New Attitude - Toward Family
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How are members of God’s forever family to relate to one another?
- First, we reject evil but not people, v. 9.
- Second, we remember that relationships are our ground of concern, v. 10.
- Third, we regard others as more deserving than ourselves, v. 10.
- Fourth, we retain enthusiasm despite setbacks, v. 11.
- Fifth, we rejoice in hope by being patient in affliction, v. 12.
- Sixth, we respond to needs in direct and personal ways, v. 13.
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: Christian missionaries serve around the globe, seeking to bring the gospel to every people group in the world. This is a huge and daunting challenge. When a leading missionary was once asked about the greatest challenge missionaries faced, he replied, “getting along
with other missionaries.” It may also be said that the greatest challenge churches have is living in loving relationships with one another.
- According to verse 10, believers are to relate to others in the way we relate to family members. Relating to family members is not always easy. Without names, think about some difficult family relationships and how you maintain those relationships. What does this say about people in the family of God who we find difficult to love?
- In the ESV, verse 10b says, “Outdo one another in showing honor.” Often we can be competitive with one another in a way that is unfavorable. However, this passage describes a type of competition that seeks to be the best at showing honor to others. Discuss what this may look like in your life.
- In verse 11, we are challenged to resist sloth, and to be fervent or passionate in spirit. This passage is describing an emotional or passionate disposition born of the God’s Holy Spirit. How passionate or emotional are you toward serving God? Take your own temperature in the matter…
Taking It Home: Have everyone in your small group pull out their “A New Attitude” packets. This should include a cover letter, a ministry menu for adults and children, and ministry description statements. Take some time in your small group to pray about and discuss what
area of service or ministry could be of interest, and prepare to turn these in the weekend of May 17-18.
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.
A NEW PRAYER TEAM
If you have an interest in our Children’s Ministry, please join Shira Hamilton on Wednesday evenings right after dinner to pray. We are seeking wisdom and direction for this ministry’s vitality and upgrades.
Are you interested in being baptized? We are having two orientation meetings, one on May 3 at 5:00 PM and another on May 4 at 9:00 AM in Pastor Jeff’s office. We ask that you attend one of these meetings to participate. For more information, please contact the main office.
The Aspen Ridge campus has been divided into 8 landscaping zones, and we need YOUR help. Adopt a zone with your family or small group, and “dig in” with us on May 17 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM! If you have aspen trees that can be transplanted from your yard, let us know. We will be accepting those on campus from May 12 – 16. We’d love to give them a home on our property. Please contact Diana Blake to sign up. Find out more on our website.
As we continue our six-week series that encourages us to use our God-given talents and abilities to serve, prayerfully consider where you may volunteer within the church. If you did not receive the folder associated with this series, they are still available in the church office and extra menus and folders are available in the literature stands in the entryway. We encourage you to bring these folders with you to your small group meetings this week as a resource for the discussion questions.
HYMN SING UPDATE
We will not meet on May 11 for our normally scheduled Hymn Sing due to Mother’s Day. Please plan to join us on June 8 as we resume our schedule.
Hey Teens! What are you doing for your mother on Mother's Day? Are you broke and don’t know what to get her? Come with DV8 on our “Celebrate Moms” hike! Meet at the church on May 10 at 12:45 PM, and ride with us to go on a beautiful hike, just you and Mom!
ADULT GUITAR CLASS
If you are 13 or older and have ever wanted to try learning guitar, this class is for YOU! We’ll show you the basics and we’ll make it fun, not frustrating. We can even loan you a guitar, so there is no need to invest in one before deciding if it’s for you. The cost is $40; please contact
Pastor Kerry for more details or to sign up.
Do you have a "New Attitude" towards Aspen Ridge? What are your "spiritual gifts," and are you using them at Aspen Ridge? Volunteering and/or attending the Chuckwagon is a great start! Please help us support our Ministry Partner at IdRaHaJe.
Chuckwagon Cookout - Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Chuckwagon Cookout is IdRaHaJe's annual Campership fundraiser. Come enjoy going down our "Big Zip," be part of the live auction and enjoy a free BBQ lunch! We believe that every kid should have the opportunity to come and hear a clear presentation of the Gospel.
There are endless opportunities to volunteer at this event. You can help with cooking, parking, gate greeter, or supervising events such as the carnival, arts and crafts or the zipline, to name a few. Please contact Danielle Krajewski at 303.600.8368 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign
up for a day of service and FUN!