MESSAGE NOTES

Words to Build a Life On – A Compelling Christian Life
Matthew 5:6-8
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: What does a compelling Christian life look like?

  • It is hungering and thirsting for righteousness.
  • It is extending the mercy to others.
  • It is cultivating a pure heart.

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: The passage of Scripture this week has to do with blessing and satisfaction. Contrary to popular misconceptions, the Christian faith is not against the idea of personal happiness. However, it is against the misguided idea of looking for happiness in all the wrong places. Discuss from your own experience.

Digging Deeper:

  1. In the relative prosperity of our country, most people have little experience with hunger and thirst. However, in the harsh climate and marginal economy of the New Testament, it was not uncommon to hunger or thirst. Rate on a scale of 1-10 your hunger for righteousness. How is this manifest in your life?
  2. It appears that the key to becoming a merciful person lies in receiving a transformative mercy from God. Review the following verses on God’s mercy in Christ (Ephesians 2:4; 1 Tim 1:2; Hebrews 2:17). Describe God’s mercy for you personally. When and in what way can you extend mercy to others this week?
  3. The Apostle John describes the anticipation of the future return of Christ as something that has a purifying effect on life (1 John 3:2-3). How can you increasingly fix your attention upon the future day of the Lord?

Taking It Home: Look in the mirror at your relationship with God. How satisfied are you in that relationship? Take personal inventory of these beatitudes in your life. Identify an action step and ask a friend to pray for you in that regard this week.

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 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.

TOWN HALL MEETING RECAP
If you missed the Town Hall Meetings last weekend, please see the website for a summary of the key observations given by our consultant.

NEW ATTITUDE MINISTRY MENUS

It is not too late! If you did not get your Ministry Menu turned in, we are happy to receive them in the church office.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL FAMILY DINNER

Please join us on Wednesday evening June 11 at 6:00 PM for our annual VBS Family Dinner. We will share dinner at $2.00 per person, live music, fun and fellowship on campus with the children and their families from Vacation Bible School. Come and make a new friend!

MEN’S BREAKFAST

Join us on June 14 at 8:00 AM in the kitchen at Aspen Ridge Church for a great meal and a study of God’s Word. Men of all ages are welcome.

HYMN SING NEWS

For the month of June, our regularly scheduled hymn sing has been moved to Sunday, June 15. Join us at 8:30 AM in the Chapel as we worship God through traditional hymns.

OPEN HOUSE

Jon Cyphers and his family extend an invitation to all who would like to attend an Open House celebrating his 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!

MOPS ANNUAL GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER

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.

AXOLOTLS AND TENRECS AND MOLES, OH MY!

Beginning on Monday, Weird Animals will be taking over the campus. Come see what these strange creatures (and more!) have to do with Jesus’ one-of-a-kind love! It’s not too late to help, and it’s not too late to pre-register your child online for our week of Vacation Bible School!

Remember, if you have signed up to help, the last volunteer meeting will be immediately following this Sunday’s service. Lunch is provided.

THE GATHERING

We are continuing “The Truth Project” for the next several 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.

STUDENT MINISTRIES

Parents of students attending the Christ In Youth camp in July, please make note that the balance of your camper’s fee is due to Hunter Headley by June 8. We covet your prayers for this trip and all of our summer activities. Please check our website for all of the exciting events planned.

MISSIONS OUTREACH

Mountain Area Pregnancy Center, Evergreen
MtnAreaPregnancyCenter.org

Father’s day is almost here! There are only two weeks left to fill the baby bottles. So, collect your change from the dresser, car console, laundry room and kitchen counter, and return the filled bottles to church on Father’s Day, June 15. 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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