ARCHIVES - JOSHUA-RUTH
October 28, 2021, 7:42 PM

SERMON SEEDS ARCHIVES

JOSHUA – RUTH

Through no fault of our own, about 5 years of Sermon Seeds was deleted from the Website of the First Baptist Church.

We decided that it was time to begin archiving them in a different way.

Please be patient as we gradually archive these outlines.

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JOSHUA 1:8 – BOOKWORM

In America, the expression, "bookworm" refers to someone who is always reading or studying.  "His nose", we might say, "is always in a book."  According to Joshua 1:8, when it comes to the Bible, Christians should all be "bookworms."

MY PORTION - "This book of the law..."

Joshua only had the first five books of the Bible. We have the completed Word of God.  The portion on which I build my life is to be "this book".  Jeremiah 15:16, 2 Timothy 2:15

MY PERMANENCE - "...shall not depart out of thy mouth..."

I am to refer to and talk about the Word of God as I speak.

In order to do this, I must memorize God's Word. Psalm 119:11, John 15:7

MY PROCESS - "...but thou shalt meditate therein day and night..."

Again, to meditate, we must memorize!  Meditation involves reflection upon the meaning of God's Word, and application to my own life.

Psalm 1:2, Psalm 119:97

MY PURPOSE - "...that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein..."

I hide God's Word in my heart and meditate on it so I will learn to obey the Book!

MY PROMISE - "...for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

See Psalm 1:3

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JOSHUA 23 – AN OLD SOLDIER SPEAKS

Introduction: Vss. 1-2

REMINDER OF PAST VICTORIES  Vs. 3

REMINDER OF FUTURE CONQUESTS  Vss. 4-5

REMINDER OF CURRENT RESPONSIBILITIES  Vss. 6-8

  1. Obedience Vs. 6

  2. Separation

        Negative Vss. 7,12

        Positive Vs. 8

  3. Devotion Vs. 11

REMINDER OF GOD'S JUDGMENT Vss. 12-16

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JUDGES 13 – SAMSON AND ME

 

We can relate to many of the Bible Characters. We have all been impetuous like Peter and disturbed like Martha.  We've all fallen into sin like David and seen the Lord deliver us from trouble like Daniel.

Other Bible characters are not as easy for us to relate to.  One such character is Samson. We may not think that we have much in common with him, but we do.

SAMSON WAS SPECIAL - I AM SPECIAL Vss. 1-5

Samson had a special birth. - Vss. 1-3 As a Christian, so did I. - John 3:1-16

Samson was a special person - Vs. 5 - As a Christian, so am I. - Ephesians 1:3-6

Samson lived a special life - Vss. 4-5 - As a Christian, so should I - Titus 2:11-13

SAMSON WAS SELECTED TO SERVE GOD - I HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO SERVE GOD Vs. 5

He was selected to deliver Israel.

I am selected to be a faithful servant to my Lord Jesus Christ and to be his ambassador. John 15:16, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

SAMSON WAS SEPARATED - I AM SEPARATED Vss. 4-5, 13-14

Please note that there are two types of separation. The first kind is positional. That comes with birth. The other kind is practical. That is lived out on a daily basis. Samson was born separated, and did practice some forms of separation (long hair of a Nazarite).  However, his biggest problem was a lack of separation from foreign women.

As Christians, we have been separated unto God. - 1 Peter 2:9

As Christians, we are to live a separated life. - 1 Peter 1:15-16

SAMSON WAS SPIRIT MOVED - I SHOULD BE SPIRIT FILLED - Vss. 24-25

See Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:22-23

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RUTH 1 & 3 – MOTHER IN-LAW

There have been many jokes about mother in-laws (You may tell one or two, if you feel so led.), however there have been many good and godly mother in-laws. My mother in-law, Grace Adams, was a Christian woman who quietly worked behind the scenes to help those in need.

In the book of Ruth we meet Naomi, who was by no means perfect, but in the end, had a positive witness on her daughter in-law, Ruth. Here is her story.

SHE WANDERED FROM GOD - 1:1-5

In a time of famine Naomi went with her husband Elimelech into the land of Moab.

They should have remained in God's land among God's people.

During this time of wandering her sons married unsaved girls, Moabites.

Her husband died, and so did her sons.

SHE WENT HOME - 1:6-7

She was returning to God's land of blessing. She was coming back to where she once had been.

SHE WITNESSED TO HER DAUGHTERS IN-LAW - 1:8-18

This was not traditional witnessing as we would think of it.

However, she must have talked enough about the Lord, that Ruth was willing to follow her and claim her God.

Naomi actually tried to send her daughters in-law back, and Orpah did return to Moab.

Her influence on Ruth was strong enough, however, that she stayed by Naomi and went to Israel with her. She also claimed the God of Israel as her God.

Mother in-laws can have a very strong influence on their daughters and sons in-law for good or bad.

SHE WORKED TOWARDS RUTH'S WELL-BEING - 3:1-4

It was Naomi who told Ruth to approach Boaz, seeking that he redeem her as a kinsman-redeemer.

It was her advice that led to the redemption of Ruth, her marriage to Boaz, and the birth of Obed, the grandfather of David. See chapters 3-4 to fill in the details.

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