So you made a resolution to get into the Word more in 2021. Good for you! While you might charge headfirst into a study about a particular book of the Bible or a topic, why not study your way through the historical figures of the Bible?
Studying Ruth, David, the prophets, and more will help you see how God used flawed people to accomplish His will. You’ll glimpse real people struggling with messy faith and be encouraged that God is working in your life right where you are.
Interested? Here are 13 studies to browse:
1. Ruth by Kelly Minter | 6 Sessions
This 6-session Bible study is one of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy. Delve into the virtuous character of Ruth, her unique relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi, and her blossoming love with Boaz. If you’ve ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, you’ll find a loyal sister in Ruth.
2. Elijah by Priscilla Shirer | 7 Sessions
Every serious believer longs to summon up the kind of boldness and faith that can stand firm on Mount Carmel and pray down heaven into impossible situations. Yet few are willing to go through the process required to get them there. Strength of faith, character, and boldness can only be shaped in the hidden fires of silence, sameness, solitude, and adversity. Those who patiently wait on God in the darkness emerge with their holy loyalty cemented, their courage emblazoned, and their confident belief in Him set afire.
Join Priscilla Shirer on this 7-session journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. And how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now.
Want to study along with us? The Elijah online Bible study experience begins February 16. Learn more and sign up here.
3. Nehemiah by Kelly Minter | 7 Sessions
Nehemiah’s heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. This study challenges women to let God break their hearts for a hurting, lost world and move them in compassion to lead people to Jesus.
Nehemiah is a 7-session study that includes real-life ways to put feet to your faith.
4. Esther by Beth Moore | 10 Sessions
The Old Testament story of Esther is a profile in courage and contains many modern parallels for today’s overloaded and stressed woman.
Esther, while a queen, lived as an outsider in a hostile environment. Women will learn strong lessons of faith, providence, and hope to equip them to live courageously “for such a time as this.”
5. David by Beth Moore | 11 Sessions
In this study of the “man after God’s own heart,” David will make you laugh and cry. He will delight and disappoint you. You’ll want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at others. David’s life clearly demonstrates that God is always able to reach us, correct us, and reclaim our worship. If you’ve ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you.
6. Daniel by Beth Moore | 12 Sessions
The prophet Daniel faced unbelievable pressures—to compromise his faith, live in a hostile environment, and confront temptation and threats. Sound a little familiar? Many believers today face similar trials. Over 12 sessions, explore the prophecies from the time of Daniel through the second coming of Christ. Learn to develop integrity in the modern world and hold your ground against the enemy who wants nothing more than for you to lose all spiritual progress you’ve made.
7. Job by Lisa Harper | 7 Sessions
We all need this study of the Book of Job in our lives. Over 7 sessions, you’ll discover the redemptive facet to suffering and learn to view pain as a way to strengthen your faith, point others to the gospel, and trust in God’s character. If you’re having trouble repairing past or current wounds (we’ve all been there), this study is for you.
8. Gideon by Priscilla Shirer | 7 Sessions
When we think of Gideon, we mostly think of his 300 soldiers or the fleece and the evening dew. But this story is about God and His great love for His people, as well as His strength in spite of their weakness. In this bold 7-session study, you’ll learn to recognize your weakness as the key God gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. And who doesn’t need that reminder every now and then?
9. James by Beth Moore | 8 Sessions
Bible scholars compare James to the prophet Amos. In other ways James more closely resembles the Book of Proverbs than any New Testament book. Join Beth Moore on a journey to get to know both the man and the Book of James. Be inspired to put your faith into action in practical ways, understand the power of the resurrection, and plug into your community to meet the needs of those around you.
10. Jonah by Priscilla Shirer | 7 Sessions
How much do you hate interruptions? We all do! But how we handle interruptions tells us a lot about ourselves. In this 7-session study, examine the biblical figure of Jonah to redefine interruption as God’s invitation to look outside your own plan and act beyond your wildest dreams. As you’ll find out when you study with Priscilla, this story is so much more than the whale.
11. Hosea by Jennifer Rothschild | 7 Sessions
Delve into this passionate love story to identify the modern-day idols you have in your life (we all have them!). Over 7 sessions, study the dynamics between Hosea and Gomer, God and His people to focus on how God responds, redeems, and restores. Before you know it, you’ll learn how to step into the freedom of Christ too.
12. Rachel & Leah by Nicki Koziarz | 6 Sessions
Make 2021 the year you stop comparing yourself to others. Easier said than done, we know, but this 6-session study will help arm you with the biblical truth you need to combat comparison. By studying the account of Rachel and Leah, you’ll learn to be content without becoming complacent, develop a greater awareness of your insecurities, and stop the lies in their tracks. Because the truth will set you free, and free women don’t have to measure up to anyone.
13. Jude by Jackie Hill Perry | 7 Sessions
Chances are, you’ve skimmed past the Book of Jude, but this little book remains as relevant today as the time it was written. God has commanded His beloved church to do the necessary work of contending for the faith in a world of unbelief, and as we do, He will keep us from falling into the same deception.
In this 7-session study from Jackie Hill Perry, dive into themes of being called, loved, and kept, and learn how to point others to Jesus in grace and truth. We serve others well when we share the whole gospel with them, not just the parts deemed attractive by our culture.
What Bible hero will you study next?