Acts - How to Treat Imposters
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Don’t let imposters distract from our mandate.
- Alongside incredible highs, v. 12-16.
- Alongside incredible lows, v. 17-21a.
- Be a faithful witness, v. 27-32.
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: Rudyard Kipling, in his famous poem “If,” describes triumph and disaster as imposters. Identify a triumph or disaster in your own life. In what way may Kipling be insightful in his assessment?
- This passage describes incredible highs in the life of the early church (v. 12-16). Describe this time of favor and blessing for the early Christian church.
- This passage also describes incredible lows for the early apostles (v. 17-18).
- Would you describe yourself as dealing with the “high” imposter… or the “low” imposter? How can you use the circumstances you are in, and your emotions, to be a witness?
- Despite these highs and lows, Peter and the apostles filled Jerusalem with Jesus’ teaching (v. 28) and chose to obey God rather than men (v. 29). Peter says, “we are witnesses to these things” (v. 32). Who can you share your faith story with in the coming week?
We want to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, 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.
HONORING ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY
The Waggoner small group is hosting an “Active Duty Military at Aspen Ridge” table this weekend for Memorial Day in the lobby. Be sure to pick up your small soldier and prayer card to pray for our service members by name through Flag Day, June 14.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Vacation Bible School is coming soon! On Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 8 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, we will shout and cheer through God’s mighty acts of victory, along with Go Fish’s Victory curriculum. Register online and register early. Classes do fill up, and you don’t want to miss out on the biggest kids’ event of the summer! Registration will close on May 31!
On June 9 at 8:00 AM, we’re opening up the typical “men’s breakfast” to include spouses, as we’ll have a special speaker on Love and Logic parenting topics. Childcare is available, if reserved, and we’d love to know how many are attending so we can make sure there’s enough breakfast for all. Contact us at Info@AspenRidgeChurch.org to reserve your spot.
OUTDOOR SUMMER SERVICES
We will have three outdoor services this summer on the second Saturdays in June, July and August. Please keep these services in your prayers and begin to think now about who you might invite. The first one will be the Saturday after VBS.
SUMMER AFFINITY GROUPS
It is starting to feel like summer around here! What better way to enjoy the summer sun than to join a summer affinity small group? Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information on some amazing opportunities, such as fishing, jeeping, volleyball, hiking and golfing. Eric has posted a blog article with more info on our website.
Please note that although our Wednesday night dinner and AWANA have concluded, DV8 Middle School and High School will continue as normally scheduled through the end of May. Our combined Back Porch meetings will begin in June.
BABY BOTTLES ARE HERE!
During the weeks that separate Mother’s Day from Father’s Day (May 13 - June 17), Life’s Options Pregnancy Center makes baby bottles available for your donations. Just fill the bottles with pocket change and return the filled bottles to church on Father’s Day weekend. Your small change makes a BIG difference!
FAITH DAY AT THE ROCKIES
Faith Day at the Rockies is Sunday, July 29 at 1:10 PM vs. the Oakland Athletics, with Rockies players speaking after the game. The post-game concert features Passion. Please put this on your calendar and watch for more details to come.
AUGUST 4: CHURCH-WIDE SERVICE PROJECT
We’re getting our hands dirty in our community at Evergreen Lake, downtown Evergreen and Marshdale. We’ll spend a half-day serving through projects to clean up our beautiful public areas. We are praying for those that serve and those that will be served. We’d love to see our church body dedicate some time to this project.
BRIDAL SHOWER INVITATION
Ladies, you are invited to a bridal shower and summer garden lunch to celebrate the marriage of Elizabeth Cotton to Michael Fera, grandson of Judy Fera, on Sunday, June 10 at 12:00 PM, in the Fellowship Hall. If you wish to give gifts, gift cards and monetary gifts are appreciated, or go to the newlywed registry at theknot.com to make a gift to their honeymoon fund online. They are also registered at Bed Bath and Beyond. Please RSVP to Bonnie Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Fera at email@example.com.