Live It Out – Connected in Relationships
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: God connects with Jonah in relationship.
- The "Religious" Ship
- The Great Storm
- The Great Fish
- Jonah Restored
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: Is Jonah’s survival for three days in the great fish a supernatural event or a remarkable (but natural) occasion of God’s providence?
1) Jonah purchased passage to Tarshish on a ship. How is a cruise ship an insufficient model for a relationship with God and/or church life?
2) God sent a great storm toward Jonah’s ship. This storm is a means God uses to secure Jonah’s attention. What storms may you be facing in life? How might these be a providential means of God connecting with you?
3) Jonah is swallowed by a great fish. What does he do while in the great fish? How can you connect with God and others?
4) What can we learn to do (or not do) in light of Jonah’s response to God? In the coming month, how can we respond in service and in giving toward God’s particular calling?
Taking it Home: We hope you received a postcard in the mail this week with a family activity listed. Try it out this week:
This week when you’re with family or friends, grab a handful of rubber bands. Get everyone to stand in a circle and give each person a rubber band. On their right hand, they’ll hook one finger in their rubber band. Then they’ll use their left hand to hook into their neighbor’s rubber band, so you’ll all be connected in a circle. Have everyone gradually step back and stretch the rubber bands as far as possible without snapping them. Then step forward again. Talk about what you experienced when you were farther apart and when you were closer together.
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.
A GIFT FOR YOU: THE TREASURE PRINCIPLE
After worship services last weekend, we gave a gift for every household to take home: a little book called The Treasure Principle. It’s about the secrets of joyful giving to bless others. If you missed that gift, please visit our Welcome Center and pick up a copy today! We hope you find it inspiring.
LIVE IT OUT: CONNECTED IN RELATIONSHIPS
Because we’re connected in relationships, we’re growing together in our faith and investing in the way we live it out. Our special giving initiative will equip us for ministry development and facility improvements that support our vision.
Watch your mailbox for more information, and learn more under the Serve & Give menu at AspenRidgeChurch.org.
LIVE IT OUT: COMMITMENT WEEKEND, APRIL 23/24
Please begin to consider how God is prompting you to respond in generosity and service to advance our vision, and be sure to join us for special worship services.
LIVE IT OUT PRAYER SUPPORT
Between our Sunday morning services, there is a 15-minute window that will allow us to support our April series with prayer. Join us in the Celebration Center at 10:20 AM to unite in asking God’s blessing and direction in the coming weeks. Let’s continue to live it out together!
We are accepting nominations through May 8 for candidates to be considered to join the Elder Board. In addition to the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3, we are looking for an Aspen Ridge member in good standing, with demonstrated leadership and service. Forms are available in the church office. Contact an elder with any questions you may have.
Please continue to check the DV8 calendar on the Aspen Ridge website to stay up-to-date on student ministry happenings and to get information on the summer missions trip and camps. Sign up by April 10 for the summer events.
During our “Live it Out” series, we are featuring a book by Eugene Petersen, The Unpredictable Plant, in our library (just past the office). This is a great resource and one that Pastor Jeff will be referring to during this series. Please feel free to stop by and check this book out.
LIVE IT OUT IN A SMALL GROUP
Small groups are still getting started for the new series. If you’re new to our body, consider The Bridge, our introductory small group. If you missed our first message in this series and would like to catch up before meeting with your small group, you can listen to last week’s sermon online under the Connect & Listen menu.
A SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
We are organizing a schedule for the Sunday greeters for the summer months, and we are in need of some smiling faces! This is one way to meet neighbors and help them connect within the church. Please contact the church office if you are interested in serving in this way.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
Dinner on Wednesday evening is at 5:30 PM. We’re having a fiesta night with tacos, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Don’t cook or clean, just come and enjoy with us!