MESSAGE NOTES

Where We Stand – God Rescues
Titus 3:4-7
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: How does God rescue people from bondage to evil things?

  • Not according to our good deeds.
  • By a new birth from the Holy Spirit.
  • By declaring believers righteous.

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: According to this passage, a person’s salvation depends upon regeneration by God’s Spirit. Jesus describes this as being “born again.” What kind of perceptions do you have about these words? How has this term been used, and misused, in our culture?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Why is a spiritual “birth” necessary (Titus 3:3)? The Apostle Paul says we are rescued “not by works of righteousness which we have done (Titus 3:5).” How may this statement be offensive to human sensibilities?
  2. What is regeneration (John 3:3-8)? How does spiritual birth compare to physical birth?
  3. What is the surest indication that a person has been born from above (1 John 5:1, 1 Corinthians 12:3)?
  4. This passage discusses God’s work on the inside of a person who eventually and ultimately comes to faith. It does not, however, discuss human responsibility to God’s grace in Christ. Summarize our responsibility…

Taking It Home: Jesus said “unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God….” Ask yourself and a trusted friend whether you have been born again. Pray for your neighbors to this end.

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 in the entryway.

A GIFT FOR YOUR MARRIAGE

This weekend, we have a free copy of “Moments Together for Intimacy,” by Dennis and Barbara Rainey available for married couples. You may pick up a copy from any of our ushers after the service.

CELEBRATION CENTER SEATING

Our church family is to be commended for inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ together. The result is that seating is at a premium and this “good problem” is causing us to add seating at both of our weekend services. On Saturday night, we are adding tables to increase our seating capacity. On Sunday morning, we are removing tables to increase our seating capacity. We understand the tables have been attractive to many; however, in order to make room for neighbors we are experimenting. If you have comments or input, feel free to indicate on our communication cards.

SMALL GROUPS

Aspen Ridge makes a concerted and intentional effort to fold individuals into small group life. We have recently added a small group on Monday evenings in Conifer, Wednesday evenings in Evergreen and Sunday evenings in Bailey. If you are interested in being a part of a small group please let us know on our communication card.

FREEZER MEAL PREP

The next freezer prep will be Tuesday, March 3. The cost is $12 per meal and advance payment is required to reserve your spot. There is a maximum of 2 of each menu item (20 meals). The menu selections and further information are available on the church website. Space is limited, and payment and order must be received by Monday, February 16. Please contact Michelle Schroeder at [email protected] for questions or to reserve a spot with your menu selections.

WOMEN OF FAITH SERVICE PROJECT

Our Women of Faith small group is working on a service project and could use our help! They are collecting plastic grocery bags to make waterproof mats for the homeless. These mats are greatly appreciated. If you have any bags to donate, please drop them off in the church office.

DV8 HOSTS DATE NIGHT

This event is a fundraiser for our DV8 students attending retreats and camps this year. If you are a parent who needs a night out, you can drop your kids off at church on Friday, February 27 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. The DV8 students, along with some parent volunteers, will be providing fun, snacks and a movie for the kids in attendance. There is a suggested donation of $10 per hour. All proceeds go to our students!

THE GATHERING

The Gathering in February is taking a look at the attributes of God. Have you ever tried to understand who God is, and what He is like? John Powell will lead The Gathering through a thoughtful and inspirational look at some of the many attributes of God.
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n March, we will see Dave Mathewson follow up on last year’s New Testament survey by kicking off a three month survey of the Old Testament. Join us as we see the Old Testament clearly reveal the character and identity of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. See how the Old and New Testaments have been woven together to provide a thought provoking picture of our Lord.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU

We will be serving Frito pie (Fritos and chili), salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Please come join us, we will do the dishes! This is a great opportunity to invite a neighbor!

MISSIONS OUTREACH
Brad and Becky Johnson
Grace International School, Thailand

Prayer

  • For healing at the school, where students and staff have had numerous health issues that affect the classroom and limit daily activities.

Praise

  • For the strength of the community where people are providing meals, rides, covering classes and praying to protect our school against attacks.

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