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Advent 2018 – Ruth, Part 1

It’s one of the greatest short stories in all of ancient literature. And it has more to do with your life than you think. Today, we begin a new series on the book of Ruth.

Discussion Questions for Ruth Pt 1 | November 25, 2018 | Click here for a printable version

Key Bible Passages: Ruth 1:1-22, Psalm 13:1-2

Discussion

  1. Which of these words connects with you most right now: anxiety, impatience, frustration, hardship, or suffering? Explain.
  2. What is your impression of Naomi in the first chapter of this story? What do you feel about her or for her?
  3. How does seeing Naomi and Ruth as immigrants in a foreign culture change your perspective of them? How does it change your perspective of immigrants in our culture today?
  4. Read Psalms 13 and 142. Do you feel like you can talk to God this way when you’re frustrated, angry, or bitter about circumstances? Why or why not?
  5. Read Ruth 1:15-18. The story does not explicitly say, but why do you think Ruth decided to go with Naomi to Bethlehem?
  6. What do you think God is teaching you from Ruth’s example?
  7. Do you connect most with Naomi, Ruth, or Orpah? Why?

Moving Forward

Share with the group one aspect of your life that feels “empty” right now. Spend a few minutes praying through Psalms 13 and 142 together.

Identify a “Naomi” in your life: someone who is facing hardship. What is one tangible way you can support them this week? Decide on something specific you will do for them and share it with the group.

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