MESSAGE NOTES

Tell Me the Story – A Childless Couple Conceives
Luke 1:5-25
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: God uses means to prepare the way for Jesus.

  • God uses providential means.
  • God uses supernatural means.
  • God uses prophetic means.
  • God uses natural means.

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: God uses means in the account of Zechariah & Elizabeth to point toward John the Baptist and, ultimately, Jesus. What means has God used, in a providential way, to point you toward Jesus?

Digging Deeper:
1) From vs 5-13, note a handful of things about Zechariah and Elizabeth, and describe ways you can relate to them.

2) What specifically does the angel foretell about the son Elizabeth will bear Zechariah? On what facts does Zechariah base his response to the angel’s message?

3) What does Zechariah’s question (v 18) suggest about his confidence in the angel’s reliability? How is his question answered (vs 19-25)?

4) Why do we find the promises of God difficult to believe? Why and how do we limit God to our own resources?

Taking it Home: In the weeks leading up to Christmas, pray regularly for your neighbors. Begin thinking about what kind of simple gift could be given and about having them in your home. Ask the Lord for guidance on extending an invitation to a Christmas weekend gathering.

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.

BABY SHOWER FOR THE HEADLEYS

Please join us in the Student Center on Saturday, December 3 at 10:00 AM as we celebrate with Lauren and Hunter Headley. All adults and students are welcome! The Headleys are expecting their baby mid- January and are registered at Amazon and Target.

“TELL ME THE ADVENT STORY”

The Sheffer small group is inviting families to celebrate Advent this Christmas season by picking up a starter kit, available in the lobby this weekend. Advent is a way to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s life, ministry and death, typically celebrated the four Sundays before
Christmas. They are also asking us to extend this invitation to our neighbors and friends by picking up extra kits to give out!

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Our Christmas Eve services will be held at 3:00 and 4:30 PM this year. We would love to celebrate this special time with old and new friends, rejoicing in the birth of Jesus and “telling the story.” Also, please note that on Christmas morning we will have one Family Christmas
Celebration beginning at 10:00 AM, and all children are invited to attend with their families.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Did you know that you can give back to Aspen Ridge while doing your Christmas shopping this season? If you shop on Amazon.com, simply go to smile.amazon.com to begin your shopping and choose Aspen Ridge Church as your charitable organization. They will give back a small
portion of your purchase price to the church, without impacting your purchase in any way! Check it out!

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:         $ 54,458
Remaining pledged amount:                                         $ 70,686

BIRD WAS THE WORD!

We would like to thank all who had a part in our Thanksgiving Community Dinner – Bird is the Word! We served approximately 260 turkey dinners and we could not have done it without you! We would also like to give special thanks to Michele Force for her leadership and heart
for our community!

UPCOMING BAPTISM WEEKEND

Our next Baptism Weekend is scheduled for January 7/8. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office to sign up for an orientation meeting with Pastor Jeff. These meetings are offered for your convenience on December 18 at 8:00 AM, December 31 at 5:00 PM or January 3 at 3:00 PM, and you only need to attend one of them.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Please join us for dinner at 5:30 PM! We will be serving a spaghetti bake with salad and dessert. The cost is $2.50 per person or $10 max per family.

BIG SIGHS AND ROLLING EYES: PARENTING TALK

Raising teenagers – so many questions and no easy answers! On December 1, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, join the Parents of Students small group for an evening of encouragement on loving and launching our tweens and teens. Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, co-author of three parenting books, parent consultant, teacher trainer and speaker. If you’re a parent of a tween or teen, feel free to join us for this special event. Invite a friend!

LIFE OPTIONS PRESENTS “PANCAKES & PICTURES”

Our Ministry Partner, Life Options, is inviting everyone to come and enjoy a FREE pancake breakfast, complete with an open house and family photos. This event takes place on Saturday, December 3 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM at 27888 Meadow Drive, Unit D in Evergreen. There will be
someone on hand to take your family pictures by the Christmas tree or fireplace. The Briley’s small group will be assisting, so please come by and say “hi!”

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