We’ve just finished reading The Gospel of Ruth by Carolyn Custis James. Congratulations on your perseverance in completing this six-week online bible study. We started the journey with two widowed women and closed the journey with a redeemed family and restored lives. Boaz steps up as a man of God and the result is a blessing beyond belief. He is not threatened by Ruth’s courage, and rewards her again. First he rewards her with food from her work, and then he rewards her for being brave enough to seek a kinsman-redeemer. The simple act reminds us that we too can demonstrate the courage to rise above our past, rise above our circumstances and seek Jesus our Redeemer. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NIV Ruth was courageous and “the story becomes about what Ruth and Boaz are getting, not what they are giving up,” writes Carolyn. Today we often use the phrase “it was a God thing” to describe something so unusual, so amazing, that God’s presence is very visible. When Ruth walked into Boaz’s field and he noticed her, “it was a God thing.” Together, these two people demonstrate a Blessed Alliance, male and female, working together for God’s Kingdom and purpose. The story ends with Naomi holding the future in her arms. Two widows, a barren woman, and the future resting peacefully in Naomi’s arms. God is good!
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Carolyn Custis James Quotes
- Naomi becomes an accomplice in her own depreciation.
- Everyone wins when courage fills a woman’s soul.
- It was all uphill for Ruth.
- Naomi has gained wisdom in the school of suffering.
For Next Week
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Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- How are Boaz and Ruth role models for how men and women are supposed to serve God together? (page 189 )
- How can you live more courageously for God? (page 210)
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
- Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not.