Human – Change
1 Samuel 22:6-10
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: People leave corporate worship changed - for better or worse.
- A famished fugitive leaves nourished and equipped.
- A plotting manipulator leaves tarnished and hardened.
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: Let’s begin with the idea that corporate worship is always an effective change agent. How do you see people (or yourself) in corporate worship being changed for better or worse?
- David goes to “church” for practical help (1 Samuel 21:1-6). What sort of help is given to him? How are the bread and the sword representative of ways the church provides help?
- Doeg is introduced in this account as being “detained” before the Lord (1 Samuel 21:7). Later, Doeg reports on David’s location (1 Samuel 22:9-10) and eventually kills the Lord’s priests on the order of Saul (22:18). How does his involvement with religion fit with his destruction of priests?
- Doeg takes his place as a consummate villain. It appears he was using religion as a way of advancing his own agenda. Discuss how terrible things may happen in the name of religion.
Taking it Home: Ask yourself if you use religious activities to insulate yourself from people? Ask yourself if you use religion to legitimize intolerance or meanness? Ask yourself if you leave corporate worship with a callous, cold and conniving heart? Process these questions with
a trusted Christian friend, telling the truth about your answers.
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.
VIEW FROM THE RIDGE ANNUAL MEETINGS
In an effort to provide opportunities for as many as possible, we will have a time after each service during the weekend of September 17/18 for our annual View from the Ridge. These gatherings allow us to propose and vote on the budget for the new fiscal year, hear reports from ministry leaders from the past year and envision the year ahead together, as God
leads. If you are a member or a regular attender, we strongly encourage you to attend one of the following meetings:
- Saturday, September 17 at 7:15 PM
- Sunday, September 18 at 10:15 AM
- Sunday, September 18 at 12:00 PM (with potluck lunch)
If you are planning to attend the Sunday potluck lunch, please bring a main dish and/or a salad/side/dessert to share. Paper goods and drinks will be provided.
Below is a summary of the budget the Elders will propose for the 2016-17 fiscal year. We will present this at View from the Ridge. A copy of the detailed budget is available in the church office.
General 423,300 Growth 57,000
Worship 22,600 Outreach 109,800
Service 7,800 Properties 135,000
Q&A TIME BETWEEN SERVICES
Beginning September 25, there will be a question and answer time from 10:20 – 10:35 AM, between Sunday services. In conjunction with Parenting Weekend, this first Q&A time will be hosted by our Children’s Ministry leaders, alongside Todd Ickes of Reclaim Ministries. Feel free to bring up any questions you may have, related to parenting issues.
DV8 MOVIE NIGHT
Middle and High Schoolers – please join us for a movie night on Saturday, September 17 to see “Hillsong – Let It Rise!” We will meet at the church at 5:00 PM and take the vans to the AMC theater in Westminster, returning at 10:00 PM. You will need $20 for a movie ticket and dinner at the food court.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Are you searching for a fun and rewarding way to “Live it Out?” Children’s Ministry is in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery and the KidZone on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. You can hold a baby or teach a simple Bible lesson that is provided for you! Please
contact Maryjean Fowler at the email address listed below.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
This week our menu includes lasagna, green beans, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Cook teams are still looking for volunteers, as well. Contact Maria Stimens at 303.993.9358.
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! Begin praying about a neighbor that you might invite!
Parents, we know it’s tough raising kids in today’s culture. We want to help. During the weekend of September 24/25, we’ll be focusing on parenting topics in our regular services. We’ll also have some mini-sessions at RidgeFest, designed to help parents with kids - from toddlers to teens. There are also plans in the works for a parenting-focused small group. Contact Maryjean Fowler or Debbie Stewart for more information.
NEW SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY
We have one more new small group opportunity to announce! Beginning Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 PM, Pastor Jeff will lead (and Maria Stimens will host) a small group exploring life through the Alpha Course. “Is there more to life? Why am I here?” Come join us for answers to these questions and more.