Summer is an amazing time for all kinds of outdoor activities in our mountain community. I wonder if it is time to combine our love of summer-wonder with our new thirst for being contagious Christians?
There is a rhythm, an ebb-and-flow, to church life and attendance patterns. Summer includes opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors and, in some cases, to take much needed vacations. In our Evergreen community, summers are also a time for people to move into our area and/or look for a local Christian Church. With our emphasis on “Being Contagious” with our Christian faith in our small groups this Spring, we want to provide additional opportunities for Christian witness this summer. In light of this we will…
The early Christian Church had a notable beginning…after Peter’s message, many received the gospel message and were baptized. In fact, the early church added to its fellowship about 3,000 souls. After the early church formed a network of small groups, Christian faith remained “contagious,” and the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved (Acts 2:47).
Jesus Christ is a polarizing figure. Say the name “Jesus Christ” in conversation and see what happens: you will experience many and wide-ranging reactions. Not everybody agrees about Jesus’ identity and not everybody is in the same place in relationship to Jesus.
“Why join a small group?” you may ask,
The answer, I’m afraid, is no easy task.
In 2016, I asked the Aspen Ridge elder board for permission to develop a “preaching team” that would share weekend teaching and preaching opportunities. The rationale for this proposal was bound up in a number of important factors…
Thank you for the opportunity you have given me to be your new Director of Small Groups! I am extremely humbled by it and grateful for the opportunity to serve. I want to also thank our former director, Bob Blake, for his faithful service to small groups in his volunteer capacity.
I am pleased to share a new development in our Live It Out initiative. One of its important features has to do with giving intentional support to our small group life.
This year, Aspen Ridge will focus on a new and different type of teaching series alongside our celebration of the Christmas holidays. Our series, “He Came,” describes why the Son of God became flesh, entering this broken world.
First, we should acknowledge the evil that exists in our world and our culture. This takes the form of resistance against, and sometimes violence toward, the gospel of Jesus Christ. We were never promised that following Jesus was without danger or hardship.
Alongside our transition in the Worship Arts department, our leadership has been working to secure the needed leadership for this important aspect of our church life. In light of this, I am pleased to introduce to you Matt Johnson, our new Interim Director of Worship Arts.
On July 10, we left for this year’s event and we chose to attend the Lincoln event hosted on the University of Nebraska’s campus. While I didn’t know what to think about spending a week at the “Home of the Huskers,” I was excited about the trip.