MESSAGE NOTES

Human –  Intentions
2 Samuel 6:3-8
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Good intentions are no substitute for God’s blessing.
 

  • Good intentions are not a substitute for ____________.
  • Good intentions are not a substitute for ____________.
  • Good intentions are not a substitute for ____________.
  • Good intentions are not a substitute for ____________.
  • Good intentions are not a substitute for ____________.     

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: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” React and discuss.  

Digging Deeper:

  1. Compare the occasion of David’s decision to bring the ark to Jerusalem with other important junctures (1 Samuel 5:19; 5:23). How is it different, and what is missing?
  2. God had given instructions on how to move the ark (Numbers 4:56), which David and the priests did not follow. We are left to speculate whether this was neglect or ignorance. In either case, there was no excuse before God. Discuss.
  3. There is no mention of sacrifices being made on the first attempt of moving the ark; however, on the second attempt, sacrifices are prominent (2 Samuel 6:13,17). What sacrifice has been made for us, and what sacrifices are we to make to God?
  4. This passage gives us hints that Uzzah did not have the needed respect for God. How much respect do we have for God, and where does it need to improve?  

Taking it Home: Where is your relationship with God marked by good intentions that may (or may not) be tolerated by a holy God? Carve out time to schedule a meeting with a trusted Christian friend to talk about this.

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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 will meet you at the Welcome Center.

NEW OFFICE HOURS

Through the end of the year, the office will be closed on Mondays. Tuesday through Thursday hours will be 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Fridays from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM.

OUR FOUNDATIONS

Last weekend, Pastor Jeff referenced our statement of faith and our church covenant in his sermon. Both of these documents are now available on our website (AspenRidgeChurch.org>About>Beliefs). Pastor Jeff has also made the covenant available on the website, under his blog.

LIVE IT OUT: OUTREACH PROJECT FUNDING

Almost $10,000 of our Live It Out gift intentions will be available for community outreach projects. We are inviting all of our small groups to dream and pray about potential outreach projects and to submit support requests to Eric at [email protected]

THANK YOU!

The head of the landscape committee, Patty Van Inwagen, would like to thank all who came to help with the xeriscaping project on Saturday, October 8. We appreciate your efforts!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Our menu this week includes sloppy joes, sides and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Great conversation is free!

ASPEN HOLLOW: TRUNK-OR-TREAT

Trunk sign-ups begin this weekend! We want to fill the lower lot with decorated vehicles for our October 31 trunk-or-treat as an act of love towards our community. The event takes place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Candy donations are also welcome (nut-free candy encouraged)!

DV8 MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL EVENT

Students are headed to the Corn Maze on Sunday, October 23 – leaving the church at 1:00 PM, returning around 4:00 PM. You can sign up at the weekly student meetings, and the cost is $13.

8TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN BOWLS

Join Mountain Resource Center at the Mountain Bowls lunch/dinner fundraising event at Aspen Ridge on Tuesday, October 18. The ticket price is $25 for adults, $15 for children (ages 4-14) and 3 and under are free. Lunch is served from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and dinner from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

TASTE OF CHRISTMAS WOMEN’S EVENT

The 21st annual Taste of Christmas will be held on November 14, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, $8 per person. Tickets will be sold in the lobby, beginning November 5, or you may purchase them from the church office (not sold at the door). There is no childcare available, and ladies are asked to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert to share. This year’s speaker, Tricia Lott-Williford, will present, “The Best Gifts I Never Wanted.”

MOPS BARN DANCE: THROUGH THE DECADES

The annual MOPS Barn Dance will be held November 4, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, at The Barn. Limited childcare will be available by pre-registering with Meredith at [email protected] Tickets are $15/pair in advance or $10/each at the door. Look for tickets in the lobby next weekend.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Boxes are available in the lobby, beginning this weekend, to support Operation Christmas Child. These lovingly packed boxes are distributed to children in need around the world. Stop by the lobby table to pick up a box and to chat with our project leads about how to fill the box. Boxes must be returned by November 13.

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