APOPKA (FBW)—Scores of youth and children, along with their parents and supporters, gathered at Trinity Baptist Church in Apopka April 21 for the state finals of Bible Drills. The drillers showcased their Bible skills in the culmination of dozens of church and associational events in March and April.
Children’s Bible Drills were held at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville April 14, and also at Trinity Baptist April 21. Those with perfect, or nearly perfect, scores also participated in the Children’s Super Drills at both locations.
Bible Drills encourage the memorization of Scripture verses and biblical doctrine, and swift location of Bible passages. Youth drillers, in grades 7-9, and high school drillers, grades 10-12, have to step forward in eight seconds. Winners were selected from the 12 high-scoring participants in each of the final drills.
Benji Padgett from Springhead Baptist Church in Plant City took top honors in the Youth Bible Drill. In his fifth year of Bible Drills, the Tomlin Middle School seventh grader is the son of Herb and Heather Padgett. Elizabeth Guy, a home-schooled eighth-grader from First Baptist Church in Mt. Dora, was named runner-up.
The High School Drill winner and runner-up are brothers Jordan and Joseph McBride, sons of Greg and
Angela McBride of Pensacola, and students at Pine Forest High School. The team from Bellview Baptist Church, where the winners’ father is pastor, is coached by Pam Hubbard. The McBride brothers have participated in Bible Drills nine years, their mother said.
Padgett and Jordan McBride will participate in the National Invitational Bible Drill June 22 at First Baptist Church in Brunswick, Ga. Both received a trophy and a scholarship from Baptist College of Florida.
No high school participants arrived in Apopka to participate in the Speakers’ Tournament.
Teams of children and youth in brightly-colored tee shirts gathered around the Trinity Baptist campus for last minute drill rehearsals. Some of their shirts bore team slogans: “I’m a Word Warrior of First Baptist Church Eustis,” and “Rooted in the Word of God,” First Baptist Church in Polk City.
Lyndsey Ramsey and Kane Cox, members of the high school team from First Baptist Church in Wewahitchka, said their team began in August drilling Wednesday afternoons at 4:30. The teens, both Bible Drill veterans, said the Scriptures they memorized have already proved valuable.
“If you hide the Word in your heart, it never leaves you. You don’t always have your Bible with you, but if it is memorized you have it on the spot,” Cox told Florida Baptist Witness.
Ramsey agreed, adding, “The verses pop into my head in whatever I am facing.”
Former High School Drill state winner Steven Warren prayed during the opening ceremony, then spoke to those who would soon compete during the morning drills
Holding a glass trophy aloft, he said, “This trophy is really cool, but in five years, it will be collecting dust in a box. What you learn from the Word of God will last forever.”
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