Life on the Line – Justice on the Line
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: Where is the God of justice?
- God is just in his warning, v. 1.
- God is just in his coming, v. 2.
- God is just in his refining, v. 3.
- God is just in his judgment, v. 5.
- God is just in his grace, v. 6.
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: Today our topic has to do with God’s justice. Can you recall a time when someone argued that “God is not fair,” or when you wrestled with that same question?
1) The context has to do with the appearance that God was prospering wicked or evil people (2:17). A similar problem is encountered in Psalm 73, with the answer coming in verse 17 and following. What is God’s answer?
2) In God’s justice He will provide a messenger who will issue a warning(s). John the Baptist said “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt. 3:2). At the end of the day, what kind of excuse can a person make before God (Rom. 1:20)?
3) In the OT, Messiah’s coming to earth was commonly viewed in one movement. However, in the NT, we learn His coming will be in two installments, a first and a second. How are these different? What must one believe about the first coming to be prepared for the second?
4) In God’s justice He uses fire to purify and refine His people. Where have you seen this in your own life? Compare James 1:2-4.
5) God provides a list of offenses that are worthy of His punishment (v. 5). As you review the list, are you surprised by what is, or is not, included? How does the concluding phrase “and do not fear me” summarize the list?
Taking It Home: Christians believe in a coming judgment day that will be marked by God’s justice. The reality and expectation of this future event changes the way we live life toward God… and others. What changes does this belief make in the way you do these relationships?
If you are visiting today or if you are new to Aspen Ridge Church, 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 is available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.
DISCOVERY MINISTRY: FIND YOUR PLACE TO SERVE AND GROW
In this seminar, we will discover that God desires each one of us to be in ministry within this Christian community. We will understand that God has uniquely given us SHAPE to be a minister for the building up of the body of Christ. If you are interested, please contact Mike Kelly or Dick Rhinesmith for more information, and to receive your packet in order to be ready for the Sunday, November 3 seminar.
FOOD IN MY HOUSE
In Malachi 3:10 we hear the following: “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test…” In the spirit of this passage, our church has decided to host a “Food in My House” weekend November 9 & 10. We will provide a free dinner on Saturday (5:00 – 6:00 PM) and a free brunch on Sunday (10:00 – 10:30 AM) on campus. This is to commend our church family for generous giving and encourage trust in God’s promises. Won’t you plan on joining us for these free meals, and bring a friend!
TOWN HALL MEETING
Aspen Ridge Church leadership will host a Town Hall Meeting on November 10 at 9:00 AM. This meeting will focus on two particular matters in the life of our church. First, we will bring an update on our progress toward completing our Director of Student Ministries search from Ron Kilgore and our search team. Second, we will hear a “problem statement” from our outreach ministry team. We would like to enlist church-wide input on how to address some needful opportunities as to how we go forward in outreach to our community and world.
The Aspen Ridge campus has been divided into 8 landscaping zones, and we need YOUR help. Adopt a zone and “dig in” to get this project finished before the snow sets in! Please contact Diana Blake today.
The Gathering is open to all, meeting in Room 104. During the month of October, we are taking a look at the Reformation, and in November we will feature Steve Cyphers discussing five questions that will look at the relationship between science and our faith in Jesus.
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS
The Women’s Ministry 18th Annual Taste of Christmas is November 11 at 6:30 PM, featuring Mary Lou Powell’s Trunk Show and music by Melissa Newkirk and daughters. Please purchase your $5 tickets in advance on Sunday, November 3 or 10 in the entryway. NO tickets will be sold at the door. Bring a favorite appetizer or dessert to share. All ages of women are invited to enjoy fellowship with a night out before the holiday rush begins. For further information, contact Debbie Riedel at 303.674.6092.
BENEVOLENT FUND GIVING
The Benevolent Fund will be used to fund the Thanksgiving Community Dinner on November 24 and is also providing substantial support to the flood victims in the Estes Park area. To make a donation to this fund you can designate “Benevolent Fund” on your offering check. We also receive a benevolent offering at the end of the services on the first weekend of each month.
FALL 2013 VOCAL ENSEMBLE BEGINS!
If you love to sing, join us every Sunday at 8:00 AM in the chapel for Vocal Ensemble. There are no auditions, just show up and sing with us. We’ll be preparing to sing several times in November and December of this year. See you there!
Middle & High School, please plan to attend a Turkey Day Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, November 2. We will meet at the church at 3:00 PM, returning by 8:00 PM. Please check our website for more details.