New Attitude – Toward Neighbors
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How do we cultivate a new attitude toward neighbors?
- Speak graciously toward, v. 14.
- Adjust to moods, v. 15.
- Live in harmony with each other, v. 16.
- Respect your neighbor’s viewpoint, v. 17.
- Live peaceably with your neighbor, v. 18.
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 orientation of people of faith toward the unbelieving world is multi-faceted and complex. On the one hand, God’s people may be tempted to withdraw or disconnect; on the other hand, God’s people may lose their distinctiveness in an effort to accommodate. If you err on one side or the other, which is it? Why?
- Identify the leading reasons why most students of this passage apply it toward relationships with people outside the Christian faith. Evaluate your relationships with neighbors in light of these principles.
- Someone said v. 15 is the most difficult of all verses in the Bible. Further, it may be more difficult to really rejoice with those who rejoice… for what reason? How can we get past feelings of envy to genuinely be happy for others? What does the application of this verse look like in your life?
- Living in harmony with one another is toward the end of a healthy ministry of the company of faith toward the world. However, this does not mean we should never debate or disagree. In fact, such debating or disagreements may be a sign of healthy or trusting relationships. Discuss.
- We are to do good in the sight of all men (v. 17). Where is your life work on display before others in our community? How can your light shine before others so they can see your good works and glorify God?
Taking It Home: Have everyone in your small group pull out their “New Attitude” packets. This should include a cover letter, a ministry menu for adults and children, and ministry description statements. Take some time in your small group to pray about and discuss what area of service or ministry could be of interest, and prepare to turn these in the weekend of May 17-18.
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 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.
Our six-week series encourages us to use our God-given talents and abilities to serve, prayerfully considering where you may plug in to ministry. If you did not receive the folder associated with this series, they are still available in the church office and extra menus and folders are available in the literature stands in the entryway. We encourage you to
bring these folders with you to your small group meetings this week as a resource for the discussion questions. Please plan to join us in the services on May 17 & 18 to present your menu at the foot of the cross.
Our campus has now been divided into 13 landscaping zones, and we need YOUR help. Adopt a zone with your family or small group, and “dig in” with us on May 17 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM! If you have aspen trees that can be transplanted from your yard, let us know. We will be
accepting those on campus from May 12–16. We will have sign-ups this weekend and will be ready to go on May 17.
HOMESCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY
We are celebrating the homeschool graduation of three students from Aspen Ridge Church. Please join us for a Graduation Open House on Saturday, May 17 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park. We will be honoring Hannah Adams, Sarah Betsch and
If you have a graduating senior, to include high school or college, would you please contact the church office? We will be honoring these seniors in the worship services on May 31 and June 1 and would love to include your student!
TOWN HALL MEETING
Please mark your calendars for our next Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, May 31 at 5:30 PM in the chapel and Sunday, June 1 at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. The purpose of this meeting will be to relay some of what we have learned from our intentional effort to enlist support in our decision making process for the next five years. We are looking forward to sharing this information with you.
We are so excited to see the many that have already signed up for VBS and would love to see you! Registration is open online. Please check out our website and join us as we experience Jesus’ one-of-a-kind love.
VBS Volunteers – Please stop by our table in the entryway and sign up to help for this exciting week. We cannot do this without YOU!
We are continuing “The Truth Project” for the next seven weeks. Any and all are welcome to join us for this exciting study. This week we are looking at history. Come and check out this educational, stimulating and truthful series.
Our third Date Night Fundraiser will be Friday, May 30. Please help us get the word out as we raise funds for our Christ In Youth trip to Nebraska in July and as we help parents take a well-deserved night out.
ASPEN RIDGE CHURCH LIBRARY
We have a display shelf in our library featuring books that are related to the current sermon series. These books can be checked out for one week. Please stop by and check it out.
Mountain Area Pregnancy Center
BABY BOTTLES ARE HERE! Help support another local ministry partner
by picking one up. Yearly, during the month that separates Mothers’ Day
from Fathers’ Day, (May 11 through June 15) Mountain Area Pregnancy
Center makes baby bottles available for your donations. Just fill the
bottles with the pocket change from wherever you drop your coins each
day (dresser, car console, laundry room, kitchen counter, etc.) and return
the filled bottles to church on Fathers’ Day, June 16. Please look for the
bottles on the table in the entryway and remember…Your small change
makes a BIG difference!