Words to Build a Life On – Jesus and Anxiety
Matthew 6:25-34
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: For what reasons should people of faith not be anxious about life provisions?

  • Reason #1 – Worry is NEEDLESS, v. 25.
  • Reason #2 – Worry is SENSELESS, v. 26.
  • Reason #3 – Worry is USELESS, v. 27.
  • Reason #4 – Worry is FAITHLESS, v. 28-9.
  • Reason #5 – Worry is GODLESS, v. 30.
  • Reason #6 – Worry denies FAMILY TIES, v. 32-3.
  • Reason #7 – Worry is IMPRACTICAL, v. 34.


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: Let’s say there are three types of people who heard this message. One person has a carefree approach to life and is not so responsible. Another person is known for being diligent, hard-working and thorough. A third person is conscientious and loving but going through a grievous loss. How do these respective individuals hear this message differently?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Jesus forbids anxious thought. He does not, however, forbid thought (consider the flowers) or forethought (the birds plan ahead). Compare and contrast.
  2. Jesus called upon seven reasons to combat worry among people of faith. Which of these reasons means the most to you? Why?
  3. Review two passages of Scripture (Luke 10:38-42; Mark 4:19) about the negative effects of worry. Consider Philippians 4:6,7 about how to replace worry with God’s peace.

Taking It Home: Jesus says there is a type of ambition that drives out worry. It has to do with seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness. How can you take the energy you are pouring into worry and transition it toward seeking God’s kingdom agenda?


If you are visiting, 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 will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.



The Gathering meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall and will feature Dr. Dave Mathewson (professor, Denver Seminary) for October and November in an exciting survey of the New Testament. Join in as Dave also provides keen insights and tips for lifetime Bible learning techniques – things that seminary students have to learn the hard way! In December, it will feature Pastor Jeff in a fun, interesting and at times, lighthearted look at the Christmas season.



We are changing our Friday office hours for the main office to 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Our Monday through Thursday hours will remain 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Please feel free to call with any questions you may have regarding this change, effective this week.


If you missed the video last weekend, or would like to see it again, we have posted it to our website at Thank you for any input you have regarding our parking lot and volunteer challenges, and for helping us find creative ways to connect with and serve our community.


We would like to express our deepest thanks and love for the tender outpouring you showered on as at the going away reception last Sunday. This is a bittersweet chapter in our lives to be moving away from a church family that has surrounded us with love and support. We have been privileged to serve our Lord, our church, and with you for the past 17 years. God’s richest blessing to all.


This is a small group that is designed for those who may be relatively new to Aspen Ridge Church. We meet Sundays at 9:00 AM in the fireside room downstairs, with a focus on Aspen Ridge vision, values and beliefs. Feel free to contact the church office for more information, or show up on a Sunday morning to check it out.


We are excited to try something new this season, as we offer up our lawn to the children of our community on October 31 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. We want to pack the lot with cars, trucks and vans, decorated and ready to pass out candy or small treasures (pencils, bouncy balls, etc) to kids in costume. This is a way that we can serve our neighbors – providing a safe avenue for families to enjoy the evening. Would you consider decorating your vehicle and joining us? There will be a prize for the best trunk! (Hunter also needs boxes for the maze that the students will be creating. Drop them off in the Student Center!)


This week is Taco Night! There will also be black beans and rice, salad and dessert. Where else can you eat for only $2.50 per person ($10.00 per family maximum), especially with a ton of your friends and family?


The third annual Barn Dance, Silent Auction & Chili Cook Off will be on Saturday, November 8 (5:30 – 9:30 PM) at The Barn. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in the church office. Do you have a great chili recipe that you want to share and be crowned Best Chili Chef for 2014? Sign up in the church office! Please bring chili that serves 8-10 people to The Barn by 4:45 PM on November 8, with a ladle marked with your name.


This year’s event, Taste of Joy, will feature Ginger Millermon in testimony and song. On Monday, November 10 at 6:15 PM, all women are invited to bring an appetizer or dessert to share and to join us in preparing our hearts for the upcoming holiday season. Tickets are $8 each.

Lorye McLeod, CEO
Mountain Resource Center (an Aspen Ridge Ministry Partner)

Like working retail? The Mountain Resource Center Resale Store is in dire need of additional volunteers to work various daytime shifts Mondays through Saturdays. Call 303.838.7552, Ext 18, for more information.

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