Making Connections – God’s People
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How does God make connections with His people?
The Big Idea: God makes connections with His people in an effective way.
- It is effective for those whom He foreknew.
- It is effective for those whom He predestined.
- It is effective for those whom He called.
- It is effective for those whom He justified.
- It is effective for those whom He glorified.
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: Identify some things in your kitchen or garage that are effective in accomplishing a task. In the same way, there is a connection from God that is effective in accomplishing God’s work in your life. What has this call accomplished in your life?
- Review the five “links” in the gospel chain (Romans 8:28-30). Which of these categories best describes you? How do we know that this gospel chain really works?
- The concept of foreknowledge is widely misunderstood. A majority of references to foreknowledge in the Bible have the idea of entering into a relationship beforehand (not simply having information beforehand). How does this passage call for such a view?
- The idea of calling, or making effective connections, is at the heart of this passage and the middle of this gospel chain. An effective connection must follow the good news found in the gospel. How does our 5-Year Proposal serve this end (see #4)?
- “Every individual in our community will personally experience God’s love in a practical way through the people of Aspen Ridge Church.” Further, we are proposing that we actively seek ways, corporately or individually, to be in involved in and serve our foothills community, building relationships and making connections. Discuss.
Taking It Home: The doctrine of effective calling gives us confidence that outreach will work. It also reminds us of the importance of prayer as God alone is able to open human hearts. Continue praying for your neighbors and the 5-Year Proposals. Attend an upcoming Converge regional conference at www.TogetherToTransform.org.
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.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
You may know that our church leadership appointed a “5-Year Plan” team in the fall of 2014. You may also know that, during our View from the Ridge last month, we received proposals from this team. We understand that not everyone could attend the meeting and that it will take time and attention to hear the important proposals from this team. We would like to give an opportunity for our church family to process these recommendations and to ask questions. There is a flyer in our media stands detailing our discussion for these meetings. Certainly not least, we would like to dedicate ourselves to prayer in this season of church life.
In light of this, we are putting together three Town Hall meetings that will be held October 28 at 6:45 PM, November 7 at 5:00 PM and November 15 at 9:00 AM. Each of these meetings will have childcare provided. There will also be refreshments provided for the 10/28 and the 11/15 meetings and a meal provided on 11/7. We are seeking full participation from our church body, as the proposals may influence all of church life, including our values, culture, direction, programming, facilities and staffing. Will you please prioritize one of these town hall meetings and bring an expectant heart?
GRAND RE-OPENING OF OUR NURSERY
Our Children’s Ministry is excited to announce that the newly-remodeled Nursery is OPEN! Thanks to the many hands that had a part in this effort. All babies up to 24 months are cheering! Please stop in to see the changes and consider being a nursery volunteer – we need you!
YOU ARE INVITED!
There will be a baby shower in honor of Adrienne Jackson on October 25 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for lunch, games and celebration! Contact Kyndall Nixon at 303.717.9098 for more details.
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS 2015
Ladies, please plan to join us and bring a friend on Monday, November 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM for our annual Taste of Christmas! Our theme is “Making Room for Christmas.” We will have tickets on sale in the entryway for $8.00 each, beginning next weekend. Tickets will also be available in the church office during regular business hours.
ASPEN HOLLOW: TRUNK OR TREAT
Last year, we began a new event for our church and community, Aspen Hollow. It was received quite well by our neighbors, and we’re excited to host it again on October 31 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM! There is a sign-up table in the lobby, as well as a place to donate candy or small trinkets for this event. We are changing our Saturday evening service on that day to run from 5:00 – 5:30 PM, in order to allow those participating to join us. A prize will be given to the “top trunk!” See Maryjean Fowler for further details, and begin planning your trunk theme now!
DV8 NEEDS BOXES
DV8 students will be building another amazing box maze for the Aspen Hollow Event, but they need some help! If you have any large boxes, please donate them to the student center by October 30. This was one of the most talked about parts of Aspen Hollow last year!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week we will serve lasagna, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Please join us, bring a friend and share a meal!
PACK A SHOEBOX
Aspen Ridge Church is excited to take part in Operation Christmas Child! Pick up an empty shoebox in the entryway, along with a brochure of suggestions for filling it and labels to mark it. Have a great time with family or friends filling your boxes with fun items. We will be collecting filled shoeboxes from October 4 to November 15. Time spent on these boxes, sharing the love of Jesus, is more valuable than you know!
MOPS BARN DANCE
The fourth annual Barn Dance, Silent Auction & Chili Cook-Off will be on Saturday, November 7 (5:30 – 9:30 PM) at The Barn featuring a live band, 62 West. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in the entryway or in the church office. Do you have a great chili recipe that you want to share and be crowned “Best Chili Chef for 2015?” Sign up will also be at the ticket table! Please bring chili that serves 8-10 people to The Barn by 4:45 PM on November 7, with a ladle marked with your name. Childcare will be available for this event at the church as a fundraiser for DV8.