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A potpourri of ideas and helps for the Sunday school teacher or youth leader

Train up a child in the way he should go...Prov. 22:6a

Sword Drills

A Sword Drill is an excellent way to bring in other verses about the lesson and it is more interesting when the student takes part instead of you just reading the verse.
For Sword Drills occasionally mix things up by picking the second, third, or fourth person to find the reference instead of the first. Have a different number in mind for each reference to keep the group guessing. You can also divide your group up into two or three teams.

If you know you have one or two in your class that is exceptionally quick at finding the verses, you may want to set a limit on how many verses they can get before they reach their quota. They can then “retire” so others can have a chance at winning.

I am sure there are many variations to how a Sword Drill is conducted. Here are two ways that I like to use.

Formal Sword Drill: First, call out “Present Arms.” The class should hold up their Bibles with both hands, one hand on the front cover and one hand on the back with the Bible closed between their hands.

Next read the reference twice.

Finally say “Charge!” The first one to find it stands and waits for you to call on them before reading the verse. Also the student should have his finger or at least have his eyes on the verse before standing; not still be flipping pages has he starts to stand.

If the first student reads the wrong verse then go to the second person that has found it.

Informal Sword Drill: For this exercise I simply call out the verse and the first one to find it stands and reads it. I use this method a lot when I have other verses I want to bring into the lesson. Also I usually keep track of how many verses each one gets and announce the top scorers at the end of class.

Besides the Sword Drills listed here, many of the sheets in the Reference Sheets section can be used as Sword Drills also.


Keep Your Seat
Here is a new twist to having a Sword Drill. Have 2 chairs set up front.
Pick 2 students to start and have them sit in the chairs. Give a reference and whichever one finds it first gets to stay in the chair. Then pick someone else to go next. The object is to see who can keep their seat the longest.
You can combine this game with a lesson by choosing the Bible references along some theme such as verses about prayer, love, forgiveness, etc.


Bible Drill
This drill will probably work best on an individual basis and not teams. You give familiar Bible references and let them quote the verse. You will have to give some thought to your age group and their general level of Bible knowledge. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
      John 3:16
      Psalm 23:1
      Psalm 91:1
      I John 1:9
      Romans 3:23
      Psalm 119:105
      John 15:1
      Genesis 1:1
      Romans 6:23

PDF file for Bible Drill verses



Sword Drill References for Valentine’s Day

  Genesis 24:67                                Genesis 29:18
  Proverbs 18:22                               1 Timothy 5:14
  Proverbs 31:30                               Genesis 2:23, 24
  Song of Solomon 8:7                     Proverbs 31:10
  Ephesians 5:28                               Colossians 3:19
  Ecclesiastes 9:9                              Proverbs 31:15
  1 Peter 3:7                                      Esther 1:20
  Titus 2:4                                         Colossians 3:18
  1 Peter 3:5

PDF file for Valentine Sword Drill verses



 Bible Books Sword Drill
This is an exercise to help the student learn where the books of the Bible are. Included is a reference from each of the sixty-six books. Divide into two teams. A point is awarded to the first team on which every member has found the verse.

Another way would be to simply call out the book and let them find the 1st verse of the 1st chapter of that book.

Old Testament

Genesis 1:1
Exodus 12:13
Leviticus 25:10
Numbers 9:17
Deuteronomy 29:29
Joshua 1:8
Judges 16:20
Ruth 1:16
1 Samuel 15:22
2 Samuel 18:33
1 Kings 3:9
2 Kings 6:17
1 Chronicles 4:10
2 Chronicles 16:9
Ezra 7:10
Nehemiah 4:17
Esther 4:14
Job 42:10
Psalm 84:11
Proverbs 3:15

Ecclesiastes 12:13
Song of Solomon 2:1
Isaiah 9:6
Jeremiah 29:13
Lamentations 3:22
Ezekiel 33:32
Daniel 6:10
Hosea 6:3
Joel 2:28
Amos 8:11
Obadiah 1:21
Jonah 1:3
Micah 6:8
Nahum 2:4
Habakkuk 2:14
Zephaniah 2:3
Haggai 2:4
Zechariah 4:6
Malachi 3:10

