This Week’s Challenge from the Book of Ruth August 10, 2015

In this weekend’s sermon from Ruth 3:1-9 (as we took another short break from our summer series in The Ten Commandments) we learned that even in painful trials, God allows us the joy of pointing others to their Redeemer.

Now, to point others to their Redeemer…

  1. We must ask God to give us compassion.
  2. We must see the opportunities God creates.
  3. We must explain the way to redemption.

So just as God used Naomi to point Ruth to her redeemer, Boaz — as she had enough compassion on her widowed daughter-in-law to desire rest for her and was sensitive to the God-given opportunity when Ruth could actually propose to Boaz, all-the-while explaining to Ruth how to approach her redeemer — God also uses us to point those around us to our Great Redeemer, Jesus.

We just need to have enough compassion and be sensitive enough to the opportunities God provides in order to explain the gospel to those around us.

Thus, our challenge for this week…

OUR CHALLENGE: Despite your circumstance, find rest for others by pointing them to their Redeemer.

In the same way Naomi led her daughter-in-law, Ruth, to her redeemer, Boaz, despite all the suffering and loss she experienced, we, too, can lead those around us to our Great Redeemer, Jesus. We can all be Naomi’s to all the Ruth’s around us that still need to be redeemed!

So as we go out this week to live out our lives, let’s remember God has knitted us into His story, and let’s remember this knitting means we could enjoy the exciting privilege and opportunity of becoming a part of someone else’s story. Just like Naomi with Ruth.

Let’s experience the joy of pointing others to Jesus, despite the circumstances we might find ourselves in today.

For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written,’How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'” (Rom. 10:13-15).

—Pastor Marttell

Seventh Commandment Follow-up August 3, 2015

This week we jumped back into our summer series on the 10 Commandments as we looked at what the Bible teaches us about the seventh commandment. We saw that in the Bible God’s people are often portrayed as an unfaithful wife, while Jesus is pictured as our always faithful husband. This theme is developed throughout the Bible. I preached a sermon on this theme as an introduction to the book of Hosea a few years ago, and I edited that sermon into a transcript/article format. Since we didn’t have time to develop this theme in this last Sunday’s sermon, I promised I would post the article online. Here it is: An Adulterous Story.

By His Grace Alone,

Pastor Nathan Hogan