Persistence - Psalm 129
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Despite persecution, believers are not dissuaded from the Christian Way.
- Despite persecution
- The Christian Way
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: This week we learned about the importance of persistence in the journey of life. Can you recall an activity, interest, hobby or commitment about which you decided to discontinue… and the consequent results? Or can you recall an activity in which you persevered despite significant headwinds… and the consequent results?
- In 2 Corinthians 11:23-29, the Apostle Paul identifies the many and various hardships he faced in the Christian life. What is startling is that he “boasts” about these trials and hardships in v. 23. To what end can you boast about hardships in your life?
- Maybe you think that you are given more hardships than you can handle. The Psalmist describes a limit that God places on the suffering enemies may inflict on his people (v. 4). What does Paul say about this in 1 Corinthians 10:13?
- The Psalmist does show a measure of anger toward those who are against the things of God (129:5-8). How may this be a constructive response that ultimately gives honor to God and love to God’s enemies?
- The last verse tells those in its hearing not to extend a blessing to people who are rebellious against God and his ways (v. 8). In other words, we are not to encourage or enable people in their antagonism toward God. Are there some relationships in your life that may be marked by this? What is God calling you to do?
Taking It Home: Robert Frost, in a Servant to Servants, says: “the best way out is always through.” What has your experience been with commitments that you desperately want to get out of? How has Frost’s statement resonated with your experience? Where is God calling you to be persistent?
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 welcome you in the library (Room 207).
FAREWELL POTLUCK FOR PASTOR CASEY AND FAMILY
Please make plans to join us for a potluck luncheon immediately following the Sunday service on July 28 to honor Pastor Casey, Valerie and Maddie Franklin. We are thankful for their enthusiastic ministry here and pray for God’s hand of blessing as they are led to plant a church in South Denver. Bring an entrée and side dish or dessert.
MOPS ANNUAL GARAGE SALE
Our Mothers of Preschoolers program is holding their annual fundraising garage sale on August 3, and they are gratefully accepting donations. Now is a great time to get rid of your stuff, including clothing, accessories, home furnishings, toys, games, books, electronics and household items. If you can help, please contact the church office or Keturah Kerst at 720.44.MOPS1
STUDENT MINISTRIES INFORMATIONAL MEETING
There will be a meeting for parents and students on Sunday, August 4 at 9:00 AM, in the Chapel to discuss the upcoming plans for student ministries. Please join us and find out how you can be involved as we move forward!
FAITH DAY AT COORS FIELD
There is only this weekend left to purchase your tickets to celebrate Faith Day with the Colorado Rockies! The game is August 11 beginning at 2:10 PM and our seats will be in Section U334 (upper deck - right behind home plate). There is a concert by David Crowder immediately following the game! The seats are $16.00 each and your payment, made in the church office by Sunday, July 21, secures your ticket.
THE GATHERING IN JULY
What do you do if your parents get caught in a fraudulent deal? How can you help and what can you be aware of before something happens? What can we do to protect our children from the bad parts of the Internet? Come to The Gathering on July 21 for answers to these vital questions from Joe Fowler. We meet in Room 104 at 9:00 AM.
JULY MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT: PROPERTIES MINISTRY
The Properties Ministry Team at Aspen Ridge stays busy with improvements and projects that help to maintain, restore and improve the church campus and surrounding areas. This includes two sub-teams: the Campus Improvement Committee and the Church Care Crew. Please see our website for a list of activities that are now underway. For more information contact Jeff Goodwin at 303.679.1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENT MINISTRIES THIS SUMMER
Our Middle School Ministry will meet on Wednesday here at the church for a BBQ and shaving cream war from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Our High School Ministry meets on Thursday at the church at 6:00 PM for a ride and returning to the church at 9:00 PM. Keep up to date with these ministries on our church website with the link under Summer Ministries.