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Key Thought:

In one year of following God, your whole life can change.


Key Quote

“Quit falling for potential and instead look for patterns.” Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • Who was a celebrity crush you had growing up?
  • Who’s someone in your life that you admire for their work ethic?
  • If you could see anyone in concert, who would it be?
  • What is your go-to show to watch at home?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What is the significance of being under spiritual authority?
  • Why is looking only for potential in a relationship so dangerous? Why is it better to instead look for patterns?
  • What does someone who lives with integrity look like?
  • How do you show respect to someone behind closed doors?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Tell the group about a time in your life where you took initiative, and things began to work out?
  • Have you noticed a positive pattern in your life since you’ve joined LifeGroup?
  • Why is submitting to authority hard for you?
  • How are you going to live out your faith this week?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, please help us create positive patterns in our life that are holy and pleasing to you. We want to live lives that point others to you. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Commit to developing one good habit for this next month. Begin to stack other good habits on top of it and create a positive pattern in your life.
  • Identify a way you can honor someone in your life.
  • Find something you can take the initiative on in life or work, and then do it!


Scriptures

One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.” Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.” 3 So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her [dead] father-in-law… Ruth 2:2-3 NLT

Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters. “The LORD be with you!” he said. “The LORD bless you!” the harvesters replied. “..Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?” ..the foreman replied, “She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi. 7 She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since…Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field…I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.” 10 Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.”11 “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. 12 May the LORD.. reward you fully for what you have done.” ..she replied. “You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.” At mealtime Boaz called to her, “Come over here, and help yourself to some food..” ..When Ruth went back to work again, Boaz ordered his young men, “Let her gather grain right among the sheaves without stopping her. 16 And pull out some heads of barley from the bundles and drop them on purpose for her. Let her pick them up, and don’t give her a hard time!” 17 So Ruth gathered barley there all day, and when she beat out the grain that evening, it filled an entire basket. 18 She carried it back into town and showed it to her mother-in-law. Ruth also gave her the roasted grain that was left over from her meal. Ruth 2:4-18 NLT

faith by itself—that does nothing—is dead.. James 2:17 NCV

“Where did you gather all this grain today?” Naomi asked. ..[Ruth] said, “The man I worked with today is named Boaz.” “May the LORD bless him!..He is showing his kindness to us..That man is one of our..family redeemers.” Then Ruth said, “What’s more, Boaz even told me to come back and stay with his harvesters until the entire harvest is completed.” 22 “Good!” Naomi exclaimed. “Do as he said..” ..So Ruth worked alongside the women in Boaz’s fields and gathered grain..until the end of the barley harvest. Then she continued working with them through the wheat harvest in early summer. And all the while she lived with her mother-in-law. Ruth 2:19-23 NLT

One day Naomi said to Ruth, “..it’s time that I found a permanent home for you, so that you will be provided for. Boaz is a close relative of ours, and he’s been very kind [to you]...Now do as I tell you—take a bath and put on perfume and dress in your nicest clothes. Then go to the threshing floor [tonight], but don’t let Boaz see you until he has finished eating and drinking. Be sure to notice where he lies down; then go and uncover his feet and lie down there. He will tell you what to do.” “I will do everything you say,” Ruth replied. So she went down to the threshing floor that night and followed the instructions of her mother-in-law. After Boaz had finished eating and drinking..he lay down at the far end of the pile of grain and went to sleep. Then Ruth came quietly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. Ruth 3:1-7 NLT

.. to let him know that you are available to him for marriage.. Ruth 3:4 MSG

Around midnight Boaz suddenly woke up..he was surprised to find a woman lying at his feet! 9 “Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.” “The LORD bless you, my daughter!” Boaz exclaimed. “You are showing even more family loyalty now than you did before, for you have not gone after a younger man, whether rich or poor. Now don’t worry about a thing..I will do what is necessary, for everyone in town knows you are a virtuous woman…there is another man who is more closely related to you than I am. Stay here tonight, and in the morning I will talk to him. If he is willing to redeem you..Let him marry you. But if he is not willing, then as surely as the LORD lives, I will redeem you myself! Now lie down here until morning.” Ruth 3:8-13 NLT

So Ruth lay at Boaz’s feet until the morning, but she got up before it was light..for Boaz had said, “No one must know that a woman was here at the threshing floor.” Then Boaz said to her, “Bring your cloak and spread it out.” He measured six scoops of barley into the cloak and placed it on her back. Then he returned to the town. When Ruth went back to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “What happened, my daughter?” Ruth told Naomi everything Boaz had done for her, and she added, “He gave me these six scoops of barley and said, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’ ” Then Naomi said to her, “Just be patient, my daughter, until we hear what happens. The man won’t rest until he has settled things today.” Ruth 3:14-18 NLT

Then Boaz told him, “Of course, your purchase of the land from Naomi also requires that you marry Ruth, the Moabite widow. That way she can have children who will carry on her husband’s name and keep the land in the family.” “Then I can’t redeem it,” the family redeemer replied, “because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it.” Ruth 4:5-6 NLT


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