Friday, February 20, 2009

Character Bible Study

Here's one way to study a Bible character:
  1. Use a concordance to locate every reference on that person.
  2. Prayerfully read your character's story several times.
  3. Put yourself in that person's shoes and humbly consider these questions:
    • What did the character do right? Wrong?
    • What motivated him or her?
    • What were the character’s moral strengths and weaknesses?
    • Was there a clear point at which their decline began or was it gradual?
    • What opportunities did he/she have to repent? How did they respond?
    • What could the character have done differently to avoid failing God?
    • In what way(s) am I like this person?
    • What do I need to do to avoid making the same mistakes?
  4. Write a summary that includes a personal application plan.
  5. Finish your study with a prayer of thanksgiving and praise.

Reference: "Best Bible Study Methods", Discipleship Journal

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