- Want to know the probability that 2 people in a crowd of 40 share a birthday? I can tell you (it’s 90%, by the way).
- How many forest rangers are needed on any given shift to have no more than a 1% chance of a fire going undetected while one of them is responding to an issue? Only you - with a little help from math - can prevent forest fires (you need 3 if an average issue takes a ranger away for 2 hours).
- The FDA allows up to 60 insect fragments and 1 rodent hair per 100 grams of chocolate. How confident are you that the 3.3 oz candy bar you just ate is pest-free? (I won’t spoil your lunch by telling you here. But if you really want to know, email me).
- Want to dominate your Fantasy Football league? I’m your guy (although I've learned that you probably won’t be invited back after winning it a few years in a row).
The Quizzers that commit to learning Memory Verses made the Top 10 on their District a whopping 94% of the time!
Using data from the past 6 years on my own Bible Quiz District (Louisiana & Mississippi) and available information found on the internet for several other Districts, one thing is clear: The Quizzers that commit to learning Memory Verses made the Top 10 on their District a whopping 94% of the time! Additionally, those same quizzers have a 70% chance of finishing in the Top 5!
For the purposes of this study, a quizzer was considered a “memory verse” person if they were simply in the top 4 for that question category for the quiz year. In other words, you don’t have to be the best Memory Verse quizzer on your District – just be in the top 4 or so. In my home District, for example, 80% of the Top 20 Best-Ever Season Averages belong to quizzers who finished in the top 4 for Memory Verses quoted that particular season:
In the entire Book of Acts, there are 1001 verses. For the quiz season, the Nazarene memory verse list encompasses 118 of those verses. Essentially, memory verses cover 11.79% of the Book of Acts.
In a 20-question Bible Quiz match, 3 questions ask for a Memory Verse.
Applying a sequence of Bernoulli trials to the 17 remaining questions yields the following Binomial Distributions:
I am pleased with these results because it supports the mission and purpose of Teen Bible Quizzing: to encourage youth to study God’s Word – not just the questions in a book!
Just remember: mere head-knowledge of Scripture will not lead to transformation, but instead take Scripture to heart through faith and obedience.
One of the most powerful ways you can transform your spiritual life is to memorize Scripture.
As a Bible Quizzer or a Coach of Bible Quizzers, we have the awesome privilege of knowing God’s heart through the Bible. And one of the most powerful ways you can transform your spiritual life is to memorize Scripture. The Bible says in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
It’s really a matter of motivation rather than skill. David wrote in Psalm 119:72, “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver or gold.” What is it worth to you? In Acts 3, Peter tells a beggar who was lame from birth “silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” When you understand how important and how valuable God’s Word is, you’ll get serious about memorizing significant portions of it. Then you’ll be like the beggar and go “walking and jumping, and praising God!”
And maybe pick up a Top 10 trophy along the way.
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