MBC Teens…. go to the link below and submit questions for our “Ask Jesus?” series that will begin in a few weeks on Wednesday night.
Our current cultural landscape is fascinated with the idea of narratives. We love stories and we love to hear how characters go through struggles and eventually overcome… or not. The book of Ruth is a fabulously told and written story–a jewel of the ancient world. It is an incredible picture of God’s providence and action–even when it seems like He is not there. The book of Ruth begins with death and a loss of hope–and it ends with a wedding and a birth. It ends with new life! It ends with redemption.
That is why we called this series Rescuing Ruth. Not only does God rescue the main characters in this story–but it shows his action in history to rescue us. From the line of Ruth and Naomi… comes Jesus the savior of the world. Watch our time of worship and the teaching on Ruth 4: REDEMPTION.
At Sunday Night Groups we continued with our teaching from the book of Ruth. In this chapter–the question we considered was: How should we respond when we encounter people who are different than us? The answer was three words: Listen. Love. Reflect. We saw these characteristics embodied in Boaz, who enters the scene in chapter two. Watch and listen as Pastor Bob teaches through Ruth 2…
For the month of January we are teaching through the book of Ruth. A GREAT book! At the beginning of Ruth we see the Naomi and her family running away from their homeland because of a famine and settling down in the country of Moab (Their main enemy). Naomi’s husbands and sons die and she is left alone with her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah. She decides to return to Bethlehem and only Ruth comes with her. As she returns she is greeted with judgment and despair on her part.
In this first chapter we see the main characters making decisions because of fear. Fear that they will not be able to get enough food to live–and fear because they don’t fully trust God. But them tragedy strikes–and through the faith of Ruth, we learn what it means to cling to God and love others, even in the midst of trial and hardship. Listen as Pastor Bob teaches…
Pastor Bob preaches on Joshua 4 and focuses on remembering what God has done and trusting in what he will do.
If you missed the worship service this past Sunday… the music and message on on the next two posts! Band rocked it!