Lend Me Your Hope - Hope Beyond Trials
1 Peter 4:12-19
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: Should Christians be surprised when they face trials?
- No, because trials serve a good purpose.
- No, because trials are the way of Christ.
- No, because trials provide opportunity to receive blessing.
- No, because trials give occasion for public witness.
- No, because it is God’s way to begin with his household.
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: The Apostle Peter describes a “fiery trial” in the lives of his readers. What sort of fiery trials have you faced, or are you facing, in your Christian life? How did you feel?
- Are you surprised when suffering comes into your life? Explain.
- Identify some ways that trials have served to develop your character and your Christian faith.
- Read Proverbs 11:31. Explain what Peter means by “it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God.” How have you seen God bring discipline to a local church?
- What are some things that would cause you to think that someone you know has entrusted his or her soul to a faithful Creator while doing good (v. 19)?
Taking it Home: For those who find themselves suffering according to the will of God, take a block of time and entrust yourself afresh to God. Where you are doing good, continue in a way that gives God the credit for your deeds.
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. 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.
PRAYER TIME AND EXCITING NEW INITIATIVE
We appreciate everyone who has been a part of the prayer time between services for the past two months. We are looking at the best way to provide this important time with a more optimal location and with leadership to make it as effective as possible. We are also extremely excited about a new "Question and Answer" forum that we will begin starting the weekend of June 11/12. It will be a chance to expand our discussion of the weekend message and hear insights from Pastor Jeff in a more casual, interactive setting. Please keep an eye out for more details on both the prayer time and the new "Q&A" time!
Aspen Ridge will have a Baptism Weekend on May 14/15. If you have made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ and would like to explore participating in this ordinance, please contact pastoral staff by May 8.
We are accepting nominations through May 8 for candidates to be considered to join the Elder Board. Forms are available in the church office. Contact an elder with any questions you may have.
SAVE THE DATE FOR VBS!
Please be in prayer about getting involved in Vacation Bible School this year, and make sure that June 20-24 is marked on your calendar. We’re taking it back to God’s Word with “Retro Rock,” featuring the music of Go Fish.
DV8 PARENT MEETING
There will be a very short meeting after services on May 14/15 where you can pick up all the paperwork your teen(s) will need for summer trips. Thank you for noting these dates and planning to attend one of these meetings.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week’s menu includes lasagna and ice cream sundaes. The price is $2.50 per person or $10 per family. See you there!
CONVERGE 2016: REACH
Aspen Ridge Church would like to send some delegates to this year’s Converge 2016 conference with author and speaker, Francis Chan. Get a fresh take on evangelism and learn about new missions opportunities in your neighborhood and around the world. The conference will be held June 29 - July 1 at Mission Hills Church in Littleton. Please contact the church office if you are interested in representing our body at this event.
IDRAHAJE: CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT
Our local ministry partner, IdRaHaJe, in Bailey, is hosting their annual fundraiser on May 14. From 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, the Chuckwagon Cookout will take place to raise proceeds to provide families with financial assistance. If you are available to volunteer at this event, please contact Danielle Krajewski by email at email@example.com or by phone at 303.600.8368.
BABY BOTTLES HAVE ARRIVED
Yearly, during the month that separates Mother’s Day from Father’s Day, Mountain Area Pregnancy Center makes baby bottles available for your donations. Fill the bottles with the pocket change from wherever you drop your coins each day, (dresser, car console, etc) and return the filled bottles to church on Father’s Day, June 19. Look for bottles in the lobby! Your small change makes a big difference!