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! Calvary Chapel Girls Bible Study
Edited by Pastor Ronnie Mitchell
 
*Note*: Portions of the outline for this syllabus were taken from John Macarthur’s Bible Studies, New Testament Commentary by Moody Press, The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible by Leadership Ministries, and
The Life Application Study Bible.
I.     VITAL STATISTICS. 4
A.      OVERVIEW: 4
B.      THE BLUEPRINT.
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/MEGATHEMES/.
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C.      Historical and Theological Themes.
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D.     Interpretive Challenges.
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II.
RUTH’S DECISION Ruth 1:1–22.
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A.      Opening Thought 9
B.      Background of the Passage.
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C.      Read the Passage (Ruth 1:1–22) 10
D.     Understanding the Text 12
E.      Exploring the Meaning.
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F.      Summing Up ….. 15
G.     Reflecting on the Text 15
H.      Recording Your Thoughts.
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RUTH’S DEVOTION, Ruth 2:1–23.
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A.      Opening Thought 17
B.      Background of the Passage.
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C.      Bible Passage: Read Read 2:1–23, noting the key words and definitions to the right of the passage.
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D.     Understanding the Text 20
E.      Cross-Reference: Read Romans 6 and consider what it says about the redemption we have in Christ.
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F.      Exploring the Meaning.
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G.     Summing Up ….. 22
H.      Reflecting on the Text 22
I.       Recording Your Thoughts.
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RUTH’S REQUEST, Ruth 3:1–18.
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A.      Opening Thought 24
B.      Background of the Passage.
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C.      Bible Passage: Read 3:1–18, noting the key words and definitions to the right of the passage.
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D.     Understanding the Text 27
E.      Cross-Reference: 28
F.      Exploring the Meaning.
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G.     Summing Up ….. 29
H.      Reflecting on the Text 30
I.       Recording Your Thoughts.
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RUTH’S REWARD, Ruth 4:1–22.
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A.      Opening Thought 32
B.      Background of the Passage.
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C.      Bible Passage: Read 4:1–22, noting the key words and definitions to the right of the passage.
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D.     Understanding the Text 35
E.      Cross-Reference, Read 2 Samuel 7:1–17.
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F.      Summing Up ….. 38
G.     Reflecting on the Text 38
H.      Recording Your Thoughts.
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I.              VITAL STATISTICS
 
PURPOSE: To show how three people remained strong in character and true to God even when the society around them was collapsing
 
AUTHOR: Unknown.
Some think it was Samuel, but internal evidence suggests that it was written after Samuel’s death.
DATE WRITTEN: Sometime after the period of the judges (1375—1050 B.C.)
 
SETTING: A dark time in Israel’s history when people lived to please themselves, not God (Judges 17:6)
 
KEY VERSE: “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people and your God my God’ “ (Ruth 1:16).
KEY PEOPLE: Ruth, Naomi, Boaz
 
KEY PLACES: Moab, Bethlehem.
!! A.           OVERVIEW:
WHEN someone says, “Let me tell you about my mother-in-law,” we expect some kind of negative statement or humorous anecdote because the mother-in-law caricature has been a standard centerpiece of ridicule or comedy.
The book of Ruth, however, tells a different story.
Ruth loved her mother-in-law, Naomi.
Recently widowed, Ruth begged to stay with Naomi wherever she went, even though it would mean leaving her homeland.
In heartfelt words Ruth said, “Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).
Naomi agreed, and Ruth traveled with her to Bethlehem.
Not much is said about Naomi except that she loved and cared for Ruth.
Obviously, Naomi’s life was a powerful witness to the reality of God.
Ruth was drawn to her—and to the God she worshiped.
In the succeeding months and years, God led this young Moabite widow to a man named Boaz, whom she eventually married.
As a result, she became the great-grandmother of David and an ancestor in the line of the Messiah.
What a profound impact Naomi’s life made!
The book of Ruth is also the story of God’s grace in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Ruth’s story occurred during the time of the judges—a period of disobedience, idolatry, and violence.
Even in times of crisis and deepest despair, there are those who follow God and through whom God works.
No matter how discouraging or antagonistic the world may seem, there are always people who follow God.
He will use anyone who is open to him to achieve his purposes.
Ruth was a Moabitess and Boaz was a descendant of Rahab, a former prostitute from Jericho.
Nevertheless, their offspring continued the family line through which the Messiah came into our world.
Read this book and be encouraged.
God is at work in the world, and he wants to use you.
God could use you, as he used Naomi, to bring family and friends to him.
!! B.           THE BLUEPRINT
When we first meet Ruth, she is a destitute widow.
We follow her as she joins God’s people, gleans in the grain-fields, and risks her honor at the threshing floor of Boaz.
In the end, we see Ruth becoming the wife of Boaz.
What a picture of how we come to faith in Christ.
We begin with no hope and are rebellious aliens with no part in the kingdom of God.
Then as we risk everything by putting our faith in Christ, God saves us, forgives us, rebuilds our lives, and gives us blessings that will last through eternity.
Boaz’s redeeming of Ruth is a picture of Christ redeeming us.
 
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Ruth remains loyal to Naomi (Ruth 1:1-22)
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Ruth gleans in Boaz’s field (Ruth 2:1-23)
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Ruth follows Naomi’s plan (Ruth 3:1-18)
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Ruth and Boaz are married (Ruth 4:1-22)
 
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