New Testament

 Matthew 7:7
 Mark 16:15
 Luke 10:20
 John 3:16
 Acts 1:8
 Romans 8:28
 1 Corinthians 3:11
 2 Corinthians 5:17
 Galatians 5:22
 Ephesians 6:13
 Philippians 2:5
 Colossians 3:1
 1 Thessalonians 5:24
 2 Thessalonians 3:3
1 Timothy 4:12
 2 Timothy 2:15
 Titus 2:12
 Philemon 10
 Hebrews 11:1
 James 5:20
 1 Peter 2:2
 2 Peter 1:21
 1 John 1:9
 2 John 6
 3 John 4
 Jude 24
 Revelation 22:21

PDF file for Bible Books verses


Messianic Prophecy Sword Drill

  Genesis 3:15                                     Genesis 49:10
  Numbers 24:17                                  Deuteronomy 18:15
  Psalm 16:10                                      Psalm 22:7, 8
  Psalm 27:12                                      Psalm 34:20
  Psalm 41:9                                        Psalm 69:21
  Isaiah 7:14                                         Isaiah 9:2, 7
  Isaiah 50:6                                         Isaiah 53:3-5,7, 9, 12
  Jeremiah 31:15                                   Daniel 9:25
  Hosea 11:1                                         Zechariah 9:9
  Zechariah 12:10                                  Micah 5:2

PDF file for Messianic verses


Choose Ye This Day... (Joshua 24:15)
Use this as a Sword drill or simply call on different ones to read the verses as you talk about making choices.
     Duet. 30:19
     I Kings 18:21
     Matthew 27:21

 Examples: Mary- Luke 10:42
                  Joshua- Joshua 24:15
                  Ruth- Ruth 1:16
                  Solomon- I Kings 3:5, 9
                  Moses- Hebrews 11:24, 25

PDF file for Choose Ye This Day verses




Titles of Christ

Isaiah 9:6- Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace

Revelation 1:8- Alpha, Omega,  Almighty

1 Peter 5:4- Chief Shepherd

John 6:35- Bread of Life

Psalm 118:22- Head Stone of the Corner

Luke 1:78- Dayspring

John 10:7- Door

Isaiah 42:1- Mine Elect

Revelation 1:17- First and Last

Matthew 2:6- Governor

Hebrews 4:14- High Priest, Jesus, Son of God

Acts 3:14- Holy One, Just

Isaiah 7:14- Immanuel

Isaiah 26:4- Lord Jehovah

1 Timothy 6:15- Potentate, King of kings, Lord of lords

John 1:29- Lamb of God

Matthew 1:21- Jesus

John 8:58- I Am

1 Corinthians 2:8- Lord of Glory

John 14:6- Way, Truth, Life

Isaiah 53:3- Man of Sorrows

Revelation 22:16- Root and Offspring of David

Daniel 9:25- Messiah

Job 19:25- Redeemer

John 11:25- Resurrection, Life

1 Corinthians 10:4- Rock, Christ

Song of Solomon 2:1- Rose of Sharon, Lily of the valleys

Luke 2:11- Saviour, Christ the Lord

Acts 4:27- Holy Child

Luke 1:32- Son of the Highest

John 15:1- True Vine

Isaiah 33:22- Judge, Lawgiver

John 1:1- Word

PDF file for Titles of Christ verses

Names of Christ verses


Bees of the Bible

 Genesis 1:22 Be fruitful

 Psalm 2:10 Be wise

  Matthew 5:4 Be comforted

 Psalm 4:4 Be still

2 Corinthians 6:17 Be seperate

 Psalm 5:11 Be joyful

 Zephaniah 3:14 Be glad

 Psalm 17:15 Be satisfied

 Psalm 19:13 Be upright

  Isaiah 4:3 Be holy

 Psalm 27:3 Be confident

 Psalm 27:14 Be of good courage

  Haggai 2:4 Be strong

 Psalm 35:9 Be joyful

 Psalm 51:7 Be clean

  Matthew 14:27 Be of good cheer

 Psalm 100:4 Be thankful

  Zechariah 2:13 Be silent

  Romans 8:6 Be spirtually minded

 Psalm 149:5 Be joyful

 Psalm 9:2 Be glad

Psalm 34:18 Be of a contrite spirit

PDF file for Bees of the Bible verses


A Sword Drill on a Refuge in God

Thankfulness- Sword Drill in the book of Psalms

Fear Not Sword Drill

Walking with God Sword Drill

God's Inspired Word Sword Drill





Scripture cards can be reproduced on pretty paper and put around the house, classroom or passed out to the students.


A rose can say "I love you",
orchids can enthrall,
but a weed bouquet in a chubby fist, yes, that says it all.