A New Attitude – Toward God
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How do you find a new attitude in the Christian life?
- First, you start with your relationship to God, v. 1-2.
- Second, you continue with your relationship to yourself, v. 3.
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: It is probably fair to say that a consumer mindset exists among many who regularly gather for corporate worship in Christian churches today. Why do so many pilgrims bring the attitude of a spectator to their local church?
- The Apostle Paul makes an appeal to each believer, on the basis of God’s mercy. How has God shown His mercy in the Scriptures and in your life?
- The passage urges believers to present their bodies as “living sacrifices.” Normally and in the Old Testament sacrificial system an animal would be killed in order to be presented to God as a sacrifice. How is a “living sacrifice” a radical concept that challenges biblical norms?
- Instead of being conformed to this world, worshipers are to be transformed by certain means. Describe what that means and discuss what this may look like in your life.
- In relation to ourselves, Christians are to think with sober judgment. What is the truth about our human condition that brings sober judgment?
Taking It Home: Getting things settled with God is the foundation for a new attitude. This passage exhorts us to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. This appears to be a decision subsequent to, and distinct from, salvation. Have you presented yourself to God in this way? If so, tell a group member about it. If not, why not do so this week?
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 will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, Pastor Jeff and his wife Mary will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.
PRAYERS FOR THE SHELPUK FAMILY
Please continue to keep the Shelpuk family in your prayers as Kathy went to be with her Lord on Tuesday night, April 8. There will be a public visitation held Monday, April 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Evergreen Memorial Park. Kathy’s Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00
AM on Tuesday, April 15 at Aspen Ridge Church. An interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park. A reception will be held at Aspen Ridge Church following the interment. Small groups, please watch for contact from your leaders for help in providing a potluck luncheon for the Shelpuk family and friends.
We have begun a new six-week series that encourages us to use our God-given talents and abilities to serve others and to glorify the Gift- Giver. Prayerfully consider where you may volunteer within the church, and don’t forget to pick up your family folder in the entryway as you leave today. Also, stop by the small group sign-up table to see what might fit for your family. Visit our website for more information.
FREEZER MEAL PREP
The next date for this event will be Monday, May 5 at 9:00 AM. To participate, your payment and order must be received by April 21. Full details can be found on our website, or by contacting Michelle Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A HEARTFELT THANK YOU
We have recently learned that our Women’s Ministry Chairman of many years, Debbie Riedel, is stepping down due to recent changes in her life. We would like to praise and affirm Debbie for her faithfulness, and thank her for the many ways she has blessed Aspen Ridge through her
MOPS HOP EASTER EGG HUNT
Please join our Mothers of Preschoolers for a free community Easter egg hunt on April 19 at 10:00 AM at Marshdale Park. Children ages 0-10 and families are invited to enjoy candy, books, toys, face painting and more!
Whether you’re feeling “hollow” or excited to celebrate the “hollow” tomb, join us Easter weekend for an exciting series of events:
April 18 Good Friday service – 6:30 PM
April 19 Free Saturday dinner – 5:00 PM
April 19 Saturday service – 6:00 PM
April 20 Free Easter breakfast – 8:00 AM
April 20 Sunday services – 9:00 & 10:30 AM
(Small groups may fold into 9:00 AM service.)
We are anticipating maximum capacity with guests and visitors on and around Easter. In order to alleviate this anticipated overcrowding, please consider attending our Saturday evening service at 6:00 PM and/or our additional Sunday morning service at 9:00 AM.
We are having another DV8 Date Night Fundraiser for our trip in July to the Christ In Youth summer camp at the University of Nebraska. The date is April 25 from 5:00 – 9:30 PM. Please help us pass the word to parents who would love a night out and an opportunity to support our youth.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Save the date, June 9-13. Watch for more information coming soon!
- for registration for summer camp - numbers are higher this year than last at this time, and we are excited!
- for continued provision of staff needed and the hearts of kids attending.
- for our Chuckwagon fundraiser on May 10.