50-Year Celebration - Our Heritage to Our Future
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: For what reason did the Son of Man come to the earth?
- He did not come to be served.
- He did come to serve.
- He did come to give His life as a ransom.
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: Aspen Ridge Church is celebrating a 50th anniversary. What special or meaningful birthdays or anniversaries have you celebrated?
- The title “Son of Man” has a distinct Old Testament reference in Daniel 7:13-14. This identifies Him as one who stands above humanity and is worthy of being served by all nations. Even so, Jesus said He did not come to be served. Discuss.
- Jesus came to serve. He served in a number of ways, but most notably by washing His disciple’s feet (John 13:1-5). He exhorted His disciples to follow His example (John 13:14,15). How do you serve others? How has your small group served our community?
- Alongside of serving, Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. The term “ransom” suggests that a payment was made resulting in freedom from bondage or slavery. How did Jesus make a ransom payment on the cross?
- Instead of Jesus concluding his statement with words like “for all,” he ended with the phrase “for many.” The doctrine of particular redemption teaches that Jesus’ death accomplishes what it set out to achieve, namely, the redemption of the elect. This leads to assurance and boldness in Christian witness. Discuss.
Taking it Home: Our future will involve developing our network of small groups and expanding our outreach into Evergreen/Conifer. Pray for your neighbors. Participate in a small group service projects. Consider participating in our “Live It Out” initiative by making a gift intention.
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.
Aspen Ridge Church is celebrating 50 years of serving the mountain community…and we’re just getting started! We are honored to be part of a legacy of faithfulness, and we pray that God continues to use us for His glory. We would like to thank all who have participated, and we are especially grateful to Dave and Eva Murray for their dedication and leadership. Let’s continue to listen to God’s calling as He shows us ways to Live It Out, moving forward. Feel free to join us between Sunday services for a cake reception, celebrating this milestone!
CONVERGE HYMN SING AND BARBECUE
Do you love to sing treasured hymns? Please join 2nd Half For Him on Saturday, August 13, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, at Aspen Ridge Church for this lunch and hymn sing. The cost is $8 per person, and the menu is pulled pork with all the trimmings! Register ASAP by mailing payment to Converge Rocky Mountain, 620 Southpark Drive, Littleton, CO 80120, or online at ConvergeRM.wufoo.com/forms/hymn-sing-and-bbq/.
KIDZONE “MOVE UP” WEEKEND
It’s hard to believe that summer break is in its final weeks! We will be celebrating a new school year with “move up” weekend on August 20-21. This is the weekend where our children and students will officially graduate to their new classes. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
ANNUAL COOK TEAMS DINNER
We would like to invite all present and returning cook teams, and all who might be interested in joining a cook team, to a delicious home-cooked dinner on Wednesday, August 31 at 5:30 PM. Please reserve your spot by contacting Maria, no later than Sunday, August 29, at 303.993.9358 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be honoring the men and women that served meals last year and discussing opportunities for new volunteers. Invite a friend, and see how God will use you in service in the upcoming year!
RIDGEFEST VENDOR REGISTRATION
Ridgefest is coming up soon! On Saturday, September 24, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, we’ll be opening up the back parking lot to local vendors, complete with family games, food sales to benefit our DV8 Student Ministries and a whole lot of fun! Online vendor registration is now open on our website, and we’d love to have a full lot!
LIFE’S OPTIONS PREGNANCY CENTER OPEN HOUSE
Mountain Area Pregnancy Center, one of our local missions partners, has a new name and a new office space! They are now Life’s Options Pregnancy Center, and they are hosting an open house, complete with pancake breakfast, on August 20, 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Join them at 27888 Meadow Drive, Unit D, in Evergreen, to celebrate and support this vital local ministry.
Todd Ickes, Reclaim Ministries (Conifer)
Reclaim is a ministry that reclaims the heart of men by introducing them to Jesus Christ and who He created them to be as men. This is done by leading groups into the wilderness, so that they can encounter the Truth, reclaim their hearts and live on purpose.
There are several key projects to finish by early October that include: building decks, hanging/finishing drywall, painting, flooring, landscaping and finish carpentry work. Would you prayerfully consider joining a service team to complete this work and enable this ministry to thrive this fall? Contact Todd Ickes at Info@ReclaimMinistries.org for more information. The dates available are August 16 – 20, September 6-10 and September 13-17.