Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – December 16-22

It’s Complicated – 3:Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.”

Theme: It’s Complicated – God’s Faithfulness Knows no Boundaries – Ruth

Warm-Up Questions:

  1. How do you respond to what Pastor Mark stated: “If Jesus comes FROM broken, unfaithful, imperfect people it is most certainly true that Jesus comes TO broken, unfaithful, imperfect people?”
  2. Describe a BFF (best friend forever) that you had when you were younger.
Observation and Interpretation Questions: 

Read Ruth 1:1-5, Mathew 1:5. No one is outside the embrace of Jesus’ love.

  1. What is the purpose of a genealogy when describing an important person?
  2. Who is Ruth and where did she come from? Who were her people? (Ruth 1:4)
  3. Why did Matthew include Ruth in his genealogy of Jesus the King of the Jews? (Mathew 1:5)
  4. What was the major takeaway from Pastor Mark’s sermon on Ruth for you?

Read Ruth 1:6-14, Revelation 3:20. No one is beyond the reach of Jesus’ invitation.

  1. What are Ruth and her mother-in-law preparing to do? (Ruth 1:6-14)
  2. Where is Jesus standing when he makes His invitation? (verses 20a)
  3. What does Jesus promise to do for “anyone who opens the door”? (verse 20b)

Read Ruth 4:11-16, John 1:12-13. No one is without the promise of Jesus’ salvation.

  1. What did the people of Bethlehem declare about Ruth and her son? (Ruth 4:11-15)
  2. Why was it so important to include Ruth’s direct descendant? (Ruth 4:16)
  3. What did John declare was true for all who believe and receive Jesus? (John 1:12)
  4. What did John say would be true for them? (John 1:13)
Application Questions
  1. How are you going to remember these promises as you prepare for Christmas this week?
  2. What can you do to let these truths help make Advent a bigger part of your life this year?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, show us in this Advent season that in Christ Jesus You are willing to include any one of us who will turn to You, who accepts Your invitation of salvation.

Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.  

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Going Deeper

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
How does the story of Ruth parallel the teaching contained in this verse?

Read John 3:16 – The Scope of God’s Love
How does John describe the scope of God’s love?

Read John 3:16 – God’s Amazing Gift
What was God willing to give to the world that we might be saved from sin’s penalty?

Read John 3:16 – The Relationship of Jesus
How is Jesus’ relationship to God defined and why is this so important?

Read John 3:16 – The Availability of God’s Invitation
Why do you think God does not limit His invitation any more than He does?

Read John 3:16 – The Extent of God’s Actions
What two things does John say will be true for all those who believe?

Share a story about one significant person in your family tree.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we see by Ruth’s inclusion in Jesus’ family tree, that Your invitation to be included in Your forever family has no boundaries except our unbelief.