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Theme: God redeems His people. Aim: Put your hope in God’s redemption through Ruth’s great-great grandson; King David’s greater Son, Jesus Christ. (1) A Proper Redeemer (Ruth 4:1-6) (2) God’s Promise (Ruth 4:7-12) (3) A Marriage (Ruth 4:13-17) (4) Genealogy of Another Redeemer (Ruth 4:18-22)
Theme: God’s people are refugees who take refuge in God by seeking a Redeemer and waiting for redemption. Aim: Take refuge from the trials of this world and from God’s eternal wrath in the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. (1) The Lord Is a Refuge (Ruth 2:1-13) (2) God’s People are Refugees (Ruth 2:14-23) (3) God’s People Pursue a Redeemer (Ruth 3:1-15) (4) God’s People Waiting for Redemption (Ruth 3:16-18)
Theme: In the midst of sin and suffering, God is kind in His providence to draw His people to Himself with good news. Aim: Trust in the good news of God’s provision of salvation through the living water and bread of life, Jesus Christ (1) Suffering (Ruth 1:1-5) (2) God’s Providential Kindness (Ruth 1:6-18) (3) Hope (Ruth 1:19-22)
Theme: Only a love rooted in something that can never change can bring everlasting joy. Aim: Love the Lord heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12; 11;13; 13:3; 30:6; Joshua 22:5; 1 Kings 8:23; 2 Chronicles 6:14; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27; etc.) (1) Joy Is Connected to the Church (Philippians 4:1) (2) Joy Empowers Reconciliation (Philippians 4:2-5) (3) Joy Leads to Prayer & What We Think About (Philippians 4:6-9) (4) Joy in Christ Leads to Contentment (Philippians 4:10-13) (5) Joy Is Rooted in the Glory of God (Philippians 4:14-20) (6) The Gospel Fuels Joy (Philippians 4:21-23)
Theme: We are called to imitate faithful brothers and sisters in Christ who live lives worthy of the gospel. Aim: Follow Christ by following those who follow Christ. (1) Imitate Timothy (Philippians 2:19-24) a. Humble/Selfless b. Gospel Service/Slave of Jesus Christ (2) Imitate Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-30) a. Selfless b. Held his life loosely/Willingness to die for Christ c. Eager to serve the church/Complete what was lacking (3) Imitate Paul (Philippians 3:1-16) a. Don’t add anything to the gospel (4) Consider Outcome of Your Imitation (Philippians 3:17-21)
Theme: The primary quality of a life worthy of the gospel is the humble recognition that we aren’t worthy of the gospel. Aim: Work out your salvation with the knowledge that it is God working your growth in the gospel. (1) To Live Is Christ and to Die Is Gain (Philippians 1:21-26) (2) Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel (Philippians 1:27-2:11) (3) Work Out Your Salvation (Philippians 2:12-18)
Theme: The gospel creates membership, fuels our prayers, and defines our progress. Aim: Let’s ask God to strengthen us to have the gospel drive every aspect of our lives. 1. Partnership: The Gospel creates and sustains the Church (Philippians 1:1-8) 2. Prayer: The Gospel fuels Prayer (Philippians 1:3-11, particularly v. 4, 9) 3. Progress: The Gospel empowers our growth (Philippians 1:12-26)