God intends for us to benefit from studying all of Scripture which includes the lives of those who have gone before us. Their examples show God at work in the lives of His people as well as what happens when we don’t trust and obey Him.
Tips for Studying Bible Characters
When studying the lives of people in the Bible . . .
- As with any kind of Bible study, you need the Holy Spirit’s help to understand. (1 Cor. 2:9-16)
- Look at the whole of their lives and ask how they responded in different situations.
- Identify character traits. List both strengths and weaknesses.
- Determine the effects of their backgrounds and environmental influences.
discern the principles.
- Some of the particulars of their lives may be specific to their situation so you may not be able to literally apply everything to your life.
- By determining the general principles that come out of this study, you should always find something to apply to your life.
discover the primary Person.
- The Bible is about God, not Jonah, David, Paul, and all the other Bible characters.
- The bottom line in doing a character study, then, should be to learn more about the Primary Person, or Primary Character, in the Bible. What can you learn about God as a result of this study?
Also Read: Which Bible Characters to Study