By Cameron Silsbee 

Begin with prayer

Gather together as a Community in a comfortable setting. Take a moment in silence, in the presence of Jesus and each other. Have one person read Hebrews 12v1-3 over the group and then pray to ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your time together. 

Debrief the most recent teaching and discuss the following prompt

  1. What did you take away from the teaching, and what has God been doing in your life this past week because of it? 
  2. Spend a moment thinking about a situation where you showed integrity, big or small. Share with the group what happened and what it means to you as a follower of Jesus.
  3. What are some thoughts and emotions about yourself and God you have when you compromise your integrity? What sorts of prayers do you pray in light of it? 

Talk over this coming week’s Practice:

Over the next two weeks, set aside time to continue to read through (or re-read) the entire book of Ruth at least once. It can be read in small chunks utilizing Lectio Divina, whole chapters at a time, or all in one sitting. Discuss as a group what day and time each person plans on reading Ruth.

Optional Practice for Parents:

This summer, as our church makes its way through the Scriptures in teachings and Practices, parents are invited to engage their children with the Scriptures by reading with them. Feel free to use age-appropriate Bibles or Bible stories for your kids. If you already have a rhythm, consider how you can add something to it – if your rhythm is to read with your child(ren) in the evenings, consider one morning in the week you could read a Bible story with them. If you don’t currently have a routine, think about one time a week you could read the Scriptures with them.

Close in prayer

End by having someone Pray Psalm 4 over the group by reading it out loud.