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Day Eight

Ruth 3:16 (ESV)
And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her, …
 
Naomi askes her daughter-in-law Ruth to fill her in on how it is going with the kinsman redeemer Boaz. Naomi’s husband and sons died, one of whom was Ruth’s husband. Ruth was not an Israelite, she was not raised in the faith of our God and she was not raised near Bethlehem like Naomi.
 
She was a foreigner, an outsider and an outcast.
 
However, (are you ready for this?) Boaz marries Ruth and they end up being the great-grandparents of King David! She is also in the genealogy of Jesus as his 27th grandmother!
 
John 3:16 says our relationship with Christ is not through genealogy but through faith, whether we are insiders or outsiders!
 
Questions:
Do you feel like an insider or an outsider in the church family? Why?
 
How does it make you feel that it doesn’t matter to Christ whether you are an insider, like Naomi or Boaz, or an outsider, like Ruth? Why?
 
Activity:
Carey Nieuwhof cites 5 indicators that a church is insider focused rather than outsider focused, they are: personal preference drives decision-making, emotion trumps mission, sacrifice is non-existent, any growth is mostly transfer growth and innovation is dead or on life-support. He says the antidote is mission. From your perspective, is LCM insider or outsider focused? Why? How can you make it more outsider/ “Ruth” focused?[1]