The Body - Making “The Body” Really Work
1 Corinthians 12:15-19
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: The member that feels inferior cannot say it does not belong.
Hypothetical statements from “inferior” members
Rhetorical questions about the human body
God’s intentional arrangement of diversity
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: Most of us have wrestled at one time or another with temptations to compare ourselves to others. When you compare yourself with others, how do you fare?
1) The foot or the ear says false things about itself that leads to self-pity and disillusionment. What does this tell us about the importance of our “self talk?” What kinds of things do you say to yourself?
2) If a human body were simply one dimensional, it would be either comical or a monstrosity. We need all the members of the body, including those sometimes thought of as inferior. Discuss.
3) The believer’s particular function in the church is the result of divine planning. In verse 18, Paul says “God arranged… he chose.” Election is not only a doctrine related to salvation, but also for fulfilling service in the family of God. React.
4) The theme of contentment (in contrast to envy) is important and runs through this passage. Read 1 Timothy 6:6 and consider afresh how you can add contentment to godliness.
Taking It Home: Our church has packets for “The Body” series available for all. Please pick up such a packet from the office, and peruse it carefully. Begin to pray about what area(s) of service are of interest to you in the coming year of ministry. Talk to someone in your small group about it this week!
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.
On March 16-17, there will be a special time during services where we will be gathering the Ministry Menus for this series. Please prayerfully consider areas where God may be calling you to serve in the upcoming ministry year, and be ready to present your family’s menus that weekend. We are excited to see what God will do in and through Aspen Ridge Church in 2016!
Aspen Ridge Church Covenant documents are available in our media stands. This is a 50-year-old statement from our church leadership, which articulates expectations for church membership. If you are interested in membership, you can let us know on the attached communication card.
MOTHERS DAY WEEKEND
Our children will be honoring their mothers with a song during services on May 9-10, so make sure to check them into the KidZone and get to your seat early. Our kids are excited to make you smile!
If you haven’t yet checked out our mobile page, why not take a few moments this week to do so! There is an online bulletin, small group information, volunteer opportunities registration and more! If you won’t be here during the ingathering weekend of May 16-17, this would be a perfect way to participate digitally.
DV8 GRADUATION CELEBRATION
Please mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, May 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the Student Center to honor our graduating seniors. We will also be recognizing these seniors during services on May 16-17. If your student is graduating, please contact the office so that we can be sure to include them in this event.
This weekend, there is a table in the lobby for volunteers to sign-up to help with our annual Vacation Bible School, June 8-12. This outreach event draws hundreds of kids and families from our area and is an amazing chance to serve our community. It takes about 95 volunteers to make it happen. Please stop by and chat with Debbie and Maryjean, and see what may be a good fit for you!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week’s menu offers lasagna, roasted basil carrots, salad and an ice cream sundae station for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. You don’t want to miss this! Bring a friend!
For atheists and agnostics, questioners and quest-takers, skeptics and searchers: a discussion group where no Bible knowledge is required and no question is out of bounds…The Trailhead. If you may be a good fit for this group, please contact Kerry Cox at the email listed in the staff section. If there’s someone you know that may be interested, feel free to pass the information along.
BABY BOTTLES ARE ALMOST HERE
Yearly, during the month that separates Mother’s Day from Father’s Day, Mountain Area Pregnancy Center makes baby bottles available for your donations. Fill the bottles with the pocket change from wherever you drop your coins each day, (dresser, car console, etc) and return the filled bottles to church on Father’s Day, June 16. Look for bottles beginning next week! Your small change makes a big difference!
On Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, please bring your family and enjoy going down the “Big Zip” and riding the “Flying Squirrel” at IdRaHaJe! The annual “Chuckwagon Cookout” is a great day in the mountains with friends and family, including a live auction and a free BBQ lunch. Volunteer opportunities are also still available. Contact IdRaHaJe offices at 303.838.5668 for more information. All proceeds go toward the campership fund.