Beautiful Sermon! There is tremendous passion that comes out of this sermon that will be a blessing and strengthening for the True Christian, saved by Grace. Ruth speaks to us so deeply that we love her Naomi like our own family.
A Christ-exalting sermon Pastor Pickett:
Thank you again for â€śpreaching Christâ€ť in all his fulness and expounding the precious gospel truths found in this lovely text.
Such precious and glorious truths! Christ, our Redeemer Kinsman, as typified by Boaz. Ruth finding grace in the sight of Boaz, as do all who by grace come to know the Lord and find grace in His sight. The spirit of Ruth which compelled her to leave all, that she might be found amongst the people of God pointing to the Spirit of Christ that indwells true believers & inclines us to forsake all for Christ. Ruth, in her marriage to Boaz, typifying the bride of Christ, to whom all the saints are wed spiritually.
I praise God that the God of Ruth is my God too!
Once again you have ministered to my soul by speaking out of the "good treasure of your heart." (Matt.12:35a)
A most Instructive & Affecting Sermon By God's providence, many years ago, the Lord placed a gracious soul, not unlike Naomi in my path, who whereupon learning I was a Roman Catholic, placed a Bible in my hands. I have often thought of our encounter in the context of this passage in Scripture. Even as Naomi was the instrument God used to desire REST for Ruth, so was it placed upon her heart to desire that for me as well.
As I listen to the general tenor of your preaching, I cannot but sense that same heartfelt desire for the souls over whom God has given you the charge and watch, as that of Paul's, so lovingly expressed for his Jewish brethren in the flesh in his letter to the Romans: â€śBrethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.â€ť(Rom.10:1) and to the Galatians when he wrote: â€śMy little children,of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,â€ť(Gal.4:19) Though I am not a member of your congregation, yet by God's grace, I am privileged to sit under your gospel ministry, and as such, the Lord has laid it upon my heart to express my gratitude for your tireless labours in the gospel and would have you know I â€śesteem you highly in love for your work's sake."(1 Thess 5:13)
I believe the Lord truly has in answer to your prayer given you the heart of a pastor!