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Hello, I am Pastor Scott McInnis. I am excited to be the Pastor here at Red Branch Baptist Church. I have been in ministry for 13 years, mostly in Youth ministry and Evangelism. I started here at RBBC in August 2009. I am a graduate of Andersonville Theological Seminary.
I am married to Jill McInnis and we have two children, Stephen 15 years old, and Rebekah 8 years old. We live in Carthage.
We are so grateful to have the privilege of being a part of RBBC. Everyone is like family.
We are so blessed to be a part of this ministry. We would love for you and your family to come join us in worship to our God.
Message: It’s Decision that Determines Destiny (Ruth 1: 1-18).
1. The Principle of a Willing Choice (vv. 1-2).
we are free to choose. God sets before us today the same choice that was before Elimelech: the choice between life and death, blessing and cursing (Deut. 30:19).
God desires us to choose life. We are not free not to choose, we always make a choice. Some say that they will not say yes or no to Jesus; that they simply will not make a decision about Jesus. But that in itself is a decision: to choose not to say yes to Jesus is to say no to Him (Matt. 12:30; Luke 11:23.
The biggest decision we will ever make is to say yes to Jesus as Lord.
2. The Problems of a Wrong Choice.
Elimelech made a wrong choice when he decided to go into the land of Moab. See the Moabites were the enemies of Israel and Moab was a cursed land and a pagan nation.
Elimelech made a wrong choice due to 3 basic reasons:
1. He had a wrong motive (v. 1).
2. He had a wrong method. He walked by sight, not by faith.
3. He had the followed the wrong master and it brought death (vv. 3-5).
3. The Power of a Wise Choice (vv. 7-18).
Ruth decided to go with her mother-in-law to Bethlehem. Ruth’s decision changed the course of her life. Ruth previously lived a cursed life (Deut. 3:23; Eph. 2:12).
We have a sentence of death upon us because of Adam, the head of the human race, died; and in Adam, we all die (2 Cor. 5:17).
When Ruth decided to stay with Naomi and serve the living God, all things became new for her (vv. 16-17).
1. New determination.
2. New direction.
3. New dependence.
4. New desire.
5. New devotion.
6. New destiny.
When we choose Christ, we too have a new destiny (Rom. 8: 38-39).