Live It Out – Compelled by the Gospel
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Jonah was compelled by the gospel in Nineveh.
- The gospel is from the Lord. (2:9)
- The gospel is rooted in God’s grace. (3:1)
- The gospel comes to a particular place. (3:3)
- The gospel announces the end. (3:4)
- The gospel may generate revival. (3:5)
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: This passage is about Jonah being compelled by the gospel in a particular place and time. Locate yourself in your own particular place, time and circumstances. Provide details and descriptions.
- Jonah concludes his prayer in the great fish with the powerful words: “salvation belongs to the Lord” (2:9). It is AFTER he realizes this that Jonah is vomited out upon the dry land. How does salvation belong to the Lord?
- The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time (3:1). This is a picture of God’s grace, giving Jonah a second chance. When has God been gracious to you, giving you second chances?
- Nineveh is described with some geographic and demographic detail (3:3; 4:11). What geographic and demographic detail can you supply about our mountain community?
- There is a great urgency which accompanies Jonah’s message: “yet 40 days and Nineveh will be overthrown” (3:4). What urgency accompanies our gospel message?
- In response to Jonah’s life and teaching, the people of Nineveh repent. Describe what repentance looks like in this passage (3:6-9). What does repentance look like in your life?
Taking it Home: This week, choose one day when you will keep track of everything you do—at home, at work, at school or wherever. Make a list on paper or on your smartphone. At the end of the day, set aside 10 minutes to reflect on your list. In what ways were you aware of being compelled by the gospel? In what ways could you be more aware tomorrow? Encourage all the members of your household to do this on the same day. Then talk together about what you learned.
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
We have 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 it, please visit our Welcome Center to pick up a copy!
LIVE IT OUT: CONNECTED IN RELATIONSHIPS
Because we’re compelled by the gospel, we’re investing in the way we live it out. This week you may have received a copy of our Live it Out brochure in the mail. Please take time to prayerfully consider our vision and how you can live it out in generosity and service.
Extra brochures are available at the Welcome Center, and you can 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. We will meet 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!
Aspen Ridge will have a Baptism Weekend on May 14/15. If you have made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ and would like to explore participating in this ordinance, please contact pastoral staff by May 8.
We are accepting nominations through May 8 for candidates to be considered to join the Elder Board. Forms are available in the church office. Contact an elder with any questions you may have
During our April 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.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 5, and activities will be located on the west steps of the State Capitol building in Denver. There is an opportunity for Aspen Ridge to provide practical support to this event. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Jeff.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
Dinner on Wednesday evening is at 5:30 PM. This week’s menu includes meatloaf, sides, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Don’t cook or clean, just come and enjoy with us!
FREEZER MEAL PREP
There is a freezer meal prep scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Orders and payments must be received by May 2, and the cost is $12 per meal. Please visit AspenRidgeChurch.org for menu selections and further information.
Mountain Area Pregnancy Center (MAPC)
MAPC, an Aspen Ridge ministry partner, invites you to their Gift of Hope event with featured speakers, Lisa Baker and Jaime Lowery. The event will be held on Thursday, April 21, at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, with appetizers available. RSVP’s are appreciated before Monday, April 18 at 303.674.5881 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations will be received that evening, and all proceeds benefit MAPC.