The Height of Faith - Hold on to Your Confidence
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Do not throw away your confidence in the Christian faith.
- Look at the past to sustain your confidence, v. 32-5.
- Look to the future to sustain your confidence, v. 36-9.
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 message began with a lighthearted look at “Men & Confidence.” In many cases, behind a person’s confident exterior may exist fear and insecurity. Discuss.
- The first portion of this passage seeks to build confidence by looking back. What kind of loss did these pilgrims face and how did God sustain them? When have you faced loss because of your Christian faith, and how has God sustained you?
- Christian Smith and Melinda Denton in Soul Searching describe millennials as believing God is like a Divine Butler or Cosmic Therapist. How does this passage challenge that way of thinking about God?
- A vital way of sustaining endurance is to keep looking toward the second coming of Jesus Christ. Notice “a little while” and “will not delay” in verse 37. How do you sustain a readiness and anticipation for the return of Jesus alongside 2000 years of church history?
- Ray Stedman said “It has been characteristic of days of decline in the church to lose sight of the hope of Christ’s coming. Such weakening of hope gives rise to programs for world betterment…without the message of the cross of Christ.” Discuss.
Taking it Home: Who are some of your Christian heroes and how do they inspire you? Perhaps someone in your group inspires you. Reach toward these heroes (either in print or in person) and let them encourage you toward bold endurance in the Christian way.
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.
WORSHIP ARTS TRANSITION
Danny Byram will be leading us this weekend, and we are thankful for his service. Visit our website and read Pastor Jeff’s latest blog post, regarding our Worship Arts transition and our new Interim Director of Worship Arts, Matt Johnson. Matt officially begins on September 25, but you may see him around and about before then as he learns our sound system and prepares for his role here.
ASPEN RIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Thank you for your patience as our church building is undergoing extensive upgrades and renovations. If you are interested in reading more, check out our website or Facebook page. Please note that our playground is not safely accessible during portions of this remodel, and kids and parents are asked to observe signage in that area for your safety.
SWEDEN SHOW & TELL TOUR
Aspen Ridge is looking forward to hosting The Sweden Show & Tell Tour through Converge Worldwide in our Saturday evening service on October 7. Join us for an evening of indie-pop music, worship music, teaching, preaching, sharing and networking. This team is from Sweden under the leadership of John van Dinther and Jenny Wahlström, who are part of the lead team in the New Life Network, a church planting movement in Sweden within the EFK (InterAct) denomination. We’re excited to host this special evening!
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: $101,342
Remaining pledged amount: $ 34,969
The Bridge provides an orientation to church life and how you may fit into ministry within our body. If you are new to Aspen Ridge and want to know more about us, want to discover a small group or want to find a way to serve, you are invited. Dinner will be provided, and the session is scheduled on Sunday, September 24 from 4:00 - 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall, with childcare available. It is not too late to join in!
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Calling all Pinterest pinners, extreme organizers, logistics heroes and women looking to connect…help us plan Taste of Christmas. Bring a lunch and join us on Sunday, September 24, in the library on campus. The funds raised support Aspen Ridge Women’s Ministry. If you need more details, please call or text Kasity Briley at 303.910.5389 or email email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes taco salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.
On Saturday, September 30, we will flood the back parking lot with local vendors, games, food and fun for our fifth annual fall family celebration, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Activities include hay rides, apple cider, arts and craft sales, live entertainment, face painting, carnival games and a bounce house. This year, we are partnering with Mountain Resource Center as our Spotlight Ministry. There is no cost to attend, however, there will be local vendors with items to purchase. This is a perfect time to invite a neighbor and show support to our community small businesses.
Donated nonperishable food items received in the lobby bins located by the front doors and at the bottom of the stairwell will now go to LifeBridge Food Pantry in Bailey. Thank you for supporting our community in this way.