The Height of Faith - Please, Please
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: What must be in place to please God?
- Faith must be in place, drawing near to God.
- Faith must be in place, exercised by imperfect people.
- Faith must be in place, the way to perform God’s work.
- Faith must be in place, promoting the next generation.
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: Identify certain people in your life that you want to please. How does pleasing these individuals relate (or not) to pleasing God?
- Hebrews 11:6 indicates that there is a way to please God; further, there is one thing that MUST be in place to please God. Describe what MUST be in place from verse six.
- Review the people mentioned in chapter 11 and in verse 32. What deficiencies of character do you know about for these individuals? What do these deficiencies say about faith… today… and in your life?
- Review and generally describe the outcomes of faith in verses 33-37. What do the different outcomes teach us about how faith works in the real world?
- We read in verse 40 that “they” (the people of faith listed in chapter 11) are not made perfect apart from “us” (believers in Jesus Christ). How does this inform the way we look back at Judaism or prior Christian generations?
Taking it Home: It is likely that our faith is not complete unless and until the next generation embraces Christian faith. How can you make an investment in the next generation… this week?
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. Pastor Jeff will meet you at the Welcome Center, where you can also receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.
BUILDING COMMITMENT WEEKEND
Leadership would like to dedicate ourselves and this ministry to the Lord in a fresh, new way. We are setting apart this weekend for a “Building Commitment,” including prayer together after our Saturday service and in-between our Sunday services. Gather with us in the back patio area, believing that God uses prayer as a means of connecting us to His plans. Our regular prayer initiative between Sunday services and our student prayer groups are invited to fold in to this churchwide prayer.
CONVERGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN PRAYS
Converge Rocky Mountain (CRM) is prioritizing prayer throughout the month of October. This week, take a special moment to pray for leaders within CRM. Pray for President Scott Ridout, as he leads Converge Worldwide. Pray also for Paul Mitton, Executive Minister for CRM, as he cares for pastors and helps strengthen churches throughout the Rockies. Most of all, pray for Aspen Ridge pastors and families. Pray for spiritual protection, for adequate resources, for strength and for unity in joining together and transforming lives across the street and around the world.
As the weather is starting to cool, Aspen Ridge Church has in mind to experiment with some warm dinner options following the Saturday evening service, possibly monthly. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, you could be a soup/stew/chili-maker and/or help serve. We would like to host a trial-run on November 4 and are looking for interested parties. Please contact Jodie Cates at 303.250.3852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVE IT OUT
Thanks to all who are contributing to Live It Out as we intentionally reach out to our community in practical and loving ways. To contribute, note “Live It Out” on or with your gift.
Gifts (pledged and unpledged) received to date: $103,487
Remaining pledged amount: $ 33,099
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY LUNCHEON
Let’s talk about Children’s Ministry! If you are volunteering, or interested in volunteering, there will be a training luncheon on Sunday, October 22, in the Fellowship Hall from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. We’ll bring the lunch – you bring the ideas!
STUDENT MINISTRY LUNCHEON
DV8 Student Ministry is having an adult leader meeting on Sunday, October 22 in the Student Center from 12:00 -2:00 PM. If you have ever considered participating in the student ministries, please do join us! We will be providing lunch for everyone, too.
DV8 is selling poinsettia plants to raise funds for student assistance with the CIY summer conference. Orders and payment must be in by this Sunday, October 22, with a pick-up date of November 25/26, after services. Please check out the form in the Student Center or talk to Kreg.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes Frito pie, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family.
ASPEN HOLLOW: TRUNK-OR-TREAT
Trunk sign-ups are in the lobby! We want to fill the lower lot with decorated vehicles for our October 31 trunk-or-treat as an act of love towards our community. The event takes place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Candy donations are also welcome (nut-free candy encouraged) in the large trunk near the sign-up table.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Check out the lobby display to pick up a box and participate! They must be returned no later than Sunday, November 12.
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS TICKET SALES
This year’s women’s ministry event will take place on Monday, November 13. Tickets are $8 and will be available in the lobby beginning October 28/29. Dress is denim to diamonds with a Christmas flare. Please stop by the table next weekend to find out more.