Joshua: The faithful leader
A 7 week study using the Inductive Bible Study method
Leaders’ prep: During the next 7 weeks students will be learning to study the Bible using the inductive Bible study methods of observation, interpretation, and application. They will learn to do character studies, word studies, cross referencing, context evaluation and more. Each week will begin with an introduction question to help get people talking. It will then continue with a 10-15 minute structured Observation time. This time is designed to help the introverts in your group process the material before sharing and the extroverts to narrow down their thoughts. During this time students will need a notebook to record their observations. Encourage them to bring the same notebook each week in order to keep their notes together. Or, you could purchase cheap composition books to give them at the first study. After the quiet observation time, go around the circle in order and have everyone share 2 observations. Then you can open up the floor for additional sharing. Stick to observations, do not allow students to move into interpretation. Additional observation questions are provided to lead your discussion, but it is likely that they will not be needed. After observation is complete you will move on to Interpretation. During this time you will be answering some of the questions that probably came up during Observation. There are questions to guide you and skills will be introduced that will help your group become better at the skill of Interpretation. The Application section will provide you with a few questions for members to consider. Sometimes these are better for personal reflection and quiet journaling, other times they are better for discussion. If your group has more than 5 members, it usually works best to pair up to share application answers and to pray for one another in light of them. This allows everyone to speak and be heard/prayed for. You need to work through the lesson on your own BEFORE the study. There are sometimes materials you will need to print or gather, and if you wait until the day of your study you may not have time. Most of the time students will only need their notebook and a pen. Access to the blueletterbible app from the itunes store will be very helpful. Be sure you have it downloaded on your phone and encourage your students to do the same.
Week 1 materials : Print “blank character study worksheet” for each member. Complete your own ahead of time. These notes are only for the leaders. Student will write all of their observations and applications in their own notebook with the exception of the character study worksheet and word study worksheets provided this week and next. The format for this week looks a little different because it is an overview and does not refer to a specific passage of scripture. It follows the “Observe, Interpret, Apply” formula, but it is structured in a different way.
Week 1: Joshua, the faithful leader
How good are you at waiting?
What is the longest you have ever waited for something?
Have you ever “taken things into your own hands” to try to make it happen sooner?
The book of Joshua offers us a glimpse into the fulfillment of a 600 year old promise that God made to Abraham. (Genesis chapter 13:14-17 and 15:18).
Joshua is the central figure in the book (apart from God) and tonight we will spend our time doing a character study of Joshua to help us understand him better.
Character study worksheet
These notes will help you walk through the character study worksheet with your students. It still follows the inductive Bible study method of Observation, Interpretation, Application but uses a chart to record the information. This is particularly helpful with a character study and makes it easy to refer back to in the future. Encourage the students to try this with other characters and keep them in a notebook for future reference.
Ask- How do you find scripture references to the character you are planning to study? (Allow for answers)
- Concordance in the back of Bible
- Cross references from verse where character is mentioned
- On line concordance (more thorough than back of Bible)
With a character like Joshua you will need to narrow down your references by choosing those that seem most significant to your study.
Scripture references (box 1 on worksheet)
Have students each read one of these passages aloud (summarize longer ones) and make note of them in Scripture Reference section of worksheet
Exodus 17:8-16 battle against Amalek/ dependence on God
Exodus 24: 12-13 with Moses @ 10 commandments
Numbers ch 13 -14 spies out the Promised Land
Numbers 27:15-23 commissioned to succeed Moses
Numbers 32:11-13 “followed Lord fully”
Deut 1:34-39 will enter the land
Deut 3:18-29 God is fighting for you
Deut 31: 1-8 Moses’ last counsel to Joshua: be strong and courageous
Biographical sketch (box 2)
On line resources like a Bible dictionary can help with this.
Record what you know of Joshua (do not simply share this list! Let them find information themselves)
Born in Egyptian bondage
Joshua (the name given to him by Moses) means “Jehovah is salvation” and is sometimes translated as the name “Jesus”
Son of Nun
Servant of Moses
Appointed to succeed Moses
Prepared for 85 years to lead for 25 (Joshua14:6-10)
Character Qualities (box 3)
Based on what we have read and studied thus far, what are some character qualities you see represented in Joshua?
Devoted/faithful (Num 32:11-13)
Trusts God’s character (Num 13-14)
Disciple/servant (Exodus 17:8-16, 24:12-13)
Waited/patient (Gen 12:1-3)
Theology (box 4) What does this person’s story reveal about God?
God fights for us and is the basis for our courage and strength.
God equips people, He ordains leaders.
God fulfills His promises, even if it takes longer than we would like.
Our job is to Obey and follow God in humility. God’s job is to fight/win the battle
Unanswered Questions (box 5)
(You will always have more questions than you can likely answer in one study period, you may record unanswered questions here and go back at a later time and research these)
Personal Application (box 6) Discuss together and record notes on worksheet
Transferability concept (box 7) (what things have I learned here that I could share with others?)
Key Verse (box 8) What verse best sums up this person?
Pair up and pray with one another for in light of your applications points.