Ruth: Week 4 | 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 teenager, what was your favorite music?
SCRIPTURE: Begin by taking turns reading Chapter 4 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: Throughout this story the word redeemer has been used. All the way through the book of Ruth, God has been hinting at an even LARGER story of the coming of another redeemer. How is Jesus our redeemer? How has Ruth’s story helped you understand how Jesus can be our redeemer?
- Think about the choices Boaz and the unnamed kinsman each make in verses 2-10. What do you learn about each man’s priorities? How are we oftentimes like the unnamed kinsman?
- Naomi, whose name means “pleasant,” insisted on being called “Mara” (bitter) because of loss in her life. By the end of the story we see her bitterness has given way to joy, and her redemption is complete. We learn that the story of Ruth has really been about Naomi’s journey to experience God’s restoration. Ruth and Boaz were God’s instruments in Naomi’s life to give her what God loves to bestow on all his children. In what ways does the marriage between Ruth and Boaz bring restoration to Naomi?
- Do you believe that God can change the bitterness of your hard experiences? How has God breathed new life into you after a time of crisis?
- How would it impact you to fully understand that everything in your life is on a path of restoration, whether it be in the now or someday in the eternal? Would that knowledge and complete belief in restoration change anything about how you live or the choices you make?
- If God’s grand plan is to be our redeemer, what is our part in walking into that redemption?
- Read verses 13-17. Boaz and Ruth marry and give birth to a son. What does this mean to Naomi? Have you ever experienced a time when you felt overwhelmed with gratitude and joy? Share the story!
- Just as God brought fullness and hope to Naomi through the selfless work of Boaz expressed in his willingness to assume the role of family-redeemer, so also, we are brought to fullness and hope through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. How can you encourage others to trust God’s restoration process and restoration promise?
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.