The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Ruth

 Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in Ruth

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Charts adapted from Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Ruth

Ruth: Theme

Ruth 4:14-15

“Empty to Full”

God uses Ruth and Boaz to fill Naomi’s emptiness by providing her with food and a son.

Then the women aid to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 

Christ-Focus in Ruth

Implications from Ruth

Hooks from Ruth

God became flesh in order to be our guardian-redeemer and provide us with fullness of life.

 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

 – John 10:10

We can embrace the fullness of life in Christ.

 (14) For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, (15) from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, (16) that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (17) so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, (19) and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (20) Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (21) to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen

 – Ephesians 3:14-21

Are the things you are relying on for fulfillment only leaving you empty instead?

 Do you really believe that other people would know how to meet your deepest needs and desires better than the One who created you?

 Isn’t it time for you to choose fullness over emptiness?

 Is your Christ-card maxed out?

 Are you cashing in on all the fullness of life in Christ?

 Do you know the contentment that God wants for you whatever your circumstances may be?

 How could you raise your credit limit?

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca,, and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 27 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and six grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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