MESSAGE NOTES

Where We Stand – Ordinances
Matthew 28:19-20
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: What symbols mark our Christian faith?

  • Introductory Comments
  • Baptism
  • The Lord’s Table

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: Think about some prominent signs or symbols in our culture today. What kind of meaning or significance do they have… and for you? What are the two prominent signs marking Christian faith… and what do they mean for you?

Digging Deeper:

  1. What is the first indication in a person’s life of following Jesus in the way of discipleship (Matthew 28:19)? Review who is giving this command and why it is important.
  2. Read passages in the Book of Acts describing Christian faith and baptism (Acts 10:47, Acts 16:33). In these passages, does baptism follow or precede Christian faith? Why is this distinction important?
  3. Read Romans 6:1-4. How does Christian baptism serve to identify believers with the death and resurrection of our Savior? What difference ought this identification make in believer’s lives?
  4. The ordinances represent a personal and saving faith in Christ. They, themselves, are not the “real thing.” They simply witness or point to the real thing. How is the example of a wedding ring similar to the role the ordinances are to play in the Christian life?

Taking It Home: Identify a handful of people in your circle of relationships who may still be on the way toward the kingdom of God. Begin praying for them and for an opportunity to invite them to our Easter services (Saturday 6:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM).

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.

THE FAMILY TABLE

Many families gather around a table when there are important decisions to be made. It’s time for our “family table!” Members and regular attenders are encouraged to join us for the potluck and a vote on the proposed changes to our Statement of Faith. We’ll be gathering for this business meeting after services on Sunday (March 15). Come to the table!

ELDER NOMINATIONS

Elder nomination forms are available in the church office or from an Elder. Please prayerfully consider nominating qualified men to lead us in the coming years. The nomination period will close on April 12, 2015.

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 up in April. Cal and Parmalee Welsh will be hosting this small group, and they would love to see you there. The start date is April 12, at 9:00 AM, in the Fireside Room.

THANK YOU DV8 STUDENTS

Last weekend was a great success and we would like to thank our students. Each of the students we encountered was helpful and cheerful and we had a great response from our congregation. Blessings as you continue to raise support for the upcoming CIY summer trip to Durango!

Church family, please continue to pray for these students, and be on the lookout for “sponsorship” opportunities in the coming weeks. We will be creating packets for each student, asking that you pray and fill their “goodie bags” with some of their favorite treats for the trip. There are over 40 students attending CIY this year. Prepare for changed lives!

EASTER WEEKEND

This Easter, let’s “Arise!” to see the goodness of God and the reason He allows suffering. Our schedule for the week is as follows: April 2 Easter Volunteer Gathering (Contact your ministry lead.)

  • April 3 Good Friday Drop-In Prayer Time (5:00 – 8:00 PM)
  • April 4 Free Dinner (5:00 PM)
  • April 4 Saturday Service (6:00 PM)
  • April 5 Free Breakfast (8:00 AM)
  • April 5 Sunday services (9:00 & 10:30 AM) (Small groups may fold into 9:00 AM service.)

Easter is one of the most well-attended services of the year. Would you begin praying with us for our community and those that may attend during our weekend services? If there is someone God is laying on your heart, this is a great time to invite them! We are expecting large numbers during the 10:30 AM service time on Sunday, so please consider attending one of our other Easter services to make room, if you are able.

MOPS HOP!

It is time for the annual MOPS Hop Easter Egg Hunt, for kids through age 10. Meet at Marshdale Park at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 4 to kick off the fun. This event is open to the community, so consider inviting your neighbors. Bring a basket and join us…snow or shine!

THE GATHERING

During the month of March, at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall, we will see Dave Mathewson follow up on last year’s New Testament survey by hosting a survey of the Old Testament. Join us as we see this scripture 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 chicken and rice casserole, salad and desserts for $2.50 per person with a max of $10 per family. Take the night off cooking, and let us serve you a homemade meal for less than the cost of a cup of coffee!

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