Kids will play Spin That Wheel Live! along with goofy characters who try to answer questions about the stories of Ruth and Job. This four-week, live-teaching series, shows kids that God stayed with Ruth and Job in hard times, just like he is always with us.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Listen to the story from Week 1: God Was With Naomi, Ruth 1
Have kids sit down so everyone can see each other. Do introductions if needed. Talk through the discussion questions to help kids understand the story and how to apply it to their lives.
1. Why did Naomi need to go back to Bethlehem? (Her husband and sons had died. The famine was over. She needed help.)
2. Why did Ruth stay with Naomi? (She followed God, now, and was devoted to Naomi.)
3. If you were Naomi, how would you have felt when Ruth stayed by your side? Has someone ever stuck by your side when you were sad? (Discuss with kids.)
ASK YOUR KID
How did God show Naomi that he was always with her?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Ruth 1
When Naomi tried to convince her daughters-in-law to go back to their land and find new husbands and happy lives, Ruth refused with decisive loyalty.
The Bible tells us that, “Ruth replied [to Naomi], ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
Ruth bravely decided to follow a God she didn’t know, but one her new family had told her was the one true God. In that moment, Ruth’s decision of faith changed the course of history. She was heading toward her future husband and children who would be in the line that eventually led to the Savior of the World—Jesus. Not knowing any of that—Ruth simply acted in faith. In faith she left her people and the life she knew. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that, “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Hard seasons of life have a way of revealing our character. Our faith, or lack of it, is tested. This is why, as followers of Jesus, we have to separate what we know to be true from our circumstances or our emotions. God remains constant—circumstances and emotions do not. We can ask God to change our hearts, and we can ask him to help us understand his intentions towards us. We can praise God for who he is: great, full of love, trustworthy, just, powerful, full of mercy, and ultimately faithful. Ruth couldn’t see where she was headed, but she chose to trust in a faithful God.
Ruth decided to follow the God of the family she had married into. This is really challenging. Have you ever asked yourself if your character points people to Jesus?
What do you do when what you know about God and the trouble you are having are in tension with each other? How do you keep your faith strong when you are being tested?
“God is with you. He will not fail you or leave you,” Deuteronomy 31:6b.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.