MESSAGE NOTES

Good Friday – Finding Forgiveness
Luke 23:32-38
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: What can we learn about forgiveness from Christ’s first statement on the cross?

  • We can learn WHEN forgiveness is to be given, v. 1-33.
  • We can learn HOW forgiveness is to be given, v. 34.
  • We can learn WHY forgiveness is to be given, v. 34.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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: It has been said that a lack of forgiveness is the root cause of most of the psychological ailments we see in our culture today. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Review the horrible pain and suffering inflicted on Christ in the first 31 verses of Luke 23. All of this is heightened by what the Bible teaches about Jesus’ sinlessness; He never broke God’s laws. Where have you been unjustly treated? Who do you need to forgive?
  2. Someone said that forgiveness means learning to live with the consequences of another person’s wrongdoing. It involves our innate sense of justice being satisfied. How are both of these found in our Christian faith? Discuss.
  3. In Jesus’ prayer, He told God that his persecutors did not know what they were doing. Explain how this may be the case for all who break God’s laws (Ephesians 2:1-3). How has God forgiven you for things that you unwittingly did against Him?

Taking It Home: Let God bring to mind a person you need to forgive. Allow yourself to connect with the feelings of betrayal and anger. Remember that God has built the concept of justice into the heart of every person. Instead of staying in the place of executing justice, turn
that over to God. Say to God: “I choose to take them off my ‘hook’ and place them on your ‘hook.’” The pain was/is great, but you are greater, and I choose to forgive. Realize this may involve replacing former dynamics in the relationship with new boundaries.

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

If you are visiting today, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Friday and Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, Pastor Jeff and his wife Mary will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – MAY 1

In the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14, we encourage local churches to fast in the days leading up to the National Day of Prayer. Then on Thursday May 1, we are invited to The Place in downtown Evergreen to worship and pray for our nation throughout the day. We want to come as one
united heart before our Father on that day. Aspen Ridge Church will also host a prayer gathering on May 1 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship hall. Childcare will be provided. We invite all to gather for such a meeting.

BAPTISM ORIENTATION

Are you interested in being baptized? We will have two orientation meetings, one on May 3 at 5:00 PM and another on May 4 at 9:00 AM in Pastor Jeff’s office. We ask that you attend one of these meetings to participate. For more information, please contact the main office.

FREEZER MEAL PREP

The next date for this event will be Monday, May 5 at 9:00 AM. To participate, your payment and order must be received by April 21. Full details can be found on our website, or by contacting Michelle Schroeder at [email protected]

A NEW PRAYER TEAM

If you have an interest in our Children’s Ministry, please join Shira Hamilton on Wednesday evenings right after dinner to pray. We are seeking wisdom and direction for this Ministry’s vitality and upgrades.

NEW ATTITUDE

As we continue our six-week series that encourages us to use our God-given talents and abilities to serve, prayerfully consider where you may volunteer within the church. If you did not receive the packet associated with this series, they are still available in the church office.

THANK YOU FROM THE SHELPUK FAMILY

My family and I would like to thank The Aspen Ridge Church family for their prayer support during the passing of their mother and my wife, Kathy. Your participation in the celebration of her life and gracious provision in the reception afterward was greatly appreciated by us and
her friends. Our God is good – All the time!

EASTER WEEKEND

This weekend is full of exciting events. Please join us as we continue to celebrate.
     April 19 Free Saturday dinner – 5:00 PM
     April 19 Saturday service – 6:00 PM
     April 20 Free Easter breakfast – 8:00 AM
     April 20 Sunday services – 9:00 & 10:30 AM
                    (Small groups may fold into 9:00 AM service.)
We are anticipating maximum capacity with guests and visitors on and around Easter. In order to alleviate this anticipated overcrowding, please consider attending our Saturday evening service at 6:00 PM and/or our additional Sunday morning service at 9:00 AM.

STUDENT MINISTRIES

We are having another DV8 Date Night Fundraiser for our trip in July to the Christ In Youth summer camp at the University of Nebraska. The date is April 25 from 5:00 – 9:30 PM. Please help us pass the word to parents who would love a night out and an opportunity to support our youth.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – SAVE THE DATE

June 9-13, 2014, kids will experience and be empowered by all of the unexpected and yes, weird ways that Jesus demonstrated unconditional love. From healing lepers to washing the feet of his disciples, the Bible is filled with accounts of Jesus’ one-of-a-kind love! Please begin to pray with us for this exciting event and mark your calendars to volunteer.

MISSIONS OUTREACH

IdRaHaJe idrahaje.org
Chuckwagon Cookout – Saturday, May 10, 2014
                                        (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

The Chuckwagon Cookout is IdRaHaJe’s annual Campership fundraiser. Come enjoy going down our “Big Zip”, be part of the live auction, and enjoy a free BBQ lunch! We believe that every kid should have the opportunity to come and hear a clear presentation of the Gospel. There are endless opportunities to volunteer at this event. Please contact Danielle Krajewski @ 303-600-8368 or [email protected] to sign up for a day of service and FUN!

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