The cover art for Sword Drills, the companion volume to the upcoming book How To Study Your Bible, arrived this week.
Why the name Sword Drills? According to author Michael Dorsey: "The Bible refers to the Word of God symbolically as a sword. Ephesians 6:17 calls it 'the sword of the Spirit' and Hebrews 4:12 says it's "sharper than any two-edged sword" when it pierces our heart. In Revelation 19:15 the words of the returning Christ are called a "sharp sword" that goes out of His mouth.
"When I was a young boy growing up attending Sunday School in a Baptist church, the teacher would have two kids stand at the front of the room, closed Bibles in hand. Then she would read a scripture reference and we would both race to find it, and whoever found it first and read it out loud would win that round.
"These were called sword drills. Sword, because of the verses I already listed, and drills, because these exercises helped you to learn the layout of your Bible better. Since that's also one of the main reasons I wrote How To Study Your Bible, it only seemed natural to call the companion workbook Sword Drills."
How To Study Your Bible includes 10 different Bible Study methods, among other things. Sword Drills will enable you to take those study methods to the next level, with numerous example exercises as well as guidelines for creating your own personalized studies.
Both How To Study Your Bible and Sword Drills are scheduled for release in late June of 2015. What do you think of the cover art, or of the idea behind Sword Drills? Leave a comment below to let us know.