Ruth: The Message of Redemption & Revival (Message Listener Guide)

An Introduction to the Book of Ruth: Session 1

(NOTE: Please disregard any reference to page numbers given in the DVD. These refer to an earlier version of note-blank, and not to this study guide.)

  • The story of Ruth is one of the most beautiful __________________ stories of all time.
  • This is also a story about ____________________________.  
  • In the book of Ruth, we find women going through various _____________________ of life.  
  • In Ruth we see almost every _________________ of ____________________ that a woman can experience.  
  • Ruth is one of five women listed in the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1.  
  • To be related to Jesus is not a matter of being a good woman or a religious person, it’s a matter of being a sinner who knows something of the _____________________ of God.  
  • Major themes in the Book of Ruth:  
  • The _______________________________ of God.
  • The meaning of ________________________ love.
  • The ____________________that one can make.
  • The meaning of _______________________.
  • The Law of the Kinsman-Redeemer:
  • The kinsman-redeemer had both a _______________ and a _________________ to his impoverished relative.
  • The kinsman-redeemer could buy back land and __________________it to a relative.
  • The kinsman-redeemer could also raise up _________________ for his brother, to preserve the family name. 

Running, Rebuke, Repentance: Session 2

  • The setting for the Book of Ruth is in the wicked days when the ______________________ruled.
  • Famine was unusual in this land. Bethlehem-Judah means “house of _____________________ and ___________________.”
  • The famine was a result of _____________________, so the solution was not in _____________________, but in ________________________.
  • The moment this family stepped out of God’s will, God began creating _______________________ to bring them back home and back to Himself.
  • God used two things to bring Naomi back: 
  • His hand of _____________________________
  • News of ________________________ back home
  • Repent means to ______________________ my mind, to realize I’ve been going my own way instead of ____________________ way.
  • When Naomi repented, she had to get up and ______________________ Moab.
  • Repentance is the first step in the process of ______________________________.
  • Our “Moab” is the places, things, and people to which we turn to get our _______________ met rather than looking to ____________________. Moab is the ______________________ for God in our lives.

Resolve: Session 3

  • Naomi was looking for _________________________ for herself and her daughters-in-law. This is a recurring theme in the Book of Ruth.
  • Bitterness of spirit produces _________________________ in our souls.
  • Rest is not a matter of a change in our ______________________ circumstances, but something God gives within our hearts.
  • The daughters-in-law are faced with a __________________________.
  • They could choose between the pathway of _______________________ and ____________________ or the pathway of ________________________ and _______________________.
  • If you’re willing to sacrifice immediate __________________________ to settle for long-term blessing, you will choose the pathway of commitment and compassion.
  • Ruth made a:
  • conscious, ______________________ choice. Her choice was a matter of _____________________ and ______________________.
  • choice based on _______________________ rather than feelings.
  • a steadfast, _______________________ choice.
  • ______________________, lifetime choice.
  • ________________ percent choice requiring total commitment.
  • _________________ choice. 
  • The foundational choice to follow Christ does not eliminate smaller choices that we must make on a daily basis, but it does ______________________ them. 

Resentment: Session 4

  • The outcome of our lives is not determined by what happens to us, but by how we ___________________ to what happens to us.
  • How we respond will be determined by our _____________________ of God.
  • Naomi had a faulty view of God. She did not see that the painful circumstances in her life were an expression of God’s ________________________.
  • Naomi responded to her circumstances in resentment and ____________________, and others became defiled by the overflow.
  • As a step to determine if you are bitter, ask:
  • Is there anyone in my life that I have never fully __________________________?
  • Is there any person or circumstances in my life for which I have never __________________ God?
  • Naomi, in the process of _________________________, needed a right view of God.
  • To be set free from bitterness, we need to:
  • Look ______________________.
  • Look ______________________.  

Refuge: Session 5

  • In contrast to Naomi’s spirit of bitterness, we see Ruth’s response to her _____________________ circumstances.
  • In the Old Testament, God’s provision for the poor was that they should _____________________, and that the wealthy should ______________________ the poor to work.
  • Another title for this chapter might be ________________ and ___________________.
  • Ruth was diligent and __________________________. Even menial work, when done through love, can be a _____________________________.
  • From Ruth’s standpoint, she just “happened” to come upon Boaz’s field, but with God there are no ________________________.
  • Boaz tells Ruth to stay in his field—the “Field of ____________________.”
  • “God will rarely change my circumstances until He has used my circumstances to _______________ me.”
  • The “Wings of God” provide:
  • __________________________ (Psalm 17:8-9)
  • ___________________________________ (Psalm 36:7-8)
  • _____________________ in the midst of the storm (Psalm 57:1)
  • help and ____________________ (Psalm 63:7)
  • _____________ in the midst of ____________________ circumstances (Psalm 91:4)
  • Three qualifications of a Kinsman-Redeemer are:
  • The man had to have the ______________________ to redeem—he had to be related.
  • The man had to have the ______________________ to redeem—the ability to pay.
  • The man had to be ______________________ to redeem. 

Request: Session 6—Part One

  • Ruth wants nothing for herself; she is seeking an ___________________ for her deceased husband. She is fulfilling her _____________ to follow the ways of God in restoring her family name and family lands.
  • Ruth’s response gives us a key to successful marriage relationships—not based on personal happiness, but rather on _________________________, sacrifice, obedience, and ___________________________.
  • Ruth first found refuge under the shadow of God’s wings, and then she was able to find refuge under the garment of a _____________________.
  • Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer, says to Ruth, “Don’t be ____________________. I will do for you ________________ you ask.”
  • Ruth was known in the city as a woman of ________________________ character. She is a _________________ woman.
  • Women’s virtue should ___________________ men.
  • Virtue is a matter of the __________________, and it affects everything in our lives.
  • Naomi now counsels Ruth to __________________ until Boaz settles the matter.
  • God doesn’t fix every situation _______________________; sometimes we too must __________________.  

Redemption & Restoration: Session 6—Part Two

  • The grace of God always has a ____________________________________!
  • The city elders pronounced a three-fold blessing to Boaz and Ruth:  
  • A blessing on the __________________________
  • A blessing on the __________________________
  • A blessing on their _________________________
  • The women of the city told Naomi that she would ______________________ have a “goel” (redeemer) to care for her.

Our Redemption

  • Our condition: ___________________ and _______________________

Two biblical words that describe our situation:



  • His intervention
  • The transaction: ____________________ of _____________________. I become His!

My part—by faith:

Acknowledge my __________________.

Appeal for grace.

Give myself and my situation fully to Him.

His part—the transformation

My _____________________________

My _____________________________

My _____________________________


© Used with permission. Study Guide for Ruth: The Message of Redemption & Revival DVD & CD
by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.





Scripture: Ruth

About the Author

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.

She has authored twenty-two books, including Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Seeking Him (coauthored), Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together, and You Can Trust God to Write Your Story (coauthored with her husband). Her books have sold more than five million copies and are reaching the hearts of women around the world. Nancy and her husband, Robert, live in Michigan.