Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ruth - Week 6, Saturday

Saturday, October 29

What has been your greatest lesson learned through this Ruth series?  Why not jot down some of the highlights.  Write down some possible improvements and email them to Pastor Jason:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ruth - Week 6, Friday

Friday, October 28

Apart from God, Naomi seems to be the main character in the book of Ruth.  Why isn't her name in the title?  Have you ever felt like your life was being lived so that others get the credit?  What does this look like?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ruth - Week 6, Thursday

Thursday, October 27

Obed's genealogy contained people who had questionable reputations (eg. Tamar in Gen 38 and Rahab the prostitute in Jos. 2 mentioned in Matt. 1:5).  Yet God still used those people powerfully.  Is there anything in your past or family's past that you're afraid might hinder God from working?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ruth - Week 6, Wednesday

Wednesday, October 26

What does the book of Ruth say about the character of God?  In the story He is silent; does that mean He is absent?  What does that mean for your life?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ruth - Week 6, Tuesday

Tuesday, October 25

What do you notice about Boaz between his introduction in chapter 2 and his action in chapter 4?  What do his interactions with others tell us about his personality?  If your life were a story, how would the author depict you in your interactions with others?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ruth - Week 6, Monday

Monday, October 24

What do we learn about Ruth's character as a younger woman in chapter 1?  How is that reinforced in chapter 2 and 3?  What were your predominant characteristics as a younger person?  How have those characteristics changed through the years?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ruth - Week 6, Sunday

Sunday, October 23

Reflect on the character of Naomi as the story develops.  What do you learn about her in chapter 1?  How does she changes as the story progresses?  Reflect on your own life: how have you changed through the years?  What have been some significant events that have caused you to change?

Ruth - Week 5, Saturday

Saturday, October 22

Read Ruth 4

Ruth the Moabitess became the great-grandmother of David.  Jesus came from this same genetic line.  What does having a non-Israelite in the lineage of the Messiah say about God's nature and character?  How does this relate to you?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ruth - Week 5, Friday

Friday, October 21

Read Ruth 4

TWhy are Leah and Rachel mentioned in v 11?  Are there parallels between the lives of those two women (see Gen. 29-30) and the lives of Naomi and Ruth?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ruth - Week 5, Thursday

Thursday, October 20

Read Ruth 4

There are two substantial blessings in this chapter (v 11-12 & 13-15).  The first refers to characters in the book of Genesis (v 11 & 12).  If you could choose an Old Testament character as a model for a blessing over you, who would it be?  Why?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ruth - Week 5, Wednesday

Wednesday, October 19

Read Ruth 4

It was foretold to Naomi that baby Obed, 'will renew (her) life and sustain (her) in (her) old age' (v 15).  Who plays (or will likely play) Obed's role in your life?  What does (might) that look like?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ruth - Week 5, Tuesday

Tuesday, October 18

rRead Ruth 4

Why did the other kinsman-redeemer initially decide to redeem (v 4) but then back away from that decision (v 6)?  Have you ever made a quick decision that later turned out to be unwise?  What happened?  What would you do differently now?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ruth - Week 5, Monday

Monday, October 17

Read Ruth 4

Why isn't the other kinsman-redeemer named (v 1, 3, 6, 8)?  Have you ever known someone who tried to make a name for yourself (themselves) only to be ignored/forgotten but the people around you (them)?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ruth - Week 5, Kid's Corner

Ruth - Week 5, Sunday

Sunday, October 16

rRead Ruth 4

Boaz invites the other kinsman-redeemer to sit down next to him, even calling him 'friend' (v 1).  After his night of the threshing floor with Ruth (chapter 3) and knowing this man could take her as his wife, what might have been going through Boaz' mind?  Have you experienced a situation when something you wanted was in danger of slipping through your fingers?  What was the outcome?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ruth - Week 4, Saturday

Saturday, October 15

Read Ruth 3

The scene that begins to unfold at the threshing floor (v 4 & 7) bares resemblance to Moab's conception (Gen. 19:30-37).  Both account begin with a plan.  Both accounts have a sleeping man and a young woman approaching.  What else do you see?  Compare and contrast the scenes.  Why is the Ruth account a redemptive moment for the Moabite woman?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ruth - Week 4, Friday

Friday, October 14

Read Ruth 3

Because of his relationship to Naomi & Ruth's family (v 2 & 9), Boaz was a beacon of hope.  Have you ever offered hope to others without necessarily knowing it until later?  What happened?  Are there people around you right now who need your help?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ruth - Week 4, Thursday

