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Bible Character Craziness

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Well well welcome to the Bible Character Craziness! We've all got our favorite Bible stories. For some it's Noah's ark. For others it's Balaam's talking donkey. But what is the greatest? If you don't count Jesus, who is the greatest Bible character!? That's what we're here to find out.

The Rules

What are we voting on!? Well, to some degree, the Bible Character Craziness is subjective. So it's pretty silly. That's kind of the point! But with that said, we want you to tell us who the most important, powerful, inspiring, and faithful Bible character is. This isn't just a vote on your favorite. Otherwise, we'd obviously all choose Ehud and there's no point of doing this. So here is some key criteria to consider when voting: 
Impact - How did this person impact the world around them? How do they impact our world today? If you put Moses up against the "impact test," he parted the Red Sea. He also set his people free. That's a lot of impact. 
Quality of Faith - How did this person live out a faith in God? The woman at the well has some high-quality faith. Judas? ehhhhh not so much. 
Inspiration - How does this person make you feel? When David slays the giant, I feel pretty warm inside and ready to run through a brick wall. 
Key Scripture - Check out the important Bible verses we provide on every character to influence and inform your vote. 


  • Check out the matchups below.

  • Vote for the entire round posted below each day between March 13-18. Voting begins March 13 at 11:00 a.m. each day and will close at 10:00 p.m.

  • Read our blog posts and social media posts for our reactions and opinions on interesting matchups every day on the Grace blog. You'll find us at #betweensundays and @GraceChurchIN.

  • Tune in to Between Sundays on March 20 to see who won!

Championship Round

#1 Paul

Paul is probably the tournament favorite. Some scholars believe he’s responsible for writing 13 books of the New Testament. There are 27 books in the New Testament. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s almost half. He famously underwent a dramatic conversion on his road to Damascus. Prior to this, he violently persecuted the early Christians. Yikes. But he received a calling from Jesus himself; to advance the cause of the new movement. He basically was a prophet to non-Jewish people - making Jesus accessible for all. His life changed the course of Christianity forever.
  • Impact - More than half of the New Testament is tied to Paul in some way (if you include Hebrews & Acts). Other books of the New Testament seem to be reacting to Paul’s teachings. Without Paul, the New Testament would dramatically sound different. Basically without Paul, Christianity could possibly have always remained a Jewish sect rather than a world religion available to everyone.
  • Quality of Faith - This guy was laughed at, stoned, beaten, bruised, shipwrecked and more. Yet, this made his faith in Jesus stronger.
  • Inspiration - Honestly, who doesn’t want to be like Paul? He’s humble (Philippians 3:12), he was content with whatever circumstances he found himself in (Philippians 4:11-13), and he always stood firm in his belief in Christ (Philippians 3:20-21). Paul constantly reminds us to be better. Also, he’s quoted in almost every wedding I’ve ever been to (love is patient, love is kind…).
  • Key Scriptures
    • “Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good news. God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.” - Romans 1:1-2
    • “For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.” - 1 Corinthians 15:9
    • “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

#1 Mary

Come on. It’s Jesus’ mom. A real threat to win the entire tournament, Mary comes in as not only as one of the most honored females in all of Scripture, but as one of the most honored people. We first learn about her in the New Testament as a humble village woman in Nazareth. The town was so insignificant that Bartholomew (#14) asks in John 1:46 whether any good thing could come from it. She was visited by angels and called “highly favored.” She was pure and innocent (and like 13 years old) and a virgin - who got pregnant without “knowing anyone biblically.” Then she believed God. Who among us would just believe that we’re pregnant under those circumstances? She didn’t understand it, but she believed that God could do what He said He would - which is to say that she’d be the MOTHER OF THE LORD (OMGOMGOMG). You probably know the rest by now - traveled an obscene amount of distance on the back of a donkey while 9 months pregnant, gave birth to Jesus on Christmas (relax, I know), and was mentioned in Scripture throughout the life of Jesus.
  • Impact - She’s the mother of Jesus. She was highly favored and has impacted people for centuries. Any questions?
  • Quality of Faith - Mary had complete unconditional faith in God. When the angel appeared to her to tell her that she was pregnant by no act of her own, imagine what was running through her brain. She could possibly be killed for being pregnant out of wedlock. But she didn’t ask questions. She said “yes.” “Mary responded, ‘I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true,” in Luke 1:38. Unconditional faith, indeed.
  • Inspiration - Is there anything more inspiring than someone who has incredibly high standards of her own behavior and ultimate devotion to God and his purposes?
  • Key Scripture -
    • This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18
    • “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!” - Luke 1:30
    • Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. - Luke 1:38


Disclaimers Ruin Everything, but Here are Some

Disclaimer #1 - This is supposed to be an exercise in having fun, learning about the Bible, and building community. Dave Rodriguez and Tim Ayers didn't create this or write this. So don't send angry emails to them.
Disclaimer #2 - We are not Biblical scholars. I'm sure there will be things in here that aren't completely clear or accurate. I'm sorry! 
Disclaimer #3 - We know there are different theologies out there. Please just try to have fun with this. 

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