The Height of Faith – A Severe Warning
Hebrews 10:26-31
Earl Waggoner

BIG IDEA: A warning from God should be taken seriously.

I. Approaches to a Difficult Passage
     A. Christians ______________
     B. Non-Christians ________________
     C. Christians _________________
II. Realities of a ____________________
     A. Deliberate sinning is ___________________ (v. 26)
     B. Deliberate sinning results in __________________________ (vv. 27, 31)
     C. Deliberate sinning is ________________________ (v. 29)
     D. Deliberate sinning can ____________________


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: No one likes to be punished. But can punishment result in good things, like growth and maturity. Is there another word you would prefer to use rather than “punishment?”

Digging Deeper:

  1. Which approach to Hebrews 10:26-31 resonates best with you, one of the approaches presented today or some other approach? Can you back up your choice biblically?
  2. What is your perspective on the concept of the security of the believer? Have you ever thought about it? Do you consider it one of those “in the weeds” theological terms? Do you take it for granted? Does it give you hope?
  3. (For personal reflection) Is there behavior in your life which can be described by the “Realities” section of this message? If so, what emotions and responses are generated in you by this passage in Hebrews 10?
  4. How do you respond to the possibility that God punishes people?


We are happy to welcome Earl Waggoner this weekend. Earl is the Dean of Biblical Studies & Theology, College of Adult & Graduate Studies, at Colorado Christian University. We would also like to welcome Danny Byram, head of a nonprofit Christian music ministry, as our worship leader. 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. Earl will meet you at the Welcome Center, where you can also receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.


Please visit our website and take a look at Pastor Jeff’s latest article, regarding our Worship Arts transition. We look forward to Matt Johnson joining us as Interim Director of Worship Arts. Matt officially begins on September 25, but you may see him around and about before then as he learns our sound system and prepares for his role here.


Thank you for your patience as our church building is undergoing extensive upgrades and renovations. If you are interested in reading more, check out our website or Facebook page. 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.


Our annual meeting is immediately following our 10:45 AM Sunday service this weekend. There will be a baked potato bar, with potatoes graciously provided by our small groups and toppings and desserts brought by attendees. The meeting will follow lunch and will feature a vote on the budget for the new fiscal year, as well as a vote on additional members to the elder team. Please join us as we look back to see what God has done and look forward to our new ministry year. You can access the 2017 Annual Meeting document online under the “About” tab.


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:      $100,797
Remaining pledged amount:                                       $ 35,414


Fall small group sessions begin this week, September 17. There is a table in the lobby for registration, or you may check out listings online. Groups meet in various locations around the community, with some topical and some sermon-based. Finding the right small group can be a fantastic way to grow in community and in relationship to Christ.


Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes lasagna, green beans, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.


The Bridge provides an orientation to church life and how you may fit into ministry within our body. Those who are new to Aspen Ridge, who want to know more about 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 September 24 from 4:00 – 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall, with childcare available. Contact the church office to reserve your spot.


Calling all Pinterest pinners, extreme organizers, logistics heroes and women looking to connect…help us plan Taste of Christmas. Bring a lunch and join us on Sunday, September 24, in the library on campus. The funds raised support Aspen Ridge Women’s Ministry. If you need more details, please call or text Kasity Briley at 303.910.5389 or email [email protected]


On Saturday, September 30, we will flood the back parking lot with local vendors, games, food and fun for our fifth annual fall family celebration, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Activities include hay rides, apple cider, arts and craft sales, live music, face painting, carnival games and a bounce house. This year, we are partnering with Mountain Resource Center as our Spotlight Ministry. There is no cost to attend, however, there will be local vendors with items to purchase. This is a perfect time to invite a neighbor and show support to our community small businesses.

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