The Height of Faith – Qualifications for High Priest
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: God established universal qualifications for a high priest.
Question: What were the universal qualifications for a high priest?
- The first qualification was solidarity.
- The second qualification was sympathy.
- The third qualification was selection.
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: This passage points to the ways Jesus Christ fulfills the qualifications for an Old Testament high priest. Most people in our culture have a very limited idea of who a priest is or what he does. Discuss.
- The high priest acts on behalf of men in relation to God. What does the balance of verse 1 tell us about what high priests do? Why is this important?
- The high priest “deals gently” with the ignorant and wayward. This has the idea of having moderated emotions, avoiding the extremes of severity or leniency. What does this look like and when is this qualification valuable?
- The Old Testament high priest was beset with weakness; he offered sacrifices for his own sin. However, Jesus was without sin (4:15) and became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him (5:9). Discuss.
- The high priest would not take the priestly honor for himself; he was called by God. Jesus did not exalt himself, but was appointed by God (5:5,6). How does the contemporary church recognize when God calls someone into spiritual leadership?
Taking it Home: Continue to pray for your neighbors leading up to Easter Weekend. Take an “Easter Egg” invitation, and begin making invitations for Easter Weekend.
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.
EASTER EGG INVITES
In the back of the room, you will find a large basket of plastic eggs. Inside is a bouncy ball and an invitation to our Easter weekend activities. Would you pray about who you might share an egg with this week? Maybe there’s someone in your circles that needs to know, “So what?”
This may be just the way to bridge the gap between the holiday and the holy day. We’ll also be hosting our free Easter dinner (burrito bar) on Saturday, April 15 at 5:00 PM, so invite a neighbor to join you for a free meal.
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. All you need to do is show up with a heart towards 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.
LIVE IT OUT
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Gifts (pledged and unpledged) received to date: $ 75,515
Remaining pledged amount: $ 57,001
It is time for our annual Easter egg hunt for kids through age 10 – MOPS Hop, sponsored by the Mothers of Preschoolers group! This year’s festivities will be on campus at Aspen Ridge beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 15. Please join as we celebrate families, children and our risen Lord! There will be a free hotdog lunch offered after the egg hunt. There will also be a box in the lobby on Tuesday, leading up to the hop. If you have gently used children’s books to donate for prizes, they would be appreciated.
The Bridge provides an orientation to church life and will be taking on a little different format this session. This class allows people to explore and discover who we are and how you may fit into ministry within our body. Those who are new to Aspen Ridge, who want to know more about the church, 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 April 23 from 4:00 - 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Email us at Info@AspenRidgeChurch.org to reserve your spot.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER AND ACTIVITIES
Please join us at 5:30 PM for dinner, as we resume our regularly scheduled activities. We will be serving Mexican stew over rice, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 max per family. AWANA and DV8 Middle School begin at 6:30 PM.
LIFE’S OPTIONS PARENTING CLASS
One of our ministry partners, Life’s Options, is offering a “Love and Logic” parenting class on April 21 & 28 from 9:00 AM -12:30 PM at 27888 Meadow Drive, Suite D, in Evergreen. The cost is $50 per person or $75 per couple. This class discusses a broad range of topics to help parents address parenting problem areas, and to equip families to grow stronger in key areas. If you are interested in attending, please call 303.674.5881 for registration and further information.