MESSAGE NOTES

Acts – Christian Life
Acts 2:42-47
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Christian life happens in small groups that learn, love and do.

  • Christian life happens in small groups that learn.
  • Christian life happens in small groups that love.
  • Christian life happens in small groups that do.

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: What experience have you had with Christian family life? Has it been dysfunctional, absent, healthy or only in fits and starts?

Digging Deeper:

  1. The context for this passage includes 3,000 baptized converts. With such an immediate and huge influx, how does Christ’s church go forward with Jesus’ mandate to reach out and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20)?
  2. This early Christian family learns doctrine in small groups. From what source do these new believers learn Christian doctrine? What do you say to those who assert they are no longer being fed?
  3. Early Christian family is marked by love that attends small group meetings, receives meals together and helps those with financial need. How is faithful giving a demonstration of love…toward fellow believers and our community?
  4. The early Christian family “does” by gathering in corporate worship and giving witness to Christian faith. Who adds to their number…and how? What service project(s) has your small group accomplished in the past months?

Taking It Home: Salvation is not disconnected from church membership, and church membership is vitally related to salvation. What is the relationship between these biblical concepts? Encourage someone to attend Aspen Ridge Church orientation for prospective membership at the next Bridge meeting (April 15).

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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.

FAMILY WEEKEND SERVICES

Welcome to our Family Services Weekend where we will focus on families during our regular services. Nursery will be provided for infants and toddlers through age 3 – all other children are invited to attend with their families. Our Children’s Director, Debbie Stewart, will invite kids to the front for a short, interactive children’s sermon that will feature a Palm Sunday lesson. We will also celebration Communion this weekend and ask parents to determine the readiness of their children to participate.

PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION WEEKEND

We will host a parent/child dedication on April 21/22. Please contact the office before April 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.

CONTAGIOUS CHRISTIAN CHALLENGE!

Take the Contagious Christian Challenge by signing up for this dynamic 6-week course at the Welcome Center after service. This is a DVD series that is designed to help you effectively and efficiently share your faith, and it will begin on April 7. You can also email our Director of Small Groups at [email protected] for more information.

MEN & PARENTING

Our next men’s breakfast will look at a man’s role as a father, with special reference to parenting. Matt Briley will present “how to build and develop your toolkit on being a father toward your children.” All men are welcome to join this event on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 AM in the Celebration Center.

CPR AND FIRST AID TRAINING

Aspen Ridge Church will host a CPR and First Aid Training on Saturday, April 7, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Attendees will be certified in adult, child and infant CPR, first aid, AED and choking emergencies. The cost is $35/person for a two-year certification. Please contact Debbie Stewart to register.

DV8 INFORMATION LIST

Did you know DV8 Student Ministries is always doing fun events and activities like camps, movie nights, pinball tournaments and game nights? If you are a parent and want to be kept in the loop on DV8 happenings, email Kreg at the address listed below and ask to be added to the parents list.

DV8 CIY REGISTRATION OPEN

We are accepting $50 deposits to save your student’s spot for high school Christ in Youth (CIY) camp this summer, from July 1-5. If you have questions, please stop by the student center for a flyer or email Pastor Kreg.

LIVE IT OUT PROJECT: PRECEPTS

In the lobby, near the front office, there is a basket full of items that may be shared with those in need around you. Feel free to take a bag or two and share the love of Christ.

MOPS HOP: EASTER EGG HUNT

Aspen Ridge MOPS is gearing up for the annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 AM, for kids of all ages. There will be a petting zoo and face painting, and all donations benefit MOPS. To make this event a success, they are asking for new/gently used children’s books. There are donation boxes near the front and back doors.

THE BRIDGE

Are you new to Aspen Ridge and want to know more about the church, want to discover a small group and find a way to serve? The Bridge provides an orientation to church life, and this class allows newcomers to explore and discover who we are. Dinner will be provided, and the session is scheduled on April 15 from 4:00 – 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Email us at [email protected] to reserve your spot.

MOVIE LOVERS

Why not invite family, friends and neighbors for movie night? The Aspen Ridge Church library has some new Christian-friendly, inspirational and educational DVD movies for adults and children that are available for a one-week checkout. If you have movie donations or suggestions, please contact Julie at [email protected]
 

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