The Height of Faith – Christ’s Sacrifice, Once and for All
Pastor Kreg Kastelz
The Big Idea: Christ’s sacrifice was the ultimate sacrifice and it changed our reality.
What did Christ’s sacrifice do?
- Christ’s sacrifice ushered in a new way God is redeeming humanity.
- Christ’s sacrifice paved our way back to God.
- Christ’s sacrifice changed the way we serve God.
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 speaks a lot about sacrifices, which is a foreign concept in our society. Do you better understand the concept, following the message? Are there other aspects of sacrifice that you still wonder about? Discuss.
- The law shadowed the good things to come, but what were some of the flaws with the law? What were some of the good aspects of the law?
- The law reminded us of our sins continually. From a Christian worldview, we should be very aware that we are flawed. Would you say this is apparent in a secular worldview, or do you encounter more of a view that people are inherently good?
- Christ’s sacrifice did away with the sacrificial system, which was handed down from God many years before. If you were a new Jewish believer, living during this change in dispensation, would you have found this change confusing?
Taking it Home: Remember that Christ’s sacrifice paid for your salvation in full, and it was a gift from God. Pursuing salvation by works is the old system (that didn’t work). Take a moment and reevaluate your motives for serving God and doing good works.
We welcome Pastor Kreg Kastelz as our speaker this Sunday! 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.
Please join us this weekend in honoring and encouraging our baptism participants: Brendan Parish, Sean Parish and Dylan Roley. We are excited to see how God will use each of them as they step out in faithfulness to His calling!
ASPEN RIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Thank you for your patience as our church building is undergoing extensive upgrades and renovations. If you are interested in reading more, please check out our website. Please note that our playground is not safely accessible during portions of this remodel, and kids and parents are asked to observe signage in that area for your safety.
CHANGES ON THE HORIZON
If you did not receive the churchwide email on Tuesday, August 15, regarding Pastor Kerry and his exciting new business venture, please stop by the Welcome Center for a printed copy. Also, fill out a Communication Card so that we can check our database. Be sure to let the Cox family know how much they are loved, and continue to pray for this transition time for them and for Aspen Ridge.
VIEW FROM THE RIDGE: ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Our meeting this year will be held on Sunday, September 17, immediately following our 10:45 AM service. This year, there will be a baked potato bar, and coordinators are asking attendees to bring a favorite potato topping and a dessert. The meeting will follow lunch. Please join us as we look back to see what God has done and look forward to our new ministry year.
Online registration for AWANA is open on the church website. Our first official AWANA night is Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 PM. This is the time to pay dues, get supplies and learn about the upcoming year, but we do ask that you register online to help the first night run smoothly. We’re also looking for parent volunteers for this ministry. Training is August 30 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. You could be a listener, secretary or helper in any of our areas. Stop by to see how you might get involved!
SATURDAYS ARE BACK!
Beginning on September 9, we’re bringing Saturday evening services back, with a new 5:00 PM start time. We hope this helps young families with dinner and bedtime situations. Coinciding with this restart, we will host a free movie night directly after the service at 6:30 PM. Our feature film will be The Case for Christ, a true story based on the worldwide best-selling book. Childcare will be provided (kids will be viewing a separate movie in the Student Center), and a light meal will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting our DV8 Student Ministries. Invite a neighbor!
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Are you searching for a fun and rewarding way to serve? Children’s Ministry is looking for individuals to assist our teachers, during our Saturday and Sunday services. Please contact Debbie Stewart and see what we are all about!
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS)
MOPS is hiring teachers to help with their childcare program, the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, from 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM, and will pay $10 an hour. If you are interested, please contact Meredith Zouski, MOPSKids Coordinator, at 650.248.5215.
MINISTRY PARTNER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Life’s Options Pregnancy Center and Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) are recruiting new community volunteers for their respective ministries. Life’s Options needs help in their “Mother’s Closet,” involving three to four-hour shifts. Please call Wendy at 303.674.5881 for more information. EChO has several areas of opportunity. Please contact Mary at 303.670.1796 for details concerning EChO’s options.