Lend Me Your Hope – Hope Beyond Division
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
- We are children of the same Father, v. 23.
- We receive instruction from the same Source, v. 24-25.
- We have the same struggles, 2:1.
- We focus on the same objectives, v. 2-3.
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: David Kinnamon in Un-Christian asserts that only 16% of outsiders (ages 16-29) have a good impression of Christianity. Among the reasons for neutral or bad impressions includes a deficiency of sincere love among professing Christians. React to this dilemma.
- All believers are born again of the same imperishable seed…(v. 23). This means we all have the same Father. Why do brothers and sisters have such difficulty living in harmony and unity? How does a like-minded focus on our relationship to the Father engender unity?
- Peter teaches that we become children of God “through the living and abiding word of God” (v. 23-24). The truth of God’s Word is the source and foundation for our Christian love and unity (v. 22). When or how might believers be tempted to exchange truth for unity?
- The struggles listed in 2:1 are not unique to our day and age…they are as old as the Bible. Give a brief definition of each of these. Which of these do you need to put away? How will you follow through?
- Spiritual growth is a vital facet of fulfilling Jesus’ “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19-20). Peter exhorts believers to long for pure spiritual milk like a newborn infant. How do infants long for milk? What does this say about how you long for God’s Word?
Taking it Home: Connect with a small group! As you process this passage, pray that God will lead you to identify a person(s) to which you could write a note, send a text or set up a meeting…in the way of approaching your critics. Report to your group on how God works through this contact.
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.
Aspen Ridge will have a “Baptism Weekend” on February 27-28. If you have made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ and would like to explore participating in this ordinance, please be in touch with the pastoral staff.
A WORD OF COMMENDATION
Since the adding of a new Sunday AM service in January, our average weekly attendance has increased by some 10%. This means about 40 additional people are connecting on the weekends, and we are progressing toward “inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ.” Thank you for the ways you are serving and adjusting to extend hospitality to neighbors and guests.
SERVICES AND SERVING
As you probably know, you can now join us on Saturdays at 6:00 PM or on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM or 10:45 AM. We are encouraging our people to worship in one hour and serve in another. If you are interested in plugging into ministry within our body, please drop a Communication Card into the offering bag, and we’d be happy to help direct you in an area where your giftings and desires align with needs.
As we continue to pursue growth and community within small groups, and with the new service times, we will be concluding our meetings of The Gathering, as of January 31. We encourage you to check out some of the groups that are meeting in the building during this time, or visit our website for a complete listing of available small groups. Thank you to Andy Betsch for all of the great topics and speakers over the course of these gatherings!
Our church library is a great place to visit! This month, we are featuring the book by Chuck Swindoll – “Hope Again” as it relates to our current sermon series. You will find it on our presentation shelf right inside the door. Check it out if you are interested!
WAR ROOM MOVIE NIGHT FOR EVERYONE
All men and women are invited to join us on Friday evening, February 5, for a free showing of the movie, “War Room.” Doors open at 6:30 PM. Childcare will be provided for 5th grade and under, and donations will be accepted for this service. Refreshments will also be available for purchase and proceeds will benefit our DV8 Student Ministries. If you haven’t yet seen this great film, why not make a date night out of it!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
On our menu this week features taco salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Grab a neighbor and join us for dinner!
NOT ENOUGH COOKS IN THE KITCHEN!
Do you excel at meal planning or have a flair for food? Do you want to get involved in a thriving ministry that serves over a hundred people each week? We’re looking for a few more energetic people to join the Wednesday Night Dinner Cook Teams! Please call or text Maria Stimens at 407.844.6168 to discuss this opportunity.
STIRRING THE POTS…
We are also looking for new Men’s Breakfast cooks! Men’s Breakfast occurs the second Saturday morning of every month, and you would be scheduled one or two times during the year. This is a great time of fellowship and study, and the food adds a special touch! Please talk to Mike Kelly or Pastor Jeff for more information.