Sword Drill: Trials

May 14, 2009 by admin  
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1 Peter 4:12  Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

James 1:2-3  Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Acts 14:21-22  They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

1 Peter 1:7  These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Thessalonians 3:2-3  We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker[a]in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.

2 Corinthians 8:2  Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.

Hebrews 11:36  Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.

FINAL ROUND:  2 Peter 2:9  ….if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.

Sword Drill: Missions

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Psalm 2:8. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

Isaiah 61:1-2. The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.

Matthew 28:19-20. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Luke 14:23. Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.

Acts 1:8. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Romans 1:14. I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.

3 John 7-8. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.

FINAL ROUND: Acts 13:47. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’

Sword Drill: Christian Identity

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

Isaiah 63:16 But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.

2 Corinthians 6:18 I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Hebrews 2:11 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.

Ephesians 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household,

FINAL ROUND: Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

Sword Drill: Strength

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Joshua 1:9. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Deuteronomy 31:6. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you..

1 Corinthians 12:10. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

1 Kings 2:2. I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, show yourself a man,

Psalm 89:13. Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.

Luke 1:80. And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

Romans 15:1. We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

FINAL ROUND: Song of Solomon 8:6. Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.

Sword Drill: Holiness

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Exodus 20:8. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

1 Thessalonians 5:26. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.

Psalm 24:3.   Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?

Luke 1:70. ..as he said through his holy prophets of long ago…

1 Peter 1:16. ….for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’.

Isaiah 62:12. They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.

Acts 7:33. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals; the place where you are standing is holy ground.

FINAL ROUND: Ephesians 4:24. ..and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Sword Drill: Action

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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1 Peter 1:13. Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Proverbs 20:11. Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.

James 1:25. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

Matthew 7:21. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Luke 6:47. I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.

Romans 2:13. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

1 John 2;17. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

FINAL ROUND: Esther 4:14. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Sword Drill: Temptation

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Psalm 95:8. ….do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert

Matthew 6:13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Luke 22:40. On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’

Mark 1:12. At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan.

Matthew 26:41. Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

1 Timothy 6:9. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.

Luke 22:46. ‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.’

FINAL ROUND: 1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Sword Drill: Repentance

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”

Isaiah 59:20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the LORD.”

1 Kings 8:47 “…and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their conquerors and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly’”

2 Chronicles 32:26 “Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the LORD’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.”

Mark 6:12 “They went out and preached that people should repent.”

Job 42:6 “Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

Ezekiel 18:30 “Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.”


2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

Sword Drill: Giving Thanks

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Matthew 15:36. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.

Psalm 7:17. I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

Nehemiah 12:27. At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.

Isaiah 12:4. In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.

Romans 14:6. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.

Daniel 6:10. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Colossians 3:17. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

FINAL ROUND: 1Chronicles 16:8. Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Sword Drill Instructions

May 8, 2009 by admin  
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Sword Drill Instructions:

Explain why the Bible is the Christian’s “sword” (verses like Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:17 may be used as examples).

Have everyone close their Bibles and hold them by the binder. If not all those participating have a Bible with them, you may want to provide extras. Be prepared that there will be various versions used, so the readings may vary slightly.

Shout “Sheathe swords” (everyone should put their Bibles under their arms).

Shout “Draw swords” (everyone should now hold their Bibles in the air with arms straight).

Announce the passage (book, chapter, and verse) and have everyone repeat it after you in unison.

Shout “Charge” everyone should now try to look up the verse as quickly as possible. Participants may also recite the verse from memory, but it must be very close to word-perfect to qualify as a winner.

The first one to find the reference should stand and begin reading the verse (or reciting it from memory). Actual ties can be dealt with by allowing both to win that round.

Each person who wins a round is automatically a finalist. A person may win only once before the final. The final round includes all the winners of the individual verse drills. Each sword drill session has a theme.

There is a winner for guessing the theme as well as an overall drill winner. Candy or a small prize may be awarded to the winners.

The verses listed in each sword drill are from the New International Version.  If you prefer another version of the Bible, please feel free to take the templates I provide and use the version of your choice.

Michael Bogart

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