The next book that we are starting is Galatians. I'm very excited to start digging into this book with the girls. Last night, I wanted them to get to know the author, Paul, as we hadn't really dug into any books that he had written. I feel its important to get to know who is writing and who they are writing to in order to truly understand what is going on. So, I broke the girls up into groups of 2 or 3 and then gave each girl 10 sets of verses and some questions to go off of and asked them to build a "character profile" of Paul. They really enjoyed getting to know the background of who this person was and how he came to know God.
I recently read that there were somewhere around 2150 people named in the bible. "Character Profiles" are a great way of studying God's word and it breaks things up sometimes when you are in a rut. I wanted the girls to discover a new way of reading God's word.
Anyway, I thought I'd share with you the verses and the questions. These questions can apply to any person which is why they reference he/she:
Acts 7:54 - 8:3
2 Corinthians 10:1-11
2 Corinthians 11:6
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
1 Thessalonians 2:2
2 Corinthians 6:3-13
Some Questions To Consider About Paul:
1. Who wrote what we know about this person?
2. What did people say about him/her?
3. What does his/her name mean? Why was he/she given that name? Was it ever changed?
4. Where did he/she live? What was his/her home life like? What were the characteristics of his/her parents? Did they influence him/her?
5. What was his/her occupation?
1. What type of person was he/she?
2. What were the outstanding strengths in his/her character?
3. What were his/her particular faults and weaknesses?
4. How did he/she respond to failure? Did he/she get discouraged easily?
5. How did he/she respond to adversity? Did he/she handle criticism well?
6. How quickly did he/she praise God for the good/bad things that happened to him/her?
7. How quickly did he/she obey God when told to do something?
8. How did he/she get along with other people? Was he/she a loner? Was he/she a team person?
9. What influence did he/she have on others?
1. Was there any great crisis in his/her life? How did he/she handle it?
2. Are there accomplishments for which he/she is remembered?
3. Did he/she experience a divine 'call?' How did he/she respond to it?
4. What crucial decisions did he/she have to make? How did they affect him/her?
5. Where did he/she succeed? Where did he/she fail? Why?
6. What part did he/she play in the history of God’s plan?
Why do you think God allowed this person to be mentioned in the Bible?
Is there a lesson in this person's life that can help or encourage me?
What can I learn from Paul to apply to my own situation?