Bible Biographies

April, May, June 2001

Want to learn more about Bible Biographies? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 13-part series.

Lesson 1: Christ and Satan: Contenders for Control (Ezekiel 28, John 1)
Recently, I was speaking with a lady who is dying of cancer. Because she has little time to live, I anxiously explained the plan of salvation to her. While I spoke, she fingered the cross hanging from her neck and responded, "I know, I know." Her reaction was that this was old news, rather than good news. As I progressed to explain about the conflict between good and evil, she told me she did not believe Satan exists. At once I knew she did not fully understand the gospel. Our study this week and this quarter reveals the conflict, the drama, between good and evil. Only with the background of evil can we most clearly see the picture of God's love for us. Let's dive in!

Lesson 2: The Betrayers: Peter and Judas (Matthew 17, 26 and John 6, 12, 13, 18)
Both Peter and Judas betrayed Jesus. One went on to fame and glory in the Christian church and the other to suicide, derision and contempt. Why? Was it because Judas killed himself before he repented? Let's jump into our study about the two betrayers and find out!

Lesson 3: Grace Under Pressure - Noah and Job (Genesis 6-7)
Do you feel pressure in your life? Does that pressure come from obedience to God? Or, do you just seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people around you? The stories of Noah and Job show these kinds of problems have been with us for a very long time. Although both Noah and Job are excellent examples of grace under pressure, because we devoted an entire week to Job only three months ago, we will discuss only Noah's story this week. (A link to allow you to review the recent study of Job is provided below.) Let's "dive" into Noah's story!

Lesson 4: Wives as Advisers (1 Samuel 25, Genesis 3)
This week we are going to have the men sit on one side of the church and the women on the other. That way we can keep the wrestling to a minimum! Ladies, what kind of title is this anyway: "Women as Advisors?" Shouldn't it be "Women as Decision-makers?" How about "If Momma Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy?" OK, calm down, put the hymnals back. The Bible records that sometimes women give really lousy advice (as Eve did) and sometimes they show they should be making the decisions (as in Abigail's case). How should ladies advise their husbands? When should husbands take their advice? Let's dive in and find out!

Lesson 5: Joseph: From Pit to Palace (Genesis 37-45)
One of the great stories of the Old Testament is the story of Joseph. The story covers 20 chapters of the Bible. Since we do not have the time to look at each chapter, let's jump in and study a few highlights from 9 of the chapters.

Lesson 6: Sibling Rivalry (Luke 10 & 15)
Last weekend I was with my brother at a church picnic. He lives at one end of the country and I live at the other. When one of the fine members of his church said to us, "I've been wondering, which of you is the oldest?", it provoked an immediate protest from my (younger) brother. Sibling rivalry is still alive at the half century mark! Our lesson is about sibling rivalry in the Bible, so let's race our siblings to dive into our study!

Lesson 7: Children Showcased (2 Kings 5 & 22)
Our lesson this week is about children. Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:14 that the kingdom of heaven belongs to those like the little children brought to Him. The "teacher's comments" section of our lesson opines "children are generally filled with trust and honesty." Yet Proverbs 22:15 tells us "Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him." What can we learn from the children of the Bible, if anything? Let's jump in and find out!

Lesson 8: The Personal Factor (Mark 2 & 9)
Have you ever wondered what is the best way to bring people to Jesus? Should we go door to door? Talk to people when they are trapped next to us in an airplane? Pass out flyers? Stand on the street corner and proclaim the message? Let's jump into our lesson and examine some stories of people being brought to Jesus!

Lesson 9: Powerful Pray-ers (Acts 12)
We had a great time last quarter when all of our lessons were on the topic of prayer! This week our lesson turns again to this topic. Since studying prayer is such a blessing, we will assume our lesson authors are looking for more blessings for us and not suffering from forgetfulness! With that mind-set let's dive into our study!

Lesson 10: Martyrs and Their Murderers (Mark 6, Acts 6 & 7)
Romans 8:28 tells us that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him. How then do you explain that Christians get killed for their faithfulness? How is that good? Why is this allowed to happen? Our lesson this week is about martyrs, so let's jump into this mystery!

Lesson 11: Giants of Faith (Hebrews 11)
What exactly is faith? How do we know we have it? If we have it, do we have enough? What good thing happens if we have faith? The most famous chapter of the Bible dealing with faith is Hebrews 11. That is our study this week - so let's dive in!

Lesson 12: Women in Scripture (Judges 4, Luke 1)
Although the Bible consistently refers to the wives of prominent men of the Old Testament, it does not focus on women in leadership roles. This week we will study two leading women of the Bible. Deborah of the Old Testament, and Mary, the mother of Jesus. Let's jump into our study!

Lesson 13: Tiny Sins, Huge Results (2 Kings 5, 2 Samuel 6)
How important is that little sin that you harbor? Does God sweat the details? Does He care about small matters? Can we even trust ourselves to be honest about "small sins." Let's dive into our lesson about "tiny sins, huge results" and find out!

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