“Stay With the Home”

(Ruth 1:1-10, 16-21)

Introduction

A. It is possible to have a house and not have a home. (Verse 8)

B. It is possible to have a family and not have a home. (Verse 8)

C. Most homes are not really homes, but temporary staying places like a motel.

D. A home is a place where love is shown.

E. It is not a business contract but a loving place.

F. When you study the life of Elimelech, and Naomi, I can’t believe that he let his home get in the shape that he did.

G. Elimelech means "My God is King."

H. Naomi means "Pleasant."

I. What in the world happened to his home?

J. The same thing will happen to our home if we don’t guard against it.

- By the way, this didn’t happen overnight.

I believe there are three things that caused Elimelech’s home to turn into a house.

I. FAMINE Verse 1

A. There are 13 famines that are recorded in the Bible.

B. The book of Ruth was written during the day of Judges. (verse 1)

C. Famine came because of divine judgment.

THIS COULD BE HAPPENING IN OUR DAY.


D. I rather have a family and a home making a minimum wage than have a house and not a home.

- THERE WAS A BIGGER FAMINE GOING ON IN ELIMELECH’S LIFE! A SPIRITUAL FAMINE.

E. Elimelech was the head of the home. But because of his lack of faith, he turned his home into just a family in a house.

F. God takes care during the time of famine. Look at Boaz. Ruth 1:21-22. Ruth 2:1
II. SECOND PROBLEM ELIMELECH HAD WAS THAT HE WAS FAINTHEARTED.


A. When the finances are low and the funds are down, if you are not real careful, you will get fainthearted and miss God.

- YOU WILL MISS OUT ON THE PROVISIONS AND START CREATING

- PROBLEMS.

- ELIMELECH STARTED TO TRY TO HELP GOD!

- GOD DOESN’T NEED YOU TO HELP HIM; JUST WAIT ON HIM!

- YOU DO WHAT YOU CAN AND GOD WILL DO WHAT YOU CAN’T.

B. Elimelech takes his family to Moab.

- Moab was born out of a bad situation.

Genesis 19:36

"Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father."

- This is where Moab came from.

Psalm 108:9

"Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph."

C. You could see Moab from Bethlehem.

D. It was between 20 and 30 miles; a day’s journey.

E. One day getting there, 10 years getting back.

F. There is no record that Elimelech got drunk, committed adultery, or abused his family.

G. He just got out of the will of God.

III. THE THIRD PROBLEM ELIMELECH HAD WAS HIS FAMILY


A. It is a real possibility that Naomi influenced her husband to go to Moab.

B. The reason I say that is because if she had only gone to be in submission to her husband, she would have returned to Bethlehem as soon as Elimelech died. Ruth 1:3-4

C. Elimelech died before their sons get married.

- Wife, you should be careful how you influence your husband.

- You may be left alone to bear the blunt of things.

D. Naomi was so far from God that she tells her daughters-in-law to go back four times. Ruth 1:8,11,12, and 15

E. She heard that there was bread in Bethlehem.

F. When you are out of the will of God, you will only hear of the blessings of God (verse 6).

THESE THREE THINGS HAPPENED AT THE END OF CHAPTER 1.


THEY ALSO HAPPEN AT THE END OF EVERY SERVICE.


1. NAOMI CAME HOME.

2. RUTH GOT HELP.

3. ORPAH CHOSE TO GO TO HELL.

EVERY FAMILY NEEDS A THREE-FOLD HOME.

1. DOMESTIC HOME.

2. CHURCH HOME.

3. HEAVENLY HOME.

Published in: on May 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Salvation The Only Way

Acts 4:1-14
Three things by way of Introduction:
1. Notice to whom Peter is Preaching to (vs.1,5,6)
2. Notice what Peter is Preaching (vs.2)
3. Why Peter is Preaching it. (vs.12)

Salvation is the only way because:

1- The Price of Salvation (vs.10)
WHAT A PRICE!!! John 3:16

I – His Love
II – His Life

2- The Purpose of Salvation (vs.12)
FOR BY WE MUST BE SAVED!!

The Purpose of Salvation is:
I – That we may become sons of God
II – That we may become saints of God
III – That we may become servants of God

Through these three things God is glorified.

3- The Power of Salvation (4:7)
It took power:
I – Chapter 3:2 & 8 Power for the Lame
II – Chapter 3:7 Power to Lift
III – Chapter 3:8 Power to Leap

IV – Power to Leave

4- The Plan of Salvation (Chapter 4:4)
God’s Plan:
I – To Hear. (Chapter 4:4)
II – To Repent (Chapter 2:37-38)
III – To Believe (Chapter 4:4)

5- The Peace of Salvation
Romans 5:1
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

I – Peace in our Hearts

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

II – Peace of Mind

Philip. 4:7
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

III – Peace when you lay down at night.

