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All Nations Leadership Institute
4501 West 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803
http://allnationsleadershipinstitute.org
From Call and the Covenant: The Story of David

All Nations Leadership Institute
4501 West 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803
http://allnationsleadershipinstitute.org
From Call and the Covenant: The Story of David

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Character Study Presentation (All Nations Leadership Institute)

  1. 1. Learning biblical truth from the characters we read about.
  2. 2. To learn character from the characters of scripture.
  3. 3. In the Biblical context, character study is the study of a select character from the scripture with the intent of learning important biblical truths from them and the events concerning their lives. These truths have a moral application to our faith and our lives.
  4. 4. Let’s gather the facts!! After selecting a character of interest, it is important that we gather as much information about them from the scripture as possible. What does the Bible say about them? Sometimes, a lack of information can be information too but not always. This is determined from the biblical context itself and other passages addressing the same character. This will require the use of Bible Concordances and Bible Dictionaries to find those passages. Look at the example on the following slide:
  5. 5. There was a priest in the Old Testament named Melchisedek, Genesis 14:18- 19, Psalm 110:4. He Lived during the time of Abraham and a few hundred years before Moses and the giving of the Law. There is no record of his ancestral descent in Genesis. He is only mentioned in 3 verses of the Old Testament. This lack of information for someone who was a priest was interesting. Under the Law of Moses, a priest proved his calling by showing his decent from Aaron the first priest. The lack of this vital information was interpreted by the writer of the book of Hebrews, in chapter 7 under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, to show that the Messiah would be a priest but not a descendant of Aaron. Instead, he would be a priest having the ranking of Melchisedek ‘s priesthood, who was both a king and a priest. The priesthood of Jesus Christ would not only have intercessory ability by his death and resurrection, but it would have kingly authority allowing him to fulfill the Davidic Covenant. Jesus is both King and High Priest. Note: We arrived at these conclusions about this character because of what various biblical passages said about him and not by our own choosing. This is how scripture should be interpreted.
  6. 6. Study the character in the context of the scriptural passage(s). How is the character used in the account(s)? Questions to ask: What part did they play in the account? Where they the main characters, or what relation did they have to the main characters.
  7. 7. Vital Stats? Does the scripture give statistical information about the character? This information is very helpful in determining what kind of person they were or were not. Who was their father, genealogy? Who was their mother? What tribe are they from? What influences did they have in their life? What was their vocation if given? Where did they live?
  8. 8. Does the scripture mention this character elsewhere? If so, what does it say about them? Bible dictionaries and concordances can be helpful here.
  9. 9. What characteristics do you observe in their life? When reading about a person various traits will begin to stand out. Are they good or are they bad?
  10. 10. What did I learn? The ultimate goal of Bible study: •Is my knowledge and understanding of God’s word enhanced? •Is what I learned applicable to life? •Will I grow If I do it this way? •Do I understand Jesus and the gospel better?
  11. 11. The best way to maximize your study is to meditate, consider deeply, your new found knowledge. That is how understanding and wisdom come. This is the way to answer all questions and enhance your knowledge and understanding of God’s word. This is diligence in study.
  12. 12. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope . Romans 15:4 But Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. II Peter 3:18

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