May 24: Ruth in Israel
1. Getting Started:
How have you been holding up this week?
How do you feel about moving into Phase 1 of reopening?
What did you find most interesting about the sermon this week? The most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling?
2. Into the Bible:
Read 2 Corinthians 1:1-7.
What is the theme word in this passage? (Hint: it appears 9 times)
Why does God comfort Paul and Timothy (“we/us”), according to verse 4? Why does he allow them to be distressed in 6?
Why does God comfort the Corinthians through Paul and Timothy, according to v. 6? What is he preparing the Corinthians for?
Looking back, why is Paul praising God in this passage? How does that praise encourage us?
3. Going Deeper
Who do you know that is especially vulnerable to COVID-19 (such as over 60, has heart condition, compromised immune system, lung problems, pregnant, etc.)? How does our exile protect them?
What difference does it make to think of our exile as a sacrifice for their safety?
How can we encourage each other as we continue in our exile?