November 9-10, 2013

MESSAGE NOTES

 Profanity on the Line
Malachi 3:13-18
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: How have we spoken against God?

  • We speak against God if we see no profit in serving God, v. 13-15.
  • We speak for God if we see profit in serving God, v. 16-18.


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 finding benefit or profit in
serving God. The Bible calls us to find the best and highest pleasures
in God. How is this different from dutiful or obligatory religion? Can you
draw upon personal examples?

Digging Deeper:

  1. There are plenty of examples of believers saying hard things toward
    God in the Psalms (Ps. 73:1-12). However, in this passage the prophet
    calls out those who say hard things against God. What is the difference
    and why is that difference so important?
  2. God confronts through Malachi those who were “keeping His charge” and even “walking in mourning” (v.14). These do not sound like matters worthy of confrontation. What could be wrong with one or the other?
  3. The life of the mind is important in Christian growth. The prophet commends those who “esteem” (think about) God’s name. What does the context tell us about the content of this self-talk? Where should self-talk be challenged to conform to this pattern?
  4. What kind of distinction do you see between the righteous and the wicked? How is that difference blurred in our generation?

Taking It Home: Sermon-based small groups are a practical way we
can apply the insights of this passage: “those who feared the Lord
spoke with one another.” How can you become a regular contributor to
the life of your small group? What service project has your small group
taken up?

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, Pastor Jeff and his wife Mary will meet you at the
Welcome Center in the entryway.

 
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 is hosting a “Food in
My House” this weekend November 9 & 10. We are providing 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!


HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY WISHES TO HARRY SMITH
Gary and Bob Smith (sons) would like to invite you to stop by after the
service in the entryway for a piece of cake to celebrate Harry’s birthday
and share the blessings of this occasion with him.

 
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 Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 in the
entryway. NO tickets will be sold at the door. Bring a favorite appetizer or
dessert to share.


WELCOME LUNCHEON FOR HUNTER AND LAUREN HEADLEY

You are invited to a potluck lunch to welcome Hunter, our new Director of
Student Ministries and his wife Lauren to Aspen Ridge Church right after
the service on Sunday, November 17. Please bring an entrée and a side
dish or dessert to share, paper goods and beverages provided.


FREEZER MEAL PREP IN OCTOBER

Michelle Schroeder will guide you through the preparation of “Freezer
Meals” on Tuesday, December 3 in the upstairs kitchen from 9:00 AM –
2:00 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. Payment is due by November
22. Contact Michelle at michlewis24@yahoo.com with any questions.


THE GATHERING

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

Psalm 100:2 says: “Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his
presence with singing!” (ESV). I don’t know about you, but I can’t sing a
lick –doesn’t that matter to God? But He does start this verse out with
“Serve” and in the NIV it says “Worship”; that gives the idea that serving
God is extremely important. One of ways to serve God is to serve your
church, and if your church is Aspen Ridge, we would like to hear from
you. Serving here might be taking part in the Coffee Ministry Team,
being a Greeter at the doors, Ushering in the services or many other
opportunities. To learn more about the places of service, please turn in a
communication card, call the church office, or contact Mike Kelly.


LOST AND FOUND

Items in the Lost and Found will be donated just prior to Thanksgiving.
Please take a moment to look for your lost items. 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 begin
Wednesday, November 6 from 5:50 – 6:20 PM. Please see Maryjean
Fowler for more details!


STUDENT MINISTRIES

Come join Hunter Headley, our new Director of Youth Ministries, for the
middle school and high school kick-off events. Uproar will have a
“Biggest Banana Split Ever!” party on Wednesday, November 13. Cross
Culture will chow down with a Taco Party on Thursday, November 14.
High Schoolers – Save the date for Winter Camp 2014, January 24-26
and watch for details coming soon!


MISSIONS OUTREACH

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
www.persecution.com and www.icommittopray.com and www.idop.org

Pray

  • for the families of those who have been killed or harmed, or are
    in prison for their faith.
  • for those in prison because they are Christians, that their faith will be strong, they will love and witness to their enemies.
  • for the free world to commit to pray for the persecuted church.