Words to Build a Life On – Jesus and the Old Testament
Matthew 5:17-20
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: What was Jesus’ relationship to the Old Testament?

  • Jesus taught that He was a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophetic voice, v. 17.
  • Jesus taught that the Old Testament prophecies would all be accomplished, v. 18.
  • Jesus taught it is the height of folly not to listen to His kingdom mandates, v. 19-20!


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 the relationship of the Old Testament to the New. Some have described the Old Testament as full of vengeance, violence and war. In contrast, they think of the New Testament as full of love, mercy and grace. What do you think of these comparisons? How have you understood the relationship of the Old to the New Testament?

Digging Deeper:

  1. The Old Testament is described as speaking with a prophetic voice. Jesus thinks of His life and ministry as bringing to fruition that toward which the OT points. Review Luke 24:27, 44 and John 5:39 to that end.
  2. What implications does this have for the relationship of the Christian to the Jewish law? What should the believer do in response to invitations toward observances of dietary restrictions, Sabbathkeeping and festival observance?
  3. In teaching that no jot or stroke will pass away until all is accomplished, Jesus is teaching the infallibility (and inerrancy) of Scripture. Review John 10:35 and 17:17. What difference do these verses make for your thinking about the trustworthiness of God and His Word? How does this help you go forward in the Christian life?
  4. Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament, but to fulfill it in the sense that He was the object toward which it pointed. Therefore, it is the height of folly not to listen to His commands, the commands of the kingdom. Review Hebrews 2:1-3.

Taking It Home: It is little wonder that Paul, the most faultless of Pharisees, when he came to understand the gospel, considered his spiritual assets rubbish (Philippians 3:7-11). What do you need to count as trash in order to gain Jesus Christ?


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.


During the weekends of July 5-6 and July 12-13, we will have a photographer on campus. Please stop by his booth before or after services to have a family photo taken. We will use these photos for Churchteams and you may have a digital copy, free of charge.


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


Our next Saturday Outdoor Service will be on July 19 and will feature a family friendly movie after the service. Keep that date open and watch for details!


If you have not yet registered, there are still spots available for kids, ages 8-12, to sign-up for the Kids Guitar Camp, to be held on July 28-31 from 9:00-10:30 AM. Contact the Worship Arts Ministry by email at [email protected] for more information or to register.


Our next Baptism Weekend will be on August 2-3 during the regularly scheduled services. If you are interested in baptism, please plan to attend one of the orientation meetings on July 26 at 5:00 PM or July 27 at 9:00 AM. Contact the church office to reserve your spot!


This year’s game features a concert by Jeremy Camp, as well as a message from Tony Dungy. Contact the church office to submit your payment of $16 and to reserve your seat. The deadline to get tickets in our group section is August 4. Invite a neighbor, and join us for a great game and post-game show on August 24.


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.


We are blessed with a caring church body and were able to give away all of our student sponsorships last weekend! If you did not pick up a bag and would still like to participate, we covet your prayers. If you did pick up a bag, please remember to return them to Hunter by July 6. The countdown to CIY has begun!


This week our amazing summer events continue with Middle and High School meeting at the church on July 2 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM for a Water Day. High Schoolers, we also have a Back Porch scheduled for Thursday, July 3 at 6:30 PM.

John and Dorothy Davis
International House of Philoxenia, Dundee, OR


  • For spending time with family at their granddaughter’s wedding and for John having the privilege of officiating.


  • For healing of John’s painful ankle and foot.
  • For God to form friendships among the newly arriving students this summer.

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