High School Ministry we are doing a series called "Committed". Over the summer I sat down with our interns and we planned out the entire teaching schedule from September through April. One of the things that I wanted to make sure was that we didn't teach through passages that we have done before. I know for me I can become familiar with a text and basically fall in love with the passage. I get comfortable with the text and then I fail to venture out and teach the entirety of God's word; not this year.
Committed is a three-week series where we dive into the book of Ruth. We tend to teach topically in our high school ministry but will often take the time to go through a book of the Bible too. This year we are going to try to hit about three books, short ones of course, and help students really grab the Biblical lesson that we find in it.
The basic story is that Ruth is a woman from Moab who makes a commitment to God on the side of the road. She comes to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law and while there learns about the sovereign love of God. Her commitment of faith requires her to trust in God for provision of daily needs. While in Bethlehem she marries a man named Boaz and becomes a mother. Her grandson is King David and from our position in history we can see that Ruth changes history because she is the great grandmother of Jesus.
The question we are asking students is what are they committed to in life and how will that commitment change history?