Moses the Reluctant Leader
Discipleship and Leadership Lessons

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James J. Tissot, "Moses Sees the Promised Land from Afar" (1896-1900), Jewish Museum, New York. Larger image.
Moses is awe-inspiring. From a distance he is a grand and epic figure. But close up, he can be studied as a somewhat reluctant leader trying desperately to learn to lead under God's direction.

In this 9-week study, I've chosen to study large parts of Exodus and Numbers in terms of Moses the follower of Yahweh and leader on His behalf, rather than as a history of the people of Israel. My focus will be on what we can learn from Moses as a man of faith and as a reluctant leader of God's people.

You may be a church member and disciple. But, more likely than not, you're also a leader in your church, perhaps as a deacon or elder or pastor. As you take the time to look at Moses the man, you'll learn a lot that can benefit you in your ministry. Even as a seasoned-pastor myself, I am struggling to learn afresh the lessons that this 80-year-old, newly-minted leader was learning from God during his on-the-job training.

This study is be presented as free, e-mail-delivered Bible study.

Moses the Reluctant Leader, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Available as an e-book and paperback
  1. The Birth and Call of Moses (Exodus 1-4)
  2. Finding Courage to Stand (Exodus 5-11)
  3. Passover and Crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 12-15)
  4. Grumbling, Conflict, and Delegation (Exodus 15-18)
  5. The Covenant at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19-24)
  6. The Golden Calf and Moses' Intercession (Exodus 32-34)
  7. The Tabernacle, Priesthood, and Sacrifices (Exodus 20-31, 35-40; Leviticus 1-17; Numbers 6-10)
  8. Rebellion against Moses' Leadership (Numbers 11-17)
  9. Conquering the Transjordan and Moses' Death (Numbers 20-27; Deuteronomy 32, 34)

 Here's how we'll study together.

  • Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
    This is our 34rd online Bible study since 1996. If you've participated in one before, you know how God can use them in your life. If not, then you have a treat in store for you. This is an cross-denominational study designed to help you grow as a disciple of Christ. -- Dr. Ralph F. Wilson. About the leader.
    Each Saturday I'll e-mail you the lesson for the week
    . Then you'll read the Bible passage and use my notes to help you understand it better.
  • If you sign up for the daily questions version, on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday you'll receive a question from that week's lesson to think about and answer. This is designed as a "total immersion" approach to Bible study, since I believe God wants to use these lessons to work real and permanent change in your life. (You can opt out of the daily questions if you like, however, and just receive the weekly lessons.) You'll be thinking about these passages constantly over these weeks -- long enough for God to work his Word into your life and lifestyle.
  • You can respond to the questions and exercises using the Joyful Heart Bible Study Forum -- and read others' answers to reinforce your own understanding.
  • With each lesson you'll receive a link to a 20- to 30-minute audio teaching that sums up the passage you've been studying that week. Some who learn better from hearing than from reading really appreciate this.
  • Then on Saturday, I'll send you the next week's lesson.

Please don't sign up for more than one of my Bible studies at one time. Each of them is pretty intensive. Also, please don't sign up for your friends; let them decide for themselves.

"Balance between the spiritual and the practical." - Charles Richmond
"The very heartbeat of the life of Moses! I feel like I personally 'met' Moses during this study." - Barb Johnson
"Caused me to appreciate what true leadership is." - Claudia Robinson
"A very interesting, informative, but above all a Spirit guided study." - Fred Allen
"I have read about Moses many, many times over the years, but nothing engulfed me like this study." - John Ploughman
"Helped me to not only understand the great prophet, but also understand him from a human perspective." -Michael Szczepanski
"Mix of scholarship, pastoral experience, and application." - Malcolm Bales
"Took my way of thinking out of the box and made me see God in a whole new light." - Mekeba Bryant
"Nuggets of gold in each lesson." - Robert Williams
"A splendid guide, full of insights and life applications." - Joan Travis

Sign up now!

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You'll receive your first lesson the Friday after you sign up. There is no cost to participate in the study, though donations are encouraged so we can create more studies and reach more people.

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Please don't sign up for more than one of my Bible studies at one time. There's no penalty, but each of them is pretty intensive. If you try to do too many studies at the same time without adequate reflection, you'll miss out on God speaking to you.

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