by Dan Lentz
1. Have you ever explored your family tree? What is your family’s ethnic heritage? What is the origin of your family name?
Read Ruth 4:1-10.
2. In the time of Ruth and Boaz, the continuation of a family line was very important. Today children and grandchildren are seen as extensions of their parents and grandparents’ aspirations. What do most parents and grandparents desire for their children and grandchildren today? Do you think it is different than during the time of Ruth and Boaz?
3. What was Boaz willing to give up in order for a family legacy to continue?
4. In general, what legacy do you see our society leaving for the next generation?
5. When you calculate your potential offspring, your direct family line can grow to one million people in just 20 generations. With that in mind, what legacy do you want to leave the next generation?
6. The kinsman-redeemer of the Old Testament can be seen as a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ, who will be the kinsman-redeemer for all people. Where have you seen Christ, the Kinsman-Redeemer, at work in your family heritage?
7. Close your group time praying for your family and for a Christ-centered legacy to be passed on to many generations.
T. Daniel Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.