Priceless - A Pearl Beyond Compare
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big idea: Jesus Christ is priceless like a pearl beyond compare.
- Like a pearl, Jesus is an object of search.
- Like a pearl, Jesus is immeasurably valuable.
- Like a pearl, Jesus is worthy of sacrifice.
- Like a pearl, Jesus is for you to possess.
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 passage has to do with a merchant seeking a pearl of great value. Think about jewelry in your possession… what is it about this jewelry that makes it valuable to you?
- The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. We were created by God to seek God (Acts 17:27); however, because of our broken relationship with God, no one comes to Him unless drawn (John 6:44). Discuss this tension.
- The merchant sells everything he has to make the pearl his own. The Apostle Paul uses similar language to describe his priority to gain Christ (Philippians 3:8-9). What do you need to sell or renounce in order to gain a Savior?
- Like a pearl, Jesus is to be owned or possessed. Fortunately, the price has already been paid. The result is that we can belong to Christ without a financial price (Isaiah 55:1). What kind of transaction is needed to belong to Jesus Christ?
Taking It Home: If you are in the middle of a search, why don’t you ask someone for help? The Ethiopian Eunuch asked Philip for help in Acts 8:26-38. If you have come to possess this pearl of great value, why don’t you ask someone if they understand the meaning of Christmas?
If you are visiting, 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 will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.
In December, we will feature Pastor Jeff in a fun, interesting and, at times, lighthearted look at the Christmas season. Join us at 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.
The work to our playground area continues and we are seeing some exciting changes! Our next phase involves grading and the placing of the new safety surface material, followed by the fencing and then our grand opening. Please continue to pray for this process and for our Children’s Ministry.
ASPEN RIDGE FAMILY
As 2014 comes to a close, we celebrate our Savior’s birth and praise our Father for every good and perfect gift. We reflect on the great things happening at Aspen Ridge Church and need to remember those who unselfishly serve us week in and week out. We will be collecting a love offering during these last weeks of December and then present a gift to the staff as an expression of our appreciation. Please note “Staff Gift” on your check and place it in the offering by the end of December.
This holiday season finds us making exciting upgrades to our facility. These upgrades are in the spirit of creating inviting spaces and taking good care of our campus. Included among these are a new playground ($13,000) and newly-carpeted Celebration Center ($45,000). As you consider your year-end giving, would you please consider a special gift to help fund these facility expenses, as well as our ongoing operating costs? If you would like to give online, you can do so from our website.
THANK YOU FROM THE FERA FAMILY
The Lord showed His love and presence to our family through you, our church family, and the Women of Faith Sunday School class. The Holy Spirit worked through family and friends to encourage and guide us these many months. Thank you to all for praying and offering your hands as His Hands for Ken's Celebration of Life, giving comfort and peace. We are forever grateful and thank you with sincere hearts.
DV8 SHOE CUTTING CHRISTMAS PARTY
In culmination to our Advent Conspiracy study, we are hosting a “Shoe Cutting” party to benefit the children of Eastern Africa, through the ministry of Sole Hope. On December 18 at the DV8 Christmas Party for our Middle and High School groups, (and anyone else who would like to join us) we are hoping to absolutely bury our Student Center in jeans and $10 bills! You will need an old pair of jeans and $10 (for each pair) to participate. Church family, we have a list of items needed to make this effort a success. Please check our website for details and partner with us this holiday season.
HI ASPEN RIDGE,
Sole Hope is in the same town I live in! Though I don't often have time (I'm busy doing things with Heavenly Hope - the ministry I came to work with), I have had the chance to help at Sole Hope a few times. I like to dig out the jiggers. Sole Hope does a great job of loving on the people of Uganda and mobilizing people outside the country to come for a visit or get involved some other way, like shoe cutting. It's exciting that my home church will be supporting an organization where I'm serving!
Blessings, Rebecca Webster
HOLIDAY MINISTRY SCHEDULES
Several of our regular events will have modified schedules for the holidays. If you are involved in any of our various groups outside of regular services, please contact your event lead to verify the December calendar for your group. We will also continue to update the online calendar as requests are made.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
Our menu this week is pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit salad and we would love to see you there! We will even do the dishes.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
We would like to invite our church family, friends and neighbors to join us on Christmas Eve at 3:30 PM or 5:00 PM. This special service is a great way to begin your holiday celebrations by praising God for the gift of His Son, through fellowship, song and the reading and hearing of His Word.