Lend Me Your Hope – Hope Beyond the Creeds
1 Peter 3:18-22
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Blessings follow suffering for well-doing.

Question: How does Jesus demonstrate that blessings follow suffering for well-doing?

  • Jesus suffered for sins, v. 18.
  • Jesus went and made a proclamation, v. 19.
  • Jesus rose again from the grave, v. 21.
  • Jesus ascended to God’s right hand, v. 22.



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: This passage illustrates how blessings follow suffering for well-doing. Think of a time or occasion when you suffered for doing what was right. What sort of good may have come out of it?

Digging Deeper:

  1. “For Christ also suffered once for sins…” v. 18. This verse tells us what happened on the cross. Any unjust suffering for righteousness we experience here is trumped by Jesus. Review God’s purpose for this suffering.
  2. “…He went and proclaimed…” v. 19. This verse tells us what Jesus did in the days immediately following His death on the cross. Why does Peter connect the spirits in prison to the days of Noah?
  3. “…through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” v. 21. This verse describes how we are rescued through Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead. Peter illustrates this with baptism. Describe what Peter says baptism IS, and is NOT.
  4. “…has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God” v. 22. This verse describes the results of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Discuss.

Taking it Home: Suffering in Jesus’ life was both inevitable and purposeful. It was a means to bring blessing into the world. Believers are to develop the same “way of thinking” (4:1) about suffering. Search out a trusted Christian friend and process this truth in light of an area in which you are personally suffering. Pray that God will yield blessings through the suffering.

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.


We continue to gather on Sundays, 10:20 – 10:35 AM, in the Celebration Center for a time of prayer together leading up to Easter weekend. This is one way that we can prepare our hearts and ask for God’s leading in the days ahead. Do you want to change the world? It begins here. Join us during these special moments over the next few weeks.


Our conference, Converge Rocky Mountain, is asking its churches to come together to “Show Some Love” and make a special donation to their benevolence fund. This fund provides financial assistance to pastors, missionaries, chaplains, retirees and their families in times of crisis. We will be collecting for this fund at the back of the Celebration Center during our regular benevolent offering the first weekend in March.


Our Women of Faith small group will be cleaning out the Lost and Found and donating items left. Please take a moment to check the downstairs closet and under the stairs this week. You’d be surprised how much gets left behind each weekend!


In the week leading up to Easter, there are many events for the entire family to reflect upon and enjoy. Be in prayer about how you may invite a neighbor to join you in one of these events! The schedule is as follows:
March 24: Volunteer Rally for Easter (6:30 – 8:15 PM). All volunteers for Easter weekend are asked to attend.
March 25 Good Friday Drop-In Prayer Time (5:00 – 7:00 PM). Open time for prayer in the Celebration Center.
March 26 MOPS Hop and lunch (10:00 AM). Free egg hunt for children through age 10, sponsored by the Mothers of Preschoolers, and free lunch afterwards, hosted by Aspen Ridge small groups.
March 26 Free Easter Dinner (5:00 PM), catered by Qdoba.
March 26 Saturday Service (6:00 PM) March 27 Sunday services (9:00 & 10:45 AM)


The March Men’s Breakfast scheduled for March 12 will not be meeting, because of the preparations for the Jaensen Celebration of Life service. However, if you are part of an M3 team, please check for any projects (those are not cancelled).


It is time for the annual MOPS Hop Easter Egg Hunt, for kids through age 10. Meet at Marshdale Park at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 26, to kick off the fun, and enjoy some cocoa and face painting, too! A few of our small group members will also be serving up some hotdogs after the hunt!


Do you have a spare guest bedroom that would be available for a night or two? Would you be able to host a guest missionary/couple who might temporarily be in the area? If you would like to share your home and show hospitality, please contact Ken Pfeiffer with your name, address, email address, sleeping capacity and max length of stay. Ken can be reached at [email protected] or 303.457.3972.


IdRaHaJe, a Christian camp in Bailey (and one of our ministry partners) is looking to fill an immediate need. The position is for a year-round housekeeping supervisor. Candidates should visit their website at or call 303.838.5668 for further information.


Franklin Graham and the Decision America Tour is coming to our State Capital for a prayer rally. Though this is not an Aspen Ridge sponsored event, we do believe in the power of prayer and encourage you to join with others on the west steps of the Colorado State Capital on March 15 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM!


Summer is only a few months away! Be in prayer about how you may want to get involved in Vacation Bible School this year, and please make sure that June 20-24 is marked on your calendar!

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