MESSAGE NOTES

The Height of Faith – Jesus Christ Higher than the Angels
Hebrews 1:10-14
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Big Idea: How does one know that Jesus is higher than the angels?

Review:
o Jesus is higher because of His unique relationship to the Father

  • Passage #1: Psalm 2:7
  • Passage #2: 2 Samuel 7:14

o Jesus is higher because the angels are important but inferior

  • Passage #3: Deuteronomy 32:43
  • Passage #4: Psalm 104:4

Jesus is higher because He has an eternal, unchanging nature.

  • Passage #5: “Your throne, O God, will last forever…” (Psalm 45:6,7)
     
  • Passage #6: “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth” (Psalm 102:25-7)

Jesus is higher because He sits at the Father’s right hand.

  • Passage #7: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet” (Psalm 110:1)

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: A crisis of authority exists in our culture. This may be seen in people’s attitude toward public institutions, traditional morality and law enforcement. Discuss.

Digging Deeper:

  1. The author of Hebrews ascribes the title “O God” to the Son of God. What does this passage teach about the identity of our Savior, Jesus Christ? Why has the Christian faith consistently held to the deity of Jesus Christ?
  2. The Old Testament passage cited in Hebrews 1:10-12 centers on the Son of God’s eternal and unchanging nature. Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. How does this give you stability in the tumult of your circumstances?
  3. In verse 13, the author quotes from Psalm 110, a passage which communicates the idea that the Son of God has enemies and that these enemies have yet to be placed under His feet. Who or what are these enemies? How and when will these enemies be placed under His feet?
  4. There is a locus of authority in Hebrews: the Lord Jesus Christ. How does Jesus use His authority differently than others in our culture? How does this make the Christian message distinct?

Taking it Home: In the first verses of Chapter 2, the author warns against “drifting away” from Jesus and “neglecting” such a great salvation. What are warning signs that you…or others…may be falling away? Take steps to reverse your own course and pray for others to this end.

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.

SEARCH TEAM RECOMMENDATION

This weekend is our candidate weekend, which will include opportunities to get to know our candidate for Director of Student Ministries, Kreg Kastelz, to pray for wisdom and direction and to allow for input from our church body. Thank you for your prayerful interest and participation in this process. You may forward questions directly to Ron Kilgore at [email protected] or 303.881.4348. Member voting will be conducted during services next weekend, January 21/22.

PASTOR JEFF’S BLOG

If you are interested in the process that led to our candidate selection for the Director of Student Ministries, check out Pastor Jeff’s latest blog online. You can ask questions or leave comments there, as well.

RENTAL OPPORTUNITY

The current tenants have moved out of the “Parsonage” rental property that is owned by Aspen Ridge. This property is a 2300 sqft, 3BR/3BA, house with a 2-car garage. It will be available for rent in February. If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please contact Jeff Goodwin by phone at 303.679.1093 or email [email protected]

THE BRIDGE: ASPEN RIDGE 101

Are you interested in taking a step of commitment toward Aspen Ridge, or becoming a voting member? Attending this six-week orientation is a way to do just that. Our next session begins Sunday, January 22 at 10:45 AM, in the Fireside Room, downstairs. Bob Blake will be our
leader. You may let us know of your interest on a communication card.

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:           $ 68,419
Remaining pledged amount:                                           $ 62,822

PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES

As we prepare for our candidate weekend on January 14/15 and voting weekend on January 21/22, please pray in the following ways:

  • For our congregation to develop an overwhelming burden for student souls.
  • For our parents to accept the mantle of responsibility to raise students in Christ.
  • For our students to find their home in Christ while they are still among us.
  • For our Student Ministries candidate, Kreg Kastelz, and his family.

If you would like to get to know Kreg and Becky better, please feel free to pick up an information packet, available at the Welcome Center.

DV8 STUDENTS

Students will have an opportunity this weekend to meet one-on-one with Kreg during regular Sunday classes. Students (and their parents) are also invited to attend a meet-and-greet luncheon in the Student Center, at noon on Sunday, January 15. We hope that you will take these opportunities to get to know Kreg and Becky.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Dinner is at 5:30 PM, each Wednesday night during the school year, and it is open to all. This week we are serving baked chicken, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or a maximum of $10 per family.

UPCOMING WOMEN’S EVENT

On February 3/4, ladies of Evergreen will gather together at Bergen Park Church to attend “IF:Gathering 2017.” This event serves to equip and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose, while seeking God and worshiping together. The cost is $35, with meals
provided. For questions, please contact [email protected] and register today at tinyurl.com/ifevergreenco. To ensure the women of Aspen Ridge will be seated together, please contact Michele Force once you are registered.

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