Introductory Observations of what God blessed in Ruth and Boaz's relationship: 1. Parental honor (Ruth 3:5-6, 17; God blesses Ruth's honoring of her only parental figure left) 2. Purposed towards marriage (3:9-10; note: no positive portrayal in Scripture of recreational relationships) 3. Pre-eminence of the LORD and His blessing (3:10) 4. Personal character attracts the godly (3:11; focus first on being the right person, not finding the right person) 5. Principles of God's Word govern relationship (3:12-13, 4:1-10) 6. Purity till marriage (4:13; saving its blessings till the covenant commitment)
The Responsibility of Parents as Believers - In God's Law, the father was held responsible for the purity of a daughter living in his house (Dt. 22:20-21) - fathers teach children: guard your heart (Prov. 4:20-23) and eyes (4:25-27) and ears (5:1-4) and steps (5:5-14) - both father and mother's wisdom and teaching is to protect from impurity and its consequences (6:20-33) - a mother to her son on what to look for in a wife (Prov. 31; Naomi also counsels Ruth as ‚Äėmy daughter')
The Responsibility of Other Believers - Titus 2 models older believers instructing the younger of the same gender in purity, self-control, conduct, etc. - The whole church should honor marriage (Heb 13:4) and hold its own accountable to God's standard (1 Cor 5)
The Responsibility of the Single Believer - Follow the above Scriptures and flee as far and fast as you can from youthful lusts, with godly believers in your life for accountability (2 Tim. 2:22) so you can be more useful and pleasing to the Lord (v. 21) - Some focus on ‚Äėabstinence' but Christians should focus on purity
Pastor Phil Layton is committed to expository preaching, the sufficiency of Scripture for ministry and all of life, the doctrines of grace, spreading a passion for a high view of God and His Word, and pursuing a ministry that is Scripture-saturated, Christ-centered,...