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Questions to Consider
- As a review, how does Boaz’s redemption of Ruth typify Christ’s redemption of us (His church)? Why is the redemption of God really all we need for joy and satisfaction? What does Romans 8 teach that affirms that? If we feel we need other things outside of His salvation, Scriptural promises, and guidance/provision in life, what does that say about our completeness in Him? What type of witness is that to others about Christ’s sufficiency?
- Knowing that God works all events of our lives for His glory and our good (Romans 8:28), how does that change our perspective on what happens in our lives? If we truly desire His glory and purpose and know He works all things to that end, how does that bring comfort and motivation for faithfulness in trying times? If we aren’t comforted that He is working for His glory/our good in our trials, how might we negatively respond to them?
- Why are we all unlikely candidates for God to bring to salvation to and use in His plan (Ephesians 2:1-10)? Knowing God can bring anyone to Himself (even those we think He can’t or shouldn’t), how can you avoid discriminating against those for whom you pray and with whom you share the gospel?
Action Steps for This Week
- Using Ruth’s story, share the gospel of Jesus with someone that you may at one time deemed “unworthy/unlikely” to be saved.
- Pray daily that God would cause you to desire His glorious plan more than your comfort, and that His sovereignty over all things (Romans 8:28) would comfort you and keep you faithful in the trials of your life.
- Memorize Ephesians 2:8-9, and reflect on it often to remind yourself that it is God’s grace, not your worth or work, that saved “unlikely” you.