IV – Peace knowing that Jesus is with you and in you.

Published in: on January 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Salvation, The Only Way”

Acts 4:1-14
Three things by way of Introduction:
1. Notice to whom Peter is Preaching to (vs.1,5,6)
2. Notice what Peter is Preaching (vs.2)
3. Why Peter is Preaching it. (vs.12)

Salvation is the only way because:

1- The Price of Salvation (vs.10)
WHAT A PRICE!!! John 3:16

I – His Love
II – His Life

2- The Purpose of Salvation (vs.12)
FOR BY WE MUST BE SAVED!!

The Purpose of Salvation is:
I – That we may become sons of God
II – That we may become saints of God
III – That we may become servants of God

Through these three things God is glorified.

3- The Power of Salvation (4:7)
It took power:
I – Chapter 3:2 & 8 Power for the Lame
II – Chapter 3:7 Power to Lift
III – Chapter 3:8 Power to Leap
IV – Power to Leave

4- The Plan of Salvation (Chapter 4:4)
God’s Plan:
I – To Hear. (Chapter 4:4)
II – To Repent (Chapter 2:37-38)
III – To Believe (Chapter 4:4)

5- The Peace of Salvation
Romans 5:1
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

I – Peace in our Hearts

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

II – Peace of Mind

Philip. 4:7
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

III – Peace when you lay down at night.

IV – Peace knowing that Jesus is with you and in you.

Published in: on January 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

THE GREAT AWAKENING

THE GREAT AWAKENING
1 Corinthians 15:34

INTRODUCTION:
Paul deals with the disbelief in the church in Corinth.

This is a great chapter!

It is one the longest chapter in the NT.
It is one of the greatest chapters in NT.
It is one of the most important chapters in NT.
It is one of the most encouraging chapters in NT.

SEVERAL QUESTIONS RAISED IN THE CHAPTER ABOUT THE DEAD.

V1-19: Are the dead going to rise again?
V20-28: When are they going to rise again?
V29-58: How are they going to rise again?

IT IS AMAZING THING TO ME RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THIS CHAPTER ON THE RESURRECTION THAT HE GIVES US ONE THE GREATEST MISSION VERSES IN THE BIBLE.

I have entitled it, “THE GREAT AWAKENING”

The Great Awakening was in 1740 to 1760.

In New England under the ministry of Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield.

I want to look at 3 things about this verse.
1-I SEE A DISTURBING STATEMENT
READ VERSE 34

To me that is very disturbing.

3 Reasons that this is a disturbing statement.
I-AWAKE This has to do with sobering up and thinking straight.

The church world is asleep when it comes to reaching the world with the gospel.

Romans 13:11-12
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. [12] The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

II-ALARM
It is alarming to me the 5 top religions in the world.
Hinduism
Judaism
Buddhism
Christianity (This is used loosely because Cat holism is thrown in with it.) Islam

This alarming.

III-APATHY

1-DISTURBING STATEMENT (v34)

2-I SEE A DELAYED SERVICE
SOME HAVE NOT THE KNOWLEDGE

I think there are some reasons why we have a delayed service and the world is not being reached.

I-Faith in the wrong place.

II-Finances in the wrong order.

III-Fervent prayer neglected.

Matthew 9:35-38
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
[36] But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. [37] Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
[38] Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Published in: on January 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

What a Month!

October was a very busy month for our church! Homecoming, Camp meeting and our Fall Program kept us in high gear! We are very thankful to the Lord for all the great services and the souls that were saved throughout these events! We are looking forward to what God has in store for us in these last several weeks of the year!

Published in: on November 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Great Homecoming Day!

God really blessed us yesterday with a great homecoming service! We enjoyed singing from several different groups and also heard tremendous preaching by our former Pastor, Preacher Wishon. After the morning service everyone went to the gym where we enjoyed an awesome meal! Afterwards, we went back into the church auditorium to hear some more good singing. We also praise the Lord for a young lady who was saved yesterday afternoon!

Published in: on October 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Praise the Lord!

We had a great day yesterday with 3 souls saved!

Published in: on September 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

17 September, 2012 17:56

We had a great day here at church yesterday! We were able to see 2 people trust Jesus as their Saviour! We also praise the Lord for the two great messages the Lord used to speak to our hearts through Preacher Barker!

Published in: on September 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

What a Day!

We had a great day here at church yesterday! We were able to see 3 people saved in our Junior Church and 4 people saved in the main auditorium in the morning services! Praise the Lord! Be in prayer for our upcoming Camp Meeting and also our Homing Coming day coming up in October!

Published in: on September 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Praise the Lord!

God blessed us here at church yesterday with two great services! We praise the Lord for the young man who accepted Christ and also the young lady who made public her profession.

Published in: on September 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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