Follow Me – The Cup
Mark 14:32-36
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Jesus loves into the suffering that comes from God’s judgment on the cross.

  • Jesus was troubled as He faced the cross.
  • Jesus prayed that, if possible, this cup would be removed.
  • Jesus also prayed for God’s will in this matter.


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: Suffering happens when there is a gap between one’s desires and circumstances. When this gap grows wide enough, people may either seek to avoid their desires or change their circumstances. If you find (or have found) yourself in this type of place, in which of these directions are you inclined to go? How does your response compare to Jesus in Gethsemane?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Jesus felt significant and extreme emotions as He faced the hour and the cup. Review these emotions in Mark 14:33-34. However, there are many figures in history (including church history) that faced their death with great courage and resolve. Why such vulnerability and emotion from Jesus at this hour?
  2. The cup is a reference to God’s judgment and wrath. Review the following verses which describe the Old Testament background for this in Psalm 75:8, Isaiah 51:17 and Ezekiel 23:32-34. Many people today do not want to believe in a God of wrath. However, if we want a God of love, we MUST have a God of wrath. Discuss.
  3. Jesus understood His time in the garden as a time of temptation (Mark 14:38). How did Adam and Eve do in response to temptation in the Garden of Eden? How did Jesus do? How did his disciples do? What was Jesus expecting of His disciples and how can we learn from that today?

Taking It Home: One way we learn to face suffering and trial is by devoted prayer. Many have been helped by the Serenity Prayer to this end: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” How can you use the Serenity Prayer this week?


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.


Are you new to Aspen Ridge Church? Are you wondering how to take the next step? We have a small group just for you. It’s called “The Bridge,” and it is a 6-week orientation to church life. Todd & Victoria Ickes will be leading this group and would love to follow up with you personally. Please indicate your interest on a communication card.


We held our annual business meeting last Sunday, after the morning service. Thank you to all who served and attended the potluck lunch and meeting. The packets that were passed out at the meeting are available in the media stands.


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 this 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 opportunity for our church family to process these recommendations and ask questions. 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. We are seeking full participation in these meetings, as the proposals may influence all of church life, including our values, culture, direction, programming, facilities and staffing. Will you please prioritize a town hall meeting(s) and bring an expectant heart?


In October, we will feature Tyler and Keturah Kerst with a fun look at integrating others into ministry. Tyler and Keturah will explore various methods for ministry outreach and integrate some heartwarming stories from the many successes they have observed. They have been involved in camp ministry for many years and are currently the directors at IdRaHaJe.


We have begun our practices on Sunday morning from 8:00 – 9:00 AM for our vocal ensemble in the Celebration Center. After Thanksgiving, this group will be performing Christmas music at several locations. All ages, high school and up, are welcome and no experience is necessary…just show up! Please contact Pastor Kerry at [email protected] with any questions.


Parenting can be difficult, but it can also be fun! Make plans to attend the Parenting the Love and Logic Way class made possible by Mountain Area Pregnancy Center (MAPC). The dates are October 10 and 17, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Please register by calling MAPC at 303.674.5881. All proceeds will benefit our ministry partner, MAPC.


Who doesn’t like mac & cheese? This week we will serve a gourmet macaroni and cheese, green beans, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Bring a neighbor, and share a meal with us!


Teen Lunch Club needs seven dozen HOMEMADE cookies to serve Evergreen High School students who eat lunch with us on Wednesdays. We have been asked to supply cookies on September 30. Please bring them to Aspen Ridge Church on Tuesday (9/29) or to Evergreen Community Church first thing on Wednesday morning (9/30). Please contact Trenna Briley at 832.466.2211 if you can help with this opportunity.

Mountain Area Pregnancy Center (MAPC)

MAPC is excited to be expanding their offices, so that they can extend the free services offered. They were given an ultrasound machine by another pregnancy center and will be able to offer free ultrasounds in the near future. They will have more opportunity than ever for volunteers to get involved. They are seeking additional volunteers, as well as new board members and several medical professionals. If you personally know anyone you feel has a heart for this ministry and would serve well on the board, please have them contact MAPC offices.

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