WHY, WHAT, AND HOW WE SING: Ephesians 5:19-20

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I. WHY SHOULD WE SING?

I) We sing because the great example laid out to us in the Scriptures is that the people of God are singing people (Exodus 15 through Revelation 15)
II) We sing because God commands it and therefore it glorifies Him (vv. 19-20).

II. WHAT SHOULD WE SING?

I) We are commanded to sing Psalms (v. 19b)
II) We are commanded to sing Hymns (v. 19b)
III) We are commanded to sing Spiritual Songs (v. 19b)

III. HOW SHOULD WE SING?

I) We must sing, addressing one another and so admonish and encourage fellow saints (v. 19a)
II) We must sing, making melody to the LORD each with our individual hearts (v. 19c)
III) We must sing, giving thanks always for everything (v. 20a)
IV) We must sing to God the Father through Jesus our High Priest (v. 20b)

THE RESURRECTED CHRIST WILL HAVE HIS PRIZE: Psalm 110

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I. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST IS FOOTSTOOLING HIS ENEMIES (v. 1)

II. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST IS RULING IN THE MIDST OF HIS ENEMIES (v. 2)

III. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST IS SAVING A PARTICULAR PEOPLE TO WORSHIP HIM (v. 3a)

IV. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST IS RECEIVING WORSHIP FROM A HOLY PEOPLE (v. 3b)

V. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST IS RECEIVING WORSHIP FROM A NUMEROUS PEOPLE (v. 3c)

VI. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST IS INTERCEDING FOR HIS SAINTS AS THE ETERNALLY ROYAL PRIEST (v. 4)

VII. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST WILL JUDGE THE NATIONS, POURING OUT HIS WRATH ON EVEN THE MIGHTY WHO DO NOT REPENT (v. 5-6)

VIII. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST WILL NOT GROW WEARY, THEREFORE HE WILL ACCOMPLISH ALL HIS PURPOSE (v. 7)

CONTROLLED BY THE LOVE OF CHRIST: 2 Corinthians 5:12-6:2

GREAT ACTS OF JUDGEMENT CARRIED OUT ON CHRIST: Exodus 6:6

THE LOVING KINDNESS OF GOD: Ruth 2:1-23

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I) The LORD guided Ruth to the field of Boaz, for His lovingkindness endures forever (v. 1-3)

II) The LORD granted repentance and brought revival to Bethlehem, for His lovingkindness endures forever (v. 4)

III) The LORD blessed Ruth, for His lovingkindness endures forever (v. 11-12)

IV) The LORD healed Naomi of her bitterness, for His lovingkindness endures forever (v. 20)

APPLICATION

Because of God’s loving-kindness, when you do not understand what He is doing, you can trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10)

I) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because, if I am in Christ, God has blotted out my transgressions according to His loving-kindness (Psalm 51:1-2)

II) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because He has written in His book every single day of my life! (Psalm 136:16)

III) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from my Father’s providential work, and, in Christ, I am of more value than many sparrows! (Matthew 10:29-31)

IV) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because He has promised, in Christ, to work all things together for good! (Romans 8:28)

V) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because, in Christ, I know His loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life (AND SO CAN YOU!)

VI) I can trust God even when I am in the dark because I know as my substitute Jesus Christ experienced a far greater darkness than I ever will!

DISCUSSION Read verses 19-22.

1. Read verses 1-7. What do we learn about Boaz in these verses? What do we learn about Ruth? What does verse 3 reveal about the loving providence of God?

2. Read verses 8-13. What does Boaz exhort Ruth to do in verses 8-9? What does he promise her? How does Boaz prefigure Christ Jesus here? How did Ruth respond in verses 10 and 13? What reason does Boaz give for showing her favor in verses 11-12? What is the anchor of all these good works, according to the last part of verse 12?

3. Read verses 14-16. What did Boaz say to Ruth? What must Ruth have been thinking? How does Boaz prefigure the Lord Jesus here?

4. Read verses 17-23. What stands out to you in these verses and why? What does Naomi identify Boaz as at the end of verse 20? How does Leviticus 25:25-33, 48-54 shed light on this word “redeemer”?
*note they are the same words in Hebrew

WHAT A WOMEN OF WORTH LOOKS LIKE: Ruth 2

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I. A woman of worth does her duty and trusts in the providence of God (v. 1-3)

II. A woman of worth is reverent (v. 4-7a)

III. A woman of worth is a hard worker (v. 7b)

IV. A woman of worth is grateful to be protected and provided for (v. 8-10, 14-16)

V. A women of worth adorns herself with faith and holiness (v. 11)

VI. A woman of worth is committed to selfless love (v. 11a, 17-18)

VII. A woman of worth is devoted to the LORD above all (v. 11b)

VIII. A woman of worth follows the LORD wherever he leads (v. 11c)

IX. A woman of worth embraces the LORD’s people (v. 11d)

X. A women of worth perseveres in good works (v. 19-23) 

XI. A woman of worth takes refuge under the wings of the LORD (v. 12-13)

DISCUSSION Read verses 19-22.

