We begin our redemption bible study today, a six-week study on the lives of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. To participate in the study, you’ll need the book called The Gospel of Ruth by Carolyn Custis James. If you are waiting for your book to arrive, you can start late and jump into the group discussions when you finish reading your chapters. Be sure to sign-up for this bible study so we know you are joining us.
Christine selected this bible study because it’s a different perspective on the book of Ruth, and in this study Naomi is the central character. It’s a story of redemption and faith, uncovering what Carolyn Custis James calls “The Blessed Alliance” as male and female work for God’s purpose. My prayer is that after completing this study you will see how the story of redemption is written through scripture, from beginning to end.
There are fewer women participating in this bible studies than previous Bible Cafe studies. We have about 50 women in the study and a few will drop out before the study is complete. This is the result of spiritual warfare which is intended to cause you to drop out of the study, fall behind in the study, or never finish the study. It’s the work of Satan and a few good women will fall. If it happens to you, please contact us so we can pray for you and support you in your bible study journey.
This is not a workbook format, so you will be reading TWO CHAPTERS each week. As you read, make comments in your book, mark favorite sections, and make sure you are connecting with the author’s words. You’ll need a notebook or journal to answer the study questions found at the end of each chapter. When you finish a chapter, answer the study questions so we can review and discuss them the following week.
- Before you start your study, we recommend you write a letter to God on the inside cover of the book, and date it. Tell Him why you are this study and what you hope to learn from the study. Ask Him to keep you centered and focused on the Word.
- You’ll read two chapters each week and we recommend you do this first thing in the morning. When you read the Bible before your day begins, you are lighting the candle of His word inside you, carrying that candle throughout the day, and seeing examples of the Word as your day progresses. You can also read at the end of the day before bed, however our experience is women who do this often fall behind because they are too tired at the end of the day.
- If you have any questions about the online format, please read the FAQ’s for the Bible Cafe.
- Please pray for the Spirit to guide you in study and to keep you on track with the lessons. Pray for the other women in this study and for the leaders. We have a prayer wall to post individual prayers.
For Next Week
- Monday is a US holiday so next week our study will be posted Tuesday Sept 6
- Read the NIV Text of Ruth and Introduction in the beginning of your book
- Answer the study guide questions at the end of the Introduction
- Please post a comment with your name, where you are from, and answer this question: What is your favorite childhood book?
for example: Shannon, New Orleans, “Little House on the Prairie”