THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 98th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: A COVENANT TO MARRY
Adult/Young Adult Topic: THE REWARD OF COMMITMENT
Printed Text: RUTH 3:1-6, 8-12, 16-18
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 98th Edition, 2018-2019
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Obedience and commitment to others may bring unanticipated rewards. How should loyalty be compensated? Ruth’s commitment to Naomi and her efforts to obey were rewarded with favor in Boaz’s eyes, marriage to a kinsman-redeemer, and the assurance of a comfortable life in the future.
Obedience to God and commitment to God are rewarded with blessings beyond anything we can even ask or think. With marriage being under attack and in decline in the African-American community, it is more important than ever to focus time, attention and financial resources in efforts and ministries that will help to develop strong and healthy dating relationships, engagements, and marriage relationships. When we have strong marriages, we have strong families, strong churches, strong schools, and strong cities. A healthy marriage is the one entity that can make a positive impact on the widest variety of community variables from economics, to education, health and longevity, crime, home ownership, and mental/emotional/spiritual well-being.
Lord, please help us to see the need for healthy marriages and strong homes within our community. Then please give us the strength to build those in our own lives and in the lives of others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen