Lend Me Your Hope – Hope Beyond “I Do”
1 Peter 3:1-7
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Bring hope into marriage by honoring your spouse.
- Wives, honor your own husbands, v. 1-6.
- Husbands, seek to understand your wives, v. 7.
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 are married, what was it about your spouse that attracted you to him or her? If you are not married, what are some of the best qualities in a spouse?
- The passage begins with “likewise” (v. 1) toward wives and continues with “likewise” (v. 7) toward husbands. What does this “likewise” refer to? What does mutual submission look like in a healthy relationship (Ephesians 5:21)?
- What are some indicators that a wife is living in submission to her husband?
- On a scale of 1-10 (10 being hardest), how difficult would it be for a woman to be “without a word” when living with an unbelieving husband? Why?
- Name 3-4 things that a husband needs to know in order to be understanding of his wife. List 3-4 things that need to be done for him to consider his actions to honor his wife.
- How would a person know if his/her prayer was being hindered?
Taking it Home: Tim and Kathy Keller state the following in “Decision Making and Gender Roles”: The husband’s authority (like the Son’s over us) is never used to please himself, but only to serve the interests of his wife. A wife is never to be merely compliant, but is to use her resources to empower. A wife is not to give her husband unconditional obedience. Assuming the role of headship is only done for purposes of ministering to your wife and family. Review these roles prayerfully, discuss where appropriate. If married, write down four qualities you appreciate most about your mate; admit one thing you would most like to change about yourself.
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 and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.
Aspen Ridge will have a “Baptism Weekend” on February 27-28. If you have made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ and would like to explore participating in this ordinance, please be in touch with the pastoral staff.
15 MINUTES TO CHANGE THE WORLD
15 Minutes to Change the World will be held in our Celebration Center between our worship services on Sundays. We will give direction to prayer between 10:20 and 10:35 AM for the weeks leading up to Easter. We would like to challenge all of our adult small groups to participate in this time of prayer. Our strength is in God and our unity as the body of Jesus Christ. We believe now is the time to prioritize prayer, coming to God with an expectant heart to receive all that He has for us. Won’t you join us?
OUR HARVEST FIELD
Pastor Jeff’s latest blog, entitled “Our Harvest Field,” is on our website. The article is located under the “blog” tab from the home page. Please take a minute to check out this important and relevant information as we move forward together as a church body! Feel free to comment or share these messages on Facebook!
WAR ROOM BOOKS STILL AVAILABLE
We have copies of the two companion books to the War Room movie available for purchase. Fervent ($7.98) by Priscilla Shirer and The Battle Plan for Prayer ($10.29) by the Kendrick Brothers will further inspire you and teach you how to engage in life-changing prayer. Take advantage of the discounted bulk pricing and pick up your copies this week in the church office during regular business hours. Checks or exact change are appreciated, and any donations will help fund more events like this one!
FREEZER MEAL PREP
Fill your freezer with healthy food for your family and help provide meals for others in need. March’s menu is posted on the church website. Your payment and order must be received by Monday, February 15. Please contact Michelle Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DV8 PARENT LUNCHEON
On Sunday, February 28 we will be holding a DV8 Parent Lunch after services. The purpose is to tell you about the vision for DV8 2016, share information about this year’s events and pray for you. Lunch will be provided. If you and your family plan to attend, please email Hunter at Hunter.Headley@AspenRidgeChurch.org for a link to the sign-up for this event.
CPR CERTIFICATION CLASS
Please join us on Saturday, February 27 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Student Center for a 2-year certification class in adult, child and infant CPR, first aid and AED. The cost is $35.00 per person. You can register with Debbie at Debbie.Stewart@AspenRidgeChurch.org
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
Our menu this week features baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Grab a neighbor and join us for dinner!
ALL THINGS NEW – MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
What happens when God pours everything He’s got into a marriage? Restoration, forgiveness, health and healing happen. Conifer Community Church is hosting a marriage conference, February 19 from 6:30 – 9:00 PM and February 20 from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM with featured speakers John and Michelle Santaferraro. Registration includes lunch Saturday, childcare and a booklet to keep. Please visit www.conifercc.org for complete details.
Mountain Area Pregnancy Center (MAPC)
New Space Update
- We are in the final stages of the build-out of our new space. We hope to be moving in the next couple weeks.
Mother’s Closet is Rockin’! (Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
- The shop is organized and inviting. Clients, as well as shoppers, are greeted by a listening ear, caring heart and prayers as they shop or hang out. If you haven’t been by in awhile, please stop in! We are in need of larger size (up to 12) children’s clothing.