Remember the Ending, Ruth 4

Lesson Summary

  • Main Passage: Ruth 4:1-22
  • Main Point of the Passage: God blessed Ruth and Naomi by giving them Boaz, a kinsmen redeemer.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: God’s plan for his people always ends well.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Group members will find hope in the happy ending of Ruth when they face tragedy.

Discussion Guide

Smile Question: “What was your favorite subject in school?”

Tip: Encourage everyone to answer this first question.

My answer: ____________________________________________________________

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Share Question: “What helps you maintain hope when bad things happen?”

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: “God’s plan for his people always ends well.”

“Ruth and Naomi’s story started with tragedy when their husbands died. But in Ruth 4, God blessed Ruth and Naomi by giving them Boaz, a kinsmen redeemer. Old Testament Law and Israelite tradition gave Boaz the responsibility of marrying Ruth and buying Naomi’s land. To be fair, Boaz first gave a closer relative the opportunity to turn down his right to redeem. Once the closer relative decided not to redeem, Boaz married Ruth and redeemed Naomi’s land.

Study Question: “Let’s read Ruth 4:13-22 and look for answers to this question: What blessings did Ruth and Boaz’s marriage bring to this family?”

Tip: You can split into smaller groups and assign one set of verses to each group, or you can read through the passage together looking for answers. 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:

  • Ruth now had a husband (v. 13)
  • Ruth also had a son (v. 13)
  • Naomi had a kinsman redeemer to keep her property in the family (v. 14)
  • Naomi had someone to care for her in her old age (v. 15)
  • Naomi had the joy of caring for her grandchild (v. 16)
  • God brought Naomi and Ruth into the family line of King David and eventually Jesus (v. 17-22)

 

Connect-the-Dots Question: “If Ruth and Naomi had known all these blessings were coming to them, how do you think it would have affected them when they were going through tragedy?”

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: “When you face tragedy, what types of thoughts are most likely to steal your hope?”

My answer: ____________________________________________________________

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Let’s-Do-It Question: “What can you do to keep your hope alive next time you face tragedy”

My answer: ____________________________________________________________

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Prayer: “Let’s pray that God will help us maintain our hope no matter what we face.”

“Father, you are the source of our hope. Help us to remember the story of Ruth when we face tragedy. I pray that each one of us will choose to place our hope in you rather than give in to despair. Thank you that you have a good plan for each of your children. Amen.”

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.”