January 4-5, 2014

MESSAGE NOTES


A Story about God and People
Matthew 22:1-14
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

 

  • The story begins with a Sovereign God, v. 1-3.

 

  • The story continues with a Loving God, v. 3-10.

 

  • The story ends with a Holy God, v. 11-14.


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 the parable of the wedding
feast, given by Jesus Christ. Parables have the dual purpose of
concealing and revealing truth. Why would Jesus ever want to cloak
the truth for the purpose of concealment? How ready are you to hear
and believe the truth?


Digging Deeper:

  1. Look up the definition of sovereign in the dictionary. How does Mt. 22:2 describe God as sovereign? What does he then send his servant to do in v. 3? Review Mt. 28:18 when Jesus says “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” What then does he tell his people to do in the verses following?
  2. How is the love of God described and explained in this passage? On the one hand, this love seems far more persistent and gracious than the love that we may show. On the other hand, this love includes a severity that we do not normally associate with love. Discuss.
  3. It was a custom of the day for the king to provide wedding garments for those who would gather at this type of wedding ceremony. When the king confronted the man who had no wedding garment, he was speechless. Review what difference God’s holiness made for Peter (Luke 5:8) and Isaiah (Isaiah 6:5). How about you?


Taking It Home: In light of God’s sovereignty, love and holiness, we are called to “invite neighbors to find a home in Christ together.” Review why this is such a central mission and share stories of how you have come to see this in your life and in our church family.



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.



SERMON BASED SMALL GROUPS FOR WINTER 2014


On January 11 and 12, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a
small group at our Small Group Fair. Each small group leader will have a
station in the Celebration Center after worship for you to visit and talk
with as you decide which small group would be the best fit for you and
your family. If you want to continue with your previous group, you are
welcome to do so, but you must sign-up for that group again—you will
not automatically be included. If you'd like to try a different group, this is
your chance to do so! If you haven't yet joined a small group, now is the
time! We are excited to get back to square one with our small groups as
we embark upon a new sermon series—Square One!

 

 

THE GATHERING


The Gathering is open to all, meeting in Room 104 during the 9:00 AM
hour. We will resume January 5 with Dave Furman in a fascinating
discussion on “Christianity and its Basis in Law”.


SATURDAY AM PRECEPTS BIBLE STUDY


Our Saturday morning Precepts class will study the book of Hebrews
starting January 11 from 8:30 – 10:30 AM here at the church. The
workbook cost is $25.00. Please call Dottie Manchette at 303.697.9141
or email her at dottiem@q.com to enroll.


A MESSAGE FROM OUR SECURITY TEAM


At Aspen Ridge, the security of our church family is a top priority. If you
have a security question or concern that needs to be reported, please do
not hesitate to contact our security team at
security@aspenridgechurch.org.


TOWN HALL MEETING


Our church leadership will be calling a town hall meeting scheduled for
January 12 at 9AM in the fellowship hall. This meeting will discuss
opportunities for winter small groups, listen to further progress from our
Outreach Ministry Team and pray for God's guidance and blessing in this
ministry for 2014. We invite you to join us.

 

NEW SERIES BEGINNING IN JANUARY


Questions about origins bubble up in life like a continual spring bubbles
up with water. The questions include the following: Where did we come
from? Why do people exist? How old is the earth? What is the meaning
of marriage? These are real issues that call for a meaningful, thoughtful
response. More than that, they require a word from God. Having a
handle on these issues will help believers engage those who have a
naturalistic outlook on life and on our world. By understanding God’s
design and purpose one may understand and advance the meanings
behind venerable and long-standing institutions. By gaining hold of God’s
intentions one can understand how things are supposed to work
today. In this series we will look at origins of the universe, the world,
human beings, rest, work, good & evil, and marriage. Our intention will
be to view these matters in light of God’s purpose for originating His
world.


STUDENT MINISTRIES


Thanks to all who came on New Year’s Eve and helped us unveil and
celebrate our new name for our combined youth group – DV8. We will be
learning from and living out Romans 12:2 together as we move forward!

High Schoolers, our “SUPERNATURAL” Winter Camp 2014 is January
24-26 and the cost is $120 for one student or $225 for two. Remember,
your balance is due by January 18. Be ready for an exciting program –
including drama and music, meeting great friends, a dodge ball
tournament, a game room, a swimming pool and much more. Please see
our Director of Student Ministries, Hunter Headley, for complete details.


SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP


On January 21 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Aspen Ridge will be hosting a
Social Security Workshop led by Bob Blake, Michael Speer and Bronco
Ring of Fame football player, Randy Gradishar. The workshop will cover
several areas that can affect how much you collect in benefits over your
lifetime. Be sure to bring a friend!