OPEF – Ruth

Small Group Discussion Guide

Sermon Series: Ordinary People – Extraordinary Faith
Sermon Title:

Have you ever heard of the term; Kinsman redeemer?

We will discover what that looks like today in our study!

This study will show a type of Christ and God’s redemption.


Read Ruth 1:1-5

What was the situation in Bethlehem?

What do you remember about the definition of Bethlehem?

Do you remember the kind of country Moab was?

A little history: The Moabites were an ancient Semitic civilization that lived in what is today the modern country of Jordan. In Numbers and Deuteronomy God castigates the Moabites for being idolatrous and sexually immoral. He also warns the Israelites in multiple passages against intermarrying with the Moabites or adopting any of their customs.

In verse 4 and 5 what two things are mentioned that are significant to this story?



How do you think Naomi is feeling with the loss of not only her husband, but her two sons?

Read vv. 20-21

Naomi = pleasant. Mara = bitter

Bring the Word

Read Ruth 1:14, 15-17

How deep was Ruth’s commitment to Naomi?

What words or phrases describe her commitment in vv. 15-17?

Even in the midst of her grief and sorrow, Naomi provided an example of faith!

Truth: Our Response to Tragedy, is the True Test of our Trust in God!

Read Ruth 1:22

What time of the year did Naomi and Ruth get back to Bethlehem?

A Nugget – Barley and wheat were planted in the autumn and ripened in spring

Three Things to Glean from Ruth’s Story

Read Ruth 2:1-10

  1. Ruth Found Favor in the Eyes of Boaz

Ruth was obedient, and Boaz was observant and responsive, and obedient.

Read Ruth 3:3-4, 8-9

2. Boaz was Motivated by His Love for Ruth

Not only was Boaz responsive, he was redemptive towards Ruth.

3. Boaz Paid the Price to Purchase the Field and Redeem Ruth

A kinsman Redeemer, is a relative who restores or preserves the full community

rights of disadvantaged family members, who, at his own expense, pays off the debts of another.

How was Boaz, Ruth’s Kinsman Redeemer?




Bring it Home:

Personal Application:

How did Pastor Andy share this is a (type) foreshadow of Jesus Christ for you and me?




Truth: All that Naomi has lost and that Ruth has left is worth the greater value

of experiencing God’s faithful and redemptive love!

Is there a Moab in your life to leave today? sinfulness, idolatry, despair, hunger?

Is there a need for you to journey to Beth-Lehem – the House of Bread today?

Read John 6:32-35

What promises do we find of Jesus from these verses?



Close it out:

What was your one compelling take-a-way this week?

Let’s Pray

** For further perusal and thought – https://dailyhisdisciple.com/2022/10/10/boaz-is-a-type-of-christ/

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