The purpose of Bible Drill 2.0 is to begin to develop memory skills, develop skills in effectively handling the Bible, increase the student’s knowledge of the Bible, and learn how to apply the meaning of the passages to their lives.

If participation in Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament is just for scripture memory—we lose.  If we learn scripture without meaning—we lose.  If we compete just to win—we lose. When we make the scriptures personal, we are changed and can apply the meaning of scriptures to our lives—we win.    



What is Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament 2.0?   

A discipleship ministry of scripture memory and application for children and students to internalize the magnitude of God’s love for each one of us.  It is scripture memory, Bible skills, and speech preparation for children and youth to internalize and respond to life’s situations because of their relationship with Jesus Christ. 



What is the Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament Coordinating Team? 

This is a team of people from all over Texas who love Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament and who desire to see it grow. They are the new backbone of Bible Drill/Speaker’s Tournament.



What versions of the Bible can we use?

For 2017-2018, you will choose among the following Bibles:

  • New International Version (NIV) (Biblica USA, item #200172, Burgundy hard cover) 
  • King James Version (KJV) (LifeWay, ISBN # 9-781-5864-0945-6, Blue hard cover)
  • Holman Christian Standard (HCSB) (LifeWay, ISBN # 9-781-4336-0364-8, Burgundy hardcover) 

Your local Lifeway Store may stock carton quantities, but if not then store managers can place special orders for churches for the carton quantities at a 30% discounted price. Smaller quantities may be ordered at the regular price in stores or online. 

For 2018-2019, you will be able to use the following Bibles:

  • New International Version (NIV) (Biblica USA, item #200172, Burgundy hard cover) 
  • King James Version (KJV) (LifeWay, ISBN # 9-781-5864-0945-6, Blue hard cover
  • No Holman Christian Standard Bibles will be used for drilling in Regionals and State in 2019. 
  • Christian Standard Bible (LifeWay)ISBN is not available at this time.   As we receive more information, we will pass that on to you.

Bibles used during Regional and State Competition: BGCT will no longer provide Bibles at the Regional and State Competitions.  Each church will be responsible for providing their children and students with the Bibles they are using to drill.  

BGCT has HCSB and KJV Bibles available for free, but churches must pre-pay for shipping. 
These are available by contacting: Sarah Johnson, 214-828-5287 or sarah.johnson@texasbaptists.org

If pickup is preferred, a minimum of 48-hour notice is required.


How do I begin Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament? 

Great resources are: 

  • Bible Drill Competition Guide:  Games and Activities for Blue, Red and Green Cycles ISBN:  978-1-4158-7328-1 
  • For 2018, Bible Skills, Drills and Thrills:  Red Cycle  ISBN:  978-1-4300-3652-4 
  • King James and Holman may be purchased at Lifeway Stores 
  • NIV Bibles can be ordered online at http://biblicadirect.com/niv-worship-bible-2 or call ChurchSource at 800-727-3480 for assistance.  (Burgundy Hard Cover)
  • HCSB, KJV, and NIV Verses are available for download for childrenyouth and high school.

2018 YOUTH SPEAKERS’ TOURNAMENT TOPICS – RED CYCLE

  • ALL GIFTS COME FROM GOD 
  • BEAUTY INSIDE OUT 
  • BEING A SERVANT FOR GOD 
  • BE STRONG IN THE LORD 
  • CHARACTER VERSUS COMFORT 
  • HOW SHALL THEY HEAR? 
  • I BELIEVE THE BIBLE 
  • IS HEAVEN FOR REAL? 
  • LIGHT AND SALT 
  • MULTIPLYING MY GIFTS 
  • MY WITNESS 
  • POWER FROM PRAYER 
  • PRAYER CHANGES THINGS 
  • SAVED TO SERVE 
  • THE COST OF BEING DIFFERENT 
  • TRUTHS FOR TOUGH TIMES 
  • WALK THE WALK, TALK THE TALK 
  • WHAT IS A DISCIPLE? 
  • WONDERFULLY MADE 
  • WHY I STUDY THE BIBLE

Speaker Power:  How to Get it and Use It by Steve Williams   

This is a helpful book for Youth Speakers’ Tournament participants and leaders.  It includes sections on Choosing a Topic, Developing Your Speech, practice tips and Giving Your Speech.  It is available through the Discipleship Office by calling Sarah Johnson at 214-828-5285. Cost of Speaker Power is $8.00, plus shipping.


Dates for Church, Associational, Regional and State Drills will be posted later.

Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament Guidelines will be posted in September.