The Height of Faith – Assessing God’s Methods
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: The author assesses God’s salvation-method through Jesus favorably.
- Prominent Idea: It is fitting that God perfected the Salvation Pioneer through suffering.
- Supporting Idea: The Sanctifier…and those sanctified…share a common human identity.
- Resulting Idea: Jesus is not ashamed to call us family members.
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: Most everyone has an opinion about God and His ways. Some of these opinions are very favorable toward God’s salvation plan, and some are less so. What is your assessment of
God’s methods in the gospel?
- Jesus is described as a founder in verse 10. Other ways this term could be translated include author, trailblazer, pioneer, guide and champion. How do these terms build out your appreciation for our Savior?
- There is some way in which Jesus was made perfect through suffering. What does this mean and what does this not mean? What does the suffering of our Savior say about the value of suffering in the Christian way?
- A common human heritage connects the Sanctifier (Jesus) and the sanctified (believers). The second person of the Trinity became a human being in Jesus. How does the incarnation make Christianity unique among world religions?
- Jesus is not ashamed to call His children family members. How does the metaphor of family shape our way of thinking about the church? What upgrades might God want to see in your life with respect to other family members?
Taking it Home: In the context of a trusting relationship, ask a person for his or her assessment of God and His ways. Then be prepared to ask the follow-up question of how they have come to their views. Take special pains to listen carefully, and be ready to respond if you are asked.
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OFFICE MANAGEMENT IN FEBRUARY
Paula Yerks will be undergoing knee replacement surgery on February 6, and will be out of the office for the following 2-3 weeks. During this time, various office volunteers will be filling in for her, but office hours and response times may fluctuate. We appreciate your patience during this time. If you are interested in providing a meal for Danny and Paula during Paula’s recovery period, please contact us email@example.com.
CONVERGE ANNUAL MEETING – 2017
Together To Transform 2017 will be held on March 10/11 at Cheyenne Hills Church in Cheyenne, WY. Online registration is available at TogetherToTransform.org for $39 per adult and $15 per child through February 23. There is a separate Friday luncheon cost. The Conference focus will be redemptively reaching the people we often avoid. Please check our media stands for a brochure listing more details, a Conference schedule and breakout leaders/sessions.
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: $ 69,344
Remaining pledged amount: $ 60,757
WELCOME KREG KASTELZ!
We are pleased to report that Kreg Kastelz was unanimously voted as our new Director of Student Ministries. Kreg's first day will be February 13. Take a moment to say “hello” and to welcome the Kastelz family!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is at 5:30 PM each Wednesday night during the school year, and it is open to all. This week we are serving hot ham and cheese Hawaiian rolls, sides, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or a maximum of $10 per family. Bring a friend!
Aspen Ridge Church is hosting a CPR Certification Class Saturday, February 11 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Participants will receive a 2-year certification in adult, child, infant CPR, first aid and AED. Cost is $35 per person. Register by emailing Debbie.Stewart@AspenRidgeChurch.org.
SMALL GROUP SERVICE PROJECTS
There is still funding available from our Live It Out initiative for those groups that would like to initiate a service project within our community. If you have an idea, submit a proposal to Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org, with details about your goals and audience. He will then contact you to discuss options. Keep inviting your neighbors to find a home in Christ together!
SPIRITUAL RENEWAL CONFERENCE
Pastors in the mountain community are reaching out as one to connect, engage and grow together with the surrounding community on February 24/25 at Aspen Ridge Church. The cost is only $35 per person for both days, and registration includes lunch. There will be multiple speakers and breakout sessions on topics from “Witnessing to Muslims” to “Children and Student Ministry.” More information can be found at L-C-C.org. Consider being a part of an incredible gathering of faith from our community, right here in our building!