Ruth: Week 2 | 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): What movie, book or food does everyone love that you don’t like at all?
SCRIPTURE: Begin by taking turns reading Chapter 2 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: At the closing of the video, Pastor Josh asks what it looks like to take refuge in God. Taking refuge is like taking shelter from a storm or getting comfort from something in a time of trouble. How do you take refuge in a God who isn’t physically next to you? In what way has God brought hope to you as you’ve sought refuge in Him?
- Reread Ruth 2:3. It says that Ruth happened to come to that field, but we know Ruth was there because God was guiding her. Many times, we can only see the invisible hand of God working by looking back. Share a time when you realized that what you thought was happenstance was actually scripted by God.
- What trial might you be in that feels like you’re just waiting for something, anything, to happen? How can you show perseverance during the wait? In what ways can we encourage others to continue to persevere?
- Boaz learned of Ruth’s character through what others told him about her. What are some things your friends and family would say to describe you? Would your reputation describe you in the way you want?
- Romans 5:3-4 says: “… but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Describe a time when a trial you endured (or someone you know) resulted in the building of character. What difference or change could you see?
- We never see Ruth asking why all the hard things have come upon her in life. Instead, when Boaz notices her and shows her kindness (v. 10) she asks why this good thing has come. What comes more naturally to you during times of trial: an attitude of frustration wondering when you will get the blessings you deserve? Or the ability to notice the simple blessings sprinkled throughout your sufferings to remind you that God is near and continues to work on your behalf?
- What you go to during your good times in life is where you’ll go when life becomes difficult. What is your go to? Would you describe your go to habits as something that can save you? Or sabotage you?
- Closing thought: Boaz especially knew of Ruth’s commitment to God. He showed kindness and encouragement to a young believer in the Lord. How can you bless someone’s commitment to God this week?
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.