Where We Stand – God is Three in One
Matthew 28:16-20
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: We believe in one God who exists eternally in three persons.

  • Mystery, not contradiction.
  • Unity with multiplicity.
  • Equality with distinctions.
  • Applications.


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 Trinity is like a mystery that is deeper than our human understanding. When has the Trinity been a troublesome or challenging Christian teaching for you to embrace?

Digging Deeper:

  1. An antinomy may refer to two concepts that appear to be contradictory; however, from a different perspective they are in fact compatible. Can you think of a few prominent examples? How do you (and/or our church family) deal with mystery?
  2. This passage (Matthew 28:19-20) refers to the name (singular) of God. However, it then calls out three persons (plural). Normally an English teacher would mark this sentence as grammatically incorrect. How does this passage teach the Trinity?
  3. Dorothy Sayers believes that authors and books may illustrate the Trinity. First, the author has an idea (“Book as Idea”). Then the book comes into existence with ink on a page (“Book as Manuscript”). Eventually the book is read by others who are influenced by it (“Book as Power.”) How helpful an illustration is this for you?

Taking It Home: In God we have a loving harmony that existed from eternity past. How do you resonate with the human longings (love, community, harmony, peace) rooted in the triune nature of God?


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, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.


We would like to invite you to our Children’s Ministry Luncheon immediately following our Sunday morning service this weekend, January 18 at 12:00 PM in the Student Center. Childcare will be provided. This is an opportunity to support our current teachers and to learn more about this ministry and how you can participate!


Aspen Ridge Church has affirmative statements about what we believe. These help us articulate which issues are central to our faith… and which issues are secondary in importance. This 2015 series will provide an occasion to promote Christian doctrine and Biblical theology. It will also give us an occasion to reinforce our commitment to our movement…Converge Worldwide and its statement of faith. There are inserts in the media stands called “Where We Stand” that relate to this series and will act as an aid to study. Please feel free to take one.


Are you interested in learning more about who we are as a church and how you may fit into the mission and vision of serving our community? The Bridge, a six-week introductory class to Aspen Ridge Church and finding your role within the body, has just begun. This group meets Sundays at 9:00 AM in the Fireside Room, downstairs. Please contact the church office for more information.


If you are not part of a small group, we have a new session that has just begun and would love to help you plug into a group. Please contact the church office for a listing of the groups available. THE GATHERING Joe Fowler (a cyber agent investigating hackers) will be leading The Gathering in January at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. We will take a look at how we can protect our children and elderly parents from scams and Internet attacks.


Joe Fowler (a cyber agent investigating hackers) will be leading The Gathering in January at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. We will take a look at how we can protect our children and elderly parents from scams and Internet attacks.


Our dates for VBS in the summer of 2015 will be June 8-12. Our theme is “Jump In,” a high-energy, praise-loaded, custom curriculum featuring Go Fish. Please mark your calendars and begin to pray for this exciting community outreach event! DV8 PARENT MEETINGS:


DV8 parents, there will be a series of meeting times available after Wednesday and Thursday evenings for the next two weeks. Parents of students who are attending either the middle school retreat or the high school Christ In Youth trip this summer must attend one of these upcoming meetings for deadlines and information. A $50 deposit for either of these events is due by January 29 and can also be paid at that time. Also, please watch for details about our next DV8 Date Night on January 30. This is a fundraiser directly related to our retreats.


There will be a movie night after the Saturday night service on January 24, complete with popcorn and soda. This event is for both middle and high schoolers, and would be an excellent time to invite friends .We’ll see you there next weekend!


We will be serving spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert and would love to make dinner for you! The cost is $2.50 per person or $10 per family.


The Precepts Saturday morning study group will start a 12-week study of 1 Peter, “How to Stand Firm When Tested,” on February 7. The cost is $27 per workbook. Please call Dottie Manchette at 303.637.9141 to register.


The third Sunday in January is an observance declared by several U.S. Presidents as the National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Please join us in praying for those who have been or may be affected by abortion, during this time of reflection. The Mountain Area Pregnancy Center, a local non-profit in Evergreen, has included an insert in the bulletin this week for those who are interested in their ministry to women and families.

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