Acts – Peter’s First Message
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: What content marks a distinctly Christian message?
- Promise (v. 16-21)
- Provision (v. 22-24)
- Proof (v. 25-35)
- Proposition (v. 36)
- Plea (v. 37)
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: By way of review, summarize the happenings on the Day of Pentecost (2:1-4). As you re-read this account, how do you feel? Challenged? Skeptical? Confused? Affirmed?
- Outsiders responded in at least three ways to the supernatural phenomenon on the Day of Pentecost (2:12-13). Describe these three responses and review how these became the occasion for Peter’s talk.
- The events of Pentecost are a fulfillment of promise. Review Numbers 11:16-7, 24-5, 29. Are all Christians anointed by the Holy Spirit? If so, what difference is this making in your life experience?
- Peter explained what happened at the cross as God’s predetermined plan; however, he also spoke in terms of human responsibility (v. 23). On the one hand, God is in control of human history. On the other hand, human beings are responsible for rejecting Christ. Discuss.
- How does Peter logically demonstrate Jesus as the fulfillment of David’s prophecy in Psalm 16:8-11? What does this say about how we are to use logic in the Christian life?
Taking It Home: There is a response that Peter calls for in verse 38. Review that response and turn from your rebellion or neglect of God and His Son Jesus. If you have not been baptized, attend an upcoming orientation meeting and take the public step of baptism on April 15.
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.
Aspen Ridge Church will host baptism services the weekend of April 14/15. Attending an orientation meeting will be an important part of pouring meaning into this event. We will host three orientation meetings (you need only attend one) on March 14 (Wednesday) at 6:00 PM, March 17 (Saturday) at 4:00 PM or March 24 (Saturday) at 4:00 PM. These orientation meetings will be in Pastor Jeff’s office, room 204. Please contact the church office with questions and to RSVP.
In light of the holidays, we’re moving our April communion celebration to March 24/25, Palm Sunday weekend. Parents are encouraged to discuss this event with their children and are asked to determine their readiness to participate.
FAMILY WEEKEND SERVICE
Please join us for a Family Services Weekend on March 24/25, where we will be focusing on families during 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 and interactive children’s sermon that will feature a Palm Sunday lesson. We are excited to have this special time of worship with families!
PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION WEEKEND
We will be hosting 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.
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: $113,232
Remaining pledged amount: $ 25,484
TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM 2018
Converge Rocky Mountain will host its annual Together to Transform 2018: Innovate on March 16/17 at Rock Community Church in Littleton. This is not just a pastor’s conference. It is designed to provide training and inspiration for every congregation member. The cost is $49/person. For more information and to register, visit TogetherToTransform.org.
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.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Our menu this week includes baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. We would love to see you there!
Aspen Ridge, invite family, friends and neighbors for movie night! Our library has some new, Christian-friendly, inspirational and educational DVD movies for adults and children available for a one-week checkout. Stop in and take a look! If you have movie donations or suggestions, please contact Julie at [email protected]
MOPS HOP EASTER EGG HUNT
Hippity hop to Aspen Ridge Church on Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 AM, for an Easter eggs-travaganza for the whole family! Kids of all ages will delight in Easter egg hunting with allergy-friendly candy, books, toys and more. Of course, the Easter bunny will be making an appearance and will be available for pictures. Rain or shine, we “HOP” to see you there!
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 people 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.