This series brings to life the men and women in the Bible who showed outstanding faith. a These Bible characters and their examples of faith can help you to build your own faith and draw closer to God.
a To help you visualize the scenes and immerse yourself in these stories of faith, the articles in this series include some details that are not found in the Bible. These details are carefully researched to ensure that they are in harmony with the Bible account as well as historical records and archaeological findings.
Creation to the Flood
What can we learn about Abel and his faith when so little is said about him in the Bible?
If you provide for a family or struggle to stand up for what is right, you can learn from the faith of Enoch.
Noah and his wife faced what challenges in raising their children? How did they show faith in building the ark?
How did Noah and his family survive the darkest hour humanity had ever known?
The Flood to the Exodus
How did Abram show faith? In what ways would you like to imitate the faith of Abram?
In Egypt, Pharaoh’s princes notice Sarah’s stunning beauty. What happens next may surprise you.
Why was this new name appropriate for Sarah?
In addition to faith, Rebekah demonstrated several outstanding qualities.
Joseph’s complicated family background provides a valuable lesson for those in stepfamilies today.
How did Joseph resist the determined efforts of Potiphar’s wife to seduce him?
What enabled Joseph to boldly interpret the dreams of Egypt’s chief cupbearer, chief baker, and Pharaoh? How did Joseph go from prison to palace in just one day?
Has your family ever experienced jealousy, betrayal, or hatred? If so, the Bible’s account of Joseph can help you.
How can the Bible story of Job help us to face hardship, misfortune, or other tests of our faith?
Nothing would frustrate Satan more, or delight the loving heart of Jehovah more, than if we were to imitate the faith of Job!
Miriam the prophetess was inspired to lead Israel’s women in a song of victory at the Red Sea. Her life is a lesson in courage, faith, and humility.
The Exodus to Israel’s First King
How does Rahab’s story show that none of us are insignificant to Jehovah? What can we learn from her faith?
What can the Bible’s account of Deborah teach us about faith and courage?
Why was Ruth willing to leave her family and homeland? What qualities did she demonstrate that made her valuable to Jehovah?
Why is Ruth and Boaz’ marriage significant? What can we learn from Ruth and Naomi about family?
Hannah’s faith in Jehovah helped her to cope with what seemed like an impossible situation.
What was unusual about Samuel’s childhood? What helped his faith to grow when he was at the tabernacle?
All of us face hardships and disappointments that challenge our faith. What can Samuel’s endurance teach us?
Israel’s First King to Jesus’ Birth
Jonathan led a two-man attack against an entire outpost of armed men, and the outcome made history.
What enabled David to vanquish Goliath? What can we learn from David’s story?
How did two people so different in background and age become such close friends? How can their experience help you form friendships today?
What can we learn from Abigail’s difficult marital situation?
How can we imitate Elijah when dealing with those who disagree with what the Bible teaches?
How did the prophet Elijah show a prayerful attitude while he waited for Jehovah to fulfill his promise?
What events led Elijah to become very low in spirits, so low that he even asked to die?
Have you been a victim of injustice? Do you long to see God set matters right? Consider how you can imitate faithful Elijah.
Elijah’s example of faithful endurance can help us to strengthen our own faith during troubled times.
Can you sympathize with Jonah’s fear of accepting an assignment? His story teaches us valuable lessons about Jehovah’s patience and mercy.
How can the account about Jonah help us to take an honest look at ourselves?
Showing self-sacrificing love like Esther takes faith and courage.
How did Esther act unselfishly for Jehovah and for his people?
Jesus’ Birth to the Death of the Apostles
What does Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel reveal about her faith? What other valuable qualities did she display?
Mary’s experiences in Bethlehem strengthened her faith in Jehovah’s promises.
The example of Mary, the mother of Jesus, can help you if you are facing the “long sword” of grief.
In what ways did Joseph protect his family? Why did he take Mary and Jesus to Egypt?
How did Martha show remarkable faith even during a time of grief?
This faithful woman was entrusted with the privilege of sharing good news with others.
Doubt can be a powerful, destructive force. But Peter overcame his fear and doubts about following Jesus.
How did Peter’s faith and loyalty help him to accept correction from Jesus?
What did Jesus teach Peter about forgiveness? How did Jesus prove he had forgiven Peter?
What helped transform Timothy from a shy youth to an outstanding Christian overseer?