Worship Preparation: April 22, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 
 
Read the sermon text: Ruth 2:1-23 
 
Read the sermon summary: Naomi and Ruth have returned from Moab to the land of promise. We left off last week wondering what they would find. Would Naomi be comforted? Would Ruth, a foreigner, find acceptance among God's people in the land? Chapter two answers these questions with a resounding yes. Ruth goes into the fields in hopes of finding someone who would show her favor. The author ironically displays the providence of God when he tells us that Ruth happened upon the field of Boaz, a relative, a man of great worthiness. Ruth is showered with blessings in the land of promise. She receives comfort, security, and more food than she can eat. But she and Naomi are still widows. They are still without offspring to carry on the line of their husbands. We're left to wonder, is this all there is to the story? Are Ruth and Naomi satisfied with what they've received? What about God's promise to Abraham to make his offspring like the stars in the sky? What about God's promise that a king would arise from Judah? Will these promises still apply to Naomi since she had left God's people and his land? Do the promises even apply to Ruth, seeing as she is a Moabite? In this chapter, we're confronted with questions of our own. Are we satisfied with the comfort, security, and blessings of this life in America? Or are we holding out for greater promises... for a spiritual family and home beyond this age? Will we trust God to keep his promises to us? Will we believe that they are better than all this world has to offer? 

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:  

I Will Glory in My Redeemer 
I will glory in my Redeemer 
Whose priceless blood has ransomed me 
Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails 
And hung Him on that judgment tree 
I will glory in my Redeemer 
Who crushed the power of sin and death 
My only Savior before the holy Judge 
The Lamb Who is my righteousness 
The Lamb Who is my righteousness 

I will glory in my Redeemer 
My life He bought my love He owns 
I have no longings for another 
I'm satisfied in Him alone 
I will glory in my Redeemer 
His faithfulness my standing place 
Though foes are mighty and rush up on me 
My feet are firm held by His grace 
My feet are firm held by His grace 

I will glory in my Redeemer 
Who carries me on eagle's wings 
He crowns my life with loving kindness 
His triumph song I'll ever sing 
I will glory in my Redeemer 
Who waits for me at gates of gold 
And when He calls me it will be paradise 
His face forever to behold 
His face forever to behold 

CCLI Song # 3337435 
Steve Cook | Vikki Cook 
© 2001 Sovereign Grace Worship (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music [DC Cook])) 
For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com 
CCLI License # 11078052 

Preaching: Jim Upchurch 
Music Leader: Landon Pauley 

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