Sermon Series - Ruth: The Gospel in the Crossroads

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Danny Mitchell

As you think back on our summer sermon series, Praying and Living the Psalms, we hope that the refrain found in many of the psalms that “the Lord is good and his steadfast love endures forever” will continue to encourage you and give you confidence as move through the ups and downs of the remainder of 2019.

Because September is a month that gives us as a church the opportunity to celebrate and learn about Latino Heritage, our hope was to develop a month long sermon series that would  move us to see the beauty of the gospel as it unfolds through the story of the lives of ordinary men and women. That led us to the book of Ruth where we see the gospel being worked out through the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz.  It is a story of women who tragically lost their husbands and as widows must struggle to survive. Their journey is one of generosity and mercy, of identity and purpose, of the Lord’s provision in and through the crossroads of life that ultimately points us to Christ. Incredibly, all those events are described in just four short chapters and we believe will be a wonderful compliment to the many events that have been planned for Latino Heritage month.

You may remember that Gustavo, in his first sermon on the Psalms, challenged us all to read through the 150 Psalms over the course of the summer.  The reading challenge during September is a bit easier…would you consider reading through the book of Ruth at least two times during the month? Our recommendation is that you read the entire book through once before or right after the first sermon so that you can see the overall story-line.  In the second reading, you may find it helpful to make a notation each time you have a question about something you read that causes you to think deeper thoughts or something that causes you frustration or concern. It will be interesting to see if the sermons cover the areas that you have highlighted.  And if not, then please ask us about it, Gustavo and I would love to engage in conversations about the book of Ruth especially if you discovered ideas that we had not thought about.

We are excited to see the many things that the Lord is planning to teach us through Ruth’s story during the month of September. Please join us as we pray that the Lord “will do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us  (Ephesians 3:20)” during our Ruth: the Gospel in the Crossroads sermon series.

His steadfast love endures forever,
Danny Mitchell

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