Welcome to Senior Bible Quizzing!
In 1967, the General Youth Committee initiated Senior Bible Quizzing (SBQ). In the first year on the book of Genesis, only local, sectional and district tournaments were held. The next year it expanded to regional tournaments which qualified teams for the first national tournament in Atlantic City, NJ. The ministry has progressed in its structure from its early days; however, the unchanging Word of God remains at the core of it.
In 2017, SBQ celebrates its 50th anniversary (1967-2017). Our theme is Rooted: Our History – Our Destiny and students will study the book of Acts. At the 1968 General Conference, General Superintendent Stanley Chambers preached, “Will the United Pentecostal Church Survive the Onslaught of History?” Thanks in part to SBQ, generations of Apostolic disciples are in place to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the 21st century and ensure the Church is alive and well and fulfilling its mission.
I don’t know if the “founding fathers” of SBQ foresaw that it would also affect its participants beyond learning Bible verses. Whether intended or not, SBQ has become a means of developing Christian character, leadership traits, good study habits, time management skills, self-discipline and a godly attitude toward both victory and defeat. These benefits comprise a high rate of return for the investment both to the individual quizzer and the kingdom of God.
When David was offered the sword of Goliath, he accepted it saying, “There is none like it; give it to me” (1 Samuel 21:9). The same is true of SBQ: “There is none like it.” No other aspect of youth ministry leads students into such an intense study of God’s Word. As a result the Church’s future will be brighter because of the high caliber of students that rise through the ranks of SBQ and enter the world ready to wield the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
North American Bible Quiz Director