The Height of Faith - Maturity in Christianity
The Big Idea: How can we do this better?
Question: How can we mature in our faith?
- We are called to greater maturity in Christ. Why is this important?
- Some of the basics of Christianity are listed in this verse. What are they?
- Looking at maturity in the context of the 4 chairs, we are called to continually be moving towards the next chair. What are the characteristics of each chair?
My Story: Are there any milestones where God was working in your life to further your spiritual maturity? What was the experience like when you were going through it? What was it like afterwards?
- Looking at the illustration of Kirk needing to grow up to live a full life, are there areas where you need to grow? What is a first step you could take in getting closer to being able to do that?
- The verses describe some of the basics of Christianity and call us to move beyond those. Before we move past the basics, we need to have a solid understanding of them. Talk a little about the basics mentioned here…repentance and faith in God, baptism, prayer, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
- The basics of Christianity are essential building blocks in our faith. Take a moment to reflect on a few of these ways. How can we use these basics daily? How often do we appreciate the salvation God has provided for us through Christ? When was the last time you shared this with someone? How often do you connect with God in prayer? If you’re a believer in Christ, have you been baptized? Do you continually remind yourself of what we have in store after our life on earth?
Taking it home: With the final illustration of 4 chairs symbolizing 4 stages of Christian maturity, the illustration is not completely air tight; many people have attributes from both chair 2 and chair 3 or even 3 and 4. Take a moment to celebrate some of the maturities you already have. Additionally, take a moment to look at some intentional steps you can take towards greater maturity in your life.
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.
DV8 STUDENT WEEKEND
This weekend, we are focusing on student ministries, and we welcome Kreg Kastelz, Director of Student Ministries, as our special speaker. In addition, you will notice that students have taken over many aspects of our services, from musical worship to ushering to greeting. Many of these students will be serving in Mexico during a week this summer, and they would appreciate your love and support through their bake sale (by donation) in the lobby, or by way of prayers and words of encouragement. We are also celebrating with those who will be graduating this year from high school or college – be sure to say, “congrats!”
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!
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. Come to perform, or come to listen to and support our neighbors and friends. Those arriving before 6:30 PM will draw numbers for queue assignments, and may perform up to two pieces. Latecomers may be added to the end of the list, as time allows. Email Kerry for further info at Music@AspenRidgeChurch.org.
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: $ 85,486
Remaining pledged amount: $ 47,870
DV8 BURGER BASH
Please join us May 7, after second service, for a DV8 burger bash! The DV8 missions team will host this luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. They will be grilling burgers and auctioning off students’ time and labor for donations. The donations will help the students get to Mexico this summer. Bring a friend, and enjoy!
ASPEN RIDGE PROPERTIES TEAM
The Properties Ministry Team is looking for volunteers that would like to plug into the business of keeping our church in excellent condition. The Care Crew meets on Monday mornings from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the church property and grounds. Anyone interested or willing to help, please contact the church office for more information.
We have several of the old chairs that are available to anyone who could use them. If you would like to have any, or know of someone who would, please contact the church office.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights, and all are invited. This week, we will be serving baked chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, veggies, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family.
COOK TEAM RECRUITING
We are looking for cook team volunteers for next year. If you would like to see what this is all about, we have three meals left to cook and would love to show you around! Please contact Maria Stimens at MariaStimens01@gmail.com.
Reclaim is one of our local Conifer ministry partners. This ministry leads men into the wilderness to learn the truth about God and about themselves. They are in need of a local hospitality team to help with hosting groups (meal prep, facility prep, gear prep, setup, teardown) for the upcoming retreat season. Time commitments are minimal and the first opportunity to serve would be the first week in May, with regular opportunities throughout the summer. If you are willing to serve, contact Todd Ickes (email@example.com or 720.453.0597).