Episode 165 – Ruth Pt 5: Restored to Fullness

The climactic scene in the book of Ruth takes place in the city gate. Two kinsmen are poised to provide the rescue Naomi and Ruth desperately seek. The first steps in and says, “I’ll do it,” but immediately changes his mind when Boaz mentions Ruth. It’s a confusing moment without the cultural context. But once we have that, it unlocks the story in a powerful way to see why the first one declines, and why Boaz redeems the women at a cost to himself. After watching this episode, you’ll be challenged to share in this costly and compelling love, and to consider how God’s redemption for someone else might just look a whole lot like you.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • What do you think and feel when you hear the language of “taking responsibility for another?” 
  • In what way(s), have you experienced the costly love of another person? (Be specific) 
  • What are some of the most compelling ways you’ve seen other followers of Jesus exhibit costly love in a world desperate for redemption? 
  • As a group, or by yourself, listen to the lyrics of the following song That Kind of Love by Pierce Pettis before answering the final question. 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

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  1. Kathy March 7, 2023 at 10:23 am - Reply

    This was awesome teaching.

  2. Robbie March 7, 2023 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Wonderful! Thank you

  3. Ken Mann March 19, 2023 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Brad, your teaching is such a gift to me! Do you have plans to post Episode 152 (pt 1 of the David & Goliath series)? No problem, if not – just would love to have it and am a little OCD 😉😊

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