The Height of Faith - Fulfilling Our Mandate
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How does Aspen Ridge fulfill God’s mandate in our present realities?
- Watch out that no one fails to obtain God’s grace.
- Watch out that no root of bitterness springs up.
- Watch out that no one becomes sexually immoral.
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 is a real church in a real place and with real challenges and opportunities. Which facts relayed in this talk were especially meaningful to you?
- Generally, an acknowledgement that one “fails” God is the starting place for seeing one’s need for unmerited favor. However, in this passage the author warns each person not to fail in receiving God’s grace. What does this mean for our church and community?
- Every person is responsible to make sure that no root of bitterness springs up in the company of faith. When or how is this likely to happen? What can you do about it?
- The author warns his audience to resist sexual immorality and uses the example of Esau to this end. For married people, one way to apply this warning is to “keep the marriage bed undefiled.” What can a person stuck in a cycle of sexual immorality do?
Taking it Home: This passage gives every person responsibility in the fulfillment of our mandate. In fact, the author of Hebrews addresses each person like a leader with a “see to it” responsibility. How may you be tempted to pass the buck of responsibility in the local church?
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.
A SPECIAL PRAYER INITIATIVE
Please join us Sunday, November 12 at 10:15 AM in the Fellowship Hall for a special session of our Prayer Initiative. In light of the recent acts of violence again Christian churches, we will gather together for needed prayer support for the advance of the gospel in an increasingly dangerous world. Further, we will give a description of the opportunities that exist with and alongside a security ministry. For more on this subject, please see Pastor Jeff’s blog on our website.
Our Soup’er Saturday was enjoyed by many and we would like to thank Jodie Cates for her work in putting this together. With the success of this experiment, we would like to continue this event on a monthly basis, the first weekend of the month. Please plan to join us on December 2, immediately following the evening service. A variety of soups will be available, including a kid-friendly option. Contact Jodie Cates at 303.250.3852 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help this team with soup, desserts or set-up/clean up.
Wanted: A dependable person wanting to make a little money shoveling the snow off the sidewalks at the church. This will require you to have the walks cleared by 7:30 AM each time we receive snow. Please contact our head of Properties Ministry, John Briley at email@example.com or 832-466-2214, or the church office for more information.
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: $105,152
Remaining pledged amount: $ 31,404
BOOK REVIEW CLUB
A group is gathering on November 20 to discuss and review Eric Metaxas’ book, Martin Luther. We invite anyone interested to read the book and join us at 5:30 PM in the church library for a great discussion.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Each week on Wednesday night, a family-friendly dinner is served at 5:30 PM. This week, our menu includes sloppy joes, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. Want to get to know a neighbor? Invite them to dinner!
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS TICKET SALES
This year’s women’s ministry event will take place on Monday, November 13 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available for an $8 donation to women’s ministry in the lobby this weekend or in the church office during regular business hours. Dress is denim to diamonds with a Christmas flare. If you’re seeking abundant joy this season, you won’t want to miss this!
BIRD IS THE WORD: COMMUNITY DINNER
Our free community Thanksgiving dinner is Sunday, November 19 at 6:00 PM. Please stop by the table in the lobby for more details and to sign-up to help. This event continues to be a great community outreach to invite neighbors to find a home in Christ together. There will even be a gluten-free table for those with dietary restrictions.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
This is the weekend to return Christmas boxes! Thank you for making an impact in a child’s life and sending the good news of Jesus.