MESSAGE NOTES

The Height of Faith – A Great High Priest
Hebrews 4:14-16
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: We have a great High Priest—Jesus.

  • Since we have Jesus, let us hold fast our confession of faith.
  • Since we have Jesus, let us draw near to the throne of grace.

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: There is an ongoing dilemma in being human. On the one hand, we persist in believing there is a Creator God who is holy. On the other hand, we fail to meet God’s standards and must one day give an account. Discuss Hebrews 4:13.

Digging Deeper:

  1. The essential content of Christian confession includes Jesus Christ as the Son of God (4:14). Further, our Lord’s Great Commission makes up a baptismal confession (Matthew 28:18-20). What do these say about essential Christian beliefs?
  2. A Christian confession of faith involves a genuine belief in the heart and a public proclamation from one’s mouth (Romans 10:9). These are found in baptism and church membership. How have baptism and church membership been marginalized in today’s church?
  3. The Hebrews were tempted to abandon their Christian confession alongside intense persecution. When have you been tempted in the same way, how have you done?
  4. On a confident approach to God with boldness through Christ, someone said: “this is nothing less than a revolution in the fundamental conception of religion and one of the most important revelations of the epistle.” What difference may this make in your life?

Taking it Home: Learn to fight for joy in the Christian life like a gutsy sinner, who has been forgiven and declared righteous by a holy God through Christ. When you feel guilty over breaking God’s law, use that occasion and feeling to assert the gospel and your faith to draw near to God.

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.

EASTER EGG INVITES

In the back of the room, you will find a large basket of plastic eggs. Inside is a bouncy ball and an invitation to our Easter weekend activities. Would you pray about who you might share an egg with this week? Maybe there’s someone in your circles that needs to know, “So what?” This may be just the way to bridge the gap between the holiday and the holy day. We’ll also be hosting our free Easter dinner (burrito bar) on Saturday, April 15 at 5:00 PM, so invite a neighbor to join you for a free meal.

PRAYER INITIATIVE

Aspen Ridge will be coordinating a time of prayer for our ministry and weekend services. We will meet downstairs in the Fireside Room from 10:15 to 10:40 AM. We welcome you to connect with this important ministry and to receive all that God has to give through prayer. All you need to do is show up with a heart towards prayer!

CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING

There is a scheduled business meeting, which will span two time slots – Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 23 at 10:00 AM. Please mark your calendars, as we will be discussing a proposal on how to proceed with building upgrades.

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:                 $ 75,290
Remaining pledged amount:                                                  $ 57,001

MOPS HOP

It is time for our annual Easter egg hunt for kids through age 10 – MOPS HOP! This year’s festivities will be on campus at Aspen Ridge beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 15. Please join as we celebrate families, children and our risen Lord! There will be a free hotdog lunch offered after the egg hunt. There will also be a box in the lobby on Tuesday, leading up to the hop. If you have gently used children’s books to donate for prizes, they would be appreciated.

DV8 EASTER INVITATION OUTREACH

We need help handing out our Easter egg invitations at the Conifer King Soopers on Friday, March 31 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM and on Saturday, April 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. If you would like to sign up for a 2-hour slot to help, please email Eva Murray at [email protected] This is a great opportunity to get in any needed community service hours.

SPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK

All regularly scheduled family events will be suspended during the week of March 27 to give families opportunities to travel and break from busy calendars (with the exception of MOPS). Enjoy your time, whether away or at home, and we’ll see you the following week!

MOUNTAIN DERBY DAZE

One of our ministry partners, Mountain Resource Center, will be hosting their second annual community fundraiser: Mountain Derby Daze. The event will be held at the Anchorage Farm in Pine. The celebration will be in the Kentucky Derby tradition and will feature a best derby hat contest, photos with horses, hobby horse racing and family friendly games, just to name a few. Please visit MRCCO.org for a complete list of activities and to purchase tickets for Saturday, May 6 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Your support helps strengthen our ministry partner and our community.

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Rebecca Webster, one of our missionary partners, is joining us this weekend. After leaving Aspen Ridge three years ago, Rebecca is visiting from Jinja, Uganda. She has been working with children in poverty to meet their spiritual and physical needs. She will be available in the foyer after the service to share details of what God has been doing in and through her!

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