MESSAGE NOTES

…to the Ends of the Earth
How NOT to Worship God

Acts 12:20-23
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Herod Agrippa is an example of how NOT to worship God.

  • Do NOT worship God by catering to political interests.

  • Do NOT worship God by nurturing destructive affections.

  • Do NOT worship God by considering yourself a god.

  • Do NOT worship God by neglecting His glory.

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: When it comes to the worship of God, can you think of a person (without using names) who instructs you in how not to worship God? What does this person exemplify that you should avoid?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Herod is dominated by political interests. On the one hand, he seeks to please the Jews (Acts 12:3). On the other hand, he seeks more power over neighboring nations (Acts 12:20b). Worship is NOT about pleasing the greatest number. However a church chooses to worship God during weekend services, it will never please all. Discuss.

  2. Herod’s anger is not righteous, but a manifestation of his opposition to God (Acts 12:20a). As you participate in corporate worship services, when or where do you deal with heart affections that do not honor God? How can you deal with these emotions in the way of finding joy in sinners coming home to God in Christ?

  3. The essence of sin is to worship created things rather than the Creator (Romans 1:21-3). How might one lose focus on God and instead place focus on church buildings, personalities, musicians, vocalists, sound levels or other personal preferences? How does one acknowledge these things, and the beauty of God’s creation, without worshipping such?

  4. Someone said, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” In contrast to this, Herod “did not give God the glory” (Acts 12:23). If glorifying God means finding satisfaction in Him, how does one go about finding personal satisfaction in God?

Taking It Home: Aspen Ridge leadership is presenting a candidate for Pastor of Worship Arts. This week, personally and in small groups, spend time praying for God’s direction on this important matter. Next weekend, members should come prepared to vote on this recommendation of our search committee.

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

We want to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, 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 receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.

CANDIDATE WEEKEND

The Worship Arts Search Team is pleased to announce a candidate for our Pastor of Worship Arts position. Pastor Lawrence Pridmore is leading worship with us this weekend. Pastor Lawrence and his wife Tiffany have been blessed with three children. In his current role, his is the Associate Pastor at Maranatha Worship Center in Wichita, Kansas. Please pray for the Pridmore family, and for Aspen Ridge Church, as we seek God’s will with a vote next weekend.


ANNUAL REPORT

Aspen Ridge Church leadership has generated an annual report that was presented at View from the Ridge. This report is an important summary of how God has been leading and working in the life of Aspen Ridge in the past year. It will be available in our media stands.

OCTOBER MEN’S BREAKFAST

Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 AM will feature a presentation from Troy Steinbach of the Blacksmith Men’s Group, alongside breakfast. The Blacksmiths are a group of men that strive to serve in our local community. Following the men’s breakfast, all those who can will be meeting at the Ickes’ at 9:30 AM to process wood for the firewood ministry. We need help blocking, splitting and stacking. All are welcome, but we do not recommend younger kids, due to the nature of the work. For planning purposes, please let Mike Kelly know if you are able to help.


FALL BAPTISM

We are scheduling fall baptisms for the weekend of October 27/28. Orientation meetings would include October 6 and 13 (Saturdays) at 4:00 PM or October 7 and 14 (Sundays) at 8:00 AM. Attendance at only one meeting is needed. Please contact the church office to reserve a spot.


THANK YOU FROM THE ICKES FAMILY

Words fail to express our gratefulness for all of the incredible ways in which you’ve supported our family over the past few months since Nathan’s premature birth. Thank you for the meals, cards, hospital visits, encouragement, gifts and, most of all, the prayers that continue to carry us through this challenging season! -Todd and Victoria


DV8 STUDENTS: DARE 2 SHARE CONFERENCE

On October 13/14, DV8 Student Ministries (middle and high school) will be going to a nationwide evangelism and outreach event. Students will learn the basics of sharing faith and will put it to use. This event is $80 per student; contact Pastor Kreg for registration or details.

COFFEE MINISTRY TEAM

Coffee Ministry Team is looking for additional members. This is a low commitment role with HUGE returns…happy, smiling faces on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings. Please contact Jean Kelly for more information at 303.506.4827 or [email protected]


WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

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


ASPEN HOLLOW

Mark your calendars for an Aspen Ridge outreach on the night of October 31. We will transform our regular Wednesday night gathering into an outdoors event meant to serve our neighbors in the form of decorated vehicles and candy. Opportunities to sign up for trunks are available in the lobby as we reach toward our goal of 40 trunks! Candy donations will also be accepted in the lobby.


MISSIONS MOMENT

One of our ministry partners, Life’s Options Pregnancy Center in Evergreen will be hosting its second annual “Booties at the Barn” event on Friday, October 12 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM at the Van Horn’s Barn, 25954 N. Turkey Creek Road. The proceeds go to support Life’s Options Pregnancy Center. Enjoy the night with line dancing, taking two-step lessons and food from Kitchen One for One taco truck. Please call 303.674.5881 to purchase tickets.

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