Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study
Week 2  Ruth Chapter 1 by Pam Larson

Week 2 Ruth Chapter 1 by Pam Larson

June 29, 2018

We can trust our faithful, sovereign, redeeming, saving, covenant God who works through unlikely ways and means of grace!

4 scenes in Ruth 1:

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Think about the gospel as a three-act story…

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Plot arc of Ruth 1:

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Scene 1 (v1-2) Bethlehem --> Moab

  • Setting ...  a famine

Scene 2 (v3-5) in Moab

  • Crisis ... three funerals and three widows

Scene 3 (v6-18) Moab -->  Bethlehem

  • food
  • a follower of Yahweh with flawed faith?
  • climax ... the faith of a foreigner

Scene 4 Bethlehem 

  • resolution/new setting ... Hints of filling … and our faithful God
Week 1 Introduction to Ruth study by Pam Larson

Week 1 Introduction to Ruth study by Pam Larson

June 22, 2018

The book of Ruth holds treasures to be mined. It reveals the beauty and character of God. It is a beautiful story of God’s grace. My prayer is that you will see Him with your eyes, understand Him with your mind and love Him with all your heart.

  • We hope you will be blessed by focusing on the book of Ruth this summer
  • I’ve intentionally included some “how-to’s” for you in the workbook.
  • Each lesson has an “Extra Time” section.
  • Some questions may seem easy and other harder
    • If you find a question too difficult, skip over it and come back to it if you have time at the end of the week
  • Our focus is the Scripture itself, so spend your time soaking in the Word and digging in to understand. We believe that the Bible is living and active and able to transform our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit as we study.
  • Benjamin Warfield, wrote in 1911, "Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. 'What!' is the appropriate response, 'than ten hours over your books, on your knees?'" ("The Religious Life of Theological Students," in Mark Noll, ed., The Princeton Theology, [Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1983], p. 263). We all want this kind of heart. Yes, we must pray. We will not understand or see wonderful things in Ruth this summer if the Spirit doesn't open our eyes. But praying does not take the place of studying and thinking.

One of my favorite verses is what Paul writes to Timothy: “Think over what I say, FOR the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (2 Tim 2:7) We read and study and dig and think hard. But we won’t understand unless the Lord gives us understanding. This verse also tells us that we can’t just pray for understanding without actually opening up our Bibles to read, study and think! This is not either-or. This is both-and.

Week 1 AM Class: Invitation to Ruth- Introduction to Ruth by Dr. Jason DeRouchie

Week 1 AM Class: Invitation to Ruth- Introduction to Ruth by Dr. Jason DeRouchie

June 20, 2018

An Invitation to Ruth

Jason DeRouchie is a churchman, scholar, husband, and father. He is committed to helping others exalt Jesus and treasure the hope of the gospel from the whole of Christian Scripture—the Old and New Testaments. He and his wife, Teresa, have six children, three brown and three peach, three boys and three girls, and the younger three all came from Ethiopia, a land that he loves. As a family, they delight in academic and church ministry and are delighted to be a part of the Bethlehem community. Jason wrote, “Being here has changed us, helping us cherish the gospel more and birthing within us a love for the nations, especially among the poor. I now have so many from other cultures whose names and stories I know and whom I love and long to see celebrating Christ in eternity.”

As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, and moose-watching, and their favorite place to get away is the north shore of Lake Superior. Whenever possible, he loves to return to Ethiopia to help the church there train its leaders, care for the poor, evangelize the lost, and reach the unreached. He is a former associate pastor and presently serves as a North Campus elder. He has taught in a number of Christian colleges and seminaries and joyfully serves now as Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary.

More information available in your Ruth workbooks:

  • On page 14, you will find an address for Dr. DeRouchie’s website, where you will be able to listen to an audio lecture overview of Ruth, and other resources, including notes on Ruth that he has given to his seminary students and a chapter on Ruth in “What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About.”
  • On page 9, you will find notes for Jason’s teaching.

More resources by Dr. Jason DeRouchie

Week 1 PM Class: Invitation to Ruth- Introduction to Ruth by Dr. Jason DeRouchie

Week 1 PM Class: Invitation to Ruth- Introduction to Ruth by Dr. Jason DeRouchie

June 20, 2018

An Invitation to Ruth

Jason DeRouchie is a churchman, scholar, husband, and father. He is committed to helping others exalt Jesus and treasure the hope of the gospel from the whole of Christian Scripture—the Old and New Testaments. He and his wife, Teresa, have six children, three brown and three peach, three boys and three girls, and the younger three all came from Ethiopia, a land that he loves. As a family, they delight in academic and church ministry and are delighted to be a part of the Bethlehem community. Jason wrote, “Being here has changed us, helping us cherish the gospel more and birthing within us a love for the nations, especially among the poor. I now have so many from other cultures whose names and stories I know and whom I love and long to see celebrating Christ in eternity.”

As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, and moose-watching, and their favorite place to get away is the north shore of Lake Superior. Whenever possible, he loves to return to Ethiopia to help the church there train its leaders, care for the poor, evangelize the lost, and reach the unreached. He is a former associate pastor and presently serves as a North Campus elder. He has taught in a number of Christian colleges and seminaries and joyfully serves now as Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary.

More information available in your Ruth workbooks:

  • On page 14, you will find an address for Dr. DeRouchie’s website, where you will be able to listen to an audio lecture overview of Ruth, and other resources, including notes on Ruth that he has given to his seminary students and a chapter on Ruth in “What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About.”
  • On page 9, you will find notes for Jason’s teaching.

 

More resources by Dr. Jason DeRouchie