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Why Study Bible Characters


Throughout the pages of Scripture we read the stories of many who have gone before us. Studying what God did in and through their lives can be quite beneficial.

Studying the lives of Bible Characters . . .

Walk the Walk Bible Character Study Devotional
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helps us know how to walk the walk (1 Cor. 10:1-13; Heb. 11).

  • We find much instruction for our own lives as we study these real people, so we are not ignorant about the kinds of heart attitudes and actions with which God is pleased.
  • We see implications of truth applied to life as we look at their examples in both the positive and negative aspects of their lives.
  • We find warnings so we do not fall into the same temptations as they did but rather learn how to escape.

gives us hope (Rom. 15:4; Heb. 11:39-40; James 5:17).

  • We encounter real people, just like us, who experienced God working on their behalf. How encouraging it is to realize that God can do extraordinary things in and through ordinary people.
  • We learn that they did not always see immediate results but were able to trust God to be faithful as they relied on His promises. Since we serve the same God, we can count on Him to help us too.

In the Walk the Walk As Those Who Have Gone Before Devotional Guide you will work through thirty devotional guides where you will learn from real people living out their faith. The people chosen for this study are those of whom Scripture specifically states that they walked with or before God.

For more suggestions on who to study, go to: Which Bible Characters to Study

The next post will give some suggestions for how to study Bible characters.


4 Replies to “Why Study Bible Characters”

  1. Studying the bible is a great way to receive a spiritual boost during the week. I like what you said about finding implications of truth when it comes to studying the bible.

    • Yes, Sam Li, we need to get beyond mere head knowledge when studying God’s Word. Notice the flow in Colossians 1:9-10 from knowledge to seeing the implications (“wisdom and understanding”) and application of truth to life (“live a life worthy”). It is then we live in ways that count for eternity and truly get to know God Himself better. — “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God …” (Col. 1:9-10)

  2. You made a good point that studying the characters in the Bible is studying real people who managed to find their way to God. My son will be turning 3 this year and my husband and I are starting to talk about where he should be enrolled for pre-school. Perhaps a Christian school would be great in developing his character and morals.

    • Yes, Alice, in giving us the accounts of real people, we see their struggles as well as their victories. We can therefore relate and learn. Most importantly is to glean what their journey teaches us about God. You’ll find greater potential of a Christian school pointing your son to God but ultimately, wherever he goes, He needs God working in his heart to truly develop godly character that leads to godly behavior. A child is never too young to point him/her to our great God and a relationship with Him.

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