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Bible Study Guide: Commitment

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this study, read the Book of Ruth and the women in Christ commentary on Ruth to prepare for the study. Ruth: Commited Friend

Part I Commitment to God.

John 4:22 Where did Jesus say is the source of salvation? In what ways do you think this is so?

Ruth 1:16-17 What did Ruth promise Naomi?

Luke 14:25-33 What did Jesus teach about commitment to following him?

Ruth 1:11-13 Why do you think Naomi discouraged her daughters-in-law from going with her?

Luke 9:57-58, 62 Why do you think Jesus warned this potential disciple about the hardships ahead?

John 16:33 What does commitment to God through Jesus involve---both positive and negative?

Part II Commitment to the people of God.

Ruth 2:10-12; 3:10-11 What kind of reputation did Ruth build among Naomi’s relatives and friends?

John 13:34-35 What was Jesus’ new command? What is the effect of obedience to it?

Ephesians 4:31-32; I Timothy 5:3-4, 8; James 2:14-16; Galatians 6:10 In what practical ways can we show the love of Christ?

I Peter 2:11-12 What lasting effect can our personal reputations have on bringing honor to God?

Part III Commitment to a new way of life.

Colossians 3:1-24 What must we get rid of that belonged to the old life?

What attitudes and conduct are part of the new life?

What makes this change possible?

Part IV Commitment to service.

Philippians 2:1-4 What should our ambitions be as we live a new life in Christ?

I Peter 4:8-11 How should the attributes of love and God’s grace affect the choices we make in the use of our time and resources?

Part V Redemption and inheritance.

Ruth 3:9 What was Ruth’s request? (See Deuteronomy 25:5-10.)

Ruth 3:11-13 What did Boaz promise?

Ruth 4:4 What was at stake?

Galatians 3:10-14; Titus 2:11-14 From what does humanity need to be redeemed*?

Deuteronomy 11:26-29; 30:19-20; I Corinthians 15:54-57 What is the curse of the law?

I John 3:4-6 What was John’s definition of sin?

Romans 6:23 What relationship do you see between the wages of sin; the curse of the law; the blessings and cursings; and the choice between life and death?

I Peter 1:14-23 How are we redeemed? Who redeems us?

Titus 3:7; Hebrews 9:12-15; Galatians 3:26-29; 4:1-7 What is the Christian inheritance?

* The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible(2001) defines “redeemed”(3084) in Titus and I Peter (the verses quoted here) as “to release on receipt of ransom”. It defines redeemed (1805) in the verses from Galatians 3 as “to buy back; gain freedom.”