Words to Build a Life On – Advanced Training in the Christian Way
Matthew 5:9-10
Dr. Jeffrey Clark


  • Blessed are the peacemakers…

              They are finding and making peace with God.
              They are making peace with others.

  • Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake…

              Persecution vividly portrays the reality of your faith.
              Persecution can be used by God to strengthen your faith.
              Persecution gives you a reward in heaven.

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 portion of Scripture has to do with challenges that emerge in the course of the Christian life (namely conflict and persecution). If one is not properly equipped to deal with these challenges, they may serve to derail pilgrims in the Christian way. What has your experience been with conflict and persecution? Have these experiences served to strengthen or weaken your faith? Why?

Digging Deeper:

  1. A peacemaker will point people toward the source of peace with God (Romans 5:1). He or she will be a herald, announcing that peace has been won on the cross. Serving as a peacemaker is most effective in the context of relationships. Where has God given you an opportunity to be a peacemaker in your circle of relationships? What would this look like?
  2. One Christian leader said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be torn to pieces.” This rendering of Jesus’ words is partly cynical, but it does bring to mind that peacemakers must take certain precautions in the midst of conflict. What are those precautions?
  3. It does not seem consistent to say that those who are persecuted are blessed. Our experience is that life becomes very difficult for people who are treated poorly because of their faith. On what basis does Jesus say that people are blessed who are persecuted? How does this encourage you?

Taking It Home: Where is God calling you to be a peacemaker? Where is God inviting you to take a stand for righteousness, for your relationship with Jesus? Prayerfully reflect on these questions and jot down one answer. Then ask a friend or small group attendee to pray
for you.


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.


Check it out! The Peacemaker, recommended by Pastor Jeff, is now available in the church library. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” In The Peacemaker, Ken Sande presents a
comprehensive and practical theology for conflict resolution designed to bring about not only a cease-fire, but also unity and harmony. The instructions to check out books are posted in the library.


There’s another work day scheduled for Saturday, June 21 beginning at 8:00 AM. We will have (literally) tons of decorative rock delivered ahead of time and many hands will be needed to move it to the proper areas. We will have one or more Bobcats to do the heavy stuff, but we
still need strong backs and wheelbarrows to finish it off. There is an old English proverb that says, “Many hands make light work,” and we can finish the work quickly if many come to help. If you have any questions, please call Diana at 303.816.1068.


The Cyphers family would like to extend an invitation to the body of Aspen Ridge to attend an Open House celebrating Jon’s 30th birthday. On Saturday, June 21 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, join us at the home of Ron and Carol Lewis. Please RSVP to 303.674.0290 (the Cyphers) so
we have enough refreshments for all, and please, no gifts!


Aspen Ridge MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is hosting a garage sale on July 12. They are gratefully accepting donations at this time. If you would like to make a donation, please contact the church office or call Kellie Steinmetz at 303.330.0281.


We had a great time at VBS this past week, with over 130 kids each day and more than 60 volunteers, sharing Jesus’ one-of-a-kind love! As of Thursday, we had 25 children who placed their faith in Christ and we collected $255.00 for Global Hope Missions. During the services this weekend, the kids will be sharing some of the songs they learned in honor of Dads. Thank you to all those who made this week happen, especially our fearless leader, Maryjean Fowler!


The Gathering will complete Focus on the Families’ Truth Project series during the month of June. In July, The Gathering will feature multiple Aspen Ridge Church ministry teams during various weeks. Please consider attending The Gathering in July to understand the impact and
involvement opportunities from the many ministry teams.


Do you need a night out with your spouse? Drop the kids off with us on Friday, June 27 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM for snacks, games and a movie, while you spend some time away. There is a suggested $10/hour donation, and all proceeds will benefit the students attending a
conference in Nebraska this summer!

Mountain Area Pregnancy Center, Evergreen

Happy Father’s Day! Please return your filled bottles today or bring them into the church office as soon as possible. Thank you for helping Mountain Area Pregnancy Center “change” our community…one coin at a time!

The “Mother’s Closet” at MAPC is also currently in need of baby clothes (size 6 and smaller), gently used infant girl clothing, diapers (especially sizes 4-6) and baby wipes. If you would like to donate any of these items, they would be greatly appreciated. Contact MAPC to arrange a drop-off!


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