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In depth study of a Biblical character

 

In depth character study of a Biblical character. (E.g. David, Joseph or Moses)

Rationale

Jesus is our model of what it means to be a human being living in full relationship with God. In Hebrews 4:14-16 it says that Jesus was tempted just as we are tempted, yet without sin and so he is able to sympathize with us. In addition to Jesus, though, God has given us the stories of very many who, though they sinned, are examples of those who trusted and obeyed God There are also those who failed to trust and so lost what God wanted to do. These all are given for our instruction, Romans 15:4, so might have hope and know how we should live. In them we are able to see our own battles, victories and defeat and learn from their example how to live as God intended.

Key Concepts

  • God’s sovereign choice and grace
  • God does not look at the outside
  • Trust in God.
  • Obedience
  • Humility before God
  • Willingness to suffer for God
  • Perseverance
  • Courage
  • Worship
  • Prayer
  • Failure in any or all of the above

Scripture References

Choose passages relevant to your chosen person
Possible characters:
Noah
Abraham
Sarah
Jacob
Joseph
Moses
Joshua
Ruth and Naomi
Esther
David
Solomon
Daniel
Jonah
Peter
Paul
Judas
 

Resources

See http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionaries/ for All the Men of the Bible and All the Women of the Bible with relevant passages
YouTube examples:
For example - 
Joseph - 
Daniel - 
Variety of trust activities to illustrate faith - www.ultimatecampresource.com/site/camp-activities/trust-activities.page-1.html
 

Ideas/strategies for lessons

Inquiry study - students brainstorm Bible characters and then choose a Bible character to focus on, individually or in a small group, and prepare a presentation in any way they wish to present to the class
Read Bible related to particular character and discuss the main ideas
Class creates a character ‘rubric’ by which they can assess the success or failure of a Bible character. They then use this to rate a character chosen by them and report back
Watch a video on various Bible characters ad discuss
Role plays/plays, any kind of multi-media or digital option, e.g. animations
Set Bible character story in modern context and act it out, e.g. Joseph – Humility before God: create a script of his story, adapt with a modern feel
Discuss ethical question of God asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac  
Trust games: Blindfold a partner, entrusting a walk through obstacles. See Resources above

Veggie tales: Rack, Shack and Benny (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego)