Summer Bible Study • Final Ruth Study: Participants Guide


In what ways have you seen God’s hesed in your life this week?


Discussion Questions

  • “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer” might be one of the most significant lines in the entire book. Why? How do you see the promises to Naomi applied to your life today?
  • As we read the book of Ruth one last time, what new questions arise? What’s something new that stands out to you? To whom do you most relate this week?
  • After having spent the last five weeks studying the book of Ruth, if someone were to ask you what the book of Ruth was about, what would you say?
  • Bringing Ruth into the modern era: If the book of Ruth were to take place today, what would it look like? Where would it happen? What type of person would be Ruth? Naomi? Boaz?

Ruth & the Community

  • The book of Ruth can be said to be about how God works and show God’s hesed through people and in community. What were the issues that showed up that needed attention in the book of Ruth?
  • How did the others or the community show up in these instances?
  • How does community show up for each other today?
  • Who are the Ruth’s in our community today? Who are the people who are in need of you to show hesed to them?
  • The questions above might be asked similarly in this kind of way: How does your story contribute to the story of God’s redemptive work in the world? How do you want it to?



Summer Bible Study • Ruth 4: Participants Guide

How has God shown you hesed in your life this week?


Read and Discuss

Ruth 4 — mark it up

Come up with 5 thoughts/questions that come to mind as you read Ruth 4


Discussion Questions

  • Why do you think Boaz chose to meet the other relative in public – why do you think that detail is noted?
  • Why do you think that God established this system of kinsman-redeemer? How do we participate in this today?
  • It can be argued that the hero of the book of Ruth is Boaz – he’s the Redeemer! So why is do you think the book is named for Ruth?
  • “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer” might be one of the most significant lines in the entire book. Why? How do you see the promises to Naomi applied to your life today?
  • How does chapter 4 show God at work in this world? Not only for Ruth and the Israelites but for all of us today?



NextGen Sunday School Activities • The Life of Moses

In this time of ongoing quarantine, it was a real gift to us, your pastors, to (socially-distanced) see each your families when we dropped off these NextGen Sunday School activity packs!

Over the next several weeks, for our NextGen messages during our Sunday Zoom worship services, we will be sharing about the life of Moses. These crafts and activities will be ways for your kids to engage these stories hands-on, for you as parents to share Scripture at home, and for our whole Sunday School to be “together” even as we meet separately in our homes.

Here’s this week’s video featuring the story of Moses and the burning bush:

A few ideas and important notes:

  • There are eight different crafts and activities. You can feel free to do them in whatever order you’d like! We know it can be hard to coordinate (and sometimes the kids are just really excited, so don’t feel like you have to hold them back!) 🎨
  • On a given Sunday, if your child has already done the craft, they can bring it out and show us! If they haven’t done it yet, they can make it during the worship service or during the week. No pressure and no worries — this is meant to be engaging and fun ❤️
  • Parents, we strongly encourage you to read the Bible story with your kids that goes along with each craft! We want to empower you as the primary spiritual caregiver of your children. 📖
  • And tell your kiddos that PJ eemo and Uncle Dan say to only blow those very-loud horns when you say it’s okay!! 🎺

Each of you received this welcome letter with the activity packets.

If you’d like to view or download it in digital format, click on the image to the left, or click here.


Summer Bible Study • Ruth 3: Participants Guide

3 Purposes of Ruth (there are others)

  1. Defends David and David’s lineage of kingship — and therefore also defends Jesus’ lineage
  2. An example of God’s laws being lived out in personal lives — particularly for the widowed, the orphaned, the foreigner
  3. Shows how God is involved in the day to day joys of our lives

Hesed

The Biblical concept of “Hesed” → It is mostly used as a descriptor about God and God uses it to describe Himself. It is translated as lovingkindness, mercy, loyalty. It is about LOYAL, faithful love. There is a sacrificial element to it: it is one person’s actions for another, that only one person can give. “Long Acting Love” is my new favorite way to understanding “hesed.”

How has God shown you hesed in your life this week?


Read and Discuss

Ruth 3 — mark it up

Come up with 5 thoughts/questions that come to mind as you read Ruth 3


Discussion Questions

  • How do you see faithfulness to God being shown through the book of Ruth so far?
  • How has Naomi changed from the previous chapters to now?
  • What do you think Ruth is requesting by asking Boaz to cover her with his cloak?
  • The kinsman redeemer – How do Boaz’s actions reflect Jesus’ work of redemption?

“It is the redemptive action of God that provides the standard for human acts of redemption…”

Katherine Doob-Sakenfeld
  • What do you think Boaz meant when he said in verse 10, “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier…”?
  • What do you make of Boaz sending Ruth back with barley? Why is this important?
  • Why do you think God shows such kindness to Naomi?
  • We are in an unprecedented time. How is God showing hesed to you during this time of pandemic? How are you called to show God’s hesed to others around you?



Summer Bible Study • Ruth 2: Participants Guide

3 Purposes of Ruth (there are others)

  1. Defends David and David’s lineage of kingship — and therefore also defends Jesus’ lineage
  2. An example of God’s laws being lived out in personal lives — particularly for the widowed, the orphaned, the foreigner
  3. Shows how God is involved in the day to day joys of our lives

Hesed

The Biblical concept of “Hesed” → It is mostly used as a descriptor about God and God uses it to describe Himself. It is translated as lovingkindness, mercy, loyalty. It is about LOYAL, faithful love. There is a sacrificial element to it: it is one person’s actions for another, that only one person can give. “Long Acting Love” is my new favorite way to understanding “hesed.”

When you think of “Long Acting Love” what comes to mind?


Read and Discuss

Ruth 2 — mark it up

Come up with 5 thoughts/questions that come to mind as you read Ruth 2


Discussion Questions

“Divine loyalty takes shape in community and in individual lives through human actions.”

Katherine Doob-Sakenfeld

  • What do you notice about Boaz?
  • “Gleaning” is the Biblical concept of provision for the poor, widowed, orphaned and foreigners by picking what was leftover in the fields after harvest. Owners of the fields were not supposed to harvest everything but to leave behind the corners so that others could come and harvest what was left.
  • In what ways are we called to “leave the corners” for people today? In what ways are we gleaners?
  • Why do you think the chapter keeps referring to Ruth as “The Moabitess” as opposed to “Naom’s daughter-in-law” or something else?
  • How does each character seem to change from chapter 1 to chapter 2? What made them change?
  • How do the different characters demonstrate hesed in chapter 2? (2:11) How do the different characters seem to understand God?
  • What are all the different things that God is doing in this chapter? How?
  • As you think about your own life, perhaps in this past week, how has God been at work in ways you might not even have realized? Through whom? How has God shown you God’s hesed this week? Are there opportunities for you to show God’s hesed?