Thursday, October 13

Read Ruth 3

Right from the time we were introduced to him in chapter 2, Boaz has been unceasingly generous to Ruth and Naomi (v 15 & 17).  What does his care for both women show about his character?  How might a 21st century Boaz demonstrate generosity?  How might people in our society grow in generosity when money seems to be tight?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ruth - Week 4, Wednesday

Wednesday, October 12

Read Ruth 3

Boaz refers to Ruth's kindness shown earlier (v 10).  What kindness was he referring to?  How did Ruth's earlier actions contribute to Boaz's overall perspective of her?  What about you?  Are you living faithfully and kindly toward the people around you?  How do your choices today affect your relationships of tomorrow?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ruth - Week 4, Tuesday

Tuesday, October 11

Read Ruth 3

Ruth takes a huge risk by going to Boaz at night.  She could have been taken advantage of; she could have been labeled an adulteress (since she was not married); she could have been rejected and cast aside; etc.  However, she takes the risk.  What does this say about her character?  Is there a risk that God is asking you to take right now?  What is it?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ruth - Week 4, Monday

Monday, October 10

Read Ruth 3

Naomi encourages Ruth to bathe and put away her widow's clothing thereby ending her season of mourning (v 2-4).  Was this wise counsel or selfish and insensitive?  Have you ever received advice from someone while you were grieving?  What is some wise counsel you received?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ruth - Week 4, Kid's Corner

Ruth - Week 4, Sunday

Sunday, October 9

Read Ruth 3

After the excitement of Ruth 2:19-20, v 23 seems to indicate a lengthy passage of time.  Why do you think the relationship between Boaz and Ruth seems to stall for months?  Have you ever experienced a surge of excitement and anticipation over something that didn't immediately materialize?  What happened and how did you cope during the season of waiting?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Ruth - Week 3, Saturday

Saturday, October 8

Read Ruth 2
Boaz speaks blessing over his reapers (v.4), who return the same blessing back to him.  Is there an employer/employee principle here?  Read Genesis 39:2-5.  What does this text suggest about God's activity in an employee/employer relationship?  How have you seen this demonstrated in your own workplace?  What can an employer learn from Boaz's approach to management?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ruth - Week 3, Friday

Friday, October 7

Read Ruth 2
Ruth was a Moabite.  Moab was the son of an incestuous relationship (Gen. 19:31-35) and, as an immoral nation, the Moabites were Israel's enemy. Knowing her heritage, why was Boaz so kind to her? How have you seen the kind of grace Boaz showed to Ruth reflected in God's grace upon your own life?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ruth - Week 3, Thursday

Thursday, October 6

Read Ruth 2
We learn a lot about Ruth's character in chapter 2. Describe her attributes based on what you observe in the chapter. Look at what she does as well as what Boaz (v. 11) and his foreman (v. 6-7) say about her. What might people say about you? Is it different than what you would like them to say?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ruth - Week 3, Wednesday

Wednesday, October 5

Read Ruth 2
How has Naomi's character changed from chapter 1 to chapter 2? List the changes. Can you relate to her? Do you feel more like the Naomi of chapter 1 or the Naomi at the end of chapter 2? Why?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ruth - Week 3, Tuesday

Tuesday, October 4

Read Ruth 2
Read through chapter 2 and list all the ways that Boaz blesses Ruth and goes beyond what the Law says about gleaning.  There are at least five ways. How could you go out of your way to bless someone beyond their expectations of you?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ruth - Week 3, Monday

Monday, October 3

Read Ruth 2
Ruth went out and began to glean in the fields of the harvesters (2:3). Red Lev. 19:9-10, 23:22, and Deut. 24:19-21 to discover what the Jewish Law said about gleaning.  What does gleaning look like today?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ruth - Week 3, Kid's Corner

Hey kids!  Click on the image and print it out.  Answer the question and combine it with the sheet Pastor Amos gave you downstairs on Sunday.  If you complete it and bring it back next week, you'll get a little treat! Have fun!

Ruth - Week 3, Sunday

Sunday, October 2

Read Ruth 2

Once Naomi and Ruth returned to Bethlehem, Ruth asked Naomi's permission to go and glean in the fields (2:1-2). Naomi granted Ruth permission and sent her on her way. What might that have been like for each woman (asking permission and granting permission)? Ho did that affect the end of the story in Ruth? Have you ever been in the role of having to ask permission or grant permission? What happened?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ruth - Week 2, Saturday

Saturday, October 1

Read Ruth 1

In the time of Ruth, widows had little to no options.  As women, they had no opportunity to work and so their survival depended on the support of others.  Instead of holding onto her daughters-in-law as support, Naomi encouraged them to leave her and return to their homes.  Describe a time when you wrestled through a choice between your own selfishness and the long-term interest of someone you love. How did you see God at work in this decision?