As we prepare for believer’s baptism there are many questions to be answered on what baptism is and its significance in the Christian life. Baptism says something about God’s faithfulness, our sonship to Him and our union with Christ and his Church. We hope you have a Great week.
This is the last message in the book of Ruth, which is all about the God moving us from emptiness to fullness. He did it for Boaz, Ruth and Naomi and he does that for us today through Jesus Christ by his providence. To be constantly aware of His work in our lives we need to meditate on Providence the fact that God cares, loves and rules even in tragic circumstances.
At City church, we are a church planting church, this means that we will help asses, coach, train and support church planters and church planting efforts all over the world. Today we had Winston Coltart who wants to plant a church in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He is a Westminster Seminary graduate who is about to start a year-long church planting residency in Nashville, TN and plans to be back in Zimbabwe and to begin planting efforts. For more information on how you can support them go to http://citychurchpa.org/churchplanting/.
Ruth chapter four describes a public hearing between two men. Boaz (who symoblizes Jesus Christ, the True Redeemer) and a nameless man who counts for nothing (a pseudon redeemer, symoblizing our flesh). The story shows how Christ confronts, confounds, and ultimately conquers our flesh. His redemption is for us full, free, and eternal. Who is going to govern your life- yourself or your Savior?
The book of Ruth is about God is continuing his work of moving Naomi from emptiness to fullness. In chapter 3 Naomi wants rest for Ruth, she sends her to Boaz the redeemer who fights for Ruth’s rest. Here we learn that God constantly call us out of our rest to fight for those who have no rest.
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.