Please use the following questions to aid in your own personal meditation on Ruth 4 as well as for your group discussion.
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Remember that as a group you do not have to cover all of these questions. Set a time limit and stick with it! And please don’t sacrifice time for sharing prayer requests and praying for one another.
Discussion Questions for Ruth.
- Introduce yourselves if you do not all know each other.
- Which part of Ruth 4 sticks out to you or speaks out to you the most?
- Are you a person of your word? Would others agree or disagree with your own self-assessment? Do you see how following through with what you speak is an issue of godliness and character?
- Has there ever been a time when you had to balance between being innocent like a dove and wise like a serpent (Mt. 10:16)? Are there any examples where you erred by compromising your innocent/integrity in trying to be “wise”? In what ways do you feel the pressure of the world to be one more than the other?
- Showing hesed love (putting the interests of others above yourself) often requires some kind of cost. Share a time when you had to pay a cost or when somebody else paid a cost to show you this kind of love. Make the connection between the gospel and benefiting/blessings others above yourself.
- Marriage is two becoming one flesh, a covenantal union. In a “me-centered” marriage, what things remain separate and distinct between spouses? What kind of things are joined together in a biblical marriage?
- If you are married, share how you came to know you wanted to/were ready to marry your spouse. Have you and your spouse done a good job protecting and guarding your marriage union by finding time to talk and enter each others’ lives regularly? What has helped? What are the obstacles?
- If you are single, share what you expect are the signs and indicators that you are ready to marry somebody. In what other ways do you think marriage is a union of two becoming one flesh? Are there things about a person or their history that would be a red flag for you?
- Can you share a time in your life that God’s hand was at work and was perceptible in the midst of the situation? Can you share a time when you only saw and sensed God’s hand at work after something happened and you looked back on it? Which experiences have you had more of? What does this tell you about God’s providence in your life?
- God cares about the small things in life but he also plans and directs our lives with the big things in mind. Is there any situation in your life right now where you need to know and trust in this truth about God?
- What lessons have been most pressed on your heart through the study of Ruth? What have you been most challenged by?