November 2-3, 2013

MESSAGE NOTES

Distance on the Line
Malachi 3:6-12
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: How do we return to God?

  • We return by honoring God in tithes and offerings, v. 8.
  • We return by bringing the whole tithe into the storehouse, v. 10.
  • We return by testing God in His abundant provision, v. 10-12.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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: Today our topic has to do with returning to God in our financial giving. Unfortunately, there has been more than a little abuse of this passage and topic by Christian leaders and teachers. How have you seen this passage abused?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Review two passages on “tithe” in the Old Testament: Gen. 14:20, Lev. 27:30. In addition, an “offering” was distinct from a tithe in that it was a voluntary gift for a special purpose. How is negligence in this matter like robbing God?
  2. The IRS reports that Americans, on average give less than 1.7% for charitable contributions. According to www.emptytomb.com/research, Christian church member giving was 2.43% in 2008. Why are so many believers indifferent to God’s instruction to bring the “whole” tithe into the storehouse?
  3. Review God’s promise carefully in the second half of verse 10. How does this promise contrast with what many hear in the prosperity movement? What are additional distinctions between needs and wants?
  4. God invites us to put Him to the test on this matter of giving. However, many put God to the test in a different way… by accruing consumer debt. How can we resist a consumptive lifestyle?

Taking It Home: God invites people to put Him to the test in this passage. Why don’t you take the step of faith by bringing the whole tithe to your place of worship for the balance of the calendar year and then measure His faithfulness?


NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

If you are visiting today, 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, he will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.


DISCOVERY MINISTRY: FIND YOUR PLACE TO SERVE AND GROW

In this seminar, we will discover that God desires each one of us to be in ministry within this Christian community. We will understand that God has uniquely given us SHAPE to be a minister for the building up of the body of Christ. Please see Mike Kelly or Dick Rhinesmith if interested.


FOOD IN MY HOUSE

In Malachi 3:10 we hear the following: “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test…” In the spirit of this passage, our church will host a “Food in My House” weekend November 9 & 10. We will provide a free dinner on Saturday (5:00 – 6:00 PM) and a free brunch on Sunday (10:00 - 10:30 AM). Won’t you plan on joining us and bring a friend!


TOWN HALL MEETING

Aspen Ridge Church leadership will host a Town Hall Meeting on November 10 at 9:00 AM. First, we will bring an update on our progress toward completing our Director of Student Ministries search from Ron Kilgore and our search team. Second, we will hear a “problem statement” from our outreach ministry team. We would like to enlist church-wide input on how we go forward in outreach to our community and world.


WOMEN’S MINISTRY 18TH ANNUAL TASTE OF CHRISTMAS

Please join us on November 11 at 6:30 PM, for Mary Lou Powell’s Trunk Show and music by Melissa Newkirk and daughters. Tickets will be available on Sunday, November 3 or 10 in the entryway. NO tickets will be sold at the door. Bring a favorite appetizer or dessert to share. All ages are invited to enjoy a night out before the holiday rush begins. For more information, please contact Debbie Riedel at 303.674.6092.


YA DIG?

We would like to thank everyone who shared a part in these last two Saturdays of landscape work. Your efforts are beautiful and appreciated!


THE GATHERING

The Gathering is open to all, meeting in Room 104. During October, we are taking a look at the Reformation, and in November we will feature Steve Cyphers with five questions that will look at the relationship between science and our faith in Jesus.

 

NOVEMBER MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT: SERVICE

Have you ever wondered how things get done here at Aspen Ridge Church? Most of the “stuff” that happens here is done by volunteers. While we have awesome Aspen Ridge Church staff, they simply cannot do everything; and if they did, the rest of us would miss out on some terrific ministry opportunities. There is much Scripture about service; one is Galatians 5:13-14, For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (ESV). If you are hearing God’s call for you to be serving here at Aspen Ridge; make a note on a communication card, contact the church office, or contact Mike Kelly.


BENEVOLENT FUND GIVING

This Fund will be used for the Thanksgiving Ministry and to provide substantial support to the flood victims in Estes Park. To make a donation you can designate “Benevolent Fund” on your offering check. We also receive a benevolent offering on the weekend of the 1st Sunday.


CHILDREN’S MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY

Parents, we are making Christmas memories and are looking for children up to 6th grade to fill roles in our Nativity Play. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, November 6 from 5:50 – 6:20 PM. Please see Maryjean Fowler for more details!


STUDENT MINISTRIES

Check your calendar, pencil in these dates and join us for some exciting youth happenings! Uproar will have a Biggest Banana Split Ever! Party on November 13 and Cross Culture will chow down with a Taco Party on November 14. All families are also invited to a potluck lunch on Sunday, November 17 as we head into a new season of youth ministry.


MISSIONS OUTREACH

George and Kathy Schultz, United World Mission

Praise

  • for a terrific summer with 84 missionary trainees heading for ministry in 25 countries. 

Pray

  • for the fall, Nov/Dec, and spring terms which are full, that the participants will be better prepared for cross-cultural ministry.
  • for additional staff at CIT, and for personal support for the Schultzes.