He Came…To Call Sinners
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Jesus came NOT to call the righteous but sinners.
- Jesus Calls Matthew
- Jesus’ Call Resisted
- Jesus’ Call Explained
- Jesus’ Call Applied
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: Describe an occasion when you desperately needed a physician. How did you feel and what happened?
- Jesus extends a call to a tax-collector (Matthew) to be His learner-apprentice. He then attends a meal with Matthew’s friends who are sinners and outcasts. Describe the nature of Jesus’ associations.
- Jesus’ call was resisted by the religious leaders of the day. They were concerned that Jesus would become guilty by association, was setting a poor example or was giving approval to sinful conduct. React.
- Jesus responded with a statement that even his opponents agreed with. It was a proverb drawn from the medical field. Who does Jesus invite to follow him? How does this describe you?
Taking it Home: How welcoming are you toward outsiders? How can your small group accept others without confusing this acceptance as approval of what they believe or practice? How can Aspen Ridge be increasingly winsome and gracious toward sinners?
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.
Aspen Ridge Church will host baptism services the weekend of
January 13/14. Attending an orientation meeting will be an important part of pouring meaning into this event. In order to accommodate as many as possible, we will host two orientation meetings (you need only attend one) on Saturday night, December 9 at 6:15 PM or Wednesday night, December 6 at 6:30 PM. These orientation meetings will be in Room 204. Please contact the church office with any questions and to reserve a spot in a meeting.
This holiday season, we will be celebrating the birth of Christ with a special Christmas series, looking at the mystery and wonder of Christ’s coming. We look forward to celebrating the heart and essence of our faith together this Christmas season. Many of our neighbors are more open to things of faith during this time of year. Would you consider inviting someone to share in this joy alongside you?
This coming week, Pastor Jeff will provide an “Aspen Ridge update” that you will receive if we have your mailing information. Please watch for this important information in your mailbox!
The Bridge provides an orientation to church life and how you may fit into ministry within our body. Those who are new to Aspen Ridge, who want to know more about us, who want to discover a small group and who want to find a way to serve are invited. Dinner will be provided, and the session is scheduled on January 7 from 4:00 - 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall, with childcare available. Contact the church office to reserve your spot.
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: $106,317
Remaining pledged amount: $ 30,439
Join us for prayer on Sunday mornings, downstairs in the Fireside Room from 10:15 - 10:40 AM. This is a special time to pray for our weekend services, the fulfillment of the Great Commission and the advance of the gospel. There is also a student-led group meeting during this time; please see Pastor Kreg for details.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Please join us for a family-friendly evening meal on Wednesdays at
5:30 PM. Our menu this week includes baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or a maximum of $10 per family.
If you are joining us for our Saturday evening service, please consider staying afterwards for our monthly Soup’er Saturday! There is no cost, and a variety of soups will be available, including a gluten-free option. All are welcome. If you are interested in providing a soup for the next event, please contact Jodie Cates at 303.250.3852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
LIFEBRIDGE FOOD PANTRY
Would you like to help a family this Christmas? Please consider partnering with a locally supported ministry, LifeBridge as they work to give each of their needy families a $50 grocery gift card for Christmas this year. Please check out the flyer in our media stands for more information!