The Height of Faith – Flesh and Blood
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Since God’s children are made of flesh and blood, He took on the same.
- He took on flesh and blood to destroy our greatest enemy.
- He took on flesh and blood to deliver us from fear of death.
- He took on flesh and blood to do a favor in our struggles.
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: To the natural mind, the idea of God becoming man is unthinkable. It seems too abasing. A “god” is a being who is above the adversity, pain and struggle of human existence. A “god” could never be a human being. The very term itself suggests someone other than man. Discuss.
- We are all about “inviting people to find a home in Christ together.” Sometimes we face resistance to this purpose, thinking that certain people are enemies. This, however, is not the case. Describe the enemy that stands in opposition to God and his ways.
- There is a way that we not only have, but need a common adversary. How does having a common enemy serve unity in the Christian way?
- When may people be tyrannized by the fear of death? Jesus has broken the ability of the devil to enslave through this fear. How does this free us up to truly love?
- Have you ever thought of yourself as completely alone in the struggles you face? How have you allowed the flesh and blood reality of Jesus’ involvement with the human situation—with your situation—to explode in your consciousness?
Taking it Home: This passage describes a practical demonstration of the love of God toward human beings in Christ. How can your small group engage in a practical demonstration in the love of God toward our community? Pray, plan and act on such a plan with your group.
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. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center.
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.
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!
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: $ 71,929
Remaining pledged amount: $ 59,622
WELCOME KREG, AND THANK YOU MARTY
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. We also want to thank Marty Lake for his dedication to and work in the student ministries department during the interim. He has been an invaluable asset to this ministry, and we are thankful for God’s provision through him.
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 baked chicken, green beans, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or a maximum of $10 per family. Bring a friend!
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, 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!