1. Read verses 1-7. What do we learn about Boaz in these verses? What do we learn about Ruth? What does verse 3 reveal about the loving providence of God?

2. Read verses 8-13. What does Boaz exhort Ruth to do in verses 8-9? What does he promise her? How does Boaz prefigure Christ Jesus here? How did Ruth respond in verses 10 and 13? What reason does Boaz give for showing her favor in verses 11-12? What is the anchor of all these good works, according to the last part of verse 12?

3. Read verses 14-16. What did Boaz say to Ruth? What must Ruth have been thinking? How does Boaz prefigure the Lord Jesus here?

4. Read verses 17-23. What stands out to you in these verses and why? What does Naomi identify Boaz as at the end of verse 20? How does Leviticus 25:25-33, 48-54 shed light on this word “redeemer”?
*note they are the same words in Hebrew

WHAT A MAN OF WORTH LOOKS LIKE : Ruth 2:1-23

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I. A man of worth has a heart filled with love for God that overflows in his speech (v. 2-4) 

II. A man of worth cares about the wellbeing of women (v. 5-7) 

III. A man of worth protects women (v. 8-9) 

IV. A man of worth is attracted to holiness and faith (v. 10-12)

V. A man of worth shows grace, gives comfort, and speaks kindly even above and beyond his duty (v. 13)

VI. A man of worth is a hardworking provider (v. 14-18) 

VII. A man of worth is a redeemer (v. 19-20) 

VIII. A man of worth perseveres in good works (v. 21-23) 

DISCUSSION Read verses 19-22.

1. Read verses 1-7. What do we learn about Boaz in these verses? What do we learn about Ruth? What does verse 3 reveal about the loving providence of God?

2. Read verses 8-13. What does Boaz exhort Ruth to do in verses 8-9? What does he promise her? How does Boaz prefigure Christ Jesus here? How did Ruth respond in verses 10 and 13? What reason does Boaz give for showing her favor in verses 11-12? What is the anchor of all these good works, according to the last part of verse 12?

3. Read verses 14-16. What did Boaz say to Ruth? What must Ruth have been thinking? How does Boaz prefigure the Lord Jesus here?

4. Read verses 17-23. What stands out to you in these verses and why? What does Naomi identify Boaz as at the end of verse 20? How does Leviticus 25:25-33, 48-54 shed light on this word “redeemer”?
*note they are the same words in Hebrew

BITTERNESS WILL ROT YOUR SOUL BUT CHRIST WILL MAKE IT SWEET: Ruth 1:19-22

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I. Naomi and Ruth returned to the Bethlehem, the House of Bread (v.19)

II. Naomi wanted her named changed from Pleasant to Bitter because the LORD had dealt bitterly with her (v.20)

III. Naomi looked only at her current circumstance, even misconstruing the story of her life (v.21a)

IV. Naomi knew that it was the LORD who had brought calamity on her, though she wrongly understood why (v.21b)

V. Despite the bitterness of Naomi, the LORD was working to redeem both her and Ruth (v.22)

DISCUSSION Read verses 19-22.

1. How does Naomi react when she comes home to Bethlehem?

2. Did she respond more like Job or Job’s wife? See Job 1-2

3. Why is verse 22 significant in the narrative of the book of Ruth?

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THE PAINS OF NAOMI AND THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD: Ruth 1:1-5

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I. Naomi lived in a painful time (v.1a)

II. Naomi endured painful discipline (v.1b)

III. Naomi was part of a painful decision of faithlessness (v.2)

IV. Naomi suffered a painful separation (v.3)

V. Naomi experienced two painful marriages (v.4) Ruth 1:

VI. Naomi endured multiple painful losses (v.5)

DISCUSSION Read verses 1-5.

1.Why did Elimelech take his family to sojourn in Moab?

2.Was this a wise decision or one of faithlessness?

3.What did Elimelech’s sons do according to verse 4 and were these righteous actions?

4.What happened to Elimelech and his sons according to verses 3 and 5?