Archive for the ‘Sacrifice’ Category

Timeline of Truth: Boaz Redeems Ruth (Ruth 4:7-11a)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

In keeping his promise to Ruth, when the closest relative cannot redeem her, Boaz fulfills his duty as the closest relative redeems Ruth. Why was this done this way? How is this reflected in Christ’s actions towards us?

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Guides Ruth to Approach Boaz (Ruth 3:1-5)

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Harvest season is over. Boaz had continued to provide for and protect Ruth. Boaz takes no further action as a potential kinsman-redeemer (and we give several suggestions as to why both Boaz and Naomi hesitate). We look at how Naomi takes action, directing Ruth to approach Boaz with a marriage proposal based upon his kinsman-redeemer relationship. We also discuss five key responsibilities of a kinsman-redeemer.

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Timeline of Truth: Boaz Rewards Ruth’s Choices (Ruth 2:4-17)

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Ruth has hit the ground running, seeking to glean after the harvesters as allowed by the Law in order to provide for her mother-in-law and herself. God providentially brings her to the field of Boaz. Boaz, a righteous man in a very ungodly time, takes steps to protect and provide for her while she gleans. God rewards Ruth for her obedience and sacrifice through this righteous man in the midst of her very hard work. God teaches us eight lessons of righteous conduct from both Boaz and Ruth.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Seeks a Better Future for Her Daughters-in-Law (Ruth 1:8-18)

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Naomi displays her loving care for her daughters-in-law, even in the aftermath of terrible circumstances and at the cost of her own personal provision and her only remaining loving relationships. She attempts to send Orpah and Ruth back to their own families. Orpah heads for home. Ruth selflessly commits herself to Naomi. God uses Ruth in profound ways God wants us to make significant, permanent, often costly life choices for Him.

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God Wants ALL of ME: My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

God saves us to live for Him. He commands us to yield our bodies to Him, and to be renewing our minds for Him. He does so that we might fully live for Him, serving Him by serving others. God desires for us to serve Him with our time, effort, energy, and abilities. As God is the Lord of our bodies and our minds, He becomes the Lord of all that we do. A major part of that is serving other believers with one or more spiritual abilities that God gives for that very reason.  (This is the third of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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God Wants All of Me: MY BODY (Romans 12:1)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  My BODY (Romans 12:1)

Christianity is much more than just participating in external rituals like attending church services or giving money to God’s work. Though these practices are good, God clearly communicates that He wants ALL of you. He wants each believer to yield his or her body to God as worship to Him. This is the first of a four-part series on Romans 12.

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Jesus Promises Great Compensation for Kingdom Sacrifice (Luke 18:28-30)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Jesus Promises Great Compensation for Kingdom Sacrifice (Luke 18:28-30)

Peter hinges on the conversation Jesus just had with the rich young ruler. That interaction focused on salvation, where the rich young ruler needed to understand his sinfulness in order to seek his salvation. Peter’s statement concerns service and sacrifice after salvation. Jesus outlines the expectation of sacrificing for the kingdom of God and the great repayment for doing so in this life and in eternity.

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A Little Church with a Big God: Truths that Help a Small Assembly Stand Strong (Revelation 3:7-13)

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

We take a look at 13 observations from the exhortation given by Jesus to the Church at Philadelphia.

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: 8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie — indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. 13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ‘ (Rev 3:7-13)

Paul’s Final Words to the Ephesian Elders (Acts 20:32-35)

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

In this lesson, we summarize verses 17-31, and then take a look at five final principles Paul shares with the Ephesian elders. What last, most important things would you share to church leaders?

Seven Life Lessons from Paul’s Ministry (Acts 20:17-27)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Paul is heading to Jerusalem. On his way, he stops by Miletus, a city about a day’s journey from Ephesus. Under a strict schedule, but wanting to charge the elders of Ephesus, he calls for them and they meet him in Miletus. Paul bares his soul, first using his own life to challenge and encourage this church leaders. In this study, we look at Paul’s own example, and seven lessons we can learn from that example.