Lend Me Your Hope – Hope Beyond Suffering
1 Peter 1:3-12
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How do you nurture hope in the midst of intense suffering?
The Big Idea: You nurture hope in suffering by leaning in to God.
- God is worthy, v. 3.
- God is sovereign, v. 3.
- God is faithful, v. 4-5.
- God is testing, v. 6-7.
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: Describe a season(s) of suffering in our nation’s history. Identify one occasion in your life when you went through more than a little suffering. What kind of feelings did this suffering bring forth?
- The Apostle Peter begins with the phrase “Blessed be God…” One of the foundational convictions of the Christian faith is that God is good and worthy of praise. How might someone be tempted to doubt the goodness of God in the midst of suffering?
- God is praiseworthy because, according to His great mercy, He caused us to be born again. Give 2-3 reasons why people struggle with God being the “cause” of people being born again. Respond in light of God’s truth.
- God gives genuine believers an inheritance that is “kept in heaven for you.” Further, believers are being guarded by faith for salvation. The Christian doctrine of perseverance may be stated this way: “All those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and persevere in faith to the end of their lives, and only those who persevere until the end have truly been born again.” Discuss.
- Various trials exist within the permissive will of God to test the genuineness of a person’s faith. How have you seen trials reveal the reality (or lack thereof) of a person’s faith?
Taking it Home: On a scale of 1-10 (10 being highest), how great is the “hope” that you are forgiven based upon Jesus’ resurrection? On a scale of 1-10, what is the level of certainty that you have about a future inheritance? In what way does hope influence your attitude during trials?
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.
OUR ADDITIONAL SERVICE HAS BEGUN!
Beginning this weekend, you can join us on Saturdays at 6:00 PM or on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM 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…many hands make light work!
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 as we journey into the mystery of “hope” together.
ASPEN RIDGE CHURCH FAMILY INVITATION
Michael and Michele Force invite you to join them in honoring Mason at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor. It will be held this weekend, January 10, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at the Barn in Evergreen. Please bring your favorite story to share about Mason!
CONVERGE: LEADERSHIP DEEP DIVES 2016
To better equip Christian leaders, Converge Rocky Mountain is offering several “Leadership Deep Dives” in 2016. These gatherings are designed to enable leaders to spend considerable time exploring challenging topics. We are privileged as a church to be able to partner with and host the first Deep Dive. Join us on January 21, from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM in the Celebration Center as Dr. Mark Strauss presents “A Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality.” Dr. Strauss is a professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary-West in San Diego, California. The seminar is free, and lunch will be available for $10 (Please register online for lunch to assist with pre-ordering plans). Registration may be found on our website.
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 this weekend. Karl 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, but there’s still time to get involved. 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,” 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!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
Please join us for baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, salad and dessert. All of this for $2.50 per person or $10 per family, plus fun and fellowship!
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 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.
WAR ROOM MOVIE NIGHT
Invite a friend and join us on Friday evening, February 5, for a free showing of the movie, “War Room.” Doors open at 6:30 PM and the movie will begin at 7:00 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 Ministry. The power of prayer in our lives and marriages is amazing, and this movie illustrates just that!