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Georgia Baptist Convention develops ‘great home study tool’ in Bible Drill appcomment (0)

December 5, 2013

The digital age has come to Bible drill.

A new Bible Drill app has been developed by the Georgia Baptist Convention that will help students and their leaders study God’s Word on their tablets or smartphones. 

Developed as a general discipleship tool for children, students, adults and families, the app allows drillers to review books of the Bible and current verses through different activity and study options, according to Maria Brannen, Georgia state missionary in discipleship/spiritual renewal. 

“Kids are digital natives, and this is a great way for them to have an opportunity for study at home during the week,” Brannen said. 

The app provides a tool for children, youth and high school drillers to study in a variety of styles the Scriptures they are memorizing. It includes options such as a bubble game, electronic flash cards and “type out a verse.” 

Additional activities help them learn and review books of the Bible. 

The app is pre-loaded with three translations used by Bible drillers — King James Version, Holman Christian Standard Version and English Standard Version. Students and adults also have the option to share a verse they are learning via social media.

Because it is not specific to Georgia’s Bible drillers, anyone can download the app for 99 cents in the iTunes store where the app is described as “a must have for anyone wanting to learn and memorize Scripture.”

“It’s a great home study tool where students can learn even if no one else is around,” Brannen said. “We hope to have a whole new generation of children who will have a passion for studying God’s Word.”

Brannen said the app also can be used by Christian parents who want their children to memorize Scripture, facilitating a faith connection at home where activities can be done as a family. The app also can be used as a learning activity on an iPad in Bible drill, Sunday School and missions classes at church.

Bible Drill is already receiving five-star reviews on iTunes. Bridgett Oliver, Bible drill leader at First Baptist Church, Calhoun, Ga., said, “All my Bible drill parents and teachers are downloading the app and they love it. We have several church members who do not have children but simply want to be familiar with the material when the competition comes. Bible Drill is contagious.”

Developed in the 1920s, Bible drill’s purpose is to help drillers increase in knowledge of the Bible, develop skills in locating Bible books and verses and memorize the names of the books of the Bible in order along with Bible verses, while learning to apply the Bible to their lives.

The Georgia Baptist Convention is the permanent host for the National Invitational Youth Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament. In 2014, the event will take place June 20 at First Baptist Church, Helen, Ga.  

(Georgia Baptist Convention)

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