Human – God
2 Samuel 22:1-4
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: David-Psalms are a school where we learn to pray.
- The source of the David-Psalms.
- The audience for the David-Psalms.
- The terms within the David-Psalms.
- The place of the David-Psalms.
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: If you were to evaluate your prayer life on a scale of 1-10, what would you give yourself? Why do you think there is so much frustration and dissatisfaction with this subject?
- The Psalms are poetry born out of David’s relationship with God. They come from David (and other Psalmists) and from God: 2 Peter 1:21. How do they elevate human life and bless it with beauty and dignity?
- There are as many types of Psalms as there are types of human emotions. Jonathan Edwards said “True religion, in great part, consists of holy emotions.” Instead of our Christian faith flattening out or reducing human emotions, it ought to heighten our emotional experiences. Discuss.
- The Psalms help us get out of ourselves and into a dynamic relationship with God. They are a set place where we habitually go over the ground, vocabulary and rhythms of prayer, becoming companions with these friends who prayed and pray. How do you use the Psalms?
- Bing Hunter defines prayer as a “means God uses to give us what He wants.” What does your prayer life say about what you intend to receive from God?
Taking it Home: There are generally 30 days each month and 150 Psalms in the Bible. Using the calendar, identify 5 Psalms that belong with each calendar day of the month. Read these Psalms prayerfully to develop your prayer life.
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we 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 will meet you at the Welcome Center.
Check out Pastor Jeff’s blog on our website to see the results of the View from the Ridge survey and to hear his heart on the matter.
BABY SHOWER FOR THE HEADLEYS
Please join us in the Student Center on Saturday, December 3 at 10:00 AM as we celebrate with Lauren and Hunter Headley. All adults and students are welcome! The Headleys are expecting their baby mid-January and are registered at Amazon and Target.
“TELL ME THE ADVENT STORY”
The Sheffer small group is inviting families to celebrate Advent this Christmas season by picking up a starter kit. It will be available in the lobby during services on November 26/27. Advent is a way to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s life, ministry and death, typically celebrated the four Sundays before Christmas. They are also asking us to extend this invitation to our neighbors and friends by picking up extra kits to give out!
Did you know that you can give back to Aspen Ridge while doing your Christmas shopping this season? If you shop on Amazon.com, simply go to smile.amazon.com to begin your shopping and choose Aspen Ridge Church as your charitable organization. They will give back a small portion of your purchase price to the church, without impacting your purchase in any way! Check it out!
LIVE IT OUT
Thanks to all who are contributing to Live It Out as we intentionally reach out to our community in practical and loving ways. To contribute, note “Live It Out” on or with your gift. Gifts (pledged and unpledged) received to date: $ 53,903
Remaining pledged amount: $ 71,373
HELP ENSURE THAT BIRD IS THE WORD
We have so much to be thankful for! Invite your neighbors and plan to join us on Sunday, November 20, 5:00 PM, for our annual free Thanksgiving feast! Come as you are, and enjoy this time of gathering together.
UPCOMING BAPTISM WEEKEND
Our next Baptism weekend is scheduled for January 7/8. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office to sign up for an orientation meeting with Pastor Jeff. These meetings are offered for your convenience on December 18 at 8:00 AM, December 31 at 5:00 PM or January 3 at 3:00 PM and you only need to attend one of them.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
We would like to thank Carol Battersby and her helpers for organizing this event for Aspen Ridge. Over 300 boxes were collected from our church and we are thankful for everyone who participated!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Our Wednesday night activities are suspended for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please enjoy your holiday and plan to join us on Wednesday, November 30 for our next Wednesday dinner.
BIG SIGHS AND ROLLING EYES: PARENTING TALK
Raising teenagers – so many questions and no easy answers! On December 1, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, join the Parents of Students small group for an evening of encouragement on loving and launching our tweens and teens. Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, co-author of three parenting books, parent consultant, teacher trainer and speaker. If you’re a parent of a tween or teen, feel free to join us for this special event. Invite a friend!