MESSAGE NOTES

Follow Me – The End
Mark 15:33-39
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: The death of Christ was accompanied by darkness.

Question: What is the significance of darkness in the death of Christ?

  • The significance of darkness alongside Exodus.
  • The significance of darkness at creation.
  • The significance of darkness in Jesus’ teaching.
  • The significance of darkness in conversion.

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: Can you recall a time when you were enveloped in darkness and could not find your way? What was the occasion and what kind of effect did it have upon you?

Digging Deeper:

  1. A number of prominent voices believe darkness represents God’s judgment. Examples from other occasions in Scripture reinforce this conviction. Which example illustrated this most clearly to you? Why?
  2. When Jesus was on the cross He cried out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” What is the meaning of this phrase?
  3. The death of Jesus has been described as the moral and spiritual center of the universe. How does our commemoration of the Lord’s Supper proclaim His death (1 Corinthians 11:26)?

Taking It Home: We are charged to walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8-11), which involves discerning what is pleasing to God and exposing deeds of darkness. Where is God challenging you to discern what is pleasing to Him, and exposing deeds of darkness?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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

Do you have questions about the 5-Year Proposals that have been circulating in the past few weeks? Maybe you have ideas or issues that need to be addressed in order to help fulfill God’s vision for our church. Our upcoming town hall meetings are excellent avenues of discussion for these topics. Join us for our final meeting: November 15 at 9:00 AM. Childcare and refreshments will be provided. 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 this meeting and bring an expectant heart? Check your email for a link to a set of FAQs to browse beforehand!

EAGLE SCOUT CEREMONY

Mike and Shelley Askins invite you to their son Alex’s Eagle Scout Ceremony on November 15 at 3:00 PM in the Student Center. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 303.513.4076.

LAST CHANCE FOR TASTE OF CHRISTMAS 2015!

Ladies, this is your final weekend to purchase tickets for the 20th annual Taste of Christmas on Monday, November 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Nicole DeVries will be our distinguished speaker in a message entitled, “Making Room for Christmas.” Tickets are on sale in the entryway for $8 each until the end of services on November 8.

IMMEDIATE NEED FOR NURSERY VOLUNTEERS

Nursery volunteers wanted during Sunday services! Please consider a once-a-month commitment to hold and care for our growing baby population. To volunteer, you can contact Maryjean Fowler at [email protected] or leave her a note via our communication card.

THE GATHERING IN NOVEMBER

Our feature in November will be a look at what the Bible has to say about future events, with John Powell as teacher. John will be identifying the various viewpoints taken by scholars and presenting them in a manner that is easy for all to understand. The Gathering meets downstairs Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM, and all are welcome.

THANK YOU FROM ASPEN HOLLOW

Please accept our huge thanks to all who contributed to Aspen Hollow: Trunk or Treat! We estimated over 600 children, parents and youth in attendance. Aspen Ridge families made a positive community impact and reached many new families. We would like to give a special congratulation to the Ben Roberson family for winning “Best Trunk” of the evening, and honorable mentions to the Sheffers, Bollers, Nixons and the Women of Faith small group for extreme creativity!

BIRD IS THE WORD: THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER

Invite – Volunteer – Attend! Please plan to attend our fourth annual community Thanksgiving meal, Bird is the Word, on Sunday, November 22 at 5:00 PM. How can you get involved? You can volunteer to provide food at the sign-up table in the lobby today. You can sign up to help serve at the event. You can invite your friends and neighbors to join us!

DV8 HAPPENINGS

High School students, mark your calendars for our guy versus girl event on November 14 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the Student Center. Your knowledge and talent will be put to the test – who will win?

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU

This week our menu will be sloppy joes, chips, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each or $10 per family. Join us!

PACK A SHOEBOX – FINAL DAYS

We will be collecting filled shoeboxes through November 15, but will not be able to accept boxes after this date. If you have one ready to go, you can drop it off at the lobby table at any time before then. Ideas can still be found at the table in the lobby. Thank you for partnering with us in this great ministry!

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY AT CHRISTMASTIME

Please join the Outreach Team on December 19 (or December 5, pending a wait-list selection) from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM to pack Operation Christmas Child boxes at the Denver Processing Center. We have reserved the church vans for transportation. Volunteers must be 13 years or older, and those 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Please email Danielle at [email protected] to secure your spot.
 

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