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GOSPEL PROJECT: Unit 9, Session 5: Ruth and Boaz
Yesterday we looked at the story of Ruth and Boaz that took place during the time of the judges. God provided Boaz to take care of Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi when they were in need. God sent Jesus to earth through Ruth’s family.
Boaz was a family redeemer. That means he would help his close relatives who were in trouble. Boaz cared for Ruth and Naomi because their husbands had died. In a similar way, Jesus is our Redeemer. We need help because we sin. Jesus bought our salvation for us by taking our punishment when He died on the cross.
Help your children see the picture of Jesus redeeming us through His payment on the cross. Help them understand that a “Redeemer” is someone who helps those who can’t help themselves. Jesus is our Ultimate Redeemer! Our Ultimate Helper!
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
God’s plan is perfect.
God used Boaz to take care of Ruth and Naomi.
God sent Jesus to earth through Ruth’s family.
Like Boaz, Jesus helps us in times of trouble.
Whom does God use in His plan? God uses people in His plan.
God gave Ruth a family to help her.
How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
God provided a redeemer for Ruth.
Jesus is our helper (redeemer)!
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
“Eli and Boy Samuel” (1 Samuel 1–3)
FLYTE: (Preteen Curriculum): How Do I Follow Through?
The Bible is full of incredible verses, but Luke 9:51 is perhaps one of
the most amazing. This verse describes that Jesus, knowing the time
for His ascension was close, determined to go to Jerusalem.
Some Bible versions say that Jesus “set His face” to go, indicating great
resolve in the decision to go to the city of David. What makes this
verse so powerful is that the only way to the ascension was through
the cross. Jesus resolutely determined to go to Jerusalem, knowing
that a painful death and the immense burden of bearing people’s sin
awaited Him there. Even though Jesus had ample reason to waver in
the decision to go to Jerusalem, He never did.
Unlike Jesus, preteens may struggle to follow through on decisions
they have made. Determination and perseverance are not easy
character traits to develop. Preteens may make decisions with the
full intention of following through, but may soon find themselves
distracted with more appealing options or may simply lose interest in
their decisions. Following Jesus is one such decision.
During this week’s Bible study preteens will interact with Moses and
Aaron preparing to convince the Hebrew leaders that they had been
sent by God to deliver Israel from Egypt. The two men anticipated
resistance from the Hebrew leaders and, despite God’s faithful
provision, needed a healthy dose of determination and perseverance
to follow through with their assignment. The decision had been made.
Now was the time to act.
Pray. Ask God to help preteens persevere once they have made
decisions, no matter the cost.
Talk. Ask preteens about times when it’s been hard to follow God’s way, rather than their way. Reaffirm that God is All-Powerful and All-Loving— he’s got everything under control and works all things out for their good. We just need to trust Him through the chaos and persevere.
Preteens will learn how to
face their own objections and
take bold risks in their faith by
leaning on the promises of God.