Ruth: Poverty and Plenty

Four studies for individuals or groups

Tim Chester

Encountering the God who works through the circumstances of life, and can turn our 'poverty' to 'plenty' through Jesus.


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This woman from ancient times was no powerful princess - just a young, vulnerable widow, an impoverished outcast. The story records no famous events or places - just a struggling family facing hard times in a small, agricultural community occupied with their livelihoods and customs.

But the hidden hand of God is at work in the lives of these ordinary people, and wonderfully at work in history. God transforms hardship from bitterness to joy; God's word liberates people to become a community filled with loving kindness towards outsiders; God's people reach out to their enemies. And most significantly, God's great plan, to send a promised saviour King to redeem people of all nations, is being worked out.

Like those in the story, we may be just ordinary people, unable to see how the events of our lives will turn out. But by encountering the God who works through the circumstances of life, we too can discover the God who can turn our 'poverty' to 'plenty' through Jesus Christ.

Product details


  • Introduction
  • 1. A hidden hand (Ruth 1-2)
  • 2. A liberating word (Ruth 2)
  • 3. A welcoming community (Ruth 2-3)
  • 4. A faithful Redeemer (Ruth 4)
  • Leaders' Guide


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Author Tim Chester
ISBN 9781905564910
Format Saddle stitch
Dimensions 140mm x 210mm x 2.5mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 40
No. of studies 4
Publisher The Good Book Company

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The Good Book Guides have been developed to ensure that each session not only seeks to uncover the meaning of the passage and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible, but also leads people to apply what they have learnt to their lives. Flexible and practical, the Good Book Guides are ideal for small groups, or individual study.

"The format is very user-friendly and the content is rich and accessible."
- Justin Taylor, Gospel Coalition blogger and Vice-President of Editorial, Crossway

"God-centered, application-oriented, and driven by the text throughout, this resource is a gift to God’s church."
- Matt Smethurst, Gospel Coalition reviewer and Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Here at Covenant Life Church, we have greatly benefitted from the small group resources from The Good Book Company. Many small groups in our family life ministry have used "Colossians: Confident Christianity" in their study of scripture. Additionally, our youth ministry has used "Romans 1-5: God and You" in their small groups. Both resources were very easy to use, helped the reader engage directly with the scriptures, and had a wonderful pastoral emphasis demonstrated in all the questions.
- Dave Brewer, Youth Pastor at Covenant Life Church, Maryland

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Hard times come again no more

Sally Jones, Evangelicals Now

What sets it apart from others is that each chapter has lots of useful background information. The guide states that the aim in each session is to ‘uncover the meaning of a passage and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible’. It does that well. It does more than just concentrate on head knowledge and the application questions are pertinent and thought provoking.... continue reading

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