Narrative Discipleship: The Story of Ruth

This lesson, taught at Kristova Crkva Kušlanova on 22 April 2018, demonstrates the application of the principles and approach of narrative discipleship to a single book (or story) of the Bible.

Part 1: What is the story of Ruth? It is a wisdom story about how God works in unexpected places, through unexpected people, to redeem (make good things happen in the midst of difficulty.)

Part 2: Character-building: One of the principles of applying narrative discipleship to a story is to notice how the characters are built. Here, we get to know the characters in Ruth’s story by watching what they do, and how the text describes them.

Part 3: Redeemed.  As we get to the end of the story (but not the end of the lesson), we see how the organization of the plot, the sequence of events, adds “punch!” (emphasis, prominence) to one of the significant points that the storyteller wants us to understand.

Part 4: Wrapping it up: as the story ends, we talk about some of the things it teaches us about God and our faith.

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