We are still in the book of Ruth and Ruth 2:1-23 God begins moving Naomi's life emptiness to fullness. Chapter 1 ends with Naomi swallowed in grief yet this is when God's providence begins to shine. Through Chapter 2 we learn that living by faith means hanging on to God's hesed and trusting him, even when we are looking at him from ground zero.
Today we began the book of Ruth. Instead of a sermon, we did an Interview between Raphael the Lead Pastor and Elder Larry Stout. Together they give an overview of the book, its theology, how to read it and the hopes we pray for as we begin the book. Take time to read ahead before we begin next week.
The most fundamental truth that is tested in our lives when hard times come to us is whether God is for us. Behind that statement is whether God truly loves us which will bring us the urgently needed assurance and stability in the midst of an unstable world.God's promises for the Christian are unsearchable, and they can all be packaged in the statement: God is for us. Listen to this message on Romans 8:31-39 by Pastor Raphael on Easter.
The missional reality of each believer must be modeled after Jesus. In Mark 6:30-44 we see Jesus's compassion, and he feeds the crowd and also satisfies them. Through the gospel God feeds us and satisfies us. We are then able to learn from Jesus's compassion and show compassion instead of frustration.