Choose Faith, Ruth 1

This lesson is part of a series.
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Lesson Summary

  • Main Passage: Ruth 1:1-22
  • Main Point of the Passage: When tragedy came, Naomi and Ruth had the choice between bitterness and faith.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: When tragedy comes, we have the choice between bitterness and faith.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Group members will choose faith instead of bitterness when they experience tragedy.

 Discussion Guide

Smile Question: “If you could create a robot to help with one chore, what would your robot do?”

Tip: Encourage everyone to answer this first question.

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Share Question: “When something happens you don’t like, what’s the quickest way for you to improve your attitude?”

Tip: Prepare your answer beforehand and share it first. This will give people time to think, and it will set the tone for how long and how personal each person’s answer should be.

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Introduce the Text: “When tragedy comes, we have the choice between bitterness and faith.”

“In Ruth 1, Naomi chose bitterness, but her daughter-in-law, Ruth, chose faith. Tragedy had come to this family. Naomi’s family had left the Promised Land to find food in the land of Moab. But in Moab her husband and two sons died, leaving Naomi and her daughters-in-law as widows. Now the famine is over and Naomi is going back to her original home in Bethlehem.

Study Question: “As we read Ruth 1:6-22, let’s look for differences between Naomi’s response and Ruth’s response.”

Tip: You can split into smaller groups and assign one set of verses to each group, or you can read through the passage together looking for answers. If you plan on asking people to read aloud, be sure you ask whether a person is comfortable reading aloud before your group time begins.

Possible answers:

  • Naomi chose to isolate herself. (1:6-15)
    Ruth chose to give herself to someone she loved. (1:16-17)
  • Naomi held onto grievances of the past. (1:13, 19-20)
    Ruth focused on the future. (1:16-17)
  • Naomi chose to carry resentment toward God. (1:15, 20-21)
    Ruth chose to maintain her loyalty to God. (1:16-17)
Connect-the-Dots Question: “Do you think Ruth’s decision to stay with Naomi was motivated more by love for Naomi or faith in Naomi’s God?”

Tip: Don’t give your answer right away. This question will probably require quite a bit of thought. Don’t be afraid of the silence while people think about their answers.

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Count-the-Cost Question: “What are some of the ways bitterness can show up in our lives?”

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Let’s-Do-It Question: “What will it take for you to choose faith and not bitterness next time you face tragedy?”

My answer: _________________________________________________________________
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Prayer: “Let’s pray that God will help us choose faith instead of bitterness next time tragedy comes.”

“Father, thank you that you are powerful enough to work all things together for our good, even our tragedies. Help us to choose faith not bitterness next time we face tragedy. I pray for any of us who are struggling with bitterness now. May this story seep into our minds and change the way we see our lives. Thank you for giving us hope in any situation.  Amen.”

Tim Peabody
I'm a guy who loves that moment when you realize everyone in your small group is loving the conversation they're in. I'm married and have three kids. I'm an associate pastor in Montana.

Author: Tim Peabody

I'm a guy who loves that moment when you realize everyone in your small group is loving the conversation they're in. I'm married and have three kids. I'm an associate pastor in Montana.

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