Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How has God loved us?
God loves with a providential love, v. 2.
God loves with an electing love, v. 3.
- Election to salvation is not in the same as election to perdition.
- Election is never separated from human responsibility.
- Election is not separated from its moral and spiritual ends.
- Election is never taught apart from a universal offer of salvation.
God loves with a universal offer, v. 5.
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 passage described the occasion for God’s burden, and how God revealed that burden to his messenger (1:1). We heard about our local dilemma and how that correlates to Malachi’s day. Why did you move to Conifer/Evergreen? How would you describe our harvest field?
- The love of God is often misunderstood in our day and age. An overwhelming majority in our culture believes God is love; however, that same majority also believes something very different than what the Bible teaches. How does this make the love of God a difficult subject?
- God has a providential love for all he has made. Explore how God’s creation of everything, and his pronouncement that it is “good,” is a loving act (Genesis 1). Also, God lovingly sustains his creatures (Matthew 6:26-8). Describe God’s providence in your own words.
- God has an electing love toward his covenant people. Allow all the room you like for the Semitic nature of this contrast… still God’s love is peculiarly directed toward the elect (Mal1:2-3). Why is this so offensive to modern sensibilities? How does this make you feel?
- God has a universal offer of salvation toward his fallen world. This also is the consistent teaching of Scripture (John 3:16). He invites all people everywhere to turn to him (Ez. 33:11). What does this say about our posture toward those who have yet to embrace faith?
Taking It Home: Which of the above three ways of talking about God’s love do you need to hear and receive? When it comes to your family, friends and neighbors, will you begin to pray that God’s love would become very real?
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, Pastor Jeff and his wife Mary will welcome you at the tables in the lobby.
Our next child dedication ceremony will be held on the weekend of September 21 and 22. It is not too late to let us know if you are interested in this special commitment. Please contact the church office as soon as possible to participate.
Everyone is invited to fellowship with others at a luncheon potluck on September 22, preceding our annual business meeting. Please bring an entrée and a side dish or dessert to share. Beverages and table service will be provided.
The leaders of Aspen Ridge Church are calling for a family meeting of members and regular attendees. This will take place on Sunday, September 22 immediately following the Potluck Luncheon in the celebration center. You will receive written reports from our ministry team leaders. You will receive a verbal report from Ron Kilgore, the chairman of our student ministry search team. You will hear a financial report from Bruce Chaffer and then Norm Lewis will talk about prospective upgrades to our constitution. Members will have an opportunity to vote on our proposed budget for 2013-14; they will also be asked to vote on elder board candidates. Further, you will hear proposed measurable outcomes we would like to trust God for in the coming ministry year.
THE LANDSCAPE TEAM
The Landscape Team is looking for a few more people to help facilitate as we start new projects. This would include a temporary committee to revamp the preschool playground. Please contact Jeff Goodwin at 303.679.1093 or Diana Blake at 303.816.1068 if interested.
We are looking for vendors to participate in this fall festival on October 5 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Please contact Debbie Stewart with any questions or to register.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER AND AWANA
Wednesday nights are Family Night at Aspen Ridge Church! We are in full swing and would love to see you every Wednesday at 5:30 PM for supper, followed by AWANA for children 5th grade and younger from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed”. Please join us.
High Schoolers, mark your calendars on September 21 for an evening of Laser Tag. We will meet at the church at 6:00 PM, returning at 9:30 PM. The cost is $20 (includes Tag and Dinner) and you can bring extra for a snack stop, if time allows. Also, Middle & High School, please plan to attend a Turkey Day Scavenger Hunt on November 2. Our tentative schedule is to meet at the church at 3:00 PM, returning by 8:00 PM. Please check our website for more details on these fun events.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY
Our 18th Annual Taste of Christmas at Aspen Ridge Church will be held on Monday, November 11, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Mary Lou Powell will be doing her “Trunk Show”. Please watch for more details to follow. If you are interested in helping, contact Debbie Reidel at the number listed above.
The Library at Aspen Ridge Church is being updated. Please check your shelves for any books belonging to the church and return them. If you are interested in donating a few hours to this project, please contact Carol Anderson at 303.916.4087.
Scott and Ruth Millar, Converge Worldwide, Argentina
- for the growth of the Renacer church.
- for the restoration and fellowship of pastors and leaders in Argentina.
- for the Millars as they encourage and disciple Hispanic pastors while here in the USA.