Faithfulness on the Line
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How have we broken faith with God’s people?
- God’s people are indeed one.
- Judah has profaned the sanctuary of God.
- May God cut off this legacy.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: Rodney King uttered a famous line during the Los Angeles riots… “Why can’t we all just get along?” Think back to a time when you felt betrayed, perhaps by a person of faith or even by a church (we won’t name names). How did you feel? Why was this difficult to process? How have you been able to come full circle?
- A foundational premise of this passage is that God’s people are one. What happens in the life of one person may have a profound effect on the whole believing community. Discuss 1 Cor. 12:21-26 and observe how this truth is illustrated.
- The issue had to do with God’s people diluting their faith by marrying people who do not believe in the God of the Bible. This mandate is repeated in the New Testament (1 Cor. 7:39). How have you seen the wisdom of this mandate in your own experience?
- The subject of relationships with the opposite sex before marriage is not addressed in this passage. However, the Bible is not silent on this issue. Read 1 Thess. 4:3-8 and discuss how these principles can be communicated and applied across generations.
- Malachi talks about “cutting off” the descendants of those who have broken faith from the people of God. What does God’s discipline look like in Hebrews 12? How does one bring God’s disciplinary love alongside God’s love for the world?
Taking It Home: It is time to realize that your decisions affect many people, whatever your relational status. Your decisions make a difference to God, to your small group and to your church family. Have you broken faith with God’s people? Is it time to make that apology, turn from that rebellion, and humble yourself before God?
If you are visiting today or if you are new to Aspen Ridge Church, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff is available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, Pastor Jeff and his wife Mary will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.
COOK TEAMS FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Do you have a passion for cooking and a need to share your gift? We have just the place for you! We have openings for two new cooking teams for our Wednesday night meals, which would allow us each to cook one night a month. If you are interested, please contact Maria Stimens at 303.816.1657 – we would love to hear from you.
FREEZER MEAL PREP IN OCTOBER
Michelle Schroeder will guide you through the preparation of “Freezer Meals” on Tuesday, October 15 in the upstairs kitchen from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Toddler and nursery care provided. We have now included a smaller portion option and one for people who cannot attend. Please see our website for meal selections and cost. Your payment will secure your spot. Contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
MOPS BARN DANCE FUNDRAISER
There are only 2 weeks left to get your tickets for this fun occasion! So, kick up your heels and enjoy dinner, dancing and bidding on a variety of auction items at this community event benefitting Aspen Ridge MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Saturday, October 26 from 5:00 - 9:30 PM, at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park. Tickets are $10 each and are available in the church office (18 and older please). The timing is perfect so you can come to The Barn at 5:00 PM, attend the Saturday night service at 6:00 PM, and come back to The Barn for more fun!
The Gathering is an interactive group that meets Sunday at 9:00 AM in Room 104. During the month of October, we are taking a look at the Reformation. A question recently asked was “What does the Reformation really mean to us in the church today?” Steve and Lori Blum are taking us through a serious look at this event and how it impacts modern Christianity.
OCTOBER MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT: OUTREACH
The Outreach team is involved in helping Aspen Ridge Church fulfill the mission of the church, to make disciples of all nations and to be witnesses of Jesus both locally and globally. We strive to facilitate these both corporately and individually. We are currently going through a review and change process to become more effective stewards of the resources (financial & people) that God has entrusted us. If you are interested in participating in that process or in getting involved in reaching our community and world, please contact Mark Whaley or Norm Lewis.
Middle Schoolers – Mark your calendars for a trip to JumpStreet at Colorado Mills! We are meeting at the church at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 19 and returning by 5:00 PM. Please bring $15 for JumpStreet and some more for ice cream afterward. Bring a friend and come join us!
Middle & High School, please plan to attend a Turkey Day Scavenger Hunt on November 2. Our tentative schedule is to meet at the church at 3:00 PM, returning by 8:00 PM. Please check our website for more details on these fun events.
Student Community Bible Study (6th - 12th grades) has begun on Sunday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, with dinner included. We are studying the book of Genesis. Please contact Ronna Adams at 303.679.0150 for information.
Barry Strickland, New Wilderness Adventures, Texas
- for the great response to Wild At Heart and Battlefield of the Mind studies at several Texas prisons.
- for Barry and Chandra Adams that they will be able to get the Captivating message into women's prisons soon.
- for Barry's health issues to be resolved quickly and fully.