Follow Me - The Beginning
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: What makes the Christian faith different from other religious movements?
- Jesus’ death was confirmed by witnesses, Mark 15:42-47.
- Jesus’ resurrection was not suspected, Mark 16:1-8.
- Jesus’ resurrection was witnessed by hundreds, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6.
The Big Idea: Jesus really did rise from the dead!
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: Some place Jesus among many great religious leaders of history (Abraham, Moses, Mohammed and Buddha). What do Christians believe about Jesus that sets Christianity apart from other religious leaders and movements?
- One alternate theory, sometimes called the swoon theory, denies that Jesus actually died on the cross. How does Mark corroborate Jesus’ actual death on the cross (15:42-47)?
- If the disciples expected Jesus to rise from the dead, a case could be made for some sort of “wish fulfillment” in their subsequent experiences, which could erode their credibility as witnesses. How does Mark illustrate that they did NOT expect a resurrection (16:1-8)?
- If personal eyewitnesses could not be consulted, there could be room for legend to grow around the resurrection of Christ. However, the Apostle Paul appeals to tradition he received (1 Corinthians 15:3) and eyewitnesses to appearances of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:5-8). How is this important in countering views that Christ’s resurrection was merely legendary?
Taking it Home: In 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul states that if Jesus did NOT rise from the dead, our entire faith is fallacious (v. 14) and ineffective (v. 17), preaching is without value (v. 14), Christian testimony is false (v. 15), no sins have been forgiven (v. 17) and believers have perished without any Christian hope (v. 18). The conclusion is that, apart from this event, Christians are the most miserable of all people (v. 19). How does Christ’s resurrection serve your genuine and fruitful Christian life?
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.
TOWN HALL MEETING
Do you have questions about the 5-Year Proposals that have been circulating in the past few weeks? Maybe you have ideas or issues that need to be addressed in order to help fulfill God’s vision for our church. Our upcoming town hall meetings are excellent avenues of discussion for these topics. Join us for our third and final meeting in this series: November 15 at 9:00 AM. Childcare and refreshments will be provided. We are seeking full participation from our church body, as the proposals may influence all of church life, including our values, culture, direction, programming, facilities and staffing. Will you please prioritize this meeting and bring an expectant heart? Check your email for a link to a set of FAQs to browse beforehand!
We are happy to celebrate with Julie Daigneault as she is baptized in our Sunday morning worship service.
IMMEDIATE NEED FOR NURSERY VOLUNTEERS
Nursery volunteers wanted during Sunday services! Please consider a once-a-month commitment to hold and care for our growing baby population. To volunteer, you can contact Maryjean Fowler at Maryjean.Fowler@AspenRidgeChurch.org or leave her a note via our communication card.
THE GATHERING IN NOVEMBER
Our feature in November will be a look at what the Bible has to say about future events, with John Powell as teacher. John will be identifying the various viewpoints taken by scholars and presenting them in a manner that is easy for all to understand. The Gathering meets downstairs Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM, and all are welcome.
BIRD IS THE WORD: THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER
Invite - Volunteer - Attend! Please plan to attend our fourth annual community Thanksgiving meal, Bird is the Word, on Sunday, November 22 at 5:00 PM. How can you get involved? You can volunteer to provide food at the sign-up table in the lobby today. You can sign up to help serve at the event. You can invite your friends and neighbors to join us!
PACK A SHOEBOX – FINAL DAYS!
This is our final weekend to collect filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. We are delivering these boxes first thing on Monday (11/16) and will not be able to accept boxes after this date. If you have one ready to go, you can drop it off at the lobby table. Thank you for partnering with us in this great ministry!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week we will offer a baked potato bar, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each or $10 per family. Join us for fun, food and fellowship!
VOCAL ENSEMBLE OUTREACH
Please keep our Vocal Ensemble in your prayers as they practice and prepare for two outreach opportunities on December 8. They will be performing at Elk Run Assisted Living and Life Care Center in Evergreen. You will also be able to hear them here during weekend services in December and on Christmas Eve.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY AT CHRISTMASTIME
Please join the Outreach Team on December 19 (or December 5, pending a wait-list selection) from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM to pack Operation Christmas Child boxes at the Denver Processing Center. We have reserved the church vans for transportation. Volunteers must be 13 years or older, and those 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Please email Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot.
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.
PRECEPTS BIBLE STUDY
Our Saturday morning Precepts Bible Study has finished its current session. The next 15 week study on the book of James will run January 9 – April 16, 2016. The cost of the workbook is $33.75. Please call Dottie Manchette at 303.697.9141 if you would like to join. The time is from 8:30 – 10:30 AM and the place is the KidsZone, Room 108.