New Attitude - Toward Neighbors
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How do you cultivate a new attitude toward neighbors who have wronged you?
- Never avenge yourselves, v. 19.
Give place to the vengeance of God.
Instead, give a generous blessing.
- Do not be overcome by evil, v. 21.
Overcome evil with good.
Application of the passage.
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: Think about a high profile public figure accused of allegedly committing a crime. This person was placed on trial. What was the jury’s verdict in the trial? If the person was found guilty, what kind of punishment was issued by the court? How appropriate was such punishment? Why or why not?
- In order to understand this passage we must make distinctions between justice, vengeance and vindication. Contrary to popular misconceptions, vengeance is not wrong or evil. How do you know this? Who is, and who is not, to take vengeance? Why?
- The Apostle Paul admonishes believers to take positive steps to bless our enemies. Then he said “for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.” This expression was a common idiom in the days of the Bible. What does this mean, and why is it important? How can you do this?
- The way we resist being overcome by evil is by overcoming evil with good. Review the evil done to Joseph in Genesis 37 & 39. How did he overcome evil with good? How can you do so with the evil done to you?
Taking It Home: I’m convinced that many people feel hurt by the church. The way they respond to this hurt is by attempting to avenge the wrong themselves. However, instead of avenging our own wrongs, we are to leave vengeance with God, and overcome evil with good. You can do this by presenting yourself for service to God in His local church. Turn in a ministry menu that reflects your interest in serving 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.
This weekend our "New Attitude" series concludes with an in-gathering weekend. We have been learning that God's people are to present themselves to God for their spiritual service of worship. The church is the body of Christ meant to do God's work in this world. Every believer is a repository of spiritual gift(s). At the end of our services this weekend, every person who sees Aspen Ridge as their church home will be given an opportunity to present a completed ministry menu at the foot of the cross.
If you would like to participate, you may do so by securing a "New Attitude" packet from our literature display or from an usher. For those who could not be with us this weekend, you may turn your ministry menu in to the church office at your convenience. If you are not sure about where to serve, look for the next offering of "The Bridge" to gain practical help toward identifying your best ministry fit.
If you have a graduating senior, to include high school or college, would you please contact the church office? We will be honoring these seniors in the worship services on May 31 and June 1 and would love to include your student!
TOWN HALL MEETING
Please mark your calendars for our next Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, May 31 at 5:30 PM in the chapel and Sunday, June 1 at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. The purpose of this meeting will be to relay some of what we have learned from our intentional effort to enlist support in our decision making process for the next five years. We are looking forward to sharing this information with you.
MESSAGE FROM THE SHELPUKS
We are so thankful for memorials that were made in memory of Katherine. If you donated to the Fellowship Deaconry, please be aware that the address listed was incorrect. The correct address is P.O. Box 204, Liberty Corner, NJ 07938.
WEIRD ANIMALS ON THE LOOSE!
Vacation Bible School days are quickly approaching, and on June 9, you will find "Weird Animals" taking over the campus! Will you be one of them? Join us on an adventure as we seek Jesus' one-of-a-kind love! Children can be pre-registered online, and adults and teens can sign up in the lobby to volunteer. Don't miss out on this amazing summer event!
We are continuing “The Truth Project” for the next several weeks. Any and all are welcome to join us for this exciting study. This week we are looking at history. Come and check out this educational, stimulating and truthful series.
Our third Date Night Fundraiser will be on Friday, May 30 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Please help us get the word out as we raise funds for our Christ In Youth trip to Nebraska in July, and as we help parents take a well-deserved night out.
ASPEN RIDGE CHURCH LIBRARY
We have a display shelf in our library featuring books that are related to the current sermon series. These books can be checked out for one week. Please stop by and see what is available.
Mountain Area Pregnancy Center Evergreen, CO
HELP “CHANGE” OUR COMMUNITY “Quarters, nickels, pennies, dimes, your change can change lives!” Please pick up your bottle(s), fill with pocket change and return to the church on Father’s Day, June 15th. All proceeds go to benefit Mountain Area Pregnancy Center and the babies, women and families it serves. Your small change makes a BIG difference!