Ruth: Putting Others First
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. 7 So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13 would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.”14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.17 Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” 18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.
V1-5 - Naomi’s misery
V6-7 - Journey to the Border
V8-15 - Logistics and Reasoning
V16-18 - Ruth’s commitment
4 Points from this passage about Godly Service:
Godly service toward others does not have a face
Godly service toward defies logic (v8-15)
Godly service toward others isn’t easy (v11,13)
Godly service toward others is sacrificial
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
25 In the same way, also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Ruth: Putting Others First
Sunday’s message looked at Ruth and taught us about the value of putting others first. Today’s
study will examine this topic by looking to two epistles from Paul: Titus and Philippians. As a group discuss the meaning of the word “Community”?
1. A few weeks ago in our study through James, we came across the topic of ‘Good Works’. As a believer, as a follower of Christ, and as a partner with CrossPointe; what is the purpose of good works? What is the end game?
2. Look at v. 1-2. Paul gives Titus a list of reminders that he should be teaching the Cretan church. What does this list include?
3. Of the list presented by Paul in v.1-2, how many of them relate to serving others and putting them first?
4. In thinking about the list in v. 1-2, why are these actions important to our church as a communi- ty? Think about the internal (the way the Church relates to itself and functions) and external (the way the church relates to the community in which they are located) implications and discuss them as a group.
5. In relation to putting others first, do you think that the way a Church operates internally, can affect they way it operates externally?
6. Read v.7. What is the outcome of our being justified by grace? What does this say about the Church as a community?
Now as a group, turn to Phil. 2:3-5. As a group, take the time to let these words set it. Read this passage a few time, and think about what Paul is telling us here.
7. What do you think is the most challenging part of these verses?
As fundamentally self-centered people--looking to the needs of others and counting them as more important and more significant than your own is a challenge. But, this is required if we are to be obedient to Christ, both in how He taught and in how He lived! Just like Ruth, if we want to stay true to the Gospel then we must learn to count others more significant than ourselves and put them first.