PRETENDERS…NOT THE REAL THING, JOHN 10:7-10

SERMON NOTES

The
Big Idea
:
Jesus is the door that provides exclusive access to eternal
life.

    • The
      Thieves and Robbers (v 8)
          
      All
      who came before
          Steal,
      kill and destroy
    • The
      Door (v 9)

    DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

    1. Where have you seen our culture echo the idea that there can’t be only one true religion? Are all religions viable pathways to a relationship with God?
    2. Jesus tells of others who try to enter the sheep fold by stealth. Who are the enemies of God’s people and what are they characterized by? Why is their teaching so dangerous?
    3. Salvation means to “save from danger, to keep safe and sound.” How is salvation a past event, a present process, and a future anticipation?

    THE
    GATHERING: MARRIAGE SERIES

    The
    Gathering is a highly interactive small group that meets every
    Sunday, is always “open” and welcomes guests and visitors. Each
    month a different topic is discussed. In April the focus is marriage.
    What works well in marriage and what does not? Different couples from
    Aspen Ridge will discuss what they have found strengthens their
    marriage as well as pitfalls to avoid. Come join us at 9:00 AM
    downstairs in room 104.

    SPRING
    SERIES: HEALING FOR THE SPIRITUALLY BURNED

    Our
    new teaching series is in full-swing. Last week Pastor Jeff shared
    how Jesus wants to heal the spiritually burned and wants to use us to
    bring healing to the world. Don’t miss out on the rest of this
    important series.

    SMALL
    GROUPS AVAILABLE

    Please
    sign up! Small groups begin this week and coordinate with our message
    series entitled “Healing for the Spiritually Burned.” Please
    refer to the small group insert in your bulletin or the website at
    AspenRidgeChurch.org under the “groups and classes” tab.

    GRADUATING
    SENIORS

    Are
    you a graduating senior of high school or college? Do you know a
    graduating senior? If so, please send those names to the church
    office.

    On
    May 18 and 19 all high school and college graduates will be
    recognized during the services. Be here so you don’t miss out!

    MOPS

    Mothers
    of Preschoolers is winding down for the year, but it’s not too late
    to enjoy some much needed fellowship with other moms. On April 23,
    join them for “Jazz and Java.” May 14 will be a “Farewell Luau”
    to end the regular meetings. As summer approaches, however, don’t
    despair. MOPS moms and kids will continue to have park days every
    Tuesday at 10:00 AM. June gatherings will be at Marshdale Park and
    July will be at Kittredge Park.

    NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

    Thursday,
    May 2, is the 62nd
    annual National Day of Prayer. This year at Aspen Ridge, existing
    small groups will focus on acknowledging this National event by
    praying for our community, our state and our country. For more
    information visit the website, nationaldayofprayer.org.

    APRIL
    MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT: CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

    Vacation
    Bible School is June 17-21 from 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM. The theme is
    Go Fish’s, “Gotta Move,” designed to give children an
    understanding of what it means to be a Christian and to walk with
    God. Through each lesson children will see that God provides
    everything we need to be close to Him. He does require a response,
    however. Having faith means that we Gotta
    Move
    ! The
    fun is not just for kids, though. We need special people to volunteer
    for this exciting week of ministering to children. Join the adventure
    and sign up at the VBS table in the lobby!

    DENVER
    MISSION TRIP

    A
    deposit of $50 is due Sunday, May 12, for the Middle School and High
    School Students who are going on the trip this summer. The team will
    work with impoverished people of all ages. Join the team and share
    the love of Jesus with Denver’s less fortunate. Total price for
    this week of ministry is only $135. Check out the church website or
    see Pastor Casey for details.

    AFRICA
    MISSION TRIP

    Norm
    Lewis and Jay Johnson are in Uganda, Africa, strengthening the
    outreach of Christian churches in the region by repairing damaged
    wells. To support this trip indicate “Africa Trip” on a check or
    donation.

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