Words to Build a Life On – A Fruitful Vision for Aspen Ridge
John 15:16

The Big Idea: What type of future does Jesus describe for
Aspen Ridge Church?

  • A future that is rooted in God’s choice in the past.
  • A future that is built on a commission in the present.
  • A future that is realized through prayerful anticipation.


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 the Bible has to do with Jesus’ vision of the future. In other words, this includes Jesus’ hopes and dreams for His people. What are some of your dreams for the future? How do these compare with Jesus’ dreams?

Digging Deeper:

  1. When Jesus says “you did not choose me,” he was not denying the existence and function of the human will. He was asserting that, because of the effects of the fall, human beings do not choose Jesus apart from God enabling (John 1:13; 6:44). React.
  2. The doctrine of election is thoroughly taught in the Bible (Ephesians 1:4ff; John 6:70). While there is mystery in this doctrine surrounding its relationship to human responsibility, it may have a practical and beneficial effect in human life. What do those benefits look like?
  3. We are appointed by Christ to bear a certain type of fruit. Elsewhere in the Gospel of John, fruit is described as new believers destined for eternal life (4:36). How ought Aspen Ridge Church to live out its unique calling to gather fruit for eternal life? What is our mission statement, core values and preferred future?
  4. The passage does NOT say “whatever you may ask the Father he may give you.” Instead, what does it say? What does it mean to pray “in my [Jesus’] name?” What are Aspen Ridge prayers for the coming year of ministry? What are your prayers?

Taking It Home: On September 14th, we will celebrate baptisms and host our annual “View from the Ridge.” During this meeting, we will vote on a new elder candidate and vote on a proposed budget. How can you encourage a new believer, pray for our leaders and support our church budget?


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Hunter 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.


After the Sunday service, we will be celebrating the past year in the life of our church. We will have lunch together, followed by important information on future plans and vision-casting. Your participation is essential to our mission and vision for the upcoming year. The reports shared will be available in the media stands for your convenience.


Please continue to keep the Eddy family in your prayers in the wake of Nathan’s recent passing. There will be a Celebration of Life service on Monday, September 15 at 11:00 AM at Aspen Ridge Church, with a reception following. Please contact your small group leader or Kathy Barksdale for help in providing food for the reception, and contact Joy Reinke to assist with providing meals for the family.


Tables are setup in the lobby with information concerning small group opportunities. Sermon-based groups will begin meeting during the week of September 21. Please stop by to see which group is a fit for your family.


Below is a summary of the budget the Elders will propose for the 2014-15 fiscal year. We will present this at View from the Ridge. A copy of the detailed budget is available in the church office.
General      372,114                     Growth       56,984
Worship       21,764                     Outreach    80,352
Service          11,190                     Properties 157,760
Total          700,164


Our menu this week includes hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, salad and dessert for $2.50/person with a maximum of $10.00/family. This is a great way to invite your neighbors to share a meal.


Please join us on September 27 for a landscape work day! We plan to finish the perimeter of the building by planting and placing rock in the area outside and to the east of the front entrance. All hands and shovels are welcome. We will have donuts and coffee at 8:00 AM. We hope to finish by noon.


On September 21, after service, we will be having a shower for the student center to celebrate the new space. There is a registry on Amazon, titled “DV8 Student Ministry,” where you can view the wish list. Please consider helping us furnish this special new space to show our students how much they are loved.


There’s not much that can compare to a mother’s heart for her children. If you have children in school and would like to join a group of moms that fervently pray, specifically for schools and students, please join us during either of our weekday gatherings. See the weekly calendar for days and times.


Students in grades 6-12 are invited to join Student CBS on Sundays (starting September 7) from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for dinner and Bible study on the church campus. This year’s study will be on the books of Daniel, Amos and Colossians. For more information or to register please email [email protected]

IdRaHaJe ( Forestry Clean-Up Days
September 13 & 20, 2014 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Each September, IdRaHaJe dedicates two days for fire mitigation. Their goal is to limit fire danger, get rid of beetle kill trees, thin the forest to keep it healthy and stock up firewood for staff houses. As one of our ministry partners, we would like to assist them in the work to cut trees, split wood, haul wood out of the forest, trim branches and haul slash. We also need people to distribute snacks, water and encourage the workers. This is an event the whole family can enjoy and help IdRaHaJe at the same time!

If this sounds like something you or your family would like to do, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call 303.838.5668. If you would like a ride contact Lon Stuebinger at 303.843.0762.


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