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Bitterness in Bethlehem and Providence in the Fields

July 30, 2023 Preacher: Danny Bae Series: Summer Sermon Series 2023

Passage: Ruth 1:19– 2:3

Click here for the sermon discussion questions or see them listed below. We highly encourage you to listen, think, and talk about the sermon. These are questions you can reflect on by yourself, with your family, or with your small group.

Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think about the idea that “suffering and death is the way to life”?  Do you agree?  Why, or why not? 
  2. What helps you as a Christian see the goodness of God in the midst of suffering?  Alternatively, what prevents you from becoming “Mara” (bitter)?
  3. In verse 1:20, Naomi brought four accusations against God. Although there could have been elements of truth in her accusations, what did Naomi fail to understand about Yahweh?  What did she fail to recognize about herself?
  4. A main point in our sermon this week is that nothing happens simply by “chance”.  If we truly believe that everything is ordained by a sovereign God, how might this be “crippling” for some people?  As Christians, how can we live knowing that every decision, every action, and every incident is in the hands of a providential God?

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