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Sermons about Naomi
1. The Kinsman-Redeemer & the Coming-King ● The godly fame of Boaz: and the unfortunate anonymity of Mr. So & So ● Boaz marries Ruth who bears a son: & life for her & Naomi is restored (from emptiness to fullness) ● From Boaz to King David: and “from Foreigner to King Jesus” 2. The Gospel Foreshadowed in Ruth ● The LORD reigns – as Israel’s faithful-covenant keeping God ● Israel’s King – is Savior of the world ● Redemption – thru God’s Son born in Bethlehem (put your faith in Jesus) ● Christ’s sacrificial love – for His bride ● Adoption – into the family of God ● Fullness & Restoration – our salvation is “already but not yet” 3. Some Concluding Exhortations ● Like Ruth: live a life of surrendered, courageous, servant-hearted faith ● Like Naomi: persevere by faith as we wait for the LORD’s restoration ● Like Boaz: walk in godliness & use our power & wealth to bless others thru sacrificial loving-kindness ● Per the Book of Ruth: trust in the LORD and fix our eyes on Jesus
1. The LORD’S Providence (vs1-13) ● God is at work in our daily lives: for His kingdom to come & will to be done ● Be inspired by & follow Ruth’s Example: her servant-hearted, initiative-taking & courageous faith 2. The LORD’S Covenantal Loving-Kindness [hesed] (vs8-20) ● God protects & provides abundantly for the vulnerable: who take refuge in Him ● Be inspired by & follow Boaz’s Example: a godly man in an evil age who used his power & wealth to protect & serve others 3. The LORD’S Redemption (vs17-23) ● God provides the kinsman-redeemer: thru Boaz for Naomi & Ruth; and thru Jesus Christ for the whole world ● Embrace Naomi’s change of heart: her eyes of faith & spirit of praise; before her circumstances changed
TRUSTING OUR SOVEREIGN LORD: in the Fullness and Emptiness of Life (Message #1/4 * Ruth 1) 10-11-2015
1. Our Glorious-Sovereign LORD ● He reigns over this wicked world: and through the tragedies of life ● He is our faithful, covenant-keeping God: who shows loving-kindness (hesed) to His children & is bringing salvation to all peoples 2. Some Biblical Principles of Faith ● Trust the LORD in the fullness & emptiness of life: like & unlike Naomi ● Be surrendered, servant-hearted, & courageous: like Ruth the Moabite 3. Some Key Contrasts & Themes ● in Ruth & Judges: faithfulness in an age of wickedness ● with Ruth & Orpah: an extraordinary faith highlighted amidst an understandable choice ● the Return of an Israelite & a Moabite: God’s faithfulness to His chosen ones & His inclusive love for all peoples ● Fullness/Emptiness – Famine/Harvest: the LORD is sovereign/faithful thru it all
Even the lives before JESUS that paved His way is saturated with a compelling Love that only a graceful God could provide!!
Naomi left Bethlehem, the House of Bread, in search of sustenance in a foreign land. She went out full with her husband and two sons, however she came back empty- so she thought. But the fact of the matter is, she came home! Many believers suffer loss for a variety of reasons, and one of the places they often avoid is home. Everyone knows us at home. They know that we left, they know why we left, and if we were to go back, they would surely see the mess we have made, so we tend to stay away from home. But God wants us to go back home, that's where folks will love us and receive us once again. A moving message, one that will stir your heart for a variety of people who need to be back home.
No one is immune to it. In other words, we have all done it...and the "we" includes all of humanity (even my atheist and agnostic friends). We have all had our view of God shaped by our surroundings. For some, this has led them to believe there is no God, or at least that there is not enough evidence. I suppose you could say it (meaning our surroundings shaping our view of God) is only natural... However, since when has the Bible ever called us to do what comes naturally? Granted, this sermon does not seek to address those who are atheist or agnostic directly, but it does still touch on a truth: There comes a time in life where you have to choose if the surroundings you have faced and your experiences are going to shape your view of God...or if you will allow the sovereign God of the Bible to shape your responses and actions.
Part 5, Ruth Chp 4 of FUEL HSM's Everyone Matters Series, with special guest Melinda Gray (Matt's sister)