As You Go… Encouraging Others
Acts 9:26-31
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Barnabas became influential by encouraging the early church.

  • Barnabas made a generous gift, 4:36-37.
  • Barnabas sponsored a former enemy, 9:27.
  • Barnabas traded places with a co-worker, 13:1, 13.


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: Think of someone who has encouraged you greatly. Who was it and how did they lift you up?

Digging Deeper:

  1. The early church leaders had reason to be fearful of, or suspicious about, Paul’s conversion. However, Barnabas stands alone in being an advocate for Paul. Describe v. 26-27.
  2. Saul’s responsibility for the death of Stephen in Acts 8 would have called for forgiveness from Barnabas. However, Barnabas not only forgives, he also sponsors Paul. Discuss.
  3. Barnabas is listed first among the missionaries in Acts 13. However, Paul is listed first among the same team later in the chapter (13:13, 16). What does this say about Barnabas’ willingness to yield first place to another team member?
  4. Diotrephes is described as someone who puts himself first in 3 John 9, 10. How can you avoid the tendency to put yourself first among team members and fellow-workers?

Taking It Home: Identify an enemy and alongside making a prayer for forgiveness, begin thinking of ways you could serve and even advocate for that person. Tell a friend of your prayers and your game plan this week.


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 also receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.


This Saturday, August 18, there will be a chili meal immediately after the evening service, followed by a presentation from Adam’s Road. The individuals that comprise the group will elaborate on their personal testimonies as they transitioned from Mormonism to Christianity.

Adam’s Road will be in the lobby after the Saturday service with free CD’s and would love to meet you and say hello! If you would like to give to Adam’s Road, please direct donations through the Aspen Ridge offering containers on the tables in the Celebration Center, (with checks made out to Adam’s Road) and we will see that they get to the proper place.


Last weekend our Church leadership made a survey available regarding preferences for Sunday worship times. The times proposed that received the most equal support were 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. In light of this, we will offer Sunday morning services at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM beginning September 9, 2018.


Beginning Tuesday, August 21 – Thursday, August 30, Pastor Jeff and Mary will be away on vacation. They will be in Oceanside, CA visiting family and friends. If you have any pastoral needs during this period, Chaplain Chris Van Inwagen will be available for the first half of Pastor Jeff’s vacation, and Pastor Kreg Kastelz will be available for the second half. Further, Earl Waggoner will present the message the weekend of August 25/26.


If you are interested in finding out more about life at Aspen Ridge Church and how you can get involved, you are invited to the next session of The Bridge August 19 from 4:00-7:30 PM. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall downstairs and would love to have you join us!


Back Porch is a combined middle and high school student event on Thursdays. Meet at the church at 6:00 PM for a van ride to the evening’s location, returning at 9:00 PM. Students enjoy hanging out with each other in a relaxed environment with food and fun. Back Porch will continue through August and we will move back into our regular schedule of middle school on Wednesday evenings and high school on Thursday evenings, both beginning at 6:30 PM.


Mothers of Preschoolers is an exciting ministry that ministers to moms with young children, newborns through 5 years old, during the school year. If that’s you, join us on the second and fourth Tuesdays, beginning September 11. We are also seeking mentor moms and workers in the MOPS kids’ classes. Contact Becky Kastelz at 720.323.5890.


We have opportunities for service this fall with our Aspen Ridge Cook Teams on Wednesday evenings. We also have leadership positions available for our Women’s Ministry, Taste of Christmas event, and our Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Please check out Pastor Jeff’s latest blog on our website for details on these opportunities and contact the church office with any interest you may have.


Coe’s Family – Arrived safely in Russia with all luggage, kids and the dog. Prayers for their living situation and settling into their ministry serving the Russian people in St. Petersburg.

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