He Came…To Destroy the Works of the Devil
1 John 3:8b-10
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Jesus’ teaching may control the spread of sin in a believing life.
- Jesus’ teaching balances what is real and what is ideal.
- Jesus’ teaching warns from the origins of sin.
- Jesus’ teaching gives power to progress toward the ideal.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- The reality is that all of us have sin (1 John 1:8,10). In many cases of habitual sin, there exists a problem of denial. How does the recovery movement show us that freedom from habitual sin comes by facing reality?
- The ideal is that believers should not sin (1 John 3:6). However, the world around us says sin is not so serious, or describes it as a mistake, defect or weakness. How does this attitude influence the sensitivity of believing people toward the sin?
- One Christian leader defined Satan as: “A created, but super-human, personal, evil, world-power, represented in Scripture as the adversary both of God and men.” How do you respond to the above definition?
- The Son of God appeared to destroy the works of the devil. How did He do this? What does this mean for the ideal picture of the Christian life?
Taking it Home: One’s capacity to discern who belongs to God turns on two pieces of evidence. The first includes progress toward the Christian ideal, and the second includes love for fellow members of the Christian family. Assess your standing and progress in these areas. Apply these tests 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. Pastor Jeff will meet you at the Welcome Center, where you can also receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.
CHRISTMAS WEEKEND SERVICES
We will host our regular Saturday evening service on December 23 at 5:00 PM and will have a combined morning service on Sunday, December 24, beginning at 10:00 AM. Our regular Children’s Ministry activities and childcare will be available during these services.
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight services will be offered at 3:30 and 5:00 PM, with childcare available in the nursery for 0-2 years old. We would love to celebrate this special time with old and new friends. This is a great weekend to invite neighbors to find a home in Christ together!
We reflect on the great things God is doing at Aspen Ridge Church, we would like to remember those who unselfishly serve us week in and week out. To demonstrate our appreciation, we will be collecting a love offering during the remaining weeks of December. We will present a gift to each staff member at the end of the year. Please note “Staff Gift” on your check and/or electronic gift.
Baptism services will be the weekend of January 13/14. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the church office.
The Bridge provides an orientation to Aspen Ridge Church life. Those who are new to us, who want to discover a small group and who want to find a way to serve are invited. Dinner will be provided, and the session is scheduled on January 7 from 4:00 – 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall, with childcare available. Contact the church office to reserve your spot.
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: $107,847
Remaining pledged amount: $ 29,009
DV8 CHRISTMAS PARTY
The DV8 Christmas parties and gift exchange are happening December 20 and 21, at the same time as your respective mid-week youth group. Please talk to Kreg with questions or for gift exchange details!
DV8 CIY SAVE-THE-DATE
Just so you can save the date, the High School CIY camp next summer is July 1 – July 6, 2018. These are abnormal dates, so we wanted to give you a heads-up! Details on registration and cost will be available as we get closer.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Please join us for a family-friendly evening meal on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM. Our menu this week includes lasagna, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or a maximum of $10 per family.
Aspen Ridge Church has a rental property available for immediate occupancy. This property is a 2300 sqft, 3BR/3BA house with a 2-car garage. If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please contact Shephard Realty at 303.674.3343.
THE GOD WHO IS THERE
Most people do not have a basic working knowledge of the Bible. How can we understand the story of God–and our part in it–when we’re not familiar with it? In this basic introduction to faith, D. A. Carson takes you through the big story of Scripture to help you know what you believe and why you believe it. Pastor Jeff and Dan Dube will host this course on Wednesday Nights (6:30 – 7:50 PM) beginning on January 10.
UPCOMING WOMEN’S MINISTRY EVENT
Please save the date for the next If:Gathering 2018 on February 9-10. This event will be held at Ascent Church in Evergreen and registration is $36.00. For more information, please check out their Facebook page.