Follow Me – The Temple
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Jesus takes responsibility over God’s Temple.
- Jesus opens God’s Temple.
- Jesus clears God’s Temple.
- Jesus IS God’s Temple.
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: In the days of antiquity, a temple served to prove the existence of a nation’s god. The establishment of the Jerusalem Temple in the days of Solomon served this purpose; however, this Temple no longer exists. To your mind, how does God prove His existence today?
- The Jerusalem Temple was a lavish building with no expense spared in its construction. Today, such a building would be seen as ostentatious or “over the top.” What does the type of building Christians gather in for worship say about their God?
- The money-changers dominated a portion of the Temple intended for non-Jews. Instead, Jesus said this was a house of prayer for all the nations. How can Aspen Ridge become more inclusive for all types of people? How are you challenged to serve this end?
- It is human nature to think of ourselves as “good” and outsiders as “less good.” However, in the judgment of the fig tree, Jesus announces judgment to insiders who have the appearance of being alive and fruitful. Where would Jesus correct His people today?
- Jesus describes Himself as God’s Temple, to be cast down and rise again (John 2:19). There is a way that He replaces the Jerusalem Temple as the way to God. How can you exercise your faith with prayers to Jesus?
Taking It Home: On September 20 at noon, Aspen Ridge Church will host “View from the Ridge.” This meeting will include a ratification of new board members, a financial proposal for the fiscal year and a presentation from our 5-year team. Information on what to bring for our potluck includes a main dish and a side dish, salad or dessert from each family attending. The paper goods and drinks will be provided.
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and 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 and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.
VIEW FROM THE RIDGE
We are hosting our annual “View from the Ridge” on Sunday, September 20, in the Celebration Center, complete with potluck lunch. This event is dedicated to celebrating what God has done in the past ministry year and prayerfully discerning how He is leading us into His future. Church leadership will recommend the following for our elder board: Mike Kelly, Justin Cates and Nathan Boller. Further, we will propose a new budget for our upcoming fiscal year. We encourage all who consider this church their home to prioritize attendance at this important event.
The potluck luncheon will be directly following the Sunday morning service, and we are asking families to bring a main dish and a side dish, salad or dessert. The drinks and paper goods will be provided.
Below please find a summary of the budget the Elders will propose for our 2015-16 fiscal year. This will be presented at the View from the Ridge on September 20. Copies of the detailed budget are available in the church office. If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Chaffer.
General 387,716 Growth 72,009
Worship 22,016 Outreach 80,352
Service 11,840 Properties 135,101
If you would like to be a vendor, there are less than 10 spots left, so hurry to our website to sign up online! Please contact Debbie Stewart by email at Debbie.Stewart@AspenRidgeChurch.org if you need further information.
Beginning on September 20, from 8:00 – 9:00 AM, we will begin practices for our vocal ensemble in the Celebration Center. After Thanksgiving, this group will be performing Christmas music at several locations. All ages, high school and up, are welcome and no experience is necessary…just show up! Please contact Pastor Kerry at Music@AspenRidgeChurch.org with any questions.
Stop by the table in the lobby this weekend for details about our various small groups that will begin this week. There are sermon-based and topical groups, including a new start for The Bridge and The Trailhead. A small group is not just another commitment, it’s a place where you can truly connect with and live life alongside others who are seeking to know more about Christ. You can also sign up online through our mobile page, AspenRidgeChurch.org/mobile.
Are you new to Aspen Ridge Church? Are you wondering how to take the next step? We have a small group just for you. It's called “The Bridge," and it is a 6-week orientation to church life. Todd & Victoria Ickes will be leading this group and would love to follow up with you personally. Please indicate your interest on a communication card.
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS
Save the date! Our women’s Taste of Christmas will be held on Monday evening, November 9. If you would like to assist us in planning this event, please contact Michele Force at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.633.3895.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week’s menu offers lasagna, green beans, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Take a day off from cooking and doing dishes, and join us for dinner! Last week, we served over 120 people!
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES HAPPENINGS
Children's Ministry Volunteer Orientation is September 13 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Please join us for training in the Fellowship Hall for all current and potential volunteers for children's ministries. This includes teachers, nursery caregivers, special needs volunteers and KidZone greeters. Lunch is provided and warm fellowship is guaranteed!