The Height of Faith – Perfection
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Definition of perfection:
The Big Idea: Perfection is attainable through the priestly work of our “Melchizedek.”
- The old covenant does not lead to perfection.
- The new covenant does lead to perfection.
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: A perfectionist lives by many unspoken rules: I must never make a mistake. I must never fail. I must play it safe so I always succeed. My children must be perfect, too, or I’ll look bad.
This is a grievous problem for many. Discuss.
- This passage is, indeed, about perfection (7:11,19). Jesus exhorts us to “be perfect,” and there is a human striving that marks most people. Yet, this is also a troubling and difficult concept…why?
- How does one know that the Old Testament law could not lead to perfection? Compare Hebrews 7:11 with 8:10.
- The new covenant (Hebrews 9:15) is also described as a better covenant (Hebrews 7:22). The new covenant is found in Jeremiah 31:31-4. How is the new covenant different…and better…than the old covenant law?
- The author of Hebrews speaks about purification (Hebrews 9:14), sanctification (Hebrews 10:10) and perfection (Hebrews 10:14). What do these mean, and how are they realized?
Taking it Home: The author of Hebrews describes perfection as drawing near to God (7:19). It does not mean one has been, or even can be, without fault or sin. In fact, the presence of fault or blemish or deficiency in your life can be an opportunity to let Christ be your Savior and Lord. Draw near to Him today!
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. Pastor Jeff will meet you at the Welcome Center.
FATHER’S DAY LOBBY GIFT
We appreciate the men in our lives…fathers, husbands, brothers and friends…and we celebrate you today. All men are invited to stop by the table in the lobby for a small gift of appreciation.
SUMMER REFRESH EVENT
As part of our Summer Refresh schedule, we want to take a night to celebrate with a fun evening of music and food in the beautiful outdoors of Evergreen. On Saturday, July 8, starting at 5:30 PM, we will gather together outside for a meal. Meat, drinks and paper goods will be provided by the church; please bring a side dish or dessert to share. At 6:30 PM, a concert will follow from our friend, Danny Byram. Please brings chairs and blankets to settle in and enjoy the music. Mark your calendar to join us for this refreshing night!
CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING
Our Congregational Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 25 at 10:00 AM. The Properties Ministry Team has a proposal regarding building upgrades to present to the congregation, which is endorsed by the Elder Board and will require a vote. The motion will be as follows: “The Elders move that we accept the recommendation of the Properties Ministry Team to replace the deteriorating wood siding of the church building with new low maintenance stucco, fiber cement and stone siding materials. Additionally, that we authorize the Church Treasurer to secure a loan, not to exceed $250,000 to finance the project.” Please join us for this important decision.
Ladies, please join us in honoring the bride-to-be, Rylie Kilgore, on Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Betsy Wilking at 303.249.2610 or email@example.com for more information.
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: $ 88,962
Remaining pledged amount: $ 45,159
FAITH DAY AT THE ROCKIES
Faith Day is Sunday, August 6 at 1:10 PM! The Rockies play the Phillies, followed by a concert by the Newsboys. You can reserve your spot by leaving a check in the front office made out to Aspen Ridge Church for $18 per person, no later than Sunday, July 16. Our seats are located on the third base side, upper deck, for optimal shade.
2ND HALF FOR HIM – HYMN SING AND BBQ
On Saturday, August 12 at 11:30 AM, 2nd Half for Him will gather for great food and beloved hymns of the faith. Register by July 30, if interested in attending. You can mail $10 per person to Converge Rocky Mountain at 620 Southpark Drive in Littleton, CO, 80120, or get further information and register online at ConvergeRockyMountain.org.
DV8 SUMMER SCHEDULE
DV8 has combined middle and high school for the summer and will meet on Thursday nights for both groups. June begins Back Porch nights and students will meet from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Check it out, students!
Each year, we setup a table in the lobby, focused on the students and sponsors attending the CIY MOVE event. On June 25, that table will be setup, full of bags with information on those attending. Pick up your bag on Sunday, and return it to the office by July 2 (the following Sunday) to bless a student or sponsor. This is a great way to get involved in and to pray for those attending!
If you’re between the ages of 8 and 12 and have ever wanted to try learning guitar, this camp is for YOU! Camp this year will be from August 7-10, 9:00 – 10:30 AM. We’ll show you the basics and we’ll make it fun, not frustrating. We can even loan you a guitar, so there’s no need to invest in one before deciding if it’s for you. The cost is $40. Register by emailing Kerry.Cox@AspenRidgeChurch.org.
FILLED BABY BOTTLES DUE BACK TODAY!
Please return your filled bottle(s) today! We will also accept them during this next week in the church office, if you didn’t bring it today. If you have any questions please contact Life’s Options Pregnancy Center at 303.674.5881. Our ministry partner thanks you!