Words to Build a Life On – Two Ways
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: Why should someone enter God’s kingdom by the narrow way?
- Because the way is wide that leads to destruction.
- Because the way is narrow that leads to life.
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: This message has to do with entering God’s kingdom by the narrow way. However, most of us don’t want to think of ourselves as narrow people. We like to think of ourselves as big-hearted and broad-minded. How do you bring together Jesus’ call to enter by the narrow way with the perception that Christians may be narrow-minded?
- Popularity and majority opinion go along with a wide gate and path. When does your Christian faith put you at odds with majority opinion or the popular crowd?
- In Proverbs 14:12, Solomon describes a way that seems right to someone but with disastrous consequences. How does this compare to the broad gate described by Jesus?
- One way leads to destruction. What difference does the prospect of destruction make in our lives when it comes to our neighbors and our world?
- A narrow way has the idea that there are hazards on both sides. Describe the hazards that exist along the Christian way on both sides.
Taking It Home: This message leaves us with a definite choice… which gate will we enter? Would you describe yourself as having already made that decision or as still making that decision? If you have already made that decision, will you tell someone this week about your decision and why?
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 will 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.
5-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN TEAM
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.
NEW IMPACT PLAYER
Impact Player is a small group approach to leadership development for men. Pastor Jeff will be leading a group in 2015, and will be hosting an informational meeting for those men who are interested on Sunday, November 23 at 8:00 AM in his office.
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!
MESSAGE FROM THE BARKSDALES
The Barksdale family would like to thank our church family for the lavish outpouring of love surrounding the loss of our son. Words can’t express how thankful we are for your support. You have truly been vessels of His love to us! John & Kathy Barksdale
FULFILLING OUR MISSION
Our mission involves “inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ.” However, we have a parking lot and children’s ministry problem that is hampering our ability to fulfill our mission. We are prayerfully considering a proposed solution to the problem. Please tune in to Pastor Jeff’s video at AspenRidgeChurch.org/video, and we welcome your comments and prayers.
DV8 STUDENT MINISTRIES
Stay tuned for details on how we will be distributing the food collected from the Gobble Wobble scavenger hunt soon. Keep in mind that Thanksgiving Break is coming up from November 24-28.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY EVENT – A TASTE OF JOY
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 and the joy of Christ. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through Charlotte Carlson at 303.838.2833. This weekend is your last chance to purchase your ticket in the lobby!
BIRD IS THE WORD – THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER
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 food. Small groups can work together to provide food items, and we will have signup sheets in the lobby. How can you get involved?
There is a brand new way to support our outreach partners, Mountain Resource Center and IdRaHaJe, over the holidays…and it is free and easy! When you shop online at Amazon you can easily sign up with AmazonSmile and support these ministries with every purchase, at no extra cost to you. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Simply go online to smile.amazon.com and enter Mountain Resource Center or IdRaHaJe to show your support!