Honor on the Line
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How have we dishonored God’s name?
- We dishonor God with duplicitous speech.
- We dishonor God with a polluted heart.
- We dishonor God with profane gifts.
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 problem of “profanity.” By this term we do not mean simply four letter words. The term means “away from the temple,” and has the idea of speaking in a way that is not consistent with the presence of God. A person’s speech may be smooth and respectful toward God, but his or her heart may be far from God. Describe occasions when you have seen this.
- Last week we saw that God chose Jacob (v. 2) as his son… for the sake of privilege and also service (Is. 41:8,9). How does our Malachi passage describe ways God’s chosen people are to serve?
- Notice the three uses of “say” in v. 6 & 7 (but you say…, but you say…, by saying…). Describe the internal inconsistencies between these statements. What are some common ways that believer’s words dishonor God?
- Describe God’s expectations for a sacrificial gift (Lev 1:3,10). Compare this to the ultimate, once-for-all sacrifice he made in Christ. What does this say about how God honors Himself? What does this say about the honor we should give to God?
- Consider two offerings that are commended in Scripture: David’s purchase of the threshing floor (2 Sam 24:18-25) and the widow’s coins (Luke 21:1-4). “God judges a gift by what the gift costs the giver… rather than by its intrinsic worth.” React.
Taking It Home: The people to whom God was speaking in this passage were not honoring God in their speech or in their gifts. Where is God challenging you to authenticity in your speech? Instead of giving leftovers or second best, how can you begin to give God the best of your time, talents, and treasures?
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.
PARENT AND CHILD DEDICATION CEREMONY
We are pleased to dedicate the following parents and their children:
Rick and Norine Arnold with Nathan and Natalie
Alan and Lindsey McIver with Lexi
Chris and Joslin McGinness with Bryn
POTLUCK LUNCHEON AND ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Please join us for a potluck luncheon immediately following the Sunday morning worship service and preceding our Annual Business Meeting. We are gathering as a family to hear our ministry reports, talk about proposed upgrades to our constitution, vote on our purposed budget for 2013-14 and also to vote on elder board candidates.
SATURDAY EVENING SERVICE TIME CHANGE
In response to feedback received from our Saturday evening attendees, we will be moving the starting time of our worship service from 6:30 PM back to 6:00 PM on October 5. We encourage any who are interested to check out this service!
THE LANDSCAPE TEAM
The Landscape Team is looking for a few more people to help facilitate as we start new projects. Please contact Jeff Goodwin at 303.679.1093 or Diana Blake at 303.816.1068 if interested.
Join us for a Fall celebration on Saturday, October 5 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, with all kinds of vendors, games, food and fun! There is no cost to attend, however there will be vendors with items for purchase, as well as pumpkins for a small fee. Bring the whole family and have a Hay Day with us!
MOPS BARN DANCE FUNDRAISER
Kick up your heels and enjoy dinner and bidding on a variety of auction items at this community event benefitting Aspen Ridge MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Saturday, October 26 from 5:00 – 9:30 PM, at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park. Tickets are $10/pp (18 & older please). The timing is perfect so you can come to the Barn at 5:00 PM, attend the Saturday night service at 6:00 PM, and come back for more fun!
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.
Teen Community Bible Study (6th – 12th grades) has begun on Sunday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, with dinner included. We are studying the book of Genesis. Please contact Ronna Adams at 303-679-0150 for information.
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.
Ruth Gollings, Converge Worldwide, Tijuana, Mexico
- for Caritina Ruiz, administrator at Debora House of Refuge, for her work with the families there.
- for the young people from Tijuana who served in summer missions projects, that they continue to grow spiritually.
- for the families who are sheltering at Debora House of Refuge and for recent graduates from Debora, that their needs are met.