A Vision of Christmas Future: Immanuel, God with Us
Revelation 21:1-8
Dave Mathewson


  • A vision of Christmas future (21:1-8)
  • Immanuel, God is with us (21:3)


Review: What did you find in this week’s sermon that challenged your
thinking? What stuck out to you that you may not have realized or
thought of before from Revelation 21:1-8?

My Story: When we think of heaven, what usually comes to our mind?
How do we envision life in heaven? Where do you think these ideas
come from?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Revelation emphasizes the physical and earthly nature of our future destiny as Christians. Can you think of other passages in the New Testament that portray our future destiny in physical or earthly, rather than just “heavenly” terms?
  2. We saw that Revelation 21:1-8 is a reversal of the effects of sin from Genesis 3, and is a restoration of the conditions of the first creation in Genesis 1-2 before it was tainted by sin. As you look through the rest of Revelation 21:1-22:5, can you find other parallels with Genesis 1-2 and the Garden of Eden?
  3. Why do you think it is important today for churches to think about our future hope and destiny as an earthly and physical one, not just a heavenly one?

Taking it Home: What difference do you think it should make when we think about our future destiny as God dwelling with us on earth? How can this actually make a difference in the way you live life now?


We would like to welcome Dave Mathewson to the pulpit this weekend.
Dave is an Associate Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary.
If you are visiting today, we want to extend a special welcome to you and
invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship
service. On Saturday, Dave is available in the Celebration Center, and
on Sunday, Dave and his wife Joyce will meet you at the Welcome
Center in the entryway.


As 2013 comes to a close, we celebrate our Savior’s birth and praise our
Father for every good and perfect gift. We reflect on the great things
happening at Aspen Ridge Church and need to remember those who
unselfishly serve us week in and week out. We will be collecting a love
offering during the last weeks of December to then present a gift to the
staff as an expression of our appreciation. Please note “Staff Gift” on
your check, and place it in the offering by the end of December. Thank
you from the Elder Team.


We will break for the holidays on December 22 and 29, resuming
January 5 with Dave Furman in a fascinating discussion on “Christianity
and its Basis in Law”.


Our Saturday morning Precepts class will study the book of Hebrews
starting January 11 from 8:30 – 10:30 AM here at the church. The
workbook cost is $25.00. Please call Dottie Manchette at 303.697.9141
or email her at [email protected] to enroll.


At Aspen Ridge, the security of our church family is a top priority. If you
have a security question or concern that needs to be reported, please do
not hesitate to contact our security team at
[email protected]


Please make note that all financial contributions must be postmarked no
later than Tuesday, December 31, 2013, or received in the church office
by that same date in order to be credited to CY2013 for income tax
purposes. Please contact the church office or Bruce Chaffer if you have
any questions regarding end of year giving.


Questions about origins bubble up in life like a continual spring bubbles
up with water. The questions include the following: Where did we come
from? Why do people exist? How old is the earth? What is the meaning
of marriage? These are real issues that call for a meaningful, thoughtful
response. More than that, they require a word from God. Having a
handle on these issues will help believers engage those who have a
naturalistic outlook on life and on our world. By understanding God’s
design and purpose one may understand and advance the meanings
behind venerable and long-standing institutions. By gaining hold of God’s
intentions one can understand how things are supposed to work
today. In this series we will look at origins of the universe, the world,
human beings, rest, work, good & evil, and marriage. Our intention will
be to view these matters in light of God’s purpose for originating His


High Schoolers, our “SUPERNATURAL” Winter Camp 2014 is January
24-26 and the cost is $120 for one student or $225 for two. Remember,
your balance is due by January 18. Be ready for an exciting program –
including drama and music, meeting great friends, a dodge ball
tournament, a game room, a swimming pool and much more. Please see
our Director of Student Ministries, Hunter Headley, for complete details.
Do not miss this super weekend!

Calling all youth! We will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at Evergreen’s
Skate-The-Lake Party from 6:00 – 10:00 PM (van transport to and from
the church provided) and then will be at the church for fun, food and
games until 2:00 AM on January 1. Do not miss the revealing of our new
name at the stroke of midnight!


On January 21, Aspen Ridge will be hosting a Social Security Workshop
led by Bob Blake, Michael Speer and Bronco Ring of Fame football
player, Randy Gradishar. The workshop will cover several areas that can
affect how much you collect in benefits over your lifetime. Be sure to
bring a friend!


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