The Height of Faith – God’s Oath
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: The new covenant is better than the old covenant.
- In the old covenant, an oath was not needed, v. 20-22.
- In the old covenant, priests were many in number, v. 23-25.
- In the old covenant, priests would make sacrifices for themselves, v. 26-28.
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: Without making specific identifications, think of a time when a person or an entity did not stand behind their promise. How did you feel?
- In contrast to simple heredity identifying a priesthood, God’s oath establishes a new Melchizedek priest: The Son of God. God’s oath is found in the Bible. If the Bible says it, can I believe it? Discuss.
- One of the corollaries of the teaching in verses 20-22 is that “covenant is higher than blood.” How does this conviction work out in the local church and in the family?
- In contrast to many priests, one permanent priesthood is now established (verses 23-25). There is one Senior Pastor in the Christian church, and he is Jesus. How does this inform our ideas about salvation and prayer?
- In contrast to priests who first offered sacrifices for themselves and then for the people, God appoints a priest (Jesus) who by God’s oath has been made perfect forever. How does verse 26 describe Jesus?
Taking it Home: Christianity works because we have an effective high priest who is able to bridge the gulf that exists between human beings and God. If you think Christianity is not working (well), ask yourself if you are trying to add something to Christianity, if there is competing loyalty in your heart or if you have unrealistic expectations of Christian people. Report back to the group what you discover.
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.
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 today 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
Ladies, please join us in honoring the bride-to-be, Rylie Kilgore, today at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact Betsy Wilking at 303.249.2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
LIVE IT OUT
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Each year, we setup a table in the lobby, focused on the students and sponsors attending the CIY MOVE event. This table will be setup today, full of bags with information on those attending. Pick up your bag today, and return it to the office by July 2 (next Sunday) to bless a student or sponsor. This is a great way to get involved in and to pray for students and student leadership!
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.
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.
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.