MESSAGE NOTES

Human – Grace
2 Samuel 9:3-9
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

THE BIG IDEA: God displays grace, through His servant, toward the needy.

  • God’s servant displays grace freely.
  • God’s servant displays grace to enemies.
  • God’s servant displays grace generously.

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: Normally relationships are marked by a give-and-take mutuality. However, you may have a relationship with a person who can give little or nothing back in return for what they receive. Describe how you feel about that relationship.

Digging Deeper:

  1. The biblical concept of grace is “unmerited favor,” which ultimately means it is freely given (Romans 9:15). Even so, many have the idea that they will “pay God back” for His grace. Discuss.
  2. “Total inability” is a phrase that means human beings are not capable of doing anything which meets God’s approval (Romans 5:6; 8:8). In this way, we are all like crippled Mephibosheth, unable to move toward God on our own. How does this truth elevate your appreciation for God’s grace?
  3. Grace involves displaying unmerited favor to enemies. God manifests this in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:7-8). How can you learn to display grace to your enemies? What steps can you take to this end?
  4. Our particular context may be similar to the Laodicean Church (Revelation 3:17). We do not always see our need for grace, and we live in a context of people who are “happily lost.” How do we show people their need for grace…and in our context?

Taking it Home: We are blessed to be a blessing. If you have received God’s grace, where (and how) is He calling you to extend it toward others?

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.

OFFICE HOURS

Please note that our main office will be closed on Thursday, November 10, so that our staff may attend a Converge Conference. Thank you!

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] One easy way to serve with your small group is by decorating a trunk for Aspen Hollow. We are still in need of many more!

BUDGET CORRECTION

The 25% increase in revenues over the prior year presented at the View from the Ridge was an overstatement. The revenue base for the current budget year included some designated receipts that should not have been included in that calculation. The correct increase in revenue for general fund giving for the current budget year is 4%. Please contact the elders with any questions regarding this information.

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY (CBS) SITTERS NEEDED!

CBS is looking for paid workers on the first, third and fifth Wednesday mornings of the month, as well as substitute workers, from 8:45 AM – 12:30 PM. The pay is $10 per hour. If you, or someone you know, would be a good fit for this position, please contact Carol Anderson at
[email protected] or 303.916.4087.

LIVE IT OUT

Thanks to all who are contributing to Live It Out as we intentionally reach out to our community in practical and loving ways. To contribute, note “Live It Out” on or with your gift.
Gifts (pledged and unpledged) received to date:           $ 52,127
Remaining pledged amount:                                           $ 73,034

ASPEN HOLLOW: TRUNK-OR-TREAT

It is not too late for trunk sign-ups! 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). We need a big push this last weekend! We are asking all trunks to be parked by 5:45 PM to ensure safety!

DV8 – BOWLING FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

Our next DV8 event will be a bowling night for middle and high school on Friday, November 11. We will meet at the church at 6:15 PM, and the cost is $20 per student for bowling, pizza, pop and fun! Please join us by signing up at our weekly meetings.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Our menu this week includes baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. See you Wednesday at 5:30 PM for great food and fellowship!

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.

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). 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.” No childcare is available for this event.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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

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