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April 19, 2015 - Building Community - Our Causes - Ruth 1:8-9, 16-18

posted Apr 20, 2015, 7:08 AM by Grant Garber
  • Sooner or later, we all experience a famine.
  • Being smart people who are good at taking initiative, we eventually decide to make some changes, hoping they will lead to a better life.
  • This is the great problem with our plans to start over when we have times of famine.  We are only buying time until the next heartache comes along.  We cannot save ourselves from the famines of life because for salvation, we have always needed a Savior.
  • God doesn't act intermittently, but continuously.
  • Naomi is not our model evangelist.
    • Cynical
    • Angry
    • Rather than trying to gather people into the holy community, she keeps trying to make them go away.
  • We build the community of faith not by bringing our strengths and successes to it.  We build a spiritual community by confessing our weakness, our hurts, our failures, and our sin.  That is what opens our hearts to the grace of a Savior, and it is the grace that does the building. 
  • Maybe people come to our church not because Christians are so winsome, but just because we know how to find this Savior.
  • Jesus is the only One who can bring us home, and Jesus is the only One who can do anything about the famine in our souls.  He is certainly the only One who can build our community.
  • This is the great cause of the community we build.  This is why we give our time, our money, and our heart to this church.  It is because we believe that in Jesus Christ, “…the Lord had come to his people by providing food for them…”
  • We keep calling you the Beloved of God.  Someday, you, too, will embrace that identity.
Pastor Jim Spon | Ruth 1:8-9, 16-18