God in Unexpected Joy (Ruth 4a)

This week at Eastbrook, I continued our series on Ruth called “Unexpected” with a message from Ruth 4:1-12 entitled “God in Unexpected Joy.” The main point of my message is that God brings unexpected in the middle of our lives, even in empty places.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

Preludes to Joy

  • Emptiness and loss
  • Identity recalibration
  • Hard work and perseverance

The Groundwork of Joy

  • Planning
  • Risk
  • Waiting

Tensions That Lead to Joy

  • Boaz and the community
  • Boaz and the guardian-redeemer
  • Boaz and the opportunity

Taking Hold of Joy

  • Boaz’s commitment
  • Boaz’s perspective
  • Boaz’s initiative


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