Ruth: Week 1 | Small Group Conversation Guide
Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.
ICEBREAKER (optional): As a kid, where did you find “adventure”?
SCRIPTURE: Begin by taking turns reading Chapter 1 of Ruth together. (The Conversation Starter assumes your group has read the chapter before you play the video.)
Watch Pastor Josh’s Small Group Conversation Starter
DISCUSSION STARTER: Pastor Josh ends the video with an invitation to explore some hard, personal truth: where would you like to see God invade in your life right now? What does it look like to demonstrate tenacity and trust, even before God has arrived on the scene?
- Ruth was an ordinary woman who God used in an extraordinary way. Why do we tend to minimize who God created us to be with “I’m just…” statements? What is your “I’m just…” statement? (Leaders Tip: To set the tone of authenticity in your group, you share first!)
- How have you seen God use ordinary people you personally know? How has God used you?
- Reread verse 13. How are we sometimes like Naomi, playing the victim role when we ourselves should be taking responsibility for our actions? Why is it easier for us to blame God than to take responsibility?
- Think of a time in your life when you believed you had moved so far away from God that you believed the lie He couldn’t possibly see you anymore? How did He draw you back?
- Pastor Josh talked about the difference between being a “professor of Christ” and a “possessor of Christ.” Both Orpah and Naomi say, “I will go with you” but only Ruth is grabbing hold of Naomi and not letting go. Is there an honest moment when you have found yourself claiming to trust God but not actually walking with Him? Share that story.
- Reread verses 16-17. These verses reveal the tenacity and trust Ruth has even though the outcome isn’t a sure thing. In fact, Ruth knows that her life with Naomi is probably going to be very difficult. How do you maintain the tenacity and trust in situations that don’t seem to have positive outcomes?
- Closing thought: Step boldly into trusting God! Even if you are waiting and struggling to see the purpose and meaning behind certain situations, trust Him! If you’re not in the middle of a storm, how can you engage your faith and war on behalf of those waiting on a miracle?
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.