MESSAGE NOTES


…to the Ends of the Earth – Criticism from a Certain Party

Acts 11:1-18
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: To the other nations God has granted repentance that leads to life.

  • Criticism from a Certain Party

  • Peter responds to criticism

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: To whom and where do you experience a measure of accountability in your life?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Peter feels accountability to the Jerusalem church. Alongside a report he gives to this church, he receives criticism (Acts 11:2). What is the criticism and what kind of merit does it have?

  2. Peter responds to the criticism with humility and recounts his personal experience (Acts 11:5-16). Which of these responses do you find most convincing?

  3. Peter concludes with the question: “Who am I to stand in God’s way?” Where is God working in the life of Aspen Ridge, and how can you be supportive?

Taking It Home: Aspen Ridge has lines of accountability that show up alongside our annual members’ meeting on September 30. Begin praying in advance for this meeting. Expect to hear God-stories and to see God-sightings. Prioritize your own attendance.


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


BUDGET NEWS

The elders are proposing the new budget for the coming 2018/19 ministry year. Copies of this budget are available in the church office so that members may be prepared to vote on September 30. If you have any questions, please contact an elder.


LOVE AND LOGIC PARENTING

This small group will meet on Wednesday evenings during AWANA and DV8 Middle School. Do you have parenting goals, like raising kids that are ready to fight for their Christian values? Would you like to hear how to tackle this challenge, and many others, and laugh while you do it? Join us September 19 at 6:00 PM in Room 207 for a 6-week session focused on empowered parenting. The required workbook is $10; couples may share. Please RSVP to the church office.


FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY

Aspen Ridge Church is proud to host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. This is a 9-week course offered at 7:00 PM on Sunday evenings starting on September 23. This is a great opportunity to learn principles to help manage your financial house. These principles apply for singles and couples of all ages. For more information, please call Craig Voight at 720.767.4261 or Ron Kilgore at 303.881.4348.


VIEW FROM THE RIDGE: ANNUAL MEMBERS’ MEETING

Our meeting this year will be held on Sunday, September 30, immediately following our 10:30 AM service. The meeting will follow a potluck lunch. We are asking each family to bring a main dish and a side or dessert to share. Please join us as we look forward to our new ministry year.


FALL BAPTISM

We are currently scheduling for fall baptisms. Please contact the church office if you are interested.

FALL FELLOWSHIP

If you are new to Aspen Ridge Church, please join Pastor Jeff and Mary at their home, 7183 Pinewood Drive in Evergreen, for caramel apples and great fellowship. We will gather on Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 PM and would love to meet you there. Please call the church to RSVP for food preparation and childcare.


RIDGEFEST

On Saturday, September 29, we will fill the back-parking lot with local vendors, games, food and fun for our sixth annual fall family celebration, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Activities include hay rides, apple cider, arts/craft sales, live entertainment, face painting, carnival games and a bounce house. This year, we are partnering with Id Ra Ha Je as our spotlight ministry. There is no cost to attend, however, there will be vendors with items to purchase. This is a perfect time to invite a neighbor!


DV8 STUDENTS

Please join us as we resume our regular school-year schedule! Middle school will meet on Wednesday evenings and high school on Thursday evenings in the Student Center from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

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


MISSIONS MOMENT

We support several overseas missionary families they often are immersed in many new aspects of life that can be challenging (language, social behaviors, everyday shopping, taxes, political issues, safety). We often forget that their children are also experiencing many new aspects as well. This week, please be praying for children as they start in new schools which are often in different languages. Let them be a light to the lost in their aspects of overseas living, as much as their parents.


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