Acts – God’s Mediatorial Kingdom
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: Is it now TIME for the establishment of God’s mediatorial kingdom?
There is a legitimate expectation of God’s kingdom.
There is a delay in the establishment of God’s kingdom.
There will be a future establishment of God’s kingdom.
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: There are many “apocalyptic” end-of-the-world stories in our culture today. Can you think of one that has been especially prominent? What kind of entertainment value does this have for you?
- Jesus indicates that it is not for us to know the times or seasons that the Father has fixed. Instead, he indicates that his followers will receive power from the Holy Spirit to be on mission in the world. What is this mission and how are you living on mission?
- In the ascension of Christ, there is an assurance that God will establish his kingdom through the second coming of Christ. Some may err by being too pre-occupied with the second coming, and others may err by being too pre-occupied with this present age. Which error do you need to resist, and how can you best live in this tension?
- How does the illustration of the time “in between” D-Day and VE-Day describe the time in which we live? How does this inform our attitude toward the suffering involved in fulfilling our mission and the confidence we have toward God’s ultimate victory in Christ?
Taking it Home: Tod Bolsinger, in Canoeing the Mountains, says that “Leadership is energizing a community of people toward their own transformation in order to accomplish a shared mission in the face of a changing world.” How can you energize people in your influence toward the mission Jesus gives in this passage?
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.
TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM 2018
Converge Rocky Mountain will host its annual Together to Transform 2018 on March 16 /17 at Rock Community Church in Littleton. This is not just a pastor’s conference. It is designed to provide training and inspiration for every congregation member. The cost is $39 for early bird registration, through February 15. For more information and to register, please visit TogetherToTransform.org.
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.
FAITH COMMITMENT CELEBRATION
Aspen Ridge has seen two additional faith commitments in the past week, one adult and another through our mid-week AWANA Children’s ministry. We celebrate with these decisions to trust Jesus Christ as forgiver and leader. If you would like to know how to make a faith commitment, you may do so by taking a “Personal Spiritual Journey” pamphlet from our Welcome Center.
WORSHIP ARTS SEARCH
Our search team continues to process applicants for our Worship Arts ministry. The following serve on the worship arts search team: Ron Kilgore, Christy Bell, Jeff Clark and Daniel Sheffer. Please continue to pray for this important search and the leadership of the Holy Spirit in the process.
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: $112,477
Remaining pledged amount: $26,139
DV8 MOVIE NIGHT
DV8 Student Ministries is having a movie night on Friday, February 23 in the Student Center. The movie will be Wonder, the 2017 film that follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in. All students are welcome to join us for refreshments and a great night of hanging out from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.
Once a month, on the first weekend of the month, our Saturday evening service is followed by a meal of various soups, provided by volunteers. There are gluten-free options available, as well. If you are interested in providing a soup for this event or would like more information about it, please contact Jodie Cates at JCates@bkd.com. Bring a friend and share a meal following our March 3 service!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights for anyone in our community that would like to attend. Our menu this week includes lasagna, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family.
SERVICE PROJECT PRAYERS
This weekend, the Furman Small Group will be serving the homeless and providing a Sunday night service at Christ’s Body, a Christian ministry in downtown Denver. Please pray for the advance of the Christian message, through this small group, toward those who may be served.
BENEVOLENT FUNDS AT WORK
Aspen Ridge was able to use a portion of our benevolent fund toward helping a person supplementing a monthly rental bill for a particular period of need. The occasion of this generous gift has given way to opportunities to share about God’s love in Christ. Thank you for your generous giving to the Aspen Ridge benevolent fund.