Sermon-based small groups are an excellent way of digging deeper into the weekly sermon and engaging with the Bible and each other. At Subi Church, resources are provided that coincide with the Bible passage of the weekend sermon so that small group leaders can effectively facilitate sermon-based small groups. The resources differ each week and will generally be available after the services each weekend.
The Story of Ruth
We have begun a new series through the book of Ruth. Many have read and applied Ruth as a romance story between Ruth and Boaz. However, a careful reading of Ruth will show us that the main focus of the book is not about romance. Rather the book of Ruth is about God’s providence over his plan of salvation through the unlikeliest of peoples. In a time where chaos and unfaithfulness abound, God is still faithful, still works in our midst, and has not abandoned us.
Ruth is a relatively short book in the Old Testament, consisting only of four chapters. First-time readers might perceive the story as odd as they read the book because God is not a prominent active character as compared to the earlier OT books. However, if we read carefully throughout the book, we see the hand and fingerprint of God throughout the story. There is even a “twist” at the end of the book (which we will cover as we come to Chapter 4).
Studying Ruth should give us a greater appreciation for God’s providential control over all of creation, including every aspect of our lives. Like Naomi and Ruth, we may never see and understand the “why” of our struggles and sufferings, but we can trust that God is providentially working through them for a greater glory.
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Previous Sermon Series – 2 Timothy – No Fear, No Shame, Just Jesus
|Elijah – Faith or Fickleness (6 Sessions)|
|Ezekiel Bible Studies (10 Sessions)|
|Hebrews Bible Studies (13 Sessions)|
|Kingdom Call Series Studies (10 Sessions)|
|Malachi – Reconnecting with God Series Studies (8 Sessions)|
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