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The Bible contains the stories of many men and women whose lives can teach us much about how we should or should not follow God. In this series we will look at eight such biblical characters who have tended to get overlooked.

Part 1: Josiah - A Radical Reformer

by Matt Pierce March 24, 2019 6:30pm

2 Kings 22-23 & 2 Chronicles 34

A king with a close personal relationship to God who was a passionate reformer. He made valiant efforts to lead the people back to God. His life is an example of God’s willingness to provide ongoing guidance to those who set out to be obedient. He destroyed and cleared out whatever he recognized did not belong to the worship of the true God. He did all in his power to reveal to his people the holiness of God. He allowed God’s Word to humble him and change his life.

Part 2: Aaron - God’s Mouthpiece

by Chris Mellor March 31, 2019 6:30pm

Exodus 4:10-31

Effective teamwork happens when each team members uses his or her special skills. Ideally each member’s strengths will contribute something important to the team effort. Each team member makes up for the weaknesses of other team members. Aaron formed a good team with Moses because he was an effective public speaker and Moses was the one who gave guidance and direction. Sadly, he sometimes allowed himself to be influenced by the wrong people.

Part 3: The Rich Young Man - A Sad Case of Materialism

by Chick Yuill April 7, 2019 6:30pm

Matthew 19:16-26

A man who had it all. Influence, intelligence and wealth. Sadly, his love of money meant he declined to be a follower of Jesus. He could have been instrumental in the growth of the Kingdom of God but today we do not even know his name.

Part 4: Baruch - A Faithful Servant

by Eddy Inglis April 14, 2019 6:30pm

Jeremiah 36

Baruch was a faithful attendant on the prophet Jeremiah, who wrote his master’s prophecies and read them to the people. Baruch demonstrated faithfulness to God’s man and purposes at great personal cost.

Part 5: Rahab - A Life Transformed

by Tom Ward April 28, 2019 6:30pm

Joshua 2 and 6:17-25

Rahab was a prostitute in the city of Jericho. As a prostitute, she lived on the edge of society, one stop short of rejection. Her home in the city wall provided both lodging and favours to travellers. It was an ideal place for the Israelite spies to reside as it offered them cover as Rahab’s clients. She alone turned to the Lord for salvation and her faith gave her courage to shelter the spies and to lie to the authorities. Her story reminds us that God can work through the people we are likely to reject. She rose above her situation through her faith in God.

Part 6: Mordecai - A Godly Influence in a Secular Society

by Marjike Hoeke May 5, 2019 6:30pm

Esther 2-6 and 8-1

The challenges Mordecai faced he turned into opportunities. In Mordecai’s life, God blended both character and circumstances to accomplish great things. God works the same way today. God is forming character in us and calling us to respond appropriately to the situations we face each day.

Part 7: Deborah- The Bee and the Thunderbolt (Deborah and Barak)

by Dave King May 12, 2019 6:30pm

Judges 4-5

Deborah had incredible leadership skills and a remarkable relationship with God. She could see the big picture and work effectively through others. She was a great mediator, adviser and planner. She was not power hungry. She wanted to serve God. Whenever praise came her way she gave all the credit to God. Her story shows God can accomplish great things through people who are willing to be led by Him.

Part 8: Caleb -A Man Willing to Stand Against the Crowd

by Chick Yuill May 26, 2019 6:30pm

Numbers 13-14 and Judges 1:20

Caleb focused on the God that called him rather than the problems that faced him. Of all the spies that went into the land of Canaan in the days of Moses only Caleb and Joshua had faith that God would give them the land they had been promised. Many years later, when the Israelites entered Canaan, Caleb valiantly led his warriors to take the land that had been promised to him and his descendants. Even as an old man he had not lost his fire to act upon the promises of God.