Human – Conflict
2 Samuel 2:12-17
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: David seeks to avoid an all-out civil war!

  • Be patient with your ambitions.
  • Be careful with whom you associate.
  • Be faithful to your family.
  • Be assertive in rooting out injustice.


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: Read 2 Samuel 2-4 and think about how this portion of Scripture is like a soap opera. How might life in the 21st Century be like a soap opera?

Digging Deeper:

  1. David avoids civil war by being patient with his ambitions. Where is God calling you to be patient with your ambitions?
  2. David says “these sons of Zeruiah (Joab et. al.) are more severe than I” in 2 Samuel 3:39. Scripture says we are to be careful with whom we associate. How are your associates influencing your relationship to God?
  3. David began to multiply wives to himself. It is evident in the teaching of Jesus that this did not conform to God’s original design. How do you maintain a faithful and healthy relationship with your spouse?
  4. David likely missed God’s mark in ignoring Joab’s murder of Abner. Sometimes it is right to overlook a matter, other times something must be done. How do you decide?

Taking it Home: Life in general and among fellow-believers is messy. Some want to stay away from the mess; others go toward it in a heavy-handed way. How do we avoid these errors, going toward messy situations in a gracious and assertive way?


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.


Each weekend, there will be a question and answer time from 10:20 – 10:35 AM, between Sunday services, in the Celebration Center. If you have questions about the current message or series, please join us during this time, and Pastor Jeff will be available to field those questions.


The Coffee Ministry Team is looking for some new members to help bring smiles to faces. There is minimal commitment and maximum return. Please contact Jean Kelly for more information at 303.506.4827 or [email protected]


During our “View from the Ridge” annual meeting, Aspen Ridge Church was pleased to welcome Dave and Shannon Benway (Alex, Georgia and Griffin) into church membership.


The search team has contracted Brian Aaby, of Youth Specialties, to assist with the search for our next Director of Student Ministries. Brian has gathered information about our church and is actively reviewing candidates. We appreciate your continued prayers in this important search. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ron Kilgore at [email protected]


There will be a Celebration of Life service for Dick Buckner on Monday, October 10, 10:00 AM, at Aspen Ridge Church. Please join us in honoring the Buckner family by providing a side, salad or dessert for the pulled pork meal. Contact Kathy Barksdale at [email protected] or 303.697.0586 to assist with preparations or with any questions you may have.


It was announced at View from the Ridge this past weekend that almost $10,000 of our Live It Out gift intentions will be available for community outreach projects, in support of our vision. We are inviting all of our adult small groups to dream and pray about potential outreach projects and to submit support requests to Eric Krajewski at [email protected] We are excited to see how God leads in reaching out to our neighbors!


Your week is busy. We get it. Why not let us cook for your family on Wednesday night? Our menu this week includes chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. There is also a need for volunteers to continue to keep this ministry running – contact Maria Stimens at 303.993.9358 if you’re interested in being part of a cook team.


Small groups are starting up, and we’ve added a couple of additional groups in the past two weeks.

  • At 6:30 PM on Wednesdays, Pastor Jeff will lead (and Maria Stimens will host) a small group that is exploring life through the Alpha Course, an introduction to the basics of Christian faith. This group meets in the library, and all are welcome. If you’ve dropped your kids off at AWANA and are hanging out for the duration, feel free to drop-in for this gathering.
  • Beginning October 2, 9:00 AM, on the first and third Sundays of the month, WISDoM (Women in Spiritually Diverse Marriages) will be co-led by Michele Force and Julie Daigneault in room 202 (prayer room). This is a scripture-based women’s group that will discuss the everyday challenges within a spiritually-diverse marriage. Please contact these ladies at [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions you may have.


The Emergency Shelter Program exists in Evergreen as a cold weather procedure to provide emergency temporary shelter for our mountain community. It is designed to bring Evergreen residents who are inadequately housed indoors during severe cold weather. If you are interested in providing support to such an initiative, please be in touch with church leadership. Small groups – this could be a great service project!

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