Fall at God’s Feet, Ruth 3

This lesson is part of a series.
Previous Lesson: God Provides, Ruth 2

Lesson Summary

  • Main Passage: Ruth 3:1-18
  • Main Point of the Passage: When Boaz found Ruth at his feet in the night, he agreed to marry her.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: When we cast ourselves at God’s feet, he welcomes us into his family.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Group members will approach God with a bold, humble and submitted heart.

Discussion Guide

Smile Question: “Tell about a time fear of rejection or failure kept you from trying something.”

Tip: Encourage everyone to answer this first question.

My answer: ____________________________________________________________

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Share Question: “Some people fear that God will reject them. What reasons might a person give that God would reject them?”

Tip: Prepare your answer beforehand and share it first. This will give people time to think, and it will set the tone for how long and how personal each person’s answer should be.

My answer: ____________________________________________________________

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Introduce the Text: “When we cast ourselves at God’s feet, he welcomes us into his family.”

“In a way that’s what happened to Ruth. In Ruth chapter 3, when Boaz found Ruth at his feet in the night, he agreed to marry her. In the book of Ruth, Boaz represents God’s character. He cared for Ruth when he discovered she was collecting the leftover grain in his field. He blessed Ruth for taking shelter under God’s wings (Ruth 2:12). When Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law, saw the special interest Boaz had taken in Ruth, she came up with a plan. Let’s read that plan in Ruth 3:1-4.”

[Read Ruth 3:1-4.]

“The plan sounds risky and a little scandalous. But Ruth goes through with it.”

Study Question: “As we read Ruth 3:5-9, let’s look for clues about the heart attitude Ruth had as she approached Boaz.”

[Read Ruth 3:5-9.]

Tip: If you plan on asking people to read aloud, be sure you ask whether a person is comfortable reading aloud before your group time begins.

Possible answers:

  • Boldness to make a big request (v. 5-7, 9)
  • Humility (v. 9)
  • Submission (v. 8-9)
Connect-the-Dots Question: “Can you think of any times when somebody approached Jesus with a similar combination of boldness and humility? How did he respond?”

Tip: Don’t give your answer right away. This question will probably require quite a bit of thought. Don’t be afraid of the silence while people think about their answers.

My answer: ____________________________________________________________

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Count-the-Cost Question: “Next Question: What similarities can you find between Ruth’s heart attitude and your own heart attitude when you became a Christian?”

My answer: ____________________________________________________________

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Let’s-Do-It Question: “Last Question: How could this story change the way you personally approach God?”

My answer: ____________________________________________________________

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Prayer: “I’m going to lead us in prayer that God will give us Ruth’s combination of boldness and humility when we approach him.”

“Father, thank you that you are a God of love and mercy. I pray that our hope in you will result in boldness and humility so we can approach you in a way that honors and pleases you. Amen.”

 

Tim Peabody
I'm a guy who loves that moment when you realize everyone in your small group is loving the conversation they're in. I'm married and have three kids. I'm an associate pastor in Montana.

Author: Tim Peabody

I'm a guy who loves that moment when you realize everyone in your small group is loving the conversation they're in. I'm married and have three kids. I'm an associate pastor in Montana.

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