April 15-16, 2017

MESSAGE NOTES


Easter – Dead. Buried. Risen.
I Corinthians 15:3-6
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Christ died for our sins and rose again.

Question: What difference may this event make in your life?

  • It brings _______________ of Jesus’ life and cross work, v. 4-6.
  • It brings _______________ to life and faith, v. 17.
  • It brings _______________ for a future resurrection, v. 22.
  • It brings _______________ about our bodies, v. 42-4.
  • It brings _______________ over the loss and presence of death, v. 54-5.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


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: The celebration of Easter has become a long-standing tradition in our culture. What are some of the marks of this celebration? How do these marks relate to our Christian faith?

Digging Deeper:

  1. The Apostle Paul describes three types of people to whom this passage is addressed. Describe these people (compare 15:1-2 and 14:16).
  2. Christ’s resurrection gives validation to His life, claims and cross work (see Romans 1:4). How does the evidence supplied address the skeptic’s question, “You can’t take the Bible literally, can you?”
  3. Christ’s resurrection gives meaning to life and faith (v. 17ff.). In what pockets of our population do you see a culture of hopelessness and emptiness? How does Christ’s resurrection bring meaning to life and faith?
  4. This passage brings perspective pertaining to our bodies (v. 42-44). How do our neighbors either inflate the value of our earthly bodies or denigrate the value of such? What difference does this passage bring, relative to our bodies?

Taking It Home: The chapter concludes with a reminder that our work for Christ is not in vain (v. 58). In Aspen Ridge Church life, this means serving as a kingdom worker through our local church toward the community. What ministry and service project is God challenging you
toward?


NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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.


PRAYER INITIATIVE

Join us for prayer for our ministry and weekend services, downstairs in the Fireside Room, from 10:15 – 10:40 AM. This is a special time to pray for visitors, as well as our leadership and body. All you need to do is show up with a heart towards prayer!


BUSINESS MEETING UPDATE

We are in the process of gathering information to present a proposal for building upgrades, but will not be ready for an April 22/23 discussion. The previously scheduled meeting will be postponed, and we will let you know when a new date has been set. Please continue to pray that God would direct us in how we go forward to serve our community!


THE BRIDGE

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.


PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION WEEKEND

We will be hosting a parent/child dedication on May 13/14. Please let us know before May 1 if you are interested in participating. This is a special way to publicly affirm your commitment before God and your church family to raise your child in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord.


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:             $ 79,011
Remaining pledged amount:                                              $ 53,755


SMALL GROUP SIGN-UP

Please stop by the table in the lobby to receive information about our small groups and to sign-up! These are the heartbeat of our body!


FAMILY WEEKEND SERVICE

On April 22/23, we will be focusing on families during regular services. Nursery will be provided for infants and toddlers through age 3 – all other children are invited to attend with their families. The message and music will be centered towards families, and our Children's Director, Maryjean Fowler, will invite kids to the front of the Celebration Center for a short
and interactive children's sermon that will parallel Pastor Jeff's message. We hope you will join us as we elevate families in these special services!


OPEN MIC NIGHT

Do you have a song or a performance you’d like to share? We’re hosting an open mic night on May 5, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. You bring the skills, and we’ll provide the stage! This is a free event, open to all members of the community. Join us for an evening of fun, celebrating the talents of our neighbors and friends! Email Music@AspenRidgeChurch.org for info.


DV8 STUDENT WEEKEND & GRADUATING SENIORS

Student weekend is coming up on April 29/30. In addition to needing students to help with the weekend (talk to Kreg), we would like to honor graduating students from high school or college. If you are a graduating senior, please email Kreg by April 15 to be honored during this time.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER AND ACTIVITIES

Each Wednesday night, during the school year, we serve a home-cooked meal to anyone who is interested. The meal begins at 5:30 PM, preceding family activities which include AWANA, DV8 Middle School, and an Alpha Course (a great course on the Christian faith). This week,
we will be serving Frito pie, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family.


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. If you are interested, please call 303.674.5881 for registration and further information.