Cue the Confetti! It’s time to begin! I am so excited to begin the Book of Ruth with you! If you do not have the study guide – you are still welcome to join us. (If you want to order it – it is still available on Amazon here.)
The story of Ruth and Boaz is one of the most beautiful examples of God’s love and sovereignty recorded in the Bible.
As the Book of Ruth begins you will see two women who were facing the worst days of their lives. They could not have known how God was setting the stage for their greatest blessings to come.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one or the loss of a dream, then you will know exactly how Ruth felt. Ruth’s past could have held her back, but she courageously went forward with her life and she let God direct her paths.
In this study, you will see that you do not have to have a perfect family to be used by God. You will see a friendship that is life changing and you will see that nothing in life happens by accident.
Woven through out this beautiful love story is a greater story of God’s amazing love for us. In Week 5, we will take an in-depth look at how Boaz’s love for Ruth is a picture of God’s love for us. Be sure you finish Week 5 because like the finale of a fireworks show – it is simply the best!
I hope that this verse-by-verse study of the book of Ruth fills you to the brim with hope! Be sure to set aside at least 20 minutes a day for your study and if you fall behind, use the weekends to catch up.
Let’s begin this journey together as we walk with the King!!! 🙂
This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
This week we will study the background and overview of the book of Ruth – so we will not begin reading the book of Ruth – verse by verse – until week 2. If you did not purchase the study guide please scroll down to find a printable journal that includes week 1 of the study guide for free! 😉
(Facebook Leaders: You can use this as your Facebook Header this week. Just right click and “save as” or screen shot it.)
This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
(Leaders: Copy and paste these into your groups. If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.)
What is your first overall impression from reading through the book of Ruth?
What insights has the Holy Spirit already revealed to you?
List your closest friends. How can you be more selfless as a committed friend?
What changes can you make to open yourself up to friendships that cross barriers like race, age and religion?
How can you bring your friends closer to God simply through being a committed friend?
Put yourself in Ruth’s shoes. After studying the history of her people, what sort of fears do you think Ruth had? When you make decisions, do you tend to take the selfless route or the selfish route?
What is your heritage? Did anyone have to make a sacrifice so you could live where you live today?
What is your spiritual heritage? Who made a sacrifice so you could be a child of God?
Read 2 Timothy 3:1–5. Do you think the times we are living in resemble the dark days of the judges from the past? Explain your answer.
How then should we as Christians commit to live our lives regardless of cultural norms?
Naomi followed her husband’s lead away from the Promised Land, into a foreign country with foreign customs. How do you think she felt in this new land?
Naomi’s husband’s choices led to her instability. Have you ever had a time when someone else’s choices caused you to suffer? How did God show up in the midst of your suffering?
To print the Discussion Questions for the Ruth Study – Click Here.
This Week’s Verses of the Day:
(Leaders: You can use these images in your groups by using right click and “save as” or screen shoting them.)
Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Week 1.
Here’s the Printable
Bible Reading Plan Bookmark
so you can check off the days as you go.
Printable Journal: For those who did not purchase the Book of Ruth Study Guide this printable Journal below has been created for low-cost printing on a home printer. This journal includes the first 5 days of the in-depth study – as we cover the introduction to Ruth and the last 4 days of the study as we look deeper into Boaz as the Kinsman Redeemer. I don’t want anyone to miss that content. The rest of the pages include the SOAK pages for SOAKing your way through the book of Ruth on your own.
**This is not the same as the In-depth Bible Study on Amazon but it is a good guide for those not purchasing the in-depth study.**
Here’s another explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:
And the Bible Coloring Bookmark:Click HERE to Print the full page Coloring Chart
or here for the Bookmark Coloring Chart
Here are the highlighters, pens and pencils I refer to in the video:
**Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider – I LOVE these!!!
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
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Want to learn more about the book of Ruth – check this out! It is excellent!
Walk with the King,