A Real Character!
Students grow when you present characters with whom they can identify. What are the marks of humanity in the characters that are universal? What are the character traits that young people can hang their hat on and say “I’m just like that”? We need to present each biblical character in their full robe of humanity; that is to say, what makes them like us! Rather than give a whitewashed example, study the text to see how these passionate people sometimes led incredibly messy lives. Never be afraid to show them as they were. God was not afraid of them, and it will give the young people an understanding that God can use even the messiest of us.