He Came…To Do His Father’s Will
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: Why do some people believe the Christmas message and others do not?
- Jesus’ audience
- Jesus’ gift from the Father
- Jesus’ commitment to His gift
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: Can you think of an especially meaningful Christmas gift you gave or received? Do you still possess the gift?
- This chapter describes people who are seeking (v. 24,26). Jesus is gracious and invitational toward these people (v. 27, 29). However, He is not afraid to explain the problem of unbelief in terms of divine sovereignty and election. Discuss.
- This passage is about a gift from Father to Son (v. 37). Just who are included in “all that the Father gives me” and what will they do with reference to Jesus? In what way is “will come to me” the outward proof or validation of God’s choice?
- Jesus says, “whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” What does this teaching say about the question as to whether a truly saved person can ever be lost?
Taking it Home: There is a deep assurance available for those who have crossed the line of faith; however, there is no assurance for those who have yet to do so. If you have crossed the line of faith, put John 5:24 to memory. If you have not yet crossed the line of faith, make a faith commitment today.
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 past week, Pastor Jeff provided an “Aspen Ridge update” that you would have received in the mail. If you did not receive this communication, there are extra copies available at the Welcome Center.
The Bridge provides an orientation to Aspen Ridge Church life. Those who are new to 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: $106,997
Remaining pledged amount: $ 29,759
DV8 CHRISTMAS PARTY
The DV8 Christmas parties and gift exchange are happening December 20 and 21, at the same time as your respective mid-week youth group. Please talk to Kreg with questions or for gift exchange details!
DV8 CIY SAVE-THE-DATE
Just so you can save the date, the High School CIY camp next summer is July 1 - July 6, 2018. These are abnormal dates, so we wanted to give you a heads-up! Details on registration and cost will be available as we get closer.
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 turkey teriyaki rice bowls, steamed veggies, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or a maximum of $10 per family.
Aspen Ridge Church has a rental property available for immediate occupancy. This property is a 2300 sqft, 3BR/3BA house with a 2-car garage. If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please contact Shephard Realty at 303.674.3343.
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!