Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: What does genuine humility look like?
- Humility begins and ends with God.
- Humility stems from the heart.
- Humility stands in opposition to pride.
- Humility knows its limitations.
- Humility quiets its own soul.
- Humility matures through afflictions.
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: This week we learned about the importance of humility, and the danger of pride, in the Christian way. In our culture, there are times and occasions when the word “pride” may be seen as a virtue, and other times and occasions when it is seen as a vice. Take a few moments to distinguish between these two, and illustrate the difference from your own life.
- The Apostle Peter says in 1 Peter 5:5, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” What do the verses that surround 1 Peter 5:5 say about how we are to humble ourselves to receive God’s grace?
- There is a type of false humility where a person attempts to humble himself or herself but still thinks he is better than others. How does the Apostle Paul describe this false humility in Colossians 2:18-23? What is the Christian way?
- Another trap people may fall into lies in confusing self-pity with humility. Self-pity is in reality a manifestation of pride. Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak which says “I deserve admiration because I have sacrificed so much.” React.
- Jesus is the fullest picture of genuine humility in the whole Bible. Read Philippians 2:3-11 and marvel at the humility of Jesus Christ. How is Jesus’ humility worthy of worship and adoration?
Taking It Home: Genuine humility is an attitude or posture a human being may display in relationship to a sovereign, holy God. Jesus invites all people who labor and are heavy laden to come to Him to find rest (Mt. 11:28-9). What does coming to Jesus look like in your life?
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).
We invite our whole church family, including students, to an informational meeting on Sunday, August 4 in the church fellowship hall. We will discuss plans for student ministries, our “stronger” marriage conference and new initiatives for 2013-14. Please attend and look for ways to fold into the life of our church, as we trust God to fulfill our mission of inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ together. If you missed this meeting, please see Pastor Jeff’s blog on our website for complete details.
STRONGER: A WEEKEND MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
Please set aside the weekend of September 6-8 for a Marriage Conference at Aspen Ridge Church. The cost will be $60 per couple ($40 per single) and will include lunch and dinner on Saturday, childcare and all conference materials. This event will strengthen your marriage in whatever stage of life you and your spouse may find yourselves. Find out more and register online at AspenRidgeChurch.org/stronger.
THE GATHERING FROM AUGUST 11 – SEPTEMBER 1
The Gathering is an interactive group that meets Sunday at 9:00 AM in Room 104. Beginning on August 11and running through September 1, Dave Mathewson will help us take a look at biblical prophecies and events occurring in our lifetime.
FREEZER MEAL PREP IN AUGUST
If you are interested in stocking up your freezer and helping others in need, this ministry is for you! Michelle Schroeder will guide you through the preparation of “Freezer Meals” on Tuesday, August 20 in the upstairs kitchen from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Toddler and nursery care provided. 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 you may have.
On Saturday, August 10 at 8:00 AM, Dave Mathewson will be speaking about current issues in the New Testament and dealing specifically with the topic of homosexuality. Men, please mark your calendars and plan to join us.
AUGUST MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT:
When you see mention of the Worship Arts Team, you probably think of "music" 90% of the time. This team, however, has the capacity to include YOU even if you have no musical skills. There are needs in video, photography and other visual arts of all kinds. We would love to see you using your gifts in all kinds of expressions of worship. Contact Pastor Kerry or Chaz for more information!
STUDENT MINISTRIES THIS SUMMER
Middle School Ministry will meet on August 14 for a back-to-school party. You can keep up to date with the most current information on our website. High School Ministry will meet this Thursday at the church at 6:00 PM for a ride, returning at 9:00 PM.
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OPPORTUNITY
Our MOPS Ministry is looking to fill two childcare positions within our MOPPETS. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 9:00 – 11:30 AM, September through May. Volunteer and paid positions are available. This is not simply a childcare position, but a unique opportunity to minister to children about God. Do you desire to encourage Moms who need it? If so, please contact Sommer Randol at 303.674.6890 or email@example.com for more information.
Ben and Judy McComb, Youth Net Work
- for the teens impacted by the David Becker Memorial Scholarship Fund.
- for the ministries of Youth Net Work, especially Lunch Club as it resumes in September.
- for Ben and Judy as they work with high school students.