Few things make us feel as helpless as living with a story we don’t like. Maybe one that involves the loss of a loved one, an unwanted transition, a difficult diagnosis, or a dream that fell through. At one time or another, we all deal with disappointments and feelings that life is unfair or that we are being punished.
In Renewed, a four-week study of the Book of Ruth, women glean wisdom from Naomi’s perspective, a woman who lived a story she didn’t choose or like. Forced to chart a new path as she mourned the loss of her husband and two sons, Naomi learned that the journey from bitterness to renewed hope and joy was rooted in God’s promise of redemption.
With insight from her own journey of living with a story that is not easy, Heather M. Dixon teaches women to flourish even as they live hard stories through a willingness to trust that God can transform them and trade their heartache for hope. They will learn to rely on God’s movement in the details of their story, even when it can’t be seen, gain confidence to act in the part of their stories that they can change, and watch expectantly for God to redeem the parts they can’t.
Components for this four-week Bible study, available separately, include a Participant Workbook with Leader Helps and a DVD with four 20 to 25-minute segments (with closed captioning).
- A four-week study of the Book of Ruth from Naomi’s perspective.
- This shorter study is ideal for in-between or busy times.
- Helps women find the courage to live with a story they don’t like and trust in God.
- Participant Workbook with Leader Helps includes group sessions guides, discussion questions, prayers, video viewer guides, and more.
- DVD features dynamic, engaging teaching in four 20 to 25-minute segments.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
About the Author 6
Introduction to This Study 7
Week 1 The Story You Don't Want (Ruth I) 10
Day 1 Longing for the Light (1:1-5) 12
Day 2 Permission to Grieve (1:6-18) 19
Day 3 Following God to the Harvest (1: 19-22) 27
Group Session Guide 35
Week 2 The Movement You Can't See (Ruth 2) 38
Day 1 Divinity Is in the Details (2:1-3) 40
Day 2 Wings of Refuge (2:4-16) 46
Day 3 The Guardian Redeemer (2:17-23) 53
Group Session Guide 61
Week 3 The Intersection of Our Action and God's Plan (Ruth 3) 64
Day 1 Hopeful, Not Helpless (3:1-7) 65
Day 2 A Partnership of Supernatural Proportions (3:8-15) 72
Day 3 The Cliffhanger (3:16-18) 80
Group Session Guide 87
Week 4 The God Who Rescues, Redeems, and Renews (Ruth 4) 90
Day 1 Hope for the Future (4:1-10) 92
Day 2 Renewed with Hope (4:11-15) 98
Day 3 The Promise of Redemption (4:16-22) 106
Group Session Guide 113
Leader Helps 116
Video Notes Answers 124