May 23-24, 2015

MESSAGE NOTES


Social Politics and the Gospel
Romans 13:1-5
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: How is the Gospel to Influence Human Government?

  • The Gospel is NOT to influence Government these ways…
  • The Gospel IS to influence Government these ways…
  • The Gospel influences Government by bringing life out of death…


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

Perceptions: How did you feel about this topic… before this message was even heard? How did the message reinforce, challenge or adjust your feelings on this topic? What point did you feel most strongly about?

Learning: What did you learn about this topic that perhaps you didn’t know before? What portion(s) of this message brought valuable review or insightful perspective? How did this topic develop a Christian “way of thinking” that challenges your view of the world?

Life Change: Where do you need to apply the big idea behind this message? How could this application show up in your life? What difference will this message make going forward? Where do you need help and support in making personal life changes?


NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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.


MANY MEMBERS – ONE BODY

Our in-gathering weekend was last weekend. We received 160 ministry menus that represent approximately 360 ministry opportunities – praise God! If you did not get a chance to turn in a Ministry Menu, we are still accepting them – online or in the church office. If you did turn in a menu, please know that we are processing them, and you will be receiving updates from us in the next few weeks.


MEMORIAL DAY “YES” WEEKEND

How does the gospel relate to political concerns in our nation and world today? We will attempt to answer that question during Aspen Ridge services this weekend. This is a “Yes” weekend focused on the gospel and how it relates to life and culture in our generation. Among other things, we will help people identify where they are in their spiritual journey, and invite people to make a faith commitment.


BAPTISM UPCOMING

We continue to see significant interest in following Christ into the waters of Baptism. Our next baptism service will be during the weekend of July 11-12. If you are interested in baptism, the first step is to secure an interview with one of our pastors or church leaders. We will finalize our list of participants on July 5.


NEW SERIES: FOLLOW ME.

Beginning the last weekend in May, we will begin a new series. This series will look at the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. It will be a series that describes how Jesus is both the pathway to God and the one who shows us how to live life while on that pathway. Bring your Bibles and an expectant heart, and join us next weekend for the start of the journey.


JUMP IN!


This weekend, there is a table in the lobby for volunteers to signup 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!


DV8 MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Our Student Ministry is looking for drivers this summer for some exciting events. Please contact Hunter Headley for a list of the activities and to see if you would be a good fit. This summer is a great time for our students to invite friends that may not yet know about life in Christ – you can be a part of changing lives!


BABY BOTTLES CAN 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 21. All proceeds benefit Mountain Area Pregnancy Center and the babies, women and families it serves. Your small change makes a BIG difference!


MISSIONS OUTREACH
Converge Worldwide Responds to Nepal Earthquake

Praise

  • Converge partnered with The Timothy Initiative (TTI) to start and support churches in Nepal.

Prayers

  • To assist this effort, Converge will channel relief funds through TTI with a first priority on helping aid 19 house church leaders and their church members to restore their lives. With additional funds they will help many others suffering from this tragedy.
  • TTI will ensure that funds given provide vital food and water to these church leaders and members.