Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Father your Family through the Famine

Sunday Sermon
June 21st 2009
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton

Sermonic Scripture: ESV Ruth 1:1-3 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 3 But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.

Sermonic Title: "Father your Family through the Famine"

Sermonic Theme: The providence of God (God will provide.)

Sermonic Subject: Fatherhood (Our paternal Christian responsibility to our family.)

Sermonic Tension: You may die before you complete your assignment as father.
(The ironic providence of God. The irony of this narrative is revealed in verse one it says “a man … went to sojourn in the country of Moab” however verse two says “they …remained.”)

Sermonic Sentence: How you handle your paternal assignment will shape your families image of God.

Sermonic Structure:

I. Father your family by leading them through the famine.
a. Legally there’s a famine. (Lawlessness Judges 21.25)
b. Naturally, there’s a famine. (Ruth 1.1)
c. Spiritually there’s a famine. (Judges 21.25/Ruth 1.1)

II. Father your family by laboring for them in the famine.
a. Naomi name means “pleasure, pleasant and my delight
b. Mahlon name means “sick
c. Chilion name means “pinning

III. Father your family by preparing them for the day you may leave them and the famine.
a. Leave your family real-estate. (Ruth 4.3/ 4.9)
b. Leave your family riches. (Proverbs 13.22)
c. Leave your family connected to the redeemer. (Ruth 2.1)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Sunday Sermon
June 7th 2009
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton: I had trepidation concerning chapter three of the book of Ruth therefore, I build a sermon on the subject of chapter three to familiarize our congregation on the biblical concept of kinsman redeemer.

Sermonic Text: Ruth 3

Sermon Title: Redemption

Sermonic Theme: The Providence of God (God will provide)

Sermonic Subject: Redemption (Boaz the redeemer)

Sermonic Tension: This narrative is not about romance it’s about redemption. (Therefore we are not to read into this ancient near eastern text twenty first century social mores of manipulation, scheming, raunchiness and or sex this is about the redemptive work of God.)

Sermonic Sentence: We have a song that the angels cannot sing, “I am redeemed.”

Sermonic Cross Reference: NLT Exodus 6:6 "Therefore, say to the Israelites: 'I am the LORD, and I will free you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with mighty power and great acts of judgment.

NIV Exodus 15:13 "In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

NLT Isaiah 41:14 Despised though you are, O Israel, don't be afraid, for I will help you. I am the LORD, your Redeemer. I am the Holy One of Israel.'

ESV Isaiah 51:10 Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over?

ESV Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion- to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. 4 They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. 5 Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks; foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers; 6 but you shall be called the priests of the LORD; they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God; you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their glory you shall boast. 7 Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy. 8 For I the LORD love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 Their offspring shall be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed. 10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.

NIV Job 19:25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.

NLT Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

NIV Romans 3:24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

NIV Romans 8:2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

ESV Romans 8:23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Sermonic Structure:

I. We are redeemed by God’s love

II. We are redeemed according to God’s law

III. We are redeemed through God’s son for eternal life

Monday, June 1, 2009

Gleaning in the Field

Sunday Sermon
May 31st 2009
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton

Sermonic Pericope: ESV Ruth 2:8-23 Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. 9 Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn." 10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?" 11 But Boaz answered her, "All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!" 13 Then she said, "I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants." 14 And at mealtime Boaz said to her, "Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine." So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. 15 When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16 And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her." 17 So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. 19 And her mother-in-law said to her, "Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you." So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, "The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz." 20 And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "May he be blessed by the LORD, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!" Naomi also said to her, "The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers." 21 And Ruth the Moabite said, "Besides, he said to me, 'You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.'" 22 And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, "It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted." 23 So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.

Sermonic Title: “Gleaning in the Field”

Sermonic Theme: The Providence of God (God will provide)

Sermonic Subject: Relationship (Your most valuable possession in life is your personal relationships.) God uses people to bless people. Whom are you blessing today?
Bless someone today! Instead of looking for a blessing, become a blessing.

Sermonic Sentence: This lesson is tailored to teach us how to live on leftovers. (The provisions of God cannot be stopped by the famine past, present or future.) You can make it on a little.

Sermonic Tension: If you are in a famine right now, keep the faith our God will provide. NLT Psalm 37:25 Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly forsaken, nor seen their children begging for bread.

Sermonic Structure:

I. Ruth finds a fruitful field in the famine (Vrs 8-9)
A. Boaz tells Ruth to stay in the field
B. Boaz tells Ruth to stay close to his female field hands

II. Ruth finds favor in the famine (Vrs 10-13)

III. Ruth finds fulfillment in the famine (Vrs 14)

IV. Ruth finds a friend with a fortune in the famine (Vrs 15-23)
A. Boaz insures that no one reproaches Ruth (Vrs 15) Boaz insures that Ruth is physically protected.
B. Boaz insures that no one rebukes Ruth (Vrs 16) Boaz insures that Ruth is verbally protected.

Now the question arises who found whom? Did Ruth find the fruitful field or did the fruitful field find Ruth? Did Ruth find favor or did favor find Ruth? Did Ruth find fulfillment or did fulfillment find Ruth? Did Ruth find a friend with a fortune or did the friend with the fortune find Ruth?