08 Jan Discussion Guide: Better Together Week 1
Take the first 10 minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.
This week we begin a new series walking through the book of Ruth. The series is called Better Together, and we will be looking at the choices Ruth made, and God used, to impact the world and asking ourselves how we can make those same kinds of choices to impact our world today as a multi-ethnic, multigenerational church community.
What do you most appreciate about being in community with others?
What do you find most difficult about being in community with others?
Naomi said, “Look, your sister-in-law is going back home to live with her own people and gods; go with her.” But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!”
When Naomi saw that Ruth had her heart set on going with her, she gave in. And so the two of them traveled on together to Bethlehem.
What do you think Ruth must have been feeling at this moment?
Why would Ruth have made this decision to stick with Naomi in spite of the difficulties she knew she would face?
Have you ever had to make a difficult decision, or sacrifice, to either help a friend or save a friendship? If so, would you be willing to tell us about it?
Why was that friendship worth fighting for?
John Bevere, The Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
“If we don’t risk being hurt, we cannot give unconditional love. Unconditional love gives others the right to hurt us.”
Why do you think God allows difficulties and offenses to come in our relationships
What is at stake when it comes to whether we choose to fight for community or walk away when things get difficult?
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
What are some of the best things a multi-ethnic, multigenerational community has to offer?
What does a multi-ethnic, multigenerational community require of you personally?
How does a multi-ethnic, multigenerational community display the Gospel to the world around us?