This is all your fault, God!

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Ruth sermon 1: Bitterness with God and His grace to overcome all of that. Moving from I blame you to I praise You!

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This is all your fault, God!

  1. 1. This is All Your Fault, God! Ruth 1:1-22
  2. 2. IntroductionWho is in charge of this production?
  3. 3. Introduction • What do you say to FRIENDS when things are not going according to your plans? • Who is to BLAME for this? • What do you say to GOD?
  4. 4. The Show Begins• As the curtain rises, the DRAMA unfolds (1:1-5). – The stage is set with a series of UNFORTUNATE events. – The characters are engaged in CONFLICT. – The outcome seems HOPELESS. – The stage is set for DISASTER.
  5. 5. What does your stage look like right now?
  6. 6. The Plot Thickens• Scene 1: Good-byes at the Rest Area (1:6-18) – Naomi tried to FIRE her daughters-in-law. – Ruth was COMMITTED to Naomi and would not leave the set. – NAOMI finally gave up and continued on to BETHLEHEM.
  7. 7. What GIFTS are youready to pitch out, discard, or trash?
  8. 8. The Tension Mounts• Scene 2: Safely at Home (1:19-22) – Naomi spills her story and exposes her BITTER heart. – Naomi lays BLAME on God.
  9. 9. Are you BITTER with God right now?
  10. 10. The Tension Mounts• Scene 2: Safely at Home (1:19-22) – Naomi spills her story and exposes her BITTER heart. – Naomi lays BLAME on God. – The ladies arrived home JUST-IN-TIME for the harvest.
  11. 11. Are you eagerlyANTICIPATING what God will do next?
  12. 12. ConclusionI BLAME YOU! I TRUST YOU! I PRAISE YOU! BITTER BETTER You need a fresh dose (or appreciation) of God’s GRACE

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