Listening Guide for Worship Service 11-29-20
“REDISCOVER CHRISTMAS - HOPE”
(This message is online at: nwbcspringfield.com) - Use this listening guide as you watch the video worship services online. This will also have questions you can use with your connect group.
Romans 15:13 I pray that God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace as you believe, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Elimelek – his name means _______________________
Naomi means – ______________________________
Mahlon and Kilion – Their names mean _________________________
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 20 “Don’t call me Naomi (pleasant & sweet),” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me pleasant & sweet (Naomi?) The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”
Boaz is called throughout the book of Ruth – _______________________
Ruth 4:17 – And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Rahab— Boaz— Obed — Jesse — David — JESUS
ICEBREAKER——Did anyone ever set you up with a blind date? - How did that go for you?
APPLY THE BIBLE -Read Ruth 1:16-18 How can you be more selfless as a committed friend ?
Q1— Can the choices we make influence how our life will turn out? What choices did Naomi and her husband make? How did their decisions influence their situation? Think about some of the decisions you have made. How have they impacted you?
Q2— Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” The last line of this verse provides an overarching theme for the book of Ruth; God is always at work, and he has a plan that is good. In the first chapter, Ruth’s life does not seem to be going well. What would you say to her in the middle of her situation?
Q3—Discuss the character of Boaz. Which characteristics are needed by men today as they lead the home and the church?
Q4—Discuss the ways that this book points to (or is a shadow of) better things to come through Jesus Christ.
A LITTLE LOVE HOMEWORK:
·· · If a human can love an outcast, redeem her, and have fellowship with her, then God certainly can do the same for all the outcasts of the world! (Romans 5:8 - look for ways you can love and care for someone this week.
· TALK ABOUT LOVE WEEK—TALK ABOUT Rediscover Christmas—how can your group get involved?