Lend Me Your Hope – Hope Beyond Unfairness
1 Peter 2:11-25
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: When treated unfairly, believers honor other human beings.
- Christians honoring neighbors, v. 11-12.
- Christians honoring human institutions, v. 13-16.
- Christians honoring masters, v. 17-25.
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: Think of a time when you were treated unfairly. How did you feel? What did you learn? How have you come full circle?
- “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable… Honor everyone” (v. 12, 16). This includes living toward neighbors in an honorable way, even if you are slandered. To what end is this command given? How do we honor neighbors?
- “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution” (v. 13). What human institutions make up our constitutional republic? How do we honor these authorities? For what purpose does Peter issue this command?
- “Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect…” (v. 18). Any work accomplished in the Roman Empire was by servants. How does this passage apply (and not apply) to modern employment? How do you honor employers?
- “To this you have been called…” (v. 21). To what have believers been called? How is this calling exemplified in Jesus Christ? For whom did Jesus suffer and why is this important?
Taking it Home: Identify a person or occasion in your life when you have been (or are being) treated unfairly. Look for ways to demonstrate God’s grace to people in authority. Thank God for the privilege of following in the way of Jesus Christ, and thank Him for Jesus’ sacrifice for you.
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.
A WORD OF COMMENDATION
Since the adding of a new Sunday morning service in January, our average weekly attendance has increased by some 10%. This means about 40 additional people are connecting on the weekends, and we are progressing toward “inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ.” Thank you for the ways you are serving and adjusting to extend hospitality to neighbors and guests.
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 the time is now 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!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
Our menu this week features chicken shepherd’s pie, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Grab a neighbor and join us for dinner!
NOT ENOUGH COOKS IN THE KITCHEN!
Do you excel at meal planning or have a flair for food? Do you want to get involved in a thriving ministry that serves over a hundred people each week? We’re looking for a few more energetic people to join the Wednesday Night Dinner Cook Teams! Please call or text Maria Stimens at 407.844.6168 to discuss this opportunity.
STIRRING THE POTS…
We are also looking for new Men's Breakfast cooks! Men’s Breakfast occurs the second Saturday morning of every month, and you would be scheduled one or two times during the year. This is a great time of fellowship and study, and the food adds a special touch! Please talk to Mike Kelly or Pastor Jeff for more information.
WELCOME CENTER TABLETS
You may have noticed a couple of new tablets attached to the Welcome Center in the lobby. These are intended to serve you in finding out further information about Aspen Ridge, signing up for or researching small groups, donating online and are also available for limited navigating of the web, if you so desire. Feel free to take advantage of these resources, and let us know if you need assistance finding information on them.
ALL THINGS NEW – MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
What happens when God pours everything He’s got into a marriage? Restoration, forgiveness, health and healing happen. We have seen transformation happen over a weekend when God is at work! 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. Register online now and don’t miss the early bird rate of only $75 per couple, before February 8. Registration includes lunch Saturday, childcare and a booklet to keep. Please visit www.conifercc.org for complete details.