Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Brave by Angela Thomas – Session 7

Homework: I cannot believe that we have completed another Bible study. The time has passed so quickly. This week’s homework touched my heart as the other weeks’ did. The assignment to read all of the book of Ruth in one sitting is always a welcome one. Ruth is one of my favorite books in Scripture. But now I want to do a more in-depth study of the book of Ruth.

My final homework activity was to write a prayer for each of the ladies in the group based on how they answered the first question I asked during the study: “Which chapter(s) do you think will impact you most during this study?” I took insights from the chapter each woman selected and wrote out the prayer based on those insights. Then I gave the prayer to each woman on our last day. For the ladies who joined our study late and didn’t share which chapter would impact them most, I chose one of the chapters for them.

Video: The teaching for session 7, “I Am Broken,” comes from Ruth 4. As I mentioned in my review of this week’s homework, this is one of my most favorite chapters of Scripture. Angela recommends Kelly Minter’s study on the book of Ruth to the viewing audience because she wants us to really grasp this woman’s character. I would love to do this study. Perhaps I’ll suggest it to the Discipleship Committee at my church.

This week, Angela’s teaching brought tears to my eyes. In fact, I don’t think there was a dry eye in Angela’s classroom. I don’t want to give it away, but you may want to make sure that there is tissue available for your small group. Although the fill-in-the-blanks reverted back to the earlier part of the study where the answers came from what was already said in the homework, Angela’s supporting stories brought good teaching.

Class Activity/Discussion: The bulk of our group discussion concentrated on how our brokenness is really an opportunity for us to minister to others. The fact that God allows brokenness to touch the lives of His people means that He has a purpose for it that will glorify Him. Hallelujah!

What an amazing and life-changing study this has been! I will definitely study with Angela Thomas again! It has been a tremendous joy to facilitate this study...even with the challenges encountered to do so. I will miss this wonderful group of women and our video lecturer, Angela Thomas.

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