27 February

Top 5 Studies on Biblical Characters

Embarking on a journey through the lives of biblical characters is to embark on a journey of self-discovery, spiritual enlightenment, and profound encounter with God. From the courageous faith of Esther to the passion of David to the perseverance of Elijah, each character invites us to delve deeper into the complexities of faith, courage, doubt, and redemption. Here are 5 studies from trusted teachers on biblical characters.

1. God Never Gives Up on You: What Jacob’s Story Teaches Us About Grace, Mercy, and God’s Relentless Love– Max Lucado

God Never Gives Up on You Bible Study Guide plus Streaming Video: What Jacob’s Story Teaches Us About Grace, Mercy, and God’s Relentless Love

God’s Grace Is Greater Than Your Biggest Setback

God enacts his perfect plan through imperfect people–including you and me! In this five-session Bible study, you will see how God used Jacob—the misbehaving patriarch who was strong on savvy but weak on conscience—simply because God chose to use Jacob. His story invites us to believe in a God who sticks with the unworthy until we are safely at home. God turns brokenness into blessings through His grace, mercy, and relentless love. Not just for Bible characters, but for you. God Never Gives Up on YOU.

Here’s Max talking about God Never Gives Up on You:

2. Out of the Cave: How Elijah Embraced God’s Hope When Darkness Was All He Could See – Chris Hodges

Out of the Cave: How Elijah Embraced God’s Hope When Darkness Was All He Could See

Even when we’re walking closely with God, we can still stumble and get lost in the wilderness of tangled emotions, loneliness, and depression. In this five-session video Bible study, pastor Chris Hodges explores the story of the prophet Elijah to reveal how everyone is susceptible to feelings of depression. But Elijah’s story also reveals that we don’t have to stay there! We serve a God who meets us in the darkness.

Drawing on his trademark blend of Bible-based wisdom, practical application, and personal vulnerability, Pastor Chris will help you examine the causes of depression, the factors that contribute to it, and offer you a biblical approach to wellness—mind, body, and soul.

Watch the Bible study promo from pastor Chris:

3. Chase: Chasing After the Heart of God – Jennie Allen

Chase Bible Study Guide: Chasing After the Heart of God

Are you doing everything right but still feel empty? Are you so busy doing things for God and everyone else that you altogether miss him? Do you ever, in your busy life, stop and see him, really see him?

Jennie Allen once felt paralyzed in her relationship with God. It occurred to her that maybe she was chasing the wrong things. Maybe God was after something else. When she stumbled across the phrase in 1 Samuel 13, “David was a man after God’s own heart,” she was intrigued. She knew David was both completely broken, and completely sold out for God.

David’s life shatters our ideas of what God wants from us. In Chase, Jennie shows us a man who spent his life chasing after God, which points to several things we shouldn’t be chasing:

  • Don’t chase self-worth by achieving more
  • Don’t chase freedom by protecting yourself
  • Don’t chase approval by being moral
  • Don’t chase satisfaction by rebelling
  • Don’t chase fulfillment. Chase God!

Whether you’re running from God or working your tail off to please him, David’s journey will challenge your view of God. He is the only thing we can chase that won’t leave us feeling more empty.

Watch the Bible study promo from Jennie:

4. 12 Daring Women of the Bible: Real Women, Real Trials, Real Triumphs – Lisa Harper, Margaret Feinberg, Chrystal Evans Hurst, & more

12 Daring Women of the Bible Study Guide plus Streaming Video: Real Women, Real Trials, Real Triumphs

In this twelve-session video Bible study, some of today’s best-loved Christian authors and speakers look at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve daring women in the Bible and what they mean for you today.

As you look at each of these women’s lives, you will discover how to: -Apply biblical lessons to your own modern-day struggles.

  • Live through your failures as well as your successes.
  • Draw near to God in a world filled with trials.
  • Find lasting contentment in every situation.
  • Overcome rejection and insecurity . . . and much more.

Get the scope of the study here:

5. Naomi (Known by Name Series): When I Feel Worthless, God Says I’m Enough – Jada Edwards, Kasey Van Norman, Nicole Johnson

Naomi Bible Study Guide: When I Feel Worthless, God Says I’m Enough

Naomi’s story, found in the book of Ruth, is a story of lost identity. She lost her husband and her sons, which in her culture left her completely without a home or a means to support herself. She was a Hebrew woman in Moabite territory, alone among strangers. She reacted by letting her circumstances define her. But even in her angry, fearful, rather dramatic season of feeling like the victim, God kept showing his faithfulness.

This Bible study will take you through Naomi’s journey from comfort and security to despair and bitterness; from hopeless drifting to faithful obedience; and from loss to redemption in one short lifetime. We’ll learn that when we go through trauma, loss, and hardship, it’s normal to feel Just. So. Done. Yet God remains close. He is not done. He can and will redeem even in our darkest circumstances.

Watch this promo for the Known by Name series

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