MESSAGE NOTES

The Height of Faith – Make Progress
Hebrews 5:11-14
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Make progress from infancy to maturity in the Christian life.

  • Because many things are hard to explain, v. 11.
  • Because many of you ought to be teachers, v. 12.
  • Because many are like children, v. 13.

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: This passage is about making progress to maturity in the Christian way. What progress have you made in the Christian way? What are some signs or markers that you are making progress?

Digging Deeper:

  1. The author of Hebrews tells us he has much to say, and it is hard to explain (v. 11). However, the reason it is hard to explain is NOT due to advanced theological content. It is due to something else…what is it?
  2. Many bring a consumer mindset into corporate worship, thinking that the burden is on the church staff, building or programming to deliver an acceptable product leading to growth. However, the author of Hebrews places responsibility elsewhere…where?
  3. The Hebrews “ought to be teachers” (v. 12). It appears that time alone is not sufficient for someone to become a teacher. How does one become a teacher?
  4. We start where people are; however, we also call people forward to growth and maturity. How do parents do this with children, and how can this be done in Christ’s church?

Taking it Home: Consider what you need to progress from infancy to maturity in the Christian life. Make a plan to put in place such things, as needed, to make this progress. Check in with your friend or small group to celebrate wins and identify areas for growth.

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.

PRAYER INITIATIVE

Join us for prayer for our ministry and weekend services, downstairs in the Fireside Room, from 10:15 – 10:40 AM. This is a special time to pray for visitors, as well as our leadership and body. All you need to do is show up with a heart towards prayer!

FAMILY WEEKEND SERVICE

This weekend, we will be focusing on families during regular services. Nursery will be provided for infants and toddlers through age 3 – all other children are welcome in our regular services. (Coloring pages are available, too!) The message and music will be centered towards families,
and our Children’s Director, Maryjean Fowler, will invite kids to the front of the Celebration Center for a short and interactive children’s sermon that will parallel Pastor Jeff’s message. What a great way to introduce kids to “big church!”

THE BRIDGE

The Bridge will be hosted this weekend on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM. This is an introductory class to Aspen Ridge church life, and will be scheduled at regular intervals for those who want to know more about ministry, serving and more. Contact the church office to reserve your spot in the next session.

PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION WEEKEND

We will be hosting a parent/child dedication on May 13/14. Please contact the office before May 1 if you are interested in participating. This is a special way to publicly affirm your commitment before God and your church family to raise your child in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord.

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:            $ 84,986
Remaining pledged amount:                                             $ 48,145

DV8 STUDENT WEEKEND & GRADUATING SENIORS

Student weekend is coming up on April 29/30. In addition to needing students to help with the weekend (talk to Kreg), we would like to honor graduating students from high school or college. If you are a graduating senior, please email Kreg by April 15 to be honored during this time.

BAKE SALE AND STUDENT MISSIONS DONATIONS

DV8 students will be hosting a baked goods table in the lobby during Student Weekend (April 29/30). This is an opportunity to support the students traveling to Mexico on the summer missions trip. All purchases are by donation, and all proceeds will go towards helping the students serve this summer. Stop by to show your support!

SMALL GROUP SIGN-UP

Please stop by the table in the lobby to receive information about our small groups and to sign-up! These are the heartbeat of our body, and a great way to connect with others who are seeking to grow in Christ.

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Do you have a song or a performance you’d like to share? We’re hosting an open mic night on May 5, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. You bring the skills, and we’ll provide the stage! This is a free event, open to all members of the community. Come to perform, or come to listen to and support our
neighbors and friends. Email [email protected] for info.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights, and all are invited. This week, we will be serving lasagna, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family.

RECLAIM MINISTERIES

Reclaim is one of our local Conifer ministry partners. This ministry leads men into the wilderness to learn the truth about God and about themselves. They are in need of a local hospitality team to help with hosting groups (meal prep, facility prep, gear prep, setup, teardown, etc) for the upcoming retreat season. Time commitments are minimal and the
first opportunity to serve would be in early May, with regular opportunities throughout the summer. If you are willing to serve in one of these areas, contact Todd Ickes ([email protected]).

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