Life Portrait Template

04 Mar 2016
Life Portrait of {Insert Person’s name}

Biographical Study

Observe|Understand|Apply

1.     List all passages related to the character.

Use an exhaustive concordance.

2.     Observe – what does it say (read all the passages)

Survey the text to get an overview (Eccles. 1:13)

*We need to know what the Bible says…before we can understand what it means!

Who: {Who wrote it?}

What: {Overview of the book, passage, etc.}

Where: {Where was it written?}

When: {When was it written?}

Why: {Why was it written?}

3.     Understand – get the facts, discover the meaning, research

Dig deeper to get a closer look (Ps. 119:27, Prov. 3:13)

Key Themes: {List the important themes in the person’s life}

Name Meaning: {Write the meaning of the character’s name}

Traits: {List the character’s traits, habits, etc.}

Key Chapter: {List a chapter that is important}

Key Verses: {List the verses}

Key Words: {List key words, verbs, etc. to study}

Key People: {List important people, friends, enemies, etc.}

Failures and Faults: {List the challenges in the character’s life}

Triumphs and Successes: {List them here}

Geography: {List the places the person lived}

Historical Background: {Write the ancestry, education, childhood background, etc.}

Great Crisis: {Is there a main challenge in this person’s life}

Other Resources: {Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, translations, etc.}

Summary: {Write a summary of your study, make a chronological outline}

4.     Apply – how does this relate to me

Do-it…yourself! (Luke 6:42)

Today is there a…

Sin to avoid:

Promise to claim:

Example to follow:

Command to obey:

Knowledge to learn:

What do I need to change?

My Attitude:

My Actions:

My Relationships:

Bible study is a lifetime habit. | LearningTheBible.org
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