Sinclair Ferguson is one of the greatest living theologians and his exposition on the Book of Ruth demonstrates his deep understanding of the original Hebrew text as well as his pastoral care towards those who hear his preaching. Ferguson shows truly what it means to be a pastor-scholar and his exposition on the Book of Ruth, Faithful God,
is a must own by any who seek to study as well as apply the deep theological truths of this Old Testament book.
To rest any confusion away from those who are interested in, Faithful God, this work is not a commentary per-say. Rather it is a series of sermons preached by Ferguson during his ministry in Wales during the mid-1990s. The first four chapters in this book represent the sermons he preached which are followed by the text which he preached from. Every sermon is written in classic Ferguson style, with gripping personal stories, deep exegetical trues, and application to any reader who picks us up, regardless of where they are in life. I have read many works by Sinclair Ferguson, and this work, Faithful God, is one of the best books he has ever written.
As a minister of the Gospel, I have preached through the Book of Ruth, handful of times actually, and I have always lacked a good expositional work which draws out practical insights in a warm pastoral town. This book fills this need, for it gives pastors who are looking to supplement a exegetical work, wonderfully written needed pastoral wisdom to pass on to their congregation. Ferguson showcases how God sovereignly chooses and saves those he wishes to accomplish his Redemptive historical plan.
While this work is a great tool for pastors, it is also a great tool for the Sunday school teacher or normal church-goer. For a while Ferguson is known as a high academic, his ties to academia never overshadow his deep pastoral concern for those in the church and this book teaches anyone and everyone how to be winsomely reformed in their discipleship as well as their evangelism.
This book receives my highest recommendation. I cannot under sell how much this work will impact a person’s lives and those whom you share it with.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Evangelical Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Faithful God: An Exposition of the Book of Ruth
© 2005 by Sinclair Ferguson
Publisher: Evangelical Press
Page Count: 160 Pages