May 28-29, 2016

MESSAGE NOTES


The Church is Responsible for So Much Injustice?
Matthew 7:21-23
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: Doesn’t the behavior of Christians undermine the
plausibility of Christianity?

  • Christians and glaring character flaws.
  • Christians, war and violence.
  • Christians and fanaticism.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


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: One of the leading arguments made against Christianity includes the idea that the church is responsible for so much injustice. How or where have you heard this argument?

Digging Deeper:

  1. It is true that many people outside the Christian faith have lives that are morally superior and better adjusted than many believers. Yet Christianity also teaches “common grace” for all, and “sheer grace” in the gospel. Discuss.
  2. There have been many and various religious wars fought through the centuries. It is true that Christians sin and may be responsible for violence or even wars. Yet many professing Christians may not be children of God. Review Matthew 7:21-23.
  3. Some individuals become fanatical about their faith. Yet fanatics may not demonstrate the grace, humility, peace and genuine fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. Discuss.
  4. There are a number of occasions in history when Christians have made a positive and favorable difference in social concerns. What examples can you identify?

Taking It Home: Ask a question to a person in your neighborhood…what do you think is the leading reason people are not attracted to Christianity? Pay special attention to the answer(s) you hear, and be ready to respond with an insight from this message.


NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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.


A TRANSITION FOR HUNTER & LAUREN HEADLEY

Hunter and Lauren have received and accepted the call of God to another church ministry. We are happy for God’s blessing in their lives, but will experience great loss alongside this transition. We would like to thank them for their faithful service here and send them with our
blessings. On June 11/12, there will be a prayerful dedication in our services and a cake reception following each service, to show our love and appreciation for Hunter and Lauren.


LIVE IT OUT COMMITMENTS

Now that people have had several weeks to respond to our Live It Out initiative, we have the first official news to share. Our commitments to date include:
 Serving: 62 volunteers
 Giving: $92,705 in gift intentions
Live It Out booklets and response envelopes are still available at the Welcome Center. Please watch for more communication in the weeks ahead to clarify details and answer questions related to our vision for small groups and outreach ministry.


EXCITING NEW INITIATIVE

We are excited to begin a new "Question and Answer" forum the weekend of June 11/12. It will be a chance to expand our discussion of the weekend message and hear insights from Pastor Jeff in a more casual, interactive setting. Please keep an eye out for more details on this new "Q&A" time!


KITCHEN CLOSING

The upstairs kitchen is closed through June 4. The Properties Ministry Team is updating this area. During this time, there will be minimal access to this area. Thank you to all involved in this process.


CPR CERTIFICATION COURSE

We are hosting a two-year certification course for adult, child and infant CPR, First Aid and AED with American Heart Association guidelines. Please join us on June 11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $35 per person. Contact Debbie Stewart to register:
Debbie.Stewart@AspenRidgeChurch.org.


DV8

Sponsor-a-student is back! Please stop at our table in the entryway for more information on how you can get involved!


RETRO ROCK: VBS 2016

For VBS this year, June 20-24, we’re taking it back to God’s Word with “Retro Rock,” featuring the music of Go Fish. Online volunteer registration is available now. Positions needed include: teachers, helpers, crafts, games, snacks, Friday BBQ team and nursery. Let’s help make this summer rock!


CONVERGE 2016: REACH

Aspen Ridge Church would like to send some delegates to this year’s Converge 2016 conference with author and speaker, Francis Chan. Get a fresh take on evangelism and learn about new missions opportunities in your neighborhood and around the world. The conference will be held June 29 - July 1 at Mission Hills Church in Littleton. Please contact the church office if you are interested in representing our body at this event.


BABY BOTTLES ARE IN THE LOBBY

Mountain Area Pregnancy Center will continue to collect baby bottles through Father’s Day. Pick up a bottle from the lobby, fill it with change and return it to church on June 19. Make a difference!


CONVERGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN – LEADERSHIP DEEP DIVE

Converge is hosting a weekend with Christopher Yuan and Damaris Carbaugh titled, “A Christian Response to Homosexuality.” This will take place at Mountain View Bible Fellowship in Estes Park, CO, on June 24 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM and June 25 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Pre-register at carolseastham@yahoo.com. There is no fee, but registration is needed for materials. A love offering will be taken.


MISSIONARY HIGHLIGHT
Eric and Cara Coe, CRU (Russia)

“We live in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the headquarters for the Russia Campus Ministry is located. The focus of our ministry is to see movements of evangelism and discipleship built among the more than 7 million university students of Russia.” Would you take a moment around your dinner table tonight to pray for these faithful servants?