What does it mean to bear witness or be a witness? In Christianese, that word typically connotes telling someone about Jesus. But in legal terms, a witness is someone who can provide firsthand testimonial evidence of an event taking place. So the first definition is certainly true, but makes more sense with the legal definition included. In our scripture text for this coming Sunday, Boaz secures witnesses for his act of redemption. And as a type of Christ, the way that Boaz redeems Ruth in the presence of witnesses, and the witnesses’ response to this act, is extremely important to us.
In the few days between now and Sunday morning, use this page and the links on it to prepare for worship at Uptown Church. Sing the hymns with the recordings, or better yet, pull out that guitar you haven’t touched in months or years. The chords are provided. But however you do it, I encourage you to take time alone and/or with your family to prepare to meet with Jesus.
Scripture: Ruth 4:9-12
Sermon: “Witnesses for Redemption”
Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne
Confession of Faith : Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 31
Q. 31 Why is He called Christ, that is, Anointed?
A. Because He has been ordained by God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Spirit, to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of His body has redeemed us, and who continually intercedes for us before the Father; and our eternal King, who governs us by His Word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in the redemption obtained for us.