09.03.17 - Small Group Discussion

Ruth - Love and Loyalty

Main Point: Empathy is putting their hurt on my heart

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?

  • What is your typical response when faced with chaos?
     
  • What are some of the sources of chaos in your life that you’re currently facing?

Read: Judges 21:25, Ruth 1:1-7.

  • Nearly everything was stripped from Naomi. Have you ever felt like you were having everything stripped away? What helped you deal with the chaos?

Read: Ruth 1:8-18.

  • How do you define sympathy and empathy? What are the differences?
     
  • Do you find yourself more often exhibiting sympathy or empathy?
     
  • Is Orpah’s response of going back to her homeland wrong? Why or why not?

Read: Ruth 1:19-22.

  • The chapter ends referencing the harvest which shows God’s love and loyalty to his people. How has God shown love and loyalty to you?
     
  • What do you think of the idea “We need to show Jesus because we can share Jesus?” How can we live that out?
     
  • What will you specifically do to show empathy, not sympathy, to someone this week?

Prayer: Pray for God to show His love and loyalty to you this week, and that your heart would be a heart of empathy for your fellow men and women this week.

Posted on September 4, 2017 .