exciting and fun way to memorize the Bible with a wonderful team of fellow students who want to know God more. His Word changes our hearts, defends us from evil and calms our fears. Most importantly, it shows us the way to saving grace in Jesus Christ. Isaiah 55:11 says His Word will never return void, 2 Timothy 3:16 says His Word teaches and corrects us, Hebrews 4:12 describes His Word as a double-edged sword and Psalm 19: 10-11 says His Word is to be desired more than fine gold, that it is sweeter than honey in the honeycomb. That being said, is quizzing worthwhile? Beyond a doubt. Is it for everyone? Not necessarily. Quizzing is still a competitive sport and if competition is not your thing, Quizzing might not be your thing. Give it a shot! Try it for a year, see what you think!
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
I have hidden your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
So shall my Word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11
Do you have a question not covered here? Please contact the head coach on the Contact Page.