MESSAGE NOTES

Easter – The Fact of the Matter
Acts 2:22-24
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead in his physical body?

  • Fact #1 – Jesus died due to Roman _______________
  • Fact #2 – Jesus’ followers had ______________ with the risen Jesus
  • Fact #3 – Jesus’ followers were changed and _______________
  • Fact #4 – Paul had a _______________ experience

The Big Idea: Jesus Christ did rise from the dead in his physical body.

  • Find hope in any circumstance
  • . This world matters.

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 you board a flight to another city, what kind of faith are you placing in that airplane? How does this relate to faith in Jesus Christ?

Digging Deeper:

  1. What facts were supplied in answer to the question whether Jesus rose from the dead in his physical body? Which of these facts did you find most (or least) compelling?
  2. These facts are in support of the singular fact that Christ rose from the dead in His physical body. How reliable and important is this assertion?
  3. The Apostle Paul exhorts Christ-followers to believe in the resurrection of Christ all the way, or not at all. How does he describe the plight of believers if, in fact, Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19?
  4. What difference does the bodily resurrection of Christ make in the way you value human life in this world or in the way you find hope in difficult circumstances?

Taking It Home: To those who came to believe Jesus really did rise from the dead, Peter said “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

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.

SCHEDULE UPDATE

Pastor Jeff and Mary will be away April 4-12 celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. If you have any pastoral concerns during that time, please contact Pastor Kreg or the church office.

PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION WEEKEND

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

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 invited Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 AM in the Celebration Center.

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.

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:      $115,087
Remaining pledged amount:                                       $ 23,404

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.

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 (our Director of Children’s Ministry) to register.

SAVE-THE-DATE FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!

Vacation Bible School is coming soon. On Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 8 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, we will shout and cheer through God’s mighty acts of victory, along with Go Fish’s Victory curriculum. Registration opens on our website beginning May 1. Begin praying about how you might volunteer, as well!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Our Wednesday night activities are starting back up after Spring Break! Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes taco salad with all the trimmings and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. We would love to meet you there.

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.
 

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