Current Unit: ADVENT!

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming".

For a child is born to us...and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Ask your Kid:

Why was Jesus born?

Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.

What little miracles have you seen in the past few days?

How can you keep your eyes open to notice the little things God is doing all around you?

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Ruth's story appears to be full of little happenstances.  But our Lord is weaving a beautiful thread with who is part of His genealogy. Ruth's great grandmother is Rahab.  Ruth marries Boaz.  They have a son named Obed, who has a son named Jesse, who has a son named David!  Next week we will learn more about David, Israel's future king. "The Holy Ghost thought fit to take particular notice of that marriage of Boaz with Ruth, whence sprang the Saviour of the world."  -Jonathan Edwards.

PARENT BIBLE STUDY

This week’s lesson is a reminder of God’s often unnoticed invisible work behind the scenes in what appears to be an ordinary and small life.  

"Some seasons are Naomi times.  You ventured out with those hopes, full—and you feel you’ve been brought back empty….  In some seasons, for all their gloss and glitz, it can be acningly hard to find gifts, and days can feel like fists.  Naomi—she goes home bitter.  Orpah goes home to begin over.  And Ruth goes on believing she will find home.  Maybe the miracle begins by growing not in bitterness but in faithfulness—because, for all its supposed sophistication, cynicism is simplistic.  In a fallen world, how profound is it to see the cracks?  The radicals ad the reflective, the Ruths and the revolutionaries—they are the ones on the road, in the fields, on the wall, pointing to the dawn of the new Kingdom coming, pointing to the light that breaks through all things broken, pointing to redemption always rising and the Advent coming again.  Brilliant people don’t deny the dark; they are the ones who never stop looking for His light in everything. 

A moment for reflection:

  • Like Naomi, do you sometimes miss the love all around you? Name some of the people who have been faithful Ruths for you.
  • What little things eat away at you, worry you?
  • Your life may be devoid of brazen miracles, but God is at work in the little things too. What events have ‘just so happened’ to come together in a way that indicates God is behind them?"

(From: Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift)

FAMILY TALKING POINTS

Talking Points:

  • Naomi's family left Bethlehem and moved away to Moab
  • Naomi's sons marry Moabite women.
  • Ruth was from Moab.
  • After Naomi's husband and sons die, she returns to Bethlehem.
  • Ruth leaves Moab (land of idols) and returns to Bethlehem (land of God's people.)
  • Ruth looks for food in Boaz' field.
  • Ruth and Boaz get married.
  • Ruth is the great grandmother of King David.
  • God was working in Ruth's life, directing her steps.

Discussion Starters:

  • What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
  • What does this story teach me about myself?
  • Are there any commands in this story to obey?  How are they for God’s glory and my good?
  • Are there any promises in this story to remember?  How do they help me trust and love God?
  • How does this story help me to live on mission better?

NEXT WEEK

ADVENT!  David