Famous Last Words
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: What are Malachi’s final words before over 400 years of God’s silence?
- Admonition – Remember the Law of Moses, v. 4.
- Promise – Elijah will come before the Day of the Lord, v. 5.
- Warning – I may come and strike the land with a curse, v. 6.
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 final words. God speaks
through Malachi the final words of the Old Testament. If you had final
words to speak with your family members, what would you say? Why?
- Malachi instructs the people of God to “remember the law of Moses” (4:4). However, obedience to God’s law could never result in assurance of salvation. How is the Christian believer called to utilize the law in the Christian life?
- Alva McClain describes the proper use of the “law” for the Christian the following way: it is “the will of God in the context of His grace given in our Lord Jesus Christ revealed in the entire Word of God written.” How does this statement help answer the previous question?
- The Elijah figure will have a prominent ministry, and in the spiritual preparation for the kingdom he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children (and vice versa). How has God brought healing into your family relationships, and how are you trusting that He will do so in the future? What is the role of the church in that healing?
- There is a threat of utter destruction issued to those who are not spiritually ready for the great and awesome day of the Lord (4:6). From where does resistance come to the concept of eternal suffering? How are we to deal with such resistance?
Taking It Home: This passage places Judgment Day in view for all
people. What does preparation for this Day look like in your life? Is
there forgiveness to be received or given?
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, Pastor Jeff and his wife Mary will meet you at the
Welcome Center in the entryway.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER – BIRD IS THE WORD!
We invite you to enjoy a FREE meal with us at Aspen Ridge Church
during this season of Thanksgiving. There is no dress code, just come as
you are and let us serve you. Bring along a friend and meet your
neighbors this Sunday evening, November 24 at 5:00 PM.
There is an online directory of those who are members and regular
attenders at Aspen Ridge Church. To access this list, visit our website,
click the Churchteams link and enter aspen.Member for the password.
Please look for an email soon to update your contact information in this
database. If you have any questions or would like to be included in this
directory, please contact the church office.
Do you want to be a man of influence in your home, work and church in
2014? Aspen Ridge Church will be offering a leadership development
track called 'Impact Player' for those who want to be challenged further in
their Christian lives. This will be a monthly gathering centered around
vital topics for men in the Christian life. If you are interested in knowing
more, please be in touch with our church office.
Baptism is a great way to start a new year. If you are interested in
participating during the first weekend in January, please contact the
church office. There will be orientation meetings with Pastor Jeff on
December 15 and 22 at 9:00 AM.
The Gathering is open to all, meeting in Room 104 during the 9:00 AM
hour. For 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
Are you a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Then you are a
repository of spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:7, 12-31 teaches us that the
Holy Spirit gives all believers a spiritual gift and that the whole body of
Christ should be working together using our gift as He directs. We also
believe that we are accountable for how we use our spiritual gifts
(Matthew 25:14–30). Would you like to know more about spiritual gifts? If
you would, contact the church office or Mike Kelly. We would love to see
more of our believers serving God in whatever way He sees fit.
LOST AND FOUND
Items in the Lost and Found will be donated on November 25. The Lost
and Found is located in the lower level next to the elevator.
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 have begun on
Wednesdays from 5:50 – 6:20 PM, and we still have room for you!
Please see Maryjean Fowler for more details.
High Schoolers – Save the date for Winter Camp 2014, January 24-26
and watch for details coming soon!
STUDENT COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
Student CBS will be not be meeting on November 24 and December 1
due to Thanksgiving break.
John and Dottie Davis, International House of Philoxenia, Oregon
- for the International students (all women) who have become Christians and are growing.
- for good times with family.
- for the male students (who are more resistant) to respond to the gospel.