The Height of Faith – Leaders
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: People of faith should respect their church leaders.
Question: Why should people of faith respect their leaders?
- Because of the aim of church leaders.
- Because of the means of church leaders.
- Because our response calls for this.
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: What has your experience been like with those who have authority over you in different areas of life, such as parents, school, government or otherwise?
- There are a number of reasons the command to “obey and submit” is difficult in today’s context. Surely there have been abuses of authority and cultural challenges and issues. Discuss.
- The aim of church leadership includes the welfare of people, and especially souls. How do church leaders serve the spiritual benefit of God’s people, in general, or you in particular?
- In what ways do “watchfulness, joyfulness and seriousness” summarize the means church leaders use toward peoples’ benefit? Which of these do you especially appreciate among your own leaders? What does this say about how you can pray for your leaders?
- Church oversight comes from a plurality of elders who prayerfully work together to these ends. How well do you know your leaders, and how regularly do you pray for them?
Taking it Home: John Piper says of this passage: “a church should have a bent toward trusting its leaders; you should have a disposition to be supportive in your attitudes and actions toward their goals and directions; you should want to imitate their faith; and you should have a happy inclination to comply with their instructions.”
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, where you can also receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.
If you are joining us for our Saturday evening service, please consider staying afterwards for our monthly Soup’er Saturday! There is no cost, and a variety of soups will be available. All are welcome.
LIVE IT OUT
Aspen Ridge Church leadership is pleased to announce important developments alongside our “Live It Out” initiative. You may read about these on our church website, located under the “Blog” tab, with a blog from Pastor Jeff and one from Eric Krajewski.
MILITARY SERVICE PROJECT REQUEST
If you have anyone in your immediate family (parent, child, grandchild) serving in one of the military branches, please drop off a color 4 x 6 picture, with name and address, to the church office. The Waggoner small group desires to update the military board and reach out to military service members with care packages and prayer.
FEBRUARY MEN’S BREAKFAST
Our next Men’s Breakfast, scheduled for February 10 at 8:00 AM in the Celebration Center will have a special focus on men as husbands (or prospective/future husbands). We will hear a devotional talk from Joe Hall, a current participant in Aspen Ridge Impact Player and with experience in walking alongside Christian marriages in the local church. Please plan to join us and invite a friend!
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: $111,527
Remaining pledged amount: $ 26,919
DV8 MIDDLE SCHOOL WINTER CAMP REMINDER
February 11 is the deadline to get money in or talk to Pastor Kreg about middle school camp happening March 2-4. Be sure to grab a flyer from the student center or email Pastor Kreg with questions.
THE GOD WHO IS THERE
Most people do not have a basic working knowledge of the Bible. How can we understand the story of God—and our part in it—when we’re not familiar with it? In this basic introduction to faith, D.A. Carson takes you through the big story of Scripture to help you know what you believe and why you believe it. Pastor Jeff and Dan Dube are hosting this course on Wednesday nights (6:30 – 7:50 PM).
Join us for prayer on Sunday mornings, downstairs in the Fireside Room, from 10:15 - 10:40 AM. This is a special time to pray for our weekend services and the advance of the gospel. There is also a student-led group meeting during this time; please see Pastor Kreg for details.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes sloppy joes, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family.
UPCOMING WOMEN’S MINISTRY EVENT
What IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity? Come be a part of the two-day If:Gathering 2018 conference at Ascent Church in Evergreen to worship and study God's Word. During this time, speakers from all over the country will help inspire and equip, as they direct to truth. The dates are Friday, February 9-Saturday, February 10. The cost is $36, which covers snacks on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.