Words to Build a Life On – Ask, Seek, Knock
Matthew 7:7-11
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: We receive God’s provision by means of trusting persistence.

  • We receive by means of persistence.
  • We receive by means of trust.
  • We receive by the goodness of God.


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: The theme for this weekend is “trusting persistence.” Can you identify something which you really longed to possess and finally did receive? How did you feel? What kind of persistence was needed? What did you learn in the midst of the persistence?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Jesus words “ask, seek and knock” imply a passionate pursuit of God. How do the following parables illustrate this type of persistence? (Luke 11:5-10; 18:1-8)
  2. Should the word “everyone” be qualified by the context of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount? If so, how? Give examples of those who may not be included from Chapter Six.
  3. The trusting persistence that Jesus advocates presupposes belief that God will indeed answer. Review Hebrews 11:6 to this end, and discuss what pleases God.
  4. Is it commendable for a father to give his child everything he asks for? How does the final verse of this section qualify the gifts he gives? How might this begin to explain the problem of a perceived unanswered prayer?

Taking It Home: What does trusting persistence look like for you this week? Where do you need to continue to ask, seek or knock with God?


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.


We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall with Dave Mathewson for October and November in an exciting survey of the New Testament. Then in December, it will feature Pastor Jeff in a fun, interesting and, at times, lighthearted look at the Christmas season.


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.


This team has met and is excited to begin fulfilling its purpose of putting together a 5-year strategic plan to present to our church family in 7-8 months time. Jeff Clark, Dave Bruce, Justin Cates, Eric Krajewski, Raney Kilgore, Kyndall Nixon and Melissa Whaley covet your prayers as they seek to follow God’s direction in planning.


We are excited to invite you to join us on Sunday, November 23 at 6:00 PM as we provide a free Thanksgiving meal to our community. There are many ways to help; we will need help with set-up, servers and of course, food! Small groups can work together to provide food items, and we will have signup sheets in the entryway beginning next weekend to get everything covered. Who can you invite?


Exciting changes are happening for the children. We have ordered a new commercial playground suited for all kids through age 12! You may have noticed that our old playground has already been removed. The old structure was not safe for our growing children’s ministry. The new playground can serve up to 30 children playing at one time, and will arrive soon. Once it arrives, volunteers will be needed to finish the project. If you are interested in helping to install the new playground, please contact Maryjean Fowler, Director of Children’s Ministry. Thanks for your support of this important upgrade!


It is time again for our yearly Gobble Wobble Scavenger Hunt on November 8 from 1:15 – 6:00 PM! This is our second annual competition to see who can gather a full Thanksgiving meal from a neighborhood. You can visit our website to register online for this incredible event!


Our menu this week includes sloppy joes, baked beans, chips, veggies, salad and dessert. The cost is only $2.50 per person.


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 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 and can be purchased through Charlotte Carlson at 303.838.2833. No tickets will be sold at the door.


Buy your tickets now for Mountain Resource Center’s “Empty Bowls” to support services to families in our mountain community. Enjoy a delicious meal of soup, bread and dessert. Receive a gift bowl as a reminder that a neighbor may be hungry today. Events will be held from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 5:00 – 8:00 PM on November 5 at Mountain Resource Center in Conifer and from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on November 6 at the Evergreen Lake House. Tickets are available for a donation of $25. Call 303.838.7552 or visit their website at

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