As I listen to people talk about the new Grace in Action, one of the complaints that I hear is that there are not as many sections to complete, and that there are not as many verses to memorize. This weekend, I decided to take a hard look at the two books, Mission Grace in Action (MGIA) and Ultimate Adventure 1 (UA1), and compare them. I went through and counted all of the verses in the “memorize” section of each book. When I counted verses, I did not initially count references (I later did and they are shown next to the verse count), but actual verses. For example, Ephesians 2:8-9 was counted as two verses, and a portion of a verse (like Revelation 4:8b) was considered one verse.
Here is what I discovered:
- MGIA: 30
- UA1: 56
Questions/Topics and “answers”
- MGIA: 4 Questions/Topics, 26 Responses
- UA1: 4 Questions, 32 answers
Search Sites vs Explore (compared because they are similar in nature – Bible Study)
- MGIA: 26
- UA1: 7
And what you’ve been waiting for….. Verses Memorized
- MGIA: 36 (26 references)
- UA1: 37 (34 references)
I did not compare the number of definitions in each book, which help a clubber understand the verse, because they are not required. I can share that as I work on the study guides for Bible Quizzing, I see more definitions listed in the Mission Grace in Action handbook.
My conclusion. The clubs who talk about their high achievers learning more verses really are not. They are simply passing more sections in the Ultimate Adventure books. The Bible memorization is similar, with more Bible study. Instead of activities spread out in multiple sections, they are now condensed in each section.
We can focus on sections passed, or verses learned. It all depends on where you place your focus. If you want clubbers to complete more sections, then Grace in Action will not work for you. If you focus on verses learned, then the transition should be easier for you since the number of verses are similar.
Do the numbers surprise you?
Do the numbers change your perspective of the new Mission Grace in Action material?
I am interested in your thoughts.