Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 17 - 34
17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk.22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night 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, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.
33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.
And when I come I will give further directions.
Memory Verse: "But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands." Exodus 20:6 NLT
This is not just another day! Today is a day of redemption for the people of God! It is time to put up or shut up!
“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.” ― Søren Kierkegaard, The Journals of Kierkegaard
Ruth 4:4b NIV - "If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line." "I will redeem it," he said.
1. The Redeemer
Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
2) Present: Colossians 1:13-14
3) Future: Faith that it will occur! Job 19:25 NIV - I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on
4) Closer now than ever! Luke 21:28 NIV - When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near.“
5) So Redeem the time! Eph 5:16 KJV - Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Col 4:5 KJV - Walk in
wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
2. The Redeemed
2) Descendant is provided
3) Divine blessing is shared among the nations (Even the Moabite)!
Scripture Reading: Ruth 3
God provides His rest and security for us by providing redemptive marriage relationships!
1. Looking for a place of rest/provision:
2. Righteous Covering or Compromise?
b. She was offered Refuge under God’s wings/Boaz’ field and provision/protection:
Psalm 91:4, Psalm 36:7, psalm 57:1, psalm 17:8, psalm 61:4, 63:7, Luke 13:34
(see Lev. 25:25-55); also in verses 12 and 13.
Male relative who, according to various laws found in the Pentateuch, had the privilege or responsibility to act for a
relative who was in trouble, danger, or need of vindication.
b. He had to be able to perform;
c. He had to be willing.
3. Respond in righteousness!
of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.
b. Nearer Kinsman? Someone else will have the first chance.
Scripture Reading: Ruth 2
God provides relationships of refuge that will lift us from bitterness into joy!
1. What had God provided for Naomi? Does God Deal Bitterly?
Josh Pilgrim, Pastor