The Height of Faith – Strive to Enter God’s Rest
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Strive to enter God’s rest so that you may not fall.
- It remains for some to enter God’s rest (who), v. 6.
- “Today” is appointed to enter God’s rest (when), v. 7-8.
- Resting from work is to enter God’s rest (what), v. 9-10.
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: Modern cultures are marked by frenetic activity; most of us are especially busy. We long for a true rest that goes deeper than skin, muscles and bone. Discuss.
- It remains for some to enter God’s rest, v. 6. It appears the author of Hebrews has in mind the promise of rest (v. 1) to those who were not included in God’s judgment of the wilderness generation. Who is in view and why does this matter?
- The offer is extended “today”…it will not be extended indefinitely. There is an urgency to the invitation. Review 2 Peter 3:9 and discuss.
- God’s rest is the object of pursuit in this passage. This rest is described as divine, cosmic and ideal. It is marked by joy, satisfaction and festivities. To what degree do you experience God’s rest in your spiritual life?
- What does it mean to “strive to enter God’s rest” (v. 11). At first glance, the images of exertion and rest appear paradoxical. How do these fit together?
Taking it Home: Begin responding in faith to God’s word by praying for your neighbors, with a view to serving them in a practical way in the coming weeks. Further, plan on giving them an “Easter egg invitation” to Easter services. (We will hear more about this challenge during March 25/26 services.)
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.
Aspen Ridge will be coordinating a time of prayer for our ministry and weekend services. We will meet downstairs in the Fireside Room from 10:15 to 10:40 AM. We welcome you to connect with this important ministry and to receive all that God has to give through prayer.
CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING
There is a scheduled business meeting, which will span two time slots – Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 23 at 10:00 AM. Please mark your calendars, as we will be discussing a proposal on how to proceed with building upgrades.
Aspen Ridge will be conducting a baptism weekend April 8/9. This is in the way of Jesus’ Great Commission “…make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Spirit.” If you are interested in being baptized, you may contact a church leader or a member of our pastoral staff. Further, we will be hosting two orientation meetings (and you may choose one to attend). These include Saturday, March 18 at 5:00 PM and Sunday, March 26 at 8:00 AM.
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: $ 74,725
Remaining pledged amount: $ 57,441
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY LUNCHEON
“Let’s Taco-‘bout Children’s Ministry!” This weekend - Sunday, March 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall, there will be a taco lunch and training for all volunteers of children and interested potential volunteers. It is not too late to come and fellowship with us!
DARE 2 SHARE CONFERENCE: DV8 STUDENTS
This conference will enable teens to find an unshakeable faith and will equip them to answer Christ’s call to make disciples who make disciples. The event is at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, March 24-25. Those interested should contact Kreg Kastelz. The cost is $75 and registration must be completed this weekend.
The week of March 20, DV8 will only have one meeting - a movie night Wednesday, March 22, for both middle and high school students (we will not have any DV8 Thursday, March 23). We'll be watching the movie “Up,” and we’ll be letting out at 8:15 PM. Also, please note – DV8 meetings will be suspended for the week of March 27, due to Spring Break.
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 lasagna, salad and dessert for only $2.50 per person or a maximum of $10 per family. Bring a friend!
MOUNTAIN DERBY DAZE
One of our ministry partners, Mountain Resource Center, will be hosting their second annual community fundraiser: Mountain Derby Daze. The event will be held at the Anchorage Farm in Pine. The celebration will be in the Kentucky Derby tradition and will feature a best derby hat contest, photos with horses, hobby horse racing and family friendly games, just to name a few. Please visit MRCCO.org for a complete list of activities and to purchase tickets for Saturday, May 6 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Your support helps our ministry partner and our community!