The Gospel According to Ruth – Part 3

  • The Problem Ruth 3:1

 

  • The Plan Ruth 3:2-9

 

  • The Pledge Ruth 3:10-18

 

  • The Purchase Ruth 4:1-12

 

  • The Promise Ruth 4:13-22

 

In The Gospel Of Jesus Christ We See These Five Things As Well:

  1. Our Problem

“But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin,” Galatians 3:22 NLT

 

  1. God’s Plan

‘…the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.’ Revelation 13:8 NIV 

 

  1. His Pledge

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,” Galatians 4:4 NIV

 

  1. Jesus’ Purchase

“to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” Galatians 4:5 NIV

 

 

  1. The Eternal Promise

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:6-7 NIV

Seasons of Waiting

Seasons Change: Seasons of Waiting

Pastor Scott Applegate

Sermon Notes

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 NIV
What are the seasons of waiting?

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” James 5:7-11 ESV

• When we cannot control circumstances

• When we cannot change people

• When we cannot explain our problems

Why should we learn to wait on the Lord?

• It renews and strengthens our faith

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-30 ESV

• It develops our perseverance

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 NLT

• It shapes our character

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Romans 5:3-4 NLT

How to wait on the Lord:

• Wait confidently

“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 NIV

• Wait patiently

“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.” Psalm 37:7 NLT

• Wait collectively

“…we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith…” Hebrews 12:1 NLT

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT

Seasons of Failure

Seasons Change: Seasons of Failure

Pastor Marc Bullion

“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-20 NIV

“Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.” John 21:1-8 NIV

Facts about failure:

  • We all experience failure

 

  • Having a failure doesn’t make you one

 

  • We often have the wrong perspective of what is truly success and failure

The faces of failure: Disappointments, Discouragements, Dissatisfactions

In a season of failure I need to:

  1. Repent and return to faithfulness

 

God’s definition of success is faithfulness

“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8 NIV

  1. Fail forward

 

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” Philippians 3:10 NIV

 

“Success is built upon a mountain of failure.” Unknown

 

  • Learn the lessons He wants you to learn and let failure grow you closer to Him

 

  1. Press on in God’s power

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” Philippians 3:13 NIV

 

  • When the disciples obeyed His command they caught more fish than they could manage

 

  • Jesus used this experience to show Peter what impact he could have if he learned to be faithful and rely on Him

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41 NIV

Seasons of Stress

Seasons Change: Seasons of Stress

Pastor Scott Applegate & Kristen Diebel 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”    Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

Resisting stress

  1. I need to know who I am

 

“I am…”  (John 8:12, 10:9, 14:6) (Jesus knew who he was)

 

  • Two things that produce added stress in our lives:

 

  • Insecurity about who we are always adds stress to our lives

 

  • Unrealistic standards for ourselves add stress and pressure to our lives

 

  • I will know who I am by knowing whose I am

“The identity that makes you free is anchored beyond all human praise and blame.” Henri Nouwen

  1. I need to know whom I am trying to please in life

 

“…I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” John 5:30 NIV (Jesus knew who he was trying to please)

 

  • When we are trying to please someone other than God we cave into:

 

  • Criticism – because we are overly concerned with what others think of us

 

  • Competition – because we worry about if someone is getting ahead of us

 

  • Conflict – because we are threatened when someone disagrees with us

 

  1. I need to know what I am trying to accomplish

 

“…for I know where I came from and where I am going…” John 8:14 NIV (Jesus lived for what was most important)

 

  • Every day we either live by priorities or by pressures

 

  • Jesus refused to get sidetracked by less important matters (Luke 4:42-44)

 

  • Jesus made alone time with God a priority in His life (Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12-19)

 

 

Reducing stress

  1. Ask for help (Luke 6:12-16)

 

  1. Take time for rest and recreation

 

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28 NIV

 

  1. Give your stress to Christ

 

“Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” 1 Peter 5:7 LB

 

Seasons of Temptation

Seasons Change: Seasons of Temptation

Pastor Scott Applegate

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:1-13 NIV

Temptation: to be enticed or allured to do something unwise, wrong, or immoral

Facts about temptation:

  • Temptation’s roots come from questioning God’s word, God’s character, and God’s authority
  • Temptation comes from Satan (Genesis 3, Matthew 4:3, 1 Thessalonians 3:5)
  • Temptation in itself is not a sin (Hebrews 4:15)
  • Temptation comes at us in various forms (1 John 2:16-17)
  • Temptation never comes from God, but from our internal battle (James 1:13-15)
  • Temptation will not be outgrown this side of eternity (Romans 7:18-25)

How can I overcome temptation?

  1. Take a humble approach towards it

“Even if you think you can stand up to temptation, be careful not to fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 CEV

  1. Talk with a trusted friend about it

“You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted…” 1 Corinthians 10:13a CEV

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 KJV

  1. Trust God to help you through it

“…But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations.” 1 Corinthians 10:13b CEV

  1. Train for it

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” Romans 13:14 NASB

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NIV

Seasons of Loneliness

Seasons Change: Seasons of Loneliness

Pastor Scott Applegate

“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments. Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message. At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus. Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers and sisters.” 2 Timothy 4:6-21 NIV

What Causes Loneliness?

•   Life’s transitions

“…the time for my departure is near…” Vs 6

  • Change has a way of bringing a sense of gain for some and loss for others, within the same season of change
  • Relational separation

“Do your best to come to me quickly…do your best to get here before winter.” Vs 9, 21

•   Jesus is all you need. However, a big part of how He meets your need of Him is through others

“It is not good that man should be alone…” Genesis 2:18 NKJV

  • Causes of relational separation with people: Conflict, Job, Travel, Moving, Busyness
  • Causes of relational separation from God: Disobedience, Disappointments, Lack of community

•   Experiencing opposition

“Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm…he strongly opposed our message.” Vs 14-15

•   Hurtful rejection

“…no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. Vs 16

 

How to Get Through a Season of Loneliness

1.  Keep yourself productive

“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.” Vs 12

2.  Keep your heart open

“…everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.” Vs 16 

3.  Keep your eyes on Jesus

“…the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.” Vs 17a

  • You will go through lonely times in your life, but you will never be alone if you have Jesus

4.  Keep your focus on your purpose

“…so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Vs 17b-18

Understanding the Seasons of Life

Seasons Change (Part 1): Understanding the Seasons of Life

Pastor Scott Applegate

“Then God said, ‘Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.’ And that is what happened.” Genesis 1:14-15 NLT

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 ESV

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT

The changing of the seasons should remind me that:

  • I’m not God and they are beyond my control

 

“It is beautiful how God has done everything at the right time. He has put a sense of eternity in people’s minds. Yet, mortals still can’t grasp what God is doing from the beginning to the end of time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 GNT

 

  • God has a purpose in every season

 

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT

 

  • They include both good and bad times

 

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT

 

  • What I sow in one season, I will reap in another season

 

“They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” Psalm 1:3 NLT

 

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT

Questions I need to ask in every season of life:

  1. What does God want me to learn in this season of life?

 

“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:10 HCSB

 

“For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.” Hebrews 12:10 NLT

 

“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.” Philippians 4:11 NLT

Is He teaching me to Trust? Faithfulness? Humility? Contentment? ______________?

  1. What can I be thankful to God for in this season of life?

 

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

 

  1. What should be my focus in this season of life?

 

“Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.” Ephesians 5:15-17 JBP 

 

  1. How can I serve others in this season of life?

 

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27 NIV