The Height of Faith – God’s Love to Outsiders
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Make an intentional display of God’s love to outsiders.
- A unified family for outsiders.
- Hospitality for outsiders.
- Remember needs of outsiders.
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: What have you learned about those in our community who may be described as “outsiders” to Christian faith? What kind of interest in the Christian way do you see?
- The repeated warnings in Hebrews against falling away from Christian faith make us think this “Hebrews” church had encountered losses and defections. These losses may cause people of faith to pull together or to fragment. How does Hebrews 13:1 speak to this situation?
- A church family must have its internal house in order before it can be of help to outsiders. How does the wider context of marriage (v. 4) and finances (v. 5) illustrate this point?
- Hospitality is an important value for Christian faith. How have you demonstrated hospitality in the past months? How can you do so toward neighbors?
- Those who have been mistreated refer less to widespread social problems and more toward practical needs in your immediate circles. Who comes to mind when you think of a mistreated person? What can you do for that person?
Taking it Home: Spend time with your small group brainstorming and praying about what kind of service project(s) you can do in your neighborhoods. On a personal basis, plan a way to demonstrate God’s love in a practical way toward a neighbor.
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 in celebrating Baptism this weekend with Jackson Briley, Connor Krajewski and Meredith Zouski. There will be cake offered in the Lobby after each service for a time of fellowship and encouragement with these individuals.
SMALL GROUP SIGN-UPS
Our winter small group session has begun. Please stop by the table in the lobby for detailed information, or you may check out listings online.
Join us for prayer on Sunday mornings, downstairs in the Fireside Room from 10:15 – 10:40 AM. This is a special time to pray for our weekend services and the advance of the gospel. There is also a student-led group meeting during this time; please see Pastor Kreg for details.
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.
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: $110,597
Remaining pledged amount: $ 27,624
DV8 MIDDLE SCHOOL WINTER CAMP
DV8 will be doing a new winter camp March 2-4 for middle school, put on through Converge Rocky Mountain. The signups have started, and money is due by February 11. Stop by the student center to pick up a flyer and info, or email Pastor Kreg.
WISDoM – WOMEN IN SPIRITUALLY DIVERSE MARRIAGES
A Christian polling firm (Barna) tells us that nearly 13 million women attend church alone on any given Sunday. If you find yourself, or someone you know, in a spiritually diverse marriage, we have a ladies small group called WISDoM that meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 9:00 AM in room 202. Our group studies Scripture to help us understand God’s place for us and share our experiences in keeping faith. Contact Julie at [email protected] if you’d like more information.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes baked chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, veggies, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. We would love to meet you there.
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.
UPCOMING WOMEN’S MINISTRY EVENT
What IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity? Come be a part of the two-day If:Gathering 2018 conference at Ascent Church in Evergreen to worship and study God’s Word. During this time, speakers from all over the country will help inspire and equip, as they direct to truth. The dates are Friday, February 9-Saturday, February 10. The cost is $36, which covers snacks on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.