MESSAGE NOTES

Lend Me Your Hope – Hope Beyond Failure
1 Peter 1:1-2
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Peter’s life shows that failure may serve to strengthen hope.

  • Failure is a prominent theme in Peter’s life (1:1).
  • Hope is a central theme in Peter’s letter (1:3).
  • Grace to the “elect exiles” of the dispersion (1:2).

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?

Perceptions: How did you feel about this topic…before this message was even heard? How did the message reinforce, challenge or adjust your feelings on this topic? What point did you feel most strongly about?

Learning: What did you learn about this topic that perhaps you didn’t know before? What portion(s) of this message included valuable review or insightful perspective? How did this topic develop a Christian “way of thinking” that challenges your view of the world?

Life Change: Where do you need to apply the big idea behind this message? How could this application show up in your life? What difference will this message make going forward? Where do you need help and support in making personal life changes?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we 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.

AN ADDITIONAL SERVICE IN 2016!

We are excited to announce that beginning January 10, we will be adding an additional worship service to our weekends. You can join us on Saturdays at 6:00 PM or on Sunday mornings at 9:00 or 10:45 AM. We see this additional worship service as one way to realize our dream that everyone in our community would experience God’s love through the people who make up Aspen Ridge Church. We are encouraging our people to worship in one hour and serve in another!

WINTER SERMON SERIES

The Apostle Paul says “So now faith, hope and love abide, these three…” We hear more than a little about God’s love and human faith, but we don’t always hear about hope; few things are more important in building a life with staying power. We are excited to start the new year with a message of hope in our upcoming series, “Lend Me Your Hope.” Invite a neighbor and join us next weekend!

CONVERGE: LEADERSHIP DEEP DIVES 2016

To better equip Christian leaders, Converge Rocky Mountain, is offering several “Leadership Deep Dives” in 2016. Deep Dives are designed to enable leaders to spend considerable time exploring challenging topics. The sessions will also be live-streamed for those who wish to attend online. The first Deep Dive will be held in partnership with Aspen Ridge Church. Please plan to meet on January 21, from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, in the Celebration Center. Dr. Mark Strauss will present “A Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality.” Dr. Strauss is a professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary-West in San Diego, CA. To register, please visit convergerockymountain.org. A free-will offering will be taken.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

Our regularly scheduled activities will resume this coming Wednesday, January 6. Please take a look at our calendar, listed on the back of this bulletin, or our website online for specific activities and times. If you haven’t yet attended one of our Wednesday Night Dinners, consider bringing a neighbor and joining us at 5:30 PM this week. We will serve taco-nachos, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. This is a great time to get to know someone new!

THE BRIDGE

Are you new to Aspen Ridge Church? Do you have questions about ministries and where you may fit in? There’s a new session of “The Bridge” starting in January. Karl and Katrina Atkinson will be hosting this small group and would love to meet you. The start date is January 10, at 10:45 AM in the Prayer Room. You can request more information by dropping the Communication Card from this bulletin into the offering bag.

SIGN UP FOR SMALL GROUPS: WINTER SESSION

You will find a listing of all small groups that are offered for our series, “Lend Me Your Hope,” beginning January 10 today at the sign-up table in the entryway, in the media stands and on our website. We believe that small groups are an important way for our church family to stay connected, learn and serve. There are several differences for our Sunday morning small groups in light of our new service times. Please look carefully at the flyer for times and location changes. You may be able to help someone else find their way next Sunday!

STIRRING THE POTS…

We are looking for new Men’s Breakfast cooks! Men’s Breakfast occurs the second Saturday morning of every month, and you would only be scheduled for one or two times during the year. This is a great time of fellowship and study. Please talk to Mike Kelly or Pastor Jeff for more information.

 

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