Words to Build a Life On – The Lord’s Model Prayer
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: How do we pray for ourselves?
- First, we pray that God will provide for our daily needs.
- Second, we pray that God will forgive us our sins.
- Third, we pray that God will not lead us into temptation.
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 disciple’s prayer has to do with learning how to pray for ourselves. Many people feel like it is selfish or “self centered” to pray for oneself. Yet Jesus, the most selfless person ever to live on our planet, instructs His disciples to pray this way. How do you explain this?
- In the immediate context, Jesus says the Father knows what we need before we ask Him (6:8). This prayer asks that God would give us our daily bread. How do we sometimes confuse our needs versus our wants in life? Where can this cause trouble?
- The word “debt” is analogous to the concept of sin. It is more than a financial debt; sin involves a moral obligation before the holiness of God. How does our culture seek to minimize or rationalize sin? How may God’s children call appropriate attention to sin?
- We are to pray that God would not lead us into temptation. However, elsewhere in the Bible we have a promise that God will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able (1 Corinthians 10:13). We are responsible to avail ourselves of the way of escape. Why then are we to pray to God about something for which we are already responsible?
Taking It Home: Begin by memorizing the Disciple’s Prayer, then repeat and rehearse this prayer every night when you are going to bed. As you pray a certain phrase, linger on that concept and pray that it would become real in your life. Look for an opportunity to call attention to this prayer in your normal conversations throughout the day.
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, 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.
VIEW FROM THE RIDGE
Next weekend, 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. Please make plans to attend. We also ask that you would bring a main dish and side or dessert to share.
SMALL GROUP SIGN-UP
Tables will be setup in the lobby for the next few weekends with information concerning small group opportunities. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the groups and to pray about joining others who have discovered the community found in these gatherings. Sermon-based groups will begin meeting during the week of September 21.
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.
NOTE FROM PASTOR KERRY – WORSHIP ARTS
During the month of September, you may notice some new speakers being installed in our Celebration Center. The goal is to provide clarity during our weekend services and other large functions. Thank you for your patience as we test and configure this new equipment so that we may provide a place where our neighbors can find a home in Christ. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Kerry.
Below is a summary of the budget the Elders will propose for the 2014-15 fiscal year. We will present this at our churchwide meeting, View from the Ridge, on September 14. 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
HAY DAY 2014
This Saturday, September 13, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM we will be having a Hay Day! Join us as we support local vendors with some amazing things for sale, as well as a great family time of live entertainment, games and crafts. If you have a home business or would like to setup a vendor table, please register online at aspenridgechurch.org/hayday.
MOMS IN PRAYER
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.
STUDENT COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
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]
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!