The Height of Faith – Jesus’ Higher Authority
Hebrews 2:5-9
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Jesus fulfills God’s design for human beings in the world to come.

God’s original intention for human beings.
          Humans’ position
          Humans’ honor
          Humans’ authority
God’s intention stalled with human beings.
          Humans’ rebellion
          Humans shattered
          Humans’ dominion twisted
God’s ultimate intention is achieved in Jesus.
          Jesus’ incarnation
          Jesus’ exaltation
          Jesus’ final victory


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: For what purposes do you see most people living? How do you understand your life purpose?
Digging Deeper:

  1. In Psalm 8, David says something about God’s intentions for human beings on earth. Describe these intentions as they relate to the position, honor and authority of human life on earth.
  2. Only a few short chapters after God’s creation, we read about the fall of human beings (Genesis 3). In Hebrews 2:8, this is described as “not seeing everything in subjection to Him (God the Son).” Discuss.
  3. In Jesus, we see a restoration of God’s intention for all human beings. This has been realized in His incarnation, death and exaltation. It will be realized in His future rule over the world to come. Where do you see this restoration in your own life?

Taking it Home: “Kingdom” is the most prominent of all themes in the Bible, and a good many Christian leaders see God’s purpose for human beings as overthrowing the kingdom of evil. Discuss with a friend in your small group how you may be used to that end this week.


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.


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 Wayne Shephard at Shephard Realty at 303.674.3343.


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. The class meets on Sundays at 10:45 AM, in the Fireside Room, downstairs. Bob Blake will be leading this group, and you may let us know of your interest on a communication card.


Paula Yerks will be undergoing knee replacement surgery on February 6, and will be out of the office for the following 2-3 weeks. During this time, various office volunteers will be filling in for her, but office hours and response times may fluctuate. We appreciate your patience during this time. If you are interested in providing a meal for Danny and Paula during Paula’s recovery period, please contact us at [email protected]


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:           $ 69,229
Remaining pledged amount:                                           $ 60,682


Thanks to our members who took part in voting last week. We are pleased to report that Kreg Kastelz was unanimously voted as our new Director of Student Ministries. Kreg’s first day will be February 13th.”


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


Aspen Ridge Church is hosting a CPR Certification Class Saturday, February 11 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Participants will receive a 2-year certification in adult, child, infant CPR, first aid and AED. Cost is $35 per person. Please register by contacting Debbie at [email protected]


There is still funding available from our Live It Out initiative for those groups that would like to initiate a service project within our community. If you have an idea, submit a proposal to Eric Krajewski at [email protected], with details about your goals and audience. He will then contact you to discuss options. Keep inviting your neighbors to find a home in Christ together!



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