Character Mapping

Character Mapping

Wow! It’s been incredibly busy these last couple weeks.  Mom’s taxi service is now Grandmas”s taxi and Boy Oh Boy, have these kids kept me going.  Each one of these kids has their own little  power packed personality and they don’t need sugar to power them. Have you ever wondered about the impact another person has on the people in their lives?  Well here is a great way to see just that!

Getting to know a person is more than a Hi how are you. It is getting to know them deeply, to understand them and what makes them tick. Getting to know a person through Character Mapping is a great study method to use with your Bible study time.  With a Character Map of an individual, we get to learn about various aspects of their life from their family tree, to how this person leads us back to Christ.

From a character’s attitudes to their actions, places they have lived to people they have impacted; they all lead us to learn to live a life set apart, a life filled with wonder for our Divine God who saw fit to place these people in His-story.  Let’s get to Character Mapping using the free study sheet I have provided here in the link.  I think Rahab is a great one to do a very basic map….she inspires me to live in a way that is full of a saving faith, even in the midst of big battles God’s grace is sufficient.

 

When doing a Character map, having a concordance handy is a blessing to use.  If you don’t have one there are online bibles study tools that can help you. First up is to find all the relevant passages of Scripture that the character is discussed in.  Once you have determined where the person of interest is mentioned try to read those passages a couple of times. Read the passages several times because it allows for greater understanding of the events, and the people involved.

 

Key Passages Character Mapping
Find the Key Passages to Begin your Character Map

Once you read those key passages it is easy to go over them again to glean critical information such as those questions like when, where, and what. Just pop the answers into those top 4 boxes and you are on your way to learning the legacy lesson God has placed there for you.  The next box is the “Are there any customs impacting them?”.  Here you can place things such as Rahab was considered a harlot and much more.

Further checking on what the ramifications of being considered a harlot meant for her will also give greater meaning to her character.  Next up is to examine her attitudes and her response to God. Sometimes the response towards others is also a great piece of information to that allows the reader to discover the impact the character is having on others.

The rest of the boxes get into the nitty gritty of the person’s character, and it is where the point of their life is revealed. Their Lasting Legacy Lesson helps to figure out what the message is that can apply to our lives as seekers of His Divine presence. With Rahab, her immense faith in the God of the Israelites was founded on what she had heard about God. That faith poured itself out in the actions of protecting her people’s enemies, even if it meant that she would be putting herself and her family in danger. Rahab’s faith was the saving kind of faith and it was justified by her actions. She is a true heroine of the faith and is rightly mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11 where only a few are honored for their believing.

Character mapping attitudes, and consequences
Attitudes, consequences, and even failures help to set the stage for the Legacy Lesson to be learned in Character Mapping

 

When we acknowledge God’s saving grace, believe and confess our inability to save ourselves we are forgiven. This is the beautiful message revealed to us in the Bible. Does your heart melt when you hear of God’s great works? Take courage for God is in control. I hope you enjoy the free printable titled Character Mapping. If you find it in your heart that this post was beneficial to studying your Bible please share the post, and comment below. I I would love to know what you think.

Apply Character Mapping to your study time
What is one way you can apply the Legacy Lesson of Rahab to your life ?

JoAnn

Why Use Verse Mapping – Breaking it down

Why Use Verse Mapping – Breaking it down

Sometimes; sitting down to read my Bible, just is not enough to truly absorb and mentally interpret truth. My thick head often needs the help of mapping out verses so that what God is pushing me to see in His Word, I can clearly understand.  Do you have those moments in your quiet time where you wish you could go deeper but don’t know quite how to go about it?  Many times, using these different methods of studying my brain cells click together for that Aha! moment of clarity. I absolutely love Verse Mapping, I have a little notebook that I use to journal in and I wouldn’t have it any other way…well okay, maybe I still scribble notes in the margins and lines of my Bible 😉

That is where the study methods of Mapping come in handy.  There are many different variations from Character Mapping to Verse Mapping to Word Mapping. Over the next few blog posts we will unwrap these mapping study methods.  Today introducing you to Verse Mapping is what we will focus on. It’s not the 101 version alone but the 201 version as I like to call it.

The idea of Verse Mapping is to break a verse or passage down to dig deeper and apply the Word in our lives. Below are several steps that you can use simply and effectively. I have even included some extra credit !  So get prepared to map out Proverbs 18:21! Go gather your bible, notebook, markers/pens, and Bible study tools like concordances, and commentaries.  There is also online Bible study tools that you may find very useful. Be prepared! right down to opening up your quiet time with prayer asking God to reveal His Word to you with clarity and understanding. Now to begin:

Step 1 – Write the verse out with space between the words and between the lines – enough that you can write in between them and around them. I usually color code each step with a different color pen/marker, since I am a visual learner it helps me catch on a bit faster.

Step 2 – Replace the pronouns like He/she, I, etc with YOUR NAME I usually use a pink pen for this.

Step 3 – Highlight the key words, I use yellow for this, drawing a box around the word helps.

Verse Mapping step 1 & 2
step 1 & 2 of verse mapping.

Step 4 – Dig out your dictionary or use dictionary.com and look up the definitions of each key word. If you would like to spend additional time –  try looking up synonyms and antonyms with a thesaurus …. you will be pleasantly surprised at what you can discover with just this one step. Bible Gateway also has some great tools to use for keyword searches. Using a green marker go ahead and write it all out in the spaces next to those key words

The next few steps is what I call extra-curricular credit!

Step 5 – Look up the verse in other translations and list the differences between them.  Do those differences make a difference? Here use a blue marker for these differences you find.

Step 6 – Look at the cross references in your Bible. Often these little notes have a huge impact on the context and meaning of the verse. Here use an Orange marker.

Step 7 – Footnotes… not foot loose 😛  those notations at the bottom of your bible are often thought provoking so don’t skip reading them. Utilize a purple marker.

Verse Mapping Steps
Extra – curricula steps to sink your teeth into

Now back to our basic Verse Mapping….

Step 8 – Read the verse in the context that it was intended…look at the whole chapter and see how it relates to the verses before and after it. Sometimes, we read verses out of context and applying them can often be difficult or found to be not truly what the verse was about in the first place.

Step 9 – The important piece is to meditate on it and then write down how this relates to your life and what you can do to improve your walk of faith. I use red, for me it represents importance and power. Using big bold writing to get the message of the verse across is how my brain needs to see it.

Choose a verse here and there, work on it all at once or over several days. The Holy Spirit will work with you to delve head ling into it. Just enter into your time of study hungry for more of Him, he will not disappoint you.

Want to give it a try? I sure hope so! Now it’s your turn! Giving it a try or even multiple tries to find our if this Verse Mapping is for you. Either way you get the blessing of being with the Holy Spirit during your quiet time.

Verse Mapping For Meaning
Use Words Wisely Proverbs 18:21

Come back next time for a new Mapping style called Character Mapping.

JoAnn

 

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