IVP Biblical Character Study Guides

All of these study guides feature the inductive Bible study approach, and are thoroughly field-tested prior to publication. They are proven and popular guides for digging into Scripture on your own or with a small group. In them you will find solid biblical content and throught-provoking questions.

 

Click on the links to see descriptions of our Old Testament discussion guides.

Abraham: Hearing God's Call
Couples of the Old Testament
David: Developing a Heart for God
Elijah: Living Securely in an Insecure World
Joseph: How God Builds Character
Nehemiah: The Courage to Face Opposition
Women of the New Testament
Women of the Old Testament

Abraham: Hearing God's Call

by Jack Kuhatschek

It sounded crazy.

God had promised Abraham, an old man with no children, that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Yet Abraham chose to believe God, embarking on a transforming, lifelong journey of faith and obedience. God has made promises to us as well.

As Jack Kuhatschek leads you through this study of Abraham's life, you'll learn to be a person who listens to, obeys and trusts the God who always keeps his promises.


ABOUT JACK KUHATSCHEK

Jack Kuhatschek was formerly executive vice president and publisher for Baker Publishing Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of many Bible study guides and the books Applying the Bible and The Superman Syndrome. He and his wife, Sandy, currently live in Deland, Florida.

 

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Couples of the Old Testament

by Dale Larsen and Sandy Larsen

The Old Testament tells the stories of fascinating men and women in relationship: couples who live with chronic disappointment, couples who overcome all obstacles to be together, in-laws who can't stand each other, a wife who risks death if she walks in on her husband unannounced, and a husband who takes back his wife when she becomes a prostitute.

There are arranged marriages, fiercely loving marriages, enduring marriages, an instant marriage, a coerced marriage and a perfect marriage--until the couple blew it!

Dale and Sandy Larsen lead you to dig deeper into these relationships highlighted in the Bible to learn important lessons about marriage, God and yourself.


ABOUT DALE AND SANDY LARSEN

Dale and Sandy Larsen are both writers living in Rochester, Minnesota. They have written more than thirty books and Bible studies together including Living Your Legacy and more than ten IVP Bible study guides.

 

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David: Developing a Heart for God

by Jack Kuhatschek

Who are your role models?

The world desperately needs role models today--people who are fully human yet who exceed human expectations and point others toward God. David is such a role model. His struggles with sin are infamous, and the Psalms reveal his anguish and doubts. Yet he is also described as "a man after God's own heart"--the champion of Israel.

In this study guide, Jack Kuhatschek introduces you to David the servant and the leader, the sinner and the redeemed, the man and the instrument of God's creative purposes. As you explore David's tumultous story, you too will discover what it means to have a passionate heart for God.


ABOUT JACK KUHATSCHEK

Jack Kuhatschek was formerly executive vice president and publisher for Baker Publishing Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of many Bible study guides and the books Applying the Bible and The Superman Syndrome. He and his wife, Sandy, currently live in Deland, Florida.

 

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Elijah: Living Securely in an Insecure World

by Douglas Connelly

Terrorism. Diseases. Hurricanes.

Every day the news reinforces what you want to forget--you live in an insecure world. Elijah's times were no safer. He faced famine, murder and corruption--with both courage and fear. In these eight studies on Elijah's life, Douglas Connelly helps you look beyond the insecurity of the world to our sovereign God who reigns forever.


ABOUT DOUGLAS CONNELLY

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving twelve years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written seventeen IVP Bible study guides as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us. He and his wife Karen have three adult children and six grandchildren.

 

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Joseph: How God Builds Character

by Paul Borthwick

Joseph faced hard times--more than once.

He was sold into slavery by his brothers.

He spent years imprisoned because of a false accusation.

And yet Joseph was able to live in forgiveness and hope, and God did great things in his life every step of the way. Paul Borthwick invites you to explore Joseph's story as a way toward discovering how God's dreams might be fulfilled in and through you.


ABOUT PAUL BORTHWICK

Paul Borthwick (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior consultant for Development Associates International and teaches global Christianity at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Through his speaking, writing and resource ministry, Borthwick works to mobilize others to participate in world missions.

Borthwick is an active speaker and teacher, having taught courses at Gordon College, Africa International University (Nairobi), Alliance Theological Seminary (Manila) and Lanka Bible College (Sri Lanka), plus a guest faculty position at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously he served for more than twenty years on the staff of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, first as youth pastor and then as minister of missions.

Borthwick is the author of Western Christians in Global Missions, How to Be a World-Class Christian, Six Dangerous Questions to Transform Your View of the World, A Mind for Missions, and other books and Bible studies. He and his wife, Christie, have been married since 1979 and they live in Lexington, Massachusetts, when not traveling internationally.

 

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Nehemiah: The Courage to Face Opposition

by Don A. Fields

Nehemiah was a leader of Israel. He faced opposition and difficulty from every side--even from his own people. Yet he stood against all his enemies, trusting only in God.

As Don Fields leads you through twelve sessions to dig into the Old Testament story of Nehemiah, you will discover how this leader's courage and faith can inspire you as you struggle to live a life pleasing to God.


ABOUT DON A. FIELDS

Fields has served in various capacities for more than 30 years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He is currently director of the Indiana Northeast division.

 

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Women of the New Testament

by Phyllis J. Le Peau

Lydia shows us how to influence the people around us.

Elizabeth's life challenges us to care for others.

Women like Herodias and Sapphira warn us against turning away from God toward bitterness and dishonesty.

As Phyllis J. Le Peau introduces twelve significant women of the New Testament, she invites you to enter into their lives and learn from them what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.


ABOUT PHYLLIS J. LE PEAU

Phyllis Le Peau worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for over two decades in St. Louis and the Chicago metro area. She is also the author of several Bible study guides published by InterVarsity Press and Zondervan. She and her husband Andy have four married children and thirteen grandchildren.

 

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Women of the Old Testament

by Gladys Hunt

They were ordinary people. Most would not make headlines in any other history book but God's. Yet the women of the Old Testament made critical choices that led to extraordinary outcomes. Through faith and strong character, they rescued their families, led people out of bondage, gave birth to kings and even saved a nation.

As you explore with Gladys Hunt the stories of twelve Old Testament women, you will come to understand the far-reaching consequences of your own everyday choices and actions.


ABOUT GLADYS HUNT

Gladys Hunt is a freelance writer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She worked for many years, often alongside her husband, Keith, as a volunteer in student ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Her many books (more than twenty!) include Honey for a Child's Heart, Honey for a Teenager's Heart and Honey for a Woman's Heart (all Zondervan) and several titles in the Fisherman Bible study series published by Waterbrook Press.